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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Rochelle Grayson

Webinars Originally Presented: November 28, 2018

Webinar for Women: Joining a Board

This webinar, designed to support women to advance within or to roles on a sport board of directors, will leave participants with motivating information and strategies to navigate accessing a board position, succeeding in the role, as well as ideas to create your own personal leadership plan. Presented by Rochelle Grayson, a Digital Strategy and […]

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Research & Insights

Women in Sport Leadership Snapshots

Research indicates that diverse boards more innovative, more accountable, and manage risk more effectively. Working towards gender balance in sport leadership has the potential to help mitigate critical risks sport organizations face today, whether in terms of safe sport, financial sustainability, or effective governance. In order to achieve this gender balance, data is required to track progress […]

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Workshops and Presentations

Women on Boards Presentation: Organization Focused

This organization-focused presentation will leave participants with an understanding of how to create an inclusive Board culture, the value of having women on your Board, and strategies to assist in overcoming challenges and recruiting more women. I believe that sport will benefit from having more women participate as Directors and leaders. Supporting sport organizations in […]

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Workshops and Presentations

Women on Boards Presentation: Women-Focused

This presentation will provide motivating information on the value and importance of women on Boards, strategies to navigate the challenges involved in accessing a Board position and then succeeding in the role, as well as ideas to create your own personal leadership plan to take on a Board role.

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Publications

Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved

It is generally recognized that women are often underrepresented in leadership positions, particularly in sport and recreation. There are numerous governing boards and committees associated with sport organizations throughout Canada. The opportunity exists to encourage women to participate in the leadership of these, and other organizations.  Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved contains […]

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