Guylaine Demers

Professor, Laval University, Canada

Guylaine Demers, Ph.D., is a professor at Laval University in Canada. She takes particular interest in issues of women in sport, coach education, and homophobia in sport. She currently serves as chair of Egale-Action, Quebec’s Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity. Her work and achievements have been recognized both province-wide and nationally. Dr. Demers made the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport list of Most Influential Women in Sport in Canada in 2007, 2010, and 2015. In 2013, she contributed to the book Playing it Forward: 50 Years of Women in Sport in Canada, which she edited with Dr. Sandra Kirby, Marion Lay, and Lorraine Greaves. One of her key achievements was the organization of Conversation 2015, a symposium held in Quebec City, dedicated to fostering solutions to bettering the experiences of girls and women in the Canadian sport system ( She is the newly appointed Women’s Studies research chair at Laval University and is also the chair of the Gender Equity Task Force for the Sports Ministry of Canada. Dr. Demers is an Affiliated Scholar in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.