Over the past 25 years, Cheryl Humphrey has held senior positions in both the non-profit and government sectors both as a consultant and an employee. She led Swim Alberta as their trusted Executive Director for nearly a decade, bringing her strong leadership skills and compassionate approach to support the organization’s mission and vision. Cheryl is a leader who cares, and this is evident in how she works with others to support their goals.
Cheryl joined Sport Law in 2021, bringing a wealth of knowledge and executive leadership experience in the areas of strategic and operational planning and implementation, governance, stakeholder engagement, and managing change. Cheryl is a creative problem solver who loves working alongside others to create thriving cultures. She embodies a management by values ethos and believes in bringing integrity and professionalism to her work, leading with courage and strength, and learning through open-mindedness. Cheryl is passionate about working with people in organizations to strengthen their ability to deliver on their mandates.
Over the span of her career, Cheryl has been at the forefront of system change in sport, by ensuring that the organizations she supported had a solid foundation to sustain their mission. Cheryl is known for her optimistic approach to modernization including bringing a depth of experience in enhancing governance systems, updating policies and streamlining committees, and creating transparent communications to foster trust. At Swim Alberta, Cheryl was instrumental in building a solid foundation to enable membership growth while also supporting the advanced development and implementation of a framework for high-performance swimming. Most recently, she is proud of her contributions to lead sport in Alberta through the COVID Pandemic by leveraging relationships with the provincial government, municipalities, facilities and other provincial sport and recreation associations.
Cheryl has a degree in Physical Education (Kinesiology) from the University of Alberta, where she focused on sport administration. In 2017, she became a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University and has numerous specialized trainings including change management processes and group and team coaching.
While raising three boys, Cheryl volunteered on many boards, as well as officiated as a referee at swim meets. She enjoys long walks, being near water (not easily found in Alberta), practicing yoga and exploring the restaurant scene with friends.