The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba.

This year’s five-part online series brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. Hosted by Anastasia Bucsis, participants will build their networks and knowledge bases through a variety of interviews and presentations so they can empower and encourage the girls they work with to stay active and involved in sport.

Save the date! Join us in person on March 7, 2023 as we wrap up and celebrate the 2022-23 Bison Transport LeadHERship series with none other than the host herself, Anastasia Bucsis. Tickets will be available soon.


Hosted by Anastasia Bucsis

When: February 15th, 2023
Where: Online
Breaking the Bias

Join us in the fourth and final virtual session of the Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series as we shine a light on women in leadership roles and how to break down the barriers and biases they face.

We will be joined by Lorraine Lafreniere, CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada, Addie Miles-Abbott, founder of Beauties Sports, and Joanne Kelly, journalism instructor at RRC Polytech.


Live Meeting has updated its terms and to register for the Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series, you’ll need to create a Live Meeting account. This doesn’t affect or change your experience, it’s just an extra step. Thanks in advance for your time.

Lorraine Lafre​​niere

Lorraine Lafreniere is the Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada. Lorraine has spent more than 30 years dedicated to Canada’s sport system and has held roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Cycling Canada, and Canoe Kayak Canada. She prioritizes safe sport in her roles within Canada and around the world. Lorraine is the mother of two children and is a proud cancer survivor. She believes in the power of sport to unite, heal, and grow.


Addie Miles-Abbot

Addie has been a coach ever since she graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2012 after playing for the Bison Women’s Hockey Team. She has lots of experience between being a player, recruiter, mentor, head coach, assistant coach, and skills coach and finds that there are not too many situations on the ice that she hasn’t experienced.

Addie helped the Bisons program claim its first ever Can West Championship as a player and has been fortunate to have continued her career in hockey beyond being an athlete. After competing and experiencing all the incredible opportunities that come with it, she wants to help girls achieve the same. Now as a coach in the program, she was a part of the USPORTS National Championship in 2017-2018.

As a coach  she is committed to being a positive force in every athlete’s career, encouraging players to continue to grow as individuals on and off the ice. She believes that success is determined by athletes playing as a team, working hard, and reaching their full potential while having fun. She strives to create a positive atmosphere for everyone involved  — an atmosphere where the athletes enjoy coming to the rink and see their hard work pay off.

Joanne Kelly

Joanne Kelly is a former broadcast journalist with CTV Winnipeg, CTV Vancouver, and Shaw TV. She’s been teaching in the Creative Communications program at RRC Polytech for 12 years, hosts a book segment on CBC radio, and writes book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Watch Previous Sessions On Demand

2020-2021 Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series Hosted by Leah Hextall


2021-2022 Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series Hosted by Sara Orlesky


2022-2023 Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series Hosted by Anastasia Bucsis

Fostering an Environment for Safe Sport

Find Your Place in Sport

Thank you to Bison Transport and the 1991 Grey Cup Legacy Committee Fund for their support of this series.


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