A social innovator, changemaker and advocate for girls and women, Leanne Nicolle has dedicated her career to driving societal change to improve women’s well-being in athletics, education and the workplace.
After a successful career as a senior executive in the food and beverage industries, Nicolle shifted her focus to the nonprofit sector, especially in raising awareness of girls’ and women’s rights on and off the field. Nicolle brought a social lens to the Olympic movement by launching programs that enabled talented athletes to excel in their sport, most recently as the president and executive director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Her work with multiple sports organizations and strategic partners resulted in a program that discovered and trained athletes from across the country who faced economic barriers to competing in their sport.
As Plan Canada’s director of corporate development and youth engagement in 2010, she worked primarily on domestic and global platforms to shine a light on young women’s rights and issues in the high-profile campaign “Because I am a Girl”. As a board member for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport, Nicolle has been an advocate to advance women and girls through the power of sport. She is the founder of Ubuntu Marketing, a collective that puts organizations in touch with humanity.