Women in Coaching

Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Program 

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The CGC, the CAC, and PTCRs strongly believe that the apprenticeship program is an essential part of the development of a coach. 

The purpose of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is to provide female coaches with a practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience. Selected coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor coach throughout the duration of the program. 

2023 Canada Winter Games – Prince Edward Island  - February 18th - March 5th


Winter Sports 2023

Alpine Ski / Ski alpin
Para Alpine / Ski para-alpin
Archery / Tir à l’arc
Boxing / Boxe
Cross Country Ski / Ski de fond
Para Nordic / Ski paranordique
Curling - Female / Femme
Curling - Male / Homme
Curling - Mixed Doubles / Double mixte
Fencing / Escrime
Figure Skating / Patinage artistique
Special Olympics Figure Skating / Olympiques spéciaux Patinage artistique
Freestyle Ski / Ski acrobatique
Gymnastics - Artistic / Gymnastique artistique
Gymnastics - Trampoline / Gymnastique - trampoline
Hockey - Female / Femme
Hockey - Male / Homme
Karate / Karaté
Ringette / Ringuette
Speed Skating - Long Track / Patinage en vitesse - Longue piste
Speed Skating - Short Track / Patinage en vitesse - Courte piste
Table Tennis / Tennis de table
Wheelchair Basketball / Basketball en fauteuil roulant

Submit an Expression of Interest: 

1. Review the Program Guidelines.
2. Contact your Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (P/TSO) and ask them to complete the Letter of Support 
3. Fill out the online Public Interest form, and attach the P/TSO Letter of Support 
Public Interest Form Opens: October 8, 2021 
4. Public Interest Form Closes: November 28, 2021
Please contact Mike Hudson for more information [email protected] 


Canadian Women & Sport/Powering Better Sport Through gender equity

In Nova Scotia we are committed to increasing the number of female coaches and leaders in the sport and recreation sector at all levels. To that end, we can offer free,  modules developed by the Canadian Women & Sport  https://womenandsport.ca/ 

Canadian Women & Sport consists of a series of six professional development sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. These workshops are highly relevant for today’s young professionals and experienced leaders. The sessions also allow for networking opportunities among participants.

Canadian Women & Sport are also eligible for NCCP PD Points

Effective Communication

In the workplace, effective communication is the foundation for better job performance and relationship building. After this workshop participants will be more strategic and efficient in their communication.

  • Consider the importance of your personal brand
  • Learn about four distinct communication styles, and identify your preferred style
  • Discuss electronic communication and social media etiquette, and how to avoid common pitfalls

Conflict Resolution

Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. This workshop will ensure participants can understand and resolve conflict professionally.

  • Consider sources of conflict and the cost of leaving conflict unresolved
  • Consider five styles for dealing with conflict, identify your preferred style, and discuss situations when each style should be employed
  • Review tips for effective conflict management

Influencing Change

Whether influencing change in your organization, across the sport and physical activity system, or more broadly in society, this workshop will provide participants with theory and practical tools for success.

  • Identify elements of effective change movements
  • Review tips for being heard and improving your listening skills
  • Discuss approaches on how to influence others

Creating Work-Life Balance

For many women, balancing the demands of work, family, friends, and personal time is a challenge. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore a variety of strategies to add more balance to their lives.

  • Examine your priorities and what “balance” means to you
  • Explore key dimensions that can help or hinder life balance
  • Learn strategies and collect tips to help you experience balance

Effective Networking

Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. From building organizational partnerships to knowing about upcoming events, building your network is a long-term investment with great payoffs.

  • Explore the value of networking
  • Discuss in-person and online networks
  • Identify strategies to build and maintain your network

Leading with Confidence

This workshop is designed to uplift the skills of the next generation of Canadian sport leaders – university and college aged young women involved in sport and physical activity (e.g. varsity athletes, kinesiology or sport management students).

During this interactive two-hour workshop, participants will explore the experiences of female leaders, reflect on the value of sport and physical activity in their leadership journey, and consider how they can further develop their skills to be strong leaders now and in the future.

  • Examine the equity gap in Canada’s sport leadership
  • Focus on confidence as an essential leadership skill
  • Discuss how to communicate with confidence

For more information about the Program, contact, Mike Hudson [email protected]

To host a free workshop in your community please contact;                    

Janessa Macpherson
[email protected]

South Shore
Nicole Kenney
[email protected]

Anna Sherwood
[email protected]

Cape Breton  
David Ogbuah
[email protected]

Gina MacInnis
[email protected]

Courtney Nichol
[email protected]

Or contact Nancy Zanni   [email protected]