E-Alliance experts have led, contributed to, and organized several projects that support our research priorities. Below is a summary of recent work from our community of researchers, including: E-Alliance-funded projects, collaborations, webinars and presentations.

Featured Project

Listening to Athetes' Voices: National Team Athletes' Perspectives on Advancing Safe Sport

A new E-Alliance-affiliated study has uncovered first-hand accounts of over 260 Canadian elite athletes about their experiences with maltreatment in sport, and includes recommendations about how we can advance a culture of respect.

Learn more about Listening to Athletes’ Voices: National Team Athletes’ Perspectives on Advancing Safe Sport in Canada, below.


Listening to Ath

E-Alliance has released its inaugural scorecard on gender equity, revealing significant gaps in representation, particularly in leadership ranks of Canadian sport. Researchers empirically evaluated specific components of gender equity based on studies examining representation and participation.

The grading scale is based on 2022 The Institute for Diversity and Ethic in Sport Report Card. The data used for the scorecard evaluation came from the data collected in partnership for the 2020-21 CWS Leadership Snapshot, COC data released on Team Canada at the 2022 Games and Hockey Canada’s 2019-2020 annual report.

Seed grant project for scientific committee – Next generation researchers


E-Alliance researchers work with fellow gender equity colleagues across Canada. The projects below reflect the relationships we’ve built and our intersectional approach.

2022 Ontario Coaching Report Card

More than 1000 Ontario coaches representing over 80 sports contributed to the inaugural Ontario Coaching Report Card. E-Alliance collaborated with the Safe Sport Lab at the University of Toronto and the Coaches Association of Ontario to create this document.

What Works (Sport Canada)

This research project conducted for Sport Canada is a scientific and grey literature review of international initiatives that have advanced gender equity in sport.

The projects was created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary international team of affiliated scholars, released a timely report about accelerating systems change for women’s sport. E-Alliance Co-Director Dr. Ann Pegoraro and Scientific Committee member Dr. Katie Lebel were part of this team.

Leadership Snapshot/ 2020-2021

In 2021, E-Alliance partnered with CWS to produce the annual Leadership Snapshot. This report provides a yearly snapshot of gender diversity in sports leadership, reflecting gender composition at the board and senior staff level. This Snapshot is based on a survey of Canadian National Sports Organizations (NSOs) and Multisport Service Organizations (MSOs).

Truesport report (CCES)

E-Alliance has conducted a comprehensive search of academic and grey literature and produced a report that identifies the most current research related to the benefits of sport, taking a broad interpretation of the benefits to capture evidence pertaining to health and well-being, life-course development, building stronger and more inclusive communities, economic contributions, promotion of environmental sustainability, and meeting the needs of equity-deserving Canadians.

COVID Impact Study

E-Alliance partnered with Canadian Women in Sport to explore the impact of COVID-19 on sport and recreation participation among children and adults. Data collection occurred from the end of March 2021 to early May 2021 with over 5000 Canadian families from across the country contacted. The first report focuses on the current trends among girls (aged 6-18 years) who participated in organized sport at least weekly prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E-Alliance will continue to investigate the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Women and Girls’ Participation Database (Baseball Canada)

In partnership with Baseball Canada, E-Alliance collected gendered data on the participation of girls and women in baseball as well as data for gender equity in leadership positions (administration and coaching) across Canada. The E-Alliance team has analyzed the data and will produce a statistical portrait in order to propose targeted actions to improve gender equity in baseball.

A Case Study for Gender+ Equity in Sport: Baseball Québec (Baseball Québec)

Previous research has shown that Baseball Quebec has demonstrated strong leadership in gender equity. This case study aims to document and analyze their initiatives in order to propose, based on the scientific literature on the progression of women in traditionally male sectors, a model of good practices for gender equity in sports.

BIPOC Women and Girls in Sport (CWS)

E-Alliance has produced an up-to-date literature review of the experiences of BIPOC women and girls in sport, including experienced barriers and challenges, and recommendations for more inclusive sports spaces and experiences.

Men as allies in Sport (Secrétariat à la condition féminine du Québec)

This project aims to document good practices that men can implement to encourage and support gender equity in sports organizations and therefore be allies for the progression of girls and women in sport.

EDI (AthletesCAN)

In partnership with AthletesCAN, a survey has been developed and distributed to current and former National Team Members to: assess the demographics of AthletesCAN members; assess the nature and quality of the sport experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seek recommendations for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at the national level.

Transforming Sport (CPC and AthletesCAN)

The purpose of this study is to explore the shifts in culture, context, and values that would be needed to actualize a safe, inclusive, and accessible sports environment where all participants and members of the sports system can thrive and realize the benefits of sport. This includes identifying what this type of environment would look like, how it would be experienced by stakeholders, and what would be required to create such experiences. By answering these questions, we will be able to more effectively target prevention and intervention initiatives to accomplish this vision. Interviews and focus groups held with various stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, administrators, parents, officials and sports science staff are being conducted.

#SheCanCoach Program Evaluation (Guelph Soccer)

This research project is designed to evaluate a program aimed at increasing women in coaching position by removing previously identified barriers, including time scarcity, lack of confidence, and the costs to pursue coaching certification. This project will test two approaches. 1. For girls transitioning from youth to adult (age 16-23), coaching certification will be provided to enable them to take on coaching opportunities. 2. For women who are parents of players currently at the Club (age 25-40), a coach training program will provide developmentally appropriate skills and techniques and social support for moms. E-Alliance will evaluate the impact of this program.

Safe Sport Playbooks (Coaches Association of Ontario)

The Safe Sport Playbooks are practical guides designed to help coaches understand what safe sport is and what it looks like in practice; implement concrete strategies to achieve safe sport (e.g., best practices), and; promote a collective responsibility within organizations for creating a Safe Sport culture.

Gender Equity and Gender-Based Violence Project (CWS)

E-Alliance conducted a comprehensive review of existing literature within and outside of the sport sector to examine the relationship between gender equity and experiences of gender-based violence in organizations.

Webinars and Events


Equity Matters is a webinar series exploring timely topics related to gender+ equity in sport. These are thought-provoking conversations offering a breadth of perspectives from those in the Canadian sport world – including researchers, athletes, and industry leaders.

L’équité ça compte : les hommes alliés dans le sport

This webinar examined the role that men play in working towards gender equity in sport. This webinar was led by E-Alliance Co-Director Dr. Guylaine Demers (French).

Equity Matters: Lessons learned from the Tokyo Paralympic Games: The long road ahead to equity

This webinar featured Dr. Janelle Joseph, an award-winning Assistant Professor in Critical Studies of Race in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.