Real examples of how our partners solved gender equity challenges. Explore a variety of case studies from local, provincial, and national sport and community organizations.

Leadership development

Coach New Brunswick realizes the value of a support network for women in coaching

The Challenge  Coach New Brunswick is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities for coaches at all levels across the province.  This runs the gamut of helping develop coaches at the grass roots and community level to competition coaches who are going to the Canada Games and beyond.  One […]

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Best practices for organizations

Ontario Basketball showcases women leading the way for young girls

The Challenge  In a male dominated sport like basketball, the senior director of basketball development for Ontario Basketball, Lindsay Walsh, says there are many reasons women drop out of the game.  In the most extreme cases, the environment is sometimes actively exclusionary.  Walsh says as a former athlete and more recently coach and official, she […]

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Leadership development

NWT Soccer builds role models for girls by breaking down barriers for women to become top-level coaches.

The Challenge  The Northwest Territories Soccer Association struggles to get women into coaching and specifically moving up through the ranks from community level coaching into the performance stream.  Lyric Sandhals, who is the executive director, says it is difficult to find coaches in general in the north, but it is particularly a problem for women in […]

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Best practices for organizations

Judo Canada holds first ever Women’s Summit to fight for gender equity

The Challenge  Judo Canada says one of its biggest challenges “is the insufficient involvement of women in the sport, and a low retention of women as staff in the organization.”   Judo is a male dominated sport at every level from participants, to coaches, to Board Directors, to referees.  Since 2002, only 24 per cent of […]

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Diversity of girls and women

Indigenous girls reconnect to their roots through lacrosse

Storm Selects Lacrosse was awarded a WISE Fund Grant in 2018. The Challenge Storm Selects Lacrosse formed in 2017 with a goal to work with a team of Indigenous female athletes to grow the game of lacrosse in British Columbia and to develop future leaders and role models. After the completion of the North American […]

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Best practices for organizations

Gender Equity is Good Governance – Lessons from the Sport Sector

The gender makeup of sport, and sport leadership, is changing. In 2018, the Government of Canada made it clear that gender equity is a priority for all levels of sport, setting a target to achieve gender equality by 2035. In February, as part of the Red Deer Declaration, the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible […]

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