Case Studies

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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Webinars Originally Presented: October 31, 2018

Directing Change: Towards Gender Equitable Sport Boards

Presented by Dina Bell-Laroche, Directing Change: Towards Gender Equitable Boards will include feature content from our new resource for sport organizations. This organization-focused webinar will leave participants with an understanding of how to create an inclusive board culture, the value of adding women to your board, and strategies to recruit more women. Dina Bell-Laroche is also the author of […]

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Tools

Female Coach Mentorship Model

Mentorship is a key strategy used across sectors to support women in overcoming barriers and achieving their career goals. Together with the Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Women & Sport offers the Female Coach Mentorship Model to encourage and support female coaches within Canadian sport. This pragmatic, turnkey tool provides a step-by-step approach for the […]

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Workshops and Presentations

Gender Equity Lens Debrief Session

The Need: Whether we realize it or not, each of us looks at the world differently, through lenses that shape our perceptions, attitudes, and actions. Our lenses may include biases that impact how we move through the world, make decisions and build systems. Women and girls are underrepresented in sport partly because of a sport […]

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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

Squash BC turns to female ambassadors to get more women onto the court

The Challenge Squash BC was one of the first Canadian organizations to host a Women’s Squash Week trying to encourage more girls and women to try out the sport. They developed a tool kit for the club professionals, who are predominantly men, to help them increase their numbers.  But after two years, the week wasn’t […]

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Publications

The Leading Edge: Good Practices for Creating Gender-Equitable Boards in Sport

Research tells a compelling story of the impact that women have when serving as directors. While most of the research is based on for-profit organizations, it is nonetheless relevant to the non-profit sector, including sport and physical activity. Board gender diversity is a matter of good business as much as it is an issue of […]

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Webinars Originally Presented: August 26, 2020

We Are Sport: Diversity & Leadership

Canadian Women & Sport and She’s4Sports are teaming up to highlight the experiences and voices of BIPOC leaders in the sport sector. Join Canadian Women & Sport and She’s4Sports for a conversation about how movements for equity in sport are changing what visionary leadership looks like. Our panel of experts will share their thoughts and […]

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