The Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program aims to increase gender equity and leadership diversity in sport organizations in Alberta.  The goals of this program are to:

  • build more inclusive programs
  • create more opportunities for women within sport programs
  • create positive development experiences for female sport leaders through expert mentorship
  • develop a Community of Practice for female sport leaders

The Government of Alberta has partnered with the Coaching Association of Canada to develop and deliver this program.


To enable sport organizations to increase women’s leadership capacity.


To support the development of female leaders in sport.


Participant Objective Contact
Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference The establishment of a Female Apprentice Coach Program to provide mentorship and training to increase the number of Female Apprentice Coaches, and ultimately certified female coaches, across all ACAC leagues. Specifically this program will provide mentor training, leadership training and NCCP Certification opportunities for both training and education for female mentor and mentee coaches. Trina Radcliffe
Email: tradcliffe@oldscollege.ca
Alberta Lacrosse Association To enhance the delivery of player camps and coaching clinics to increase the number of female coaches and players in Alberta Lacrosse. Recent ALA regulation mandates that all Female Teams must have a female coach registered to the team and supports this initiative with free women only coaching clinics. This program will also help teams successfully meet the mandate. Lisa Grant
Email: lisa@albertalacrosse.com
Spirit North To empower women in remote Indigenous Albertan communities to build and contribute to sustainable cross-country ski programs through coach education and peer support. A secondary goal of the program is to increase inclusion in cross-country ski programming. Laura Filipow
Email: laura.filipow@skifitnorthalberta.com
Hockey Alberta To increase the participation of women in coaching and officiating positions within female ice hockey. Investment will be made in the identification and training of Female Coach mentors to promote sustainability and depth of the female coach and officials mentorship program. Kendall Newell
Email: knewell@hockeyalberta.ca
Ringette Alberta To increase the percentage of Females in the Head Coach role in Ringette to 50% by the 2022-23 season; to increase the presence of female coaches on the bench and team staff; and to create an environment where female coaches feel safe and confident to take leadership/power roles. This project will focus on the development of a Female Coach mentorship program in 3 to 4 regions as an initial pilot initiative. Caleigh Shaw
Email: caleigh@ringettealberta.com
Be Fit for Life Network The goal of the project is to create an Alberta-focused communications campaign to diversify the popular image of active and strong women and girls, connecting Albertans to quality sport opportunities. This project will be evaluated as a masters thesis and will feature the other projects in the Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program. Megan McKinlay
Email: mmckinla@ucalgary.ca
InMotion Network Integration of female coach mentoring into the Europe team trip to aid in the development of a strong female coach with international experience who can then go on to assist in leading a strong group of up-and-coming female coaches in the athletics community. Megan McKinlay
Email: ella@inmotionetwork.org
Athletics Alberta To create an Alberta-focused communications campaign to diversify the popular image of active and strong women and girls, connecting Albertans to quality opportunities with sport. This project will be evaluated as a Masters thesis and will feature the other projects in the Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program. Chelsey Phillips
Email: ops@athleticsalberta.com
Fast and Female Through partnership with academic institutions and the Coaching Association of Canada network of partners, the project will develop an evidence-based evaluation system for application to all fast and female events and programs to better measure impact on participants. Kelsey Robin
Email: krobin@fastandfemale.com
Alberta Soccer Association The development and delivery of an officials development training day that is female led and targeted to female only participants, and the development and delivery of a professional development program for women that includes graduated coach developer training. The goal of these program initiatives is to increase the number of female coaches and officials in the sport of soccer. Carmen Charron
Email: programs@albertasoccer.com
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club The Northern Alberta Women in Mountain Biking project will develop female leaders to facilitate the participation in sport and fitness through the activity of mountain biking. Lori Brough
Email: lbrough@telus.net
The Steadward Centre This project entitled “Being an Other Among Others” aims to allow women who experience disability to share their thoughts on what has led them to feel included or excluded in sport, specific to the context of Parasport. The desired outcome from this work is to create awareness of barriers and facilitators encountered by individuals identifying as female and living with impairment in sport, and share practical tips that promote inclusive sport opportunities. Jessica Ferguson
Email: jessica1@ualberta.ca
Karate Alberta This project entitled “Being an Other Among Others” aims to allow women who experience development of an International Women in Coaching mentorship program. This project will be a pilot with one coach attending international training and competitive opportunity through Karate Canada. The desired outcome is to see an increase in the number of female coaches who are enrolled in training and who have achieved certified coach status within the sport of Karate in Alberta. Jasen Pratt
Email: executive.director@karateab.org
Alberta Alpine Ski Association Establishment of a women’s peer mentoring program aimed at developing women coaching leaders in Alpine Skiing Racing in Alberta. This project centres around a mentoring program which will require:
  • recruitment, development, and training of Senior Mentor Coaches
  • recruitment and development of Mentee coaches
  • providing Meaningful in person and electronic communication opportunities
  • creating meaningful professional development opportunities for Mentee coaches
Cam Stephen
Email: cam@albertaalpine.ca