Carly Smith – Calgary, Alberta
Board Chair, Fast and Female Canada

Fast and Female Team - Chandra Crawford

Chandra Crawford – Calgary, Alberta
President and Founder, Fast and Female Canada

Chandra is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta. In 2005 she started Fast and Female. Four months later, at the age of 22, Chandra won the Olympic Gold medal in cross-country skiing and captured many hearts when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. On the start line of the 1.1 km sprint race final, the announcer on CBC pointed out her big smile, saying “this young lady is having a blast and showing it.” In 2008 Chandra’s great friend and competitor Kikkan Randall (5x Olympian, Olympic and World Champion) from Anchorage, Alaska joined forces with Chandra and today she leads the expansion of the program in the US. In March 2014 she retired from ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team and completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Calgary. She is currently working full time for Fast and Female as well as sharing her performance mindset skills in corporate motivational presentations. Chandra currently lives in Calgary and spends her weekend doing mini-adventures in the mountains with her husband Jared, toddler Kyla, baby Bruce and their dog, Stella. In the fall of 2018, Chandra received International Olympic Committee Women & Sports Trophy for the Americas, Chandra won the Bruce Kidd Leadership Award and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She credits this recognition to the tireless work of the Fast and Female team and our network of volunteers, ambassadors and contractors all over North America.

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Cam Crawford – Calgary, Alberta
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

Cam is chairman and partner corporate advisory at Catalyst where his areas of focus includes corporate finance, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, transaction support, financial engineering and litigation support with experience in a variety of industries. Cam is currently involved with the National Music Centre, Fast and Female, and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. He has also been involved with High River Minor Hockey, Canadian Country Music Historical Society, High River United Church, High River Economic Development Commission and the Olds College Center for Innovation. He was awarded the ICAA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contribution to the Chartered Accounting profession and was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1997.

Karen Zylak – Toronto, Ontario
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

Karen lives in Dundas, Ontario with her husband and three busy children and has been with the Fast and Female board since 2008. Karen met Chandra while covering a Fast and Female event in Canmore for TSN. Karen worked with TSN as a producer for over a decade, where she has produced stories for the CFL on TSN and CTV’s Olympic coverage of both Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. In 2015 Karen started her own production company-KZProductions-producing integrated content for national broadcasters. Karen graduated from McGill University with a BA in English literature. In her spare time Karen enjoys cheering on the McMaster Marauder football team-her husband is the head coach! She is also an avid hockey player and coaches her daughter’s hockey team and sons’ flag football teams.

Ted Kalil – Montreal, Quebec
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

Ted resides in Montreal with his wife Stephanie and three athletic daughters. A Vice-President & Director, Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities, Ted is a long-time supporter of Fast & Female, including formerly having served 4 years as Fast & Female’s Board Chair. He currently also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada, the Lower Canada College Foundation, and the Camp Nominingue Advisory Board. In his spare time, he competes in duathlons, races dragon boats, plays hockey, is an avid Master’s cross country skier, and is a two-time finisher of the 160 km Canadian Ski Marathon. 

Shelley Spear-Brunet – Calgary, Alberta
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

Natalie Agro
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

Natalie is passionate about cultivating partnerships and building relationships through sport and athletics.  She currently works for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto in Advancement/Development.  Prior to this, Natalie worked for the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club for seven seasons as Director, Client Services. 

Along her career path, she was Account Director at MacLaren Momentum responsible for client marketing and sponsorship for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  In addition, Natalie has held positions in Sport Partnerships with CBC and the Canadian Football League.  Natalie graduated with a concurrent degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University.

Natalie is co-captain of her family household and believes that sport and physical activity are an essential part of life at all ages and stages.




Kikkan Randall – Anchorage, Alaska
President, Fast and Female USA

Olympic Champion in Cross-Country Skiing and Active Mom. Born in Salt Lake City, UT on New Years Eve in 1982, and then raised in Alaska since age three, Kikkan has always been an athlete at heart, aspiring to the Olympics and beyond. Kikkan has raced in five Olympic Games; was the first US woman to win a World Cup and a World Championship medal in cross-country skiing; and is a 3-time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion. In addition to her athletic and academic pursuits, Kikkan is a passionate “Get-Active”ist promoting healthy lifestyles. She leads our USA division of Fast and Female as the President.


Liz Arky
Board Member, Fast and Female USA

Liz Arky is currently the principal in Arky Group Consulting, LLC, a specialty firm providing strategic, government relations and business development advice to corporate and non-profit clients. She was formerly Global Managing Director, Office of Government Relations for Accenture, a $30 billion global management consulting, technology and outsourcing company. Liz joined Accenture in 1999 to design, build and operate the global government relations function. She managed legislative, regulatory and business development strategies. She was a trusted advisor to company leadership and board of directors on the implications of policy for the company and its clients. She also managed global corporate citizenship initiatives on education and workforce development. Liz currently serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the US Ski and Snowboard Association, where she Chairs an Advisory Board to the Cross Country team.  She also serves on the Board of the Center for Board Excellence. Liz is a co-founder and current Board Member of First Book, a national children’s literacy nonprofit that has distributed over 150 million new books to disadvantaged children since 1992.

Katie Swenson
Board Member, Fast and Female USA

Skiing, biking, running and participating in sports from a young age instilled confidence, discipline and a strong work ethic in Katie. She went on to coach juniors and collegiate Nordic skiers, and managed the U.S. Nordic Ski teams. Katie knows personally about the positive influence of sports, and understands how important sports are to women of all ages. Katie has continued to work in the outdoor industry for almost 20 years, blending her passion for sports with her career. Currently Katie is focusing on her new baby girl while working on projects for Craft Sportswear. Previously Katie was National Sales Manager and Marketing Manager for Craft Sportswear North America. Katie directed strategy for Craft’s baselayer, cycling and Nordic categories which involved managing a team of sales reps, product selection, forecasting, and purchasing. In addition she managed tradeshows and advertising. Katie’s former positions include Sales and Sports Marketing Footwear Manager for Tecnica USA, and Product Manager for Salomon USA footwear and Nordic categories. Other roles in the outdoor industry have been with Swix Sports, Alpina Sports and the US Ski and Snow Board Association. Katie was named to Sporting Goods Business 2015 40 Under 40 list. Katie admires Fast and Female’s commitment to providing opportunities and instilling values through sports that will last a lifetime.