Game Changers: Women in Soccer

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Scottish United and the Edmonton Angels are proud to present Game Changers, a 2 day virtual symposium on affecting real change for girls in soccer and female leadership in sports. We are proud to be providing this opportunity for all female athletes, coaches, and leaders across Canada.

Video Archive

Event Schedule

Guest Speakers

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Janine Helland

Named to Canada Soccer's All-Time Canada XI squad in 2012 and honoured in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, Janine Helland also captained the Edmonton Angels to Jubilee Trophy wins in 1995 and 1999.

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Carole Holt

Head Coach of the Edmonton Angels from 2000-02, Carole Holt would go on to coach the NAIT Ooks for 8 years, leading them to six ACAC gold and two CCAA silver medals.

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Danica Wu

A midfielder for MSV Duisburg in Germany, Danica Wu has represented Canada at the U17, U20, and Senior level, including the 2012 Olympic rematch vs. USA in 2013.

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Sandra Prusina

Having travelled to cover three Olympic Games and covering soccer for Sportsnet, you can say Sandra Prusina has done it all. You can listen to her cover sports as anchor on 660 NEWS Calgary every afternoon.

Date & Time
Session Name
Guest Speaker(s)
May 7 at 7pm
The Angels: Past, Present, & Future (Hosted by Sandra Prusina)
Janine Helland, Carole Holt, and Danica Wu
May 7 at 8:15pm
Transformational Leadership
Debra Somani
May 8 at 9am
Knee Injury Prevention in Female Athletes with The Bridge Sports Therapy & Training
Becca Ferguson
May 8 at 10am
Rise Up: Fostering a Culture of Inclusion Among Females in Your Soccer Club
Karli Hedlund and Leanne McCarthy
May 8 at 11am
Keeping Girls & Women Engaged in Soccer
Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt
May 8 at 12pm
Where are all the Women? An Analysis of the Underrepresentation of Women in Coaching
Amy Harrison
May 8 at 1pm
A Sense of Belong for Girls & Women: The "Secret Sauce" for Quality Sport
Dr. Vicki Harber
May 8 at 2pm
Making Soccer Safer
Ciara McCormack
May 8 at 3pm
Developing a Leadership Mindset
Eva Havaris
May 8 at 4pm
Implementation of a Women in Sport Program
Katie Collar
May 8 at 5pm
Life Lessons from an Olympic Bronze Medalist
Carmelina Moscato
May 8 at 6pm
Coming Full Circle: A Chat with Bev Priestman (Hosted by Sandra Prusina)
Bev Priestman
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Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt

Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa and an elected member of The College of the Royal Society in Canada. She also holds a Canada Soccer 'B' Licence and is a Coach Developer Apprentice.

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Amy Harrison

Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Academy, Amy Harrison holds a Canada Soccer 'B' Licence and is currently working on her Master's Degree. After playing NCAA D1 soccer at the University of Tennessee, she signed with Rangers WFC in Scotland in 2013.

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Dr. Vicki Harber

An Olympic athlete for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Dr. Vicki Harber is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and was honoured by Canadian Women & Sport as one of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in 2011 and 2012.

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Ciara McCormack

A fierce advocate for Safe Sport, Ciara McCormack is a former senior international for Ireland and sits on the board for PFA Canada. She is also founder of girlsCAN Football and TOPP Soccer.

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Eva Havaris

A prominent sports businesswoman, Eva Havaris is the current Executive Vice President of York United FC. She has previously held senior leadership roles at Rugby Canada, Taekwondo Canada, Equestrian Canada, and the Canadian Premier League.

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Katie Collar

After playing NCAA D1 soccer at Eastern Kentucky University, Katie Collar has gone on to join Calgary Foothills where she is the Development Phase Girls Manager and Assistant Coach of their UWS team. She currently holds a Canada Soccer 'B' Licence.

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Carmelina Moscato

Along with earning 94 senior international caps, Carmelina Moscato has represented Canada at the 2003 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She currently serves as Director of Women's Football for the Bahamas Football Association.

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Bev Priestman

After two years abroad working with the English Women's National Team, Bev Priestman was named Head Coach of the Canadian Women's National Team in October 2020. She is currently preparing for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Debra Somani

With 15+ years of experience in Senior Leadership and Board Chair positions, Debra Somani has extensive experience overseeing the planning, development and implementation of large scale strategic projects and initiatives.

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Becca Ferguson

A Strength and Conditioning coach at The Bridge Sports Therapy & Training, Becca Ferguson has worked for over a decade with athletes on performance development. She played at Trinity Western in the CIS for 4 years, and won the Jubilee Trophy with Edmonton Victoria in 2015.

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Karli Hedlund

A youth international for Canada at the U17 FIFA Women's World Cup and NCAA D1 player at University of Arizona, Karli Hedlund now works for Edmonton Scottish United SC in the capacity of Director of Female Development.

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Leanne McCarthy

A facilitator of courses teaching conscious leadership, Leanne McCarthy holds a Master's Degree in Professional Communication along with multiple certifications across various leadership training modalities.