Natalie Kwadrans (born Natalie Andrès on February 14, 1973 in Montreal, Quebec) is a French-Canadian athlete. Although she is primarily known as a former member of the Canadian Snowboard Team, she also was an avid volleyball player. She is no longer a competitive athlete as she is now a full time senior business leader and keeps active with her family.
In 1990, Kwadrans' younger brother inspired her to try snowboarding. She began competing in provincial races and finished 2nd in Québec at the end of the 1990–1991 season. In March 1991, she competed in her first international race in the prestigious Burton US Open in Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont after winning the pre-qualification races to take the only available wildcard spot in the women's giant slalom (GS) and slalom (SL) events.
At the time she started boarding, there were very few women involved in the sport, and Kwadrans became actively involved in promoting the sport. She joined the board of Surf des Neiges Québec (Québec Snowboarding Association) and was their Director of Marketing between 1993 and 1995. She commissioned her brother to create the association's first logo (which he did pro-bono), developed its first media kit, actively promoted the sport in the province and was able to double sponsorship revenues to help grow the association's grass roots and competitive programs. In November 1993, Surf des Neiges Québec participated in the Super Salon de Sport et Plein Air (now known as 'Le Salon National du Grand Air'), which showcased the sport to over 70,000 visitors through live snowboarding demonstrations performed on a slope of snow that was created in the Montreal Olympic Stadium's stands. While actively competing in snowboarding, she also played for the Concordia Stingers in 1994–1995.
Kwadrans moved to Whistler, British Columbia and joined the Canadian National Alpine Snowboard Team in the summer of 1995. She retired when Canada did not send any women snowboard racers to represent the country at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. She moved to Vancouver in 1999 and joined the beach volleyball scene. In August 2001, Kwadrans and her beach volleyball partner, Olga Hibjan, ranked 27th in Canada.
Academic and professional career
After retiring from snowboarding, Kwadrans returned to school in 1999 and completed her MBA at Athabasca University while working full-time. In December 2001, she graduated from Athabasca's Executive MBA program and was honoured with the University's Best Papers Award 2001/2002 for her thesis entitled Issues surrounding patenting intellectual property online.
As she continued to progressively taken on roles with more responsibility, Kwadrans decided an accounting designation would further support her professional growth. In the summer of 2012, she earned her Certified Management Accountants of Canada designation, now known as Chartered Professional Accountant
Kwadrans is a business strategist, with a heavy focus on implementing integrated marketing and customer experience programs. She has worked for some of Canada's and the world's largest organizations, such as Scotiabank, TELUS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GE Capital, Best Buy Canada, Fasken, Manpower Inc. and Delta Hotels. She is currently the Vice-President, Performance Marketing at Yardstick Training. She also takes on occasional contracts as an instructor at various universities, including Mount Royal University and Yorkville University.
In terms of professional development, Kwadrans is still learning and is slowly working towards her MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris. However, this endeavour is currently paused as she fights aggressive stage 3 breast cancer. As part of her ongoing learnings, she also started blogging about continuous learning on her blog www.kwadrans.net
On October 13, 2012, Natalie married Michael Kwadrans, in Streetsville, Ontario. They live in Calgary, with their two children and two dogs. Together, they enjoy spending time in the mountains, snowboarding/skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and camping.
FIS Snowboard World Cup results
Note: only top 30 finishes are listed.
- February 10, 1996 – Kanbayashi, Japan – FIS World Cup Circuit – GS – 17th
- February 11, 1996 – Kanbayashi, Japan – FIS World Cup Circuit – Slalom – 19th
- February 16, 1996 – Yomase, Japan – FIS World Cup Circuit – GS – 12th
- February 24, 1996 – Calgary, AB – FIS World Cup Circuit – PSL – 22nd
- March 2, 1996 – Sun Peaks, BC – FIS World Cup Circuit – PSL – 21st
- March 14, 1996 – Mt. Bachelor, OR – FIS World Cup Championships – GS – 20th
- March 15, 1996 – Mt. Bachelor, OR – FIS World Cup Championships – Slalom – 22nd
- March 16, 1996 – Mt. Bachelor, OR – FIS World Cup Championships – PSL – 21st
- December 12, 1996 – Whistler, BC – FIS World Cup Circuit – Super G – 25th
- December 12, 1996 – Whistler, BC – FIS World Cup Circuit – GS – 25th
- December 18, 1996 – Sun Peaks, BC – FIS World Cup Circuit – GS – 29th
- January 10, 1996 – Kirkwood, CA – FIS North-American Race – GS – 9th
- February 1, 1997 – Mt. St. Anne, QC – FIS World Cup Circuit – Slalom – 29th
- February 1, 1997 – Mt. St. Anne, QC – FIS World Cup Circuit – GS – 27th
- February 7, 1997 – Mt. Bachelor, OR – FIS World Cup Championships – GS – 24th
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- FIS: PR: Mt. Bachelor Giant Slalom Results and Recap, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, February 8, 1997
- Photo in crowd at the 1996 FIS Grundig World Cup welcome ceremonies, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, February 1997
- Une année riche en émotions, Nord Info (Le Sportif monthly section / section mensuelle Le Sportif), décembre 1996 / December 1996
- Ruby captures women’s Super G title, Whistler Question, December 16, 1996
- Shaken-up Andres on comeback trail, Vancouver Sun, December 14, 1996
- Mountain FM morning show, December 12, 1996
- [Article title unknown], Whistler Question, December 9, 1996
- Franc succès au Tournoi des optimistes, La Voix des Mille-Îles, 22 mai, 1996 / May 22, 1996
- Andrès reçoit l’appui des Optimistes, Nord Info, 19 mai, 1996 / May 19, 1996
- Natalie Andrès seule au sommet, Nord Info (cover page Le Sportif section / page couverture de la section Le Sportif), avril 1996 / April 1996
- Natalie Andrès frappée par un virus – Elle ratera la compétition en Californie, La Voix des Mille-Îles, 6 mars, 1996 / March 6, 1996
- Boarders Rippin’ and Ridin’ across continents, Blackcomb Ski Club Express, March 1996
- Natalie Andrès, 12e au Japon, Nord Info, 26 février 1996 / February 16, 1996
- Snowboard squad notches top 10 spots in Nagano GS, Whistler Question, February 19, 1996