Lorraine Lafrenière

CAC Update: Safe Sport's Role in Impactful Leadership

As CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Lorraine Lafrenière leads Canada’s Coaching Education Partnership through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and safe sport initiatives through the profession of coaching and the Responsible Coaching Movement.

Her career spans more than 30 years within the national sport system which includes roles as CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada as well as Cycling Canada.  Lorraine was also Chief Operating Officer of the CAC previously and has held roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee as well as with Olympic and Paralympic sponsors and media consortiums.

Lorraine has participated in more than a dozen Olympic or Paralympic Games in various leadership capacities. She was twice named to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport Top 20 most influential women in Canada in 2014 and 2015.

Internationally, Lorraine is a board member of the International Council for Coaching Excellence and she also sits on the Coaching and Education Commission for PanAm Sports (PASO).

Along with her passion for sport, Lorraine’s commitment to volunteerism has been consistently demonstrated throughout her career.  Over the years she has had the honour to serve on boards or committees with many not-for-profits, including Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Cancer Society (Ottawa-Carleton), Run for the Cure, Big Sisters of Ottawa, and Ottawa-Carleton Epilepsy.  She was also the co-chair of the 2004 Ontario Summer Games held in Ottawa.  Lorraine is the mother of two and she is a proud cancer survivor.  She is an advocate of resilience in all facets of life.