Brenda Andress, also known as the “Thought Leader," is the former Commissioner of the Canadian Women’s National Hockey League, founder and current president of SheIS. SheIS is a new nonprofit which uses the power of women’s sport to create a future of, by and for strong women. The organization represents the first time in history that male and female leaders from every major sport have come together in support of one cause. For the past 10 years, Brenda has shaped and led the CWHL’s vision to create the world’s most exceptional women's professional hockey league. Brenda has taken the League and the sport to an unprecedented level and is growing the game internationally and will launch China's first professional women's hockey teams. Brenda’s career in community recreation saw her rise to upper management at the tender age of 28. For two decades, her leadership and vision helped communities stay healthy and fit as the Director of Parks and Recreation.
Brenda was instrumental in the planning, development and opening of State of the Art facilities and her work over the years saw her become the recipient of a Province of Ontario award for innovation. In 2013, Brenda was recognized with a “Women of Distinction” award by the YWCA, for her work in championing accessibility and diversity in sport. That same year, The Hockey News named Brenda one of “The Powers of the Future” in their annual Power and Influence issue. In 2014, she was named the top 100 Award winner as Canada’s Most Powerful women by WXN and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport, Most Influential Women of 2014 and 2015. Always athletic, Brenda discovered hockey at the age of 16 and became the first woman to ever play for a men’s college varsity team, suiting up for Centennial College in 1978. Brenda’s love of hockey took her into refereeing the game, ultimately achieving one of the highest rankings: Level 6. Brenda is the author of two books, mother of two amazing children, and grandmother to four equally wonderful grandchildren.