11: Lisa Harlow, Saint John Storm

Lisa Harlow with father Larry, at the inaugural IFAF Women’s World Football Championships in 2010 (From the Michelle Young-Mather collection)

One of the most pioneering women in Atlantic Canadian football, Lisa Harlow’s name is synonymous with achievement. Having starred in the Maritime Women’s Football League during its nascent years, Harlow quickly became one of the feature players with the dynastic Saint John Storm.

Becoming the first player inducted into the Storm’s Ring of Honour, Harlow would also make her mark by becoming head coach, emulating her father, Larry, who served in the same capacity for a number of seasons. Leading the club to the Judy Upward Trophy, such a milestone affirmed Harlow’s status as an icon in Maritime football.

Perhaps no highlight in Harlow’s storied career shall compare to the opportunity to don the Canadian jersey at the inaugural IFAF Women’s World Football Championships in 2010. Among a gathering of superb MWFL talent that made up more than half of the Canadian roster, she was part of a watershed moment in both Canadian football and league lore, signaling the arrival of women in the gridiron conversation.

12: Julie Paetsch

13: Lindsay Ertman

Attempting to evade a tackle from a Lethbridge Steel defender during a May 31, 2014 contest at Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium (Credit: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal)

One of the first superstars of female football in Western Canada, Lindsay Ertman holds a treasured place in Edmonton sporting lore. Quiet yet strong willed, Ertman spent over a decade with the Edmonton Storm, establishing herself as an empowering pioneer that set the stage for the gridiron opportunities of today’s generation.

14: Karin Simmons, Edmonton Storm, Quarterback

15: Tannis Wilson

16: Erin Walton, Calgary Rage

17: Emma Hicks

18: Aria McGowan, Edmonton Storm, Quarterback

19: Laurence Pontbriand, Team Canada 2013 and 2017, Montreal Blitz

20: Kessie Stefanyk, Lethbridge Steel