In this 11th edition, in honour of February being Black History Month and National Girls…
Fast and Female is thrilled to introduce and welcome our new Board of Directors!
Led by Board Chair, Sophia Dhrolia (She/Her/They/Them), the new 9-member board is made up of the following directors (in alphabetical order):
Allison Swelin (She/Her) – Alberta
Allison is passionate about building high-performing teams using trust and vulnerability. With over 10 years of tech industry experience, Allison has collaborated with thought leaders and led strategic initiatives for Garmin, SMART, and Motorola. Spearheading the creation of the Garmin Health division, Allison helped to build an ecosystem of over 100 Global API partners and inspired its growth to $25M in less than 3 years. Today, she serves as the Director of Growth for My Normative, a female-focused health platform disrupting the sex and gender health equity gap through validated data collection, management, and analytical processes.
Ayesha Ali (She/Her) – British Columbia
Ayesha is a human resources and financial manager who has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector for 10 years. She is very passionate about women’s and girls sports and has played in team sports for most of her life. As an active volunteer through soccer coaching in the community and an advocate for youth engagement in sport she is committed to making sport spaces inclusive and safe.
Beje Turkish-M (She/Her) – Ontario
As a former athlete in soccer, tennis and swimming, Beje values the need and importance to continue to support and empower girls and women in sport having seen first hand the power of sport. Having worked in sport as coach, referee, administrator, fundraiser, programmer, and advocate, Beje’s experience lends well to supporting Fast and Females goals and aspirations. Beje is also currently on the Research Advisory Committee for MLSE Launchpad.
Candace Moody (She/Her) – Alberta
Candace, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), has spent over 20 years in the public accounting industry as an auditor, university instructor, academic program director, and currently is a Human Resources Business Partner at KPMG. Candace is passionate about gender equality and healthy living and enjoys mentoring young professional women and strives to be an active role model to those around her. She lives in Calgary, AB with her husband and 3 daughters (all who love attending Fast & Female events!) Her family enjoys being active and can be found skiing, playing basketball and flag football, working out, biking, curling and hiking.
Fahreen Kurji (She/Her) – Ontario
Fahreen is a “recovering lawyer” currently working in a corporate role for the regional transit agency in the GTHA. Though she lacks natural athleticism she is a keen sports fan, having played soccer, field hockey, and basketball as a youth and still loves to watch sports live and on television, especially tennis and basketball. She is excited to bring her previous board experience to Fast and Female as she is passionate about the organization’s cause and inspired by its vision.
Gina Mulic (She/Her) – Ontario
As a life-long athlete whose benefited from the confidence and skill she’s gained from participating, Gina believes keeping girls in sport helps ensure they become strong, capable leaders in all aspects of life. She has coached basketball with an inclusive club for several years, creating opportunities for girls to engage in sport, develop leadership skills, make lasting friendships, and become empowered to achieve their life goals.
Olivia Oldfield (She/Her) – Ontario
Olivia is a philanthropy professional who specializes in donor relations, fund management, and communications. Currently, Olivia oversees philanthropic stewardship at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. With a passion for sport and the impact it has on Canadians’ lives, Olivia spent a number of years with the Canadian Olympic Foundation. During her time with the Foundation, she led philanthropic communications where she supported the launch of various initiatives such as the Team Canada 50/50 and “A Conversation with” webinar series. Olivia earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa as well as an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations at Durham College. She enjoys supporting the next generations of philanthropy professionals through guest lecturing at higher-ed institutions.
Stefan Underwood (He/Him) – Alberta
With nearly two decades in human performance, Stefan Underwood is a highly accomplished performance specialist and is the Senior Vice President of Methodology at Exos, a global leader in human performance. With a passion for supporting individuals as they chase their goals, he has coached both developmental and elite athletes spanning a large variety of sports, fortune 100 leaders, and elite military. A believer in life-long learning, Stefan is also now pursuing a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology broadening his view on how organizations operate and perform when they are at their best.
We’d like to take a moment to thank our outgoing board for all their support and work with Fast and Female these last few years. Thank you to former Chair, Melissa Smith, to our former Treasurer, Victoria Stephenson, and our Directors-At-Large, Dal Bhathal and Caley Hartney.
If there are any questions or interest in getting in touch with our Board of Directors, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org