Fast and Female Team - Chandra Crawford

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

Chandra Crawford is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. In 2005, along with her teammates, she started Fast and Female to meet the next generation of ski racers and “inspire and be inspired.” In 2006 Chandra won Olympic Gold in cross-country skiing and captured the hearts of Canadians when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. In 2014 she retired from competitive ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team where she visited the world cup podium 7 times. She graduates from the University of Calgary in 2016 with her Masters in Business Administration, a degree that is really enhancing her ability to take Fast and Female to new levels. In the summer of 2016, Chandra is expecting her first child with her husband Jared Poplawski. Her main interests beyond Fast and Female consist of doing the following activities with friends, family and her golden retriever, Stella: running, road biking, yoga, camping, dancing, reading, languages, eating seafood, travel, concerts, and any kind of adventure out in the mountains.

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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. She has 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. 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, touch football player and triathlete.

Carly Lewis – Calgary, Alberta
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada

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

Natalie Agro
Board Member, Fast and Female Canada



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

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. She is a 2001 graduate of East High School and is currently an undergraduate business major at Alaska Pacific University. Kikkan has raced in four 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 passionately involved with Healthy Futures and Fast and Female, organizations that promote the benefits of healthy active lifestyles to youth.


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.