Natalie Kwadrans

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Natalie Kwadrans (born Natalie Andrès on February 14, 1973 in Montréal, Québec) is a French-Canadian athlete. Although she is primarily known as a former member of the Canadian Snowboard Team, she was an avid volleyball player. She played for the Concordia Stingers in 1994–1995.


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.

Kwadrans moved to Whistler, British Columbia and joined the Canadian National Alpine Snowboard Team in the fall of 1995. She retired when Canada did not send any women snowboard racers to represent the country at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. She returned to school in 1999 and completed her MBA at Athabasca University while working full-time. In August 2001, Kwadrans and her beach volleyball partner, Olga Hibjan, ranked 27th in Canada. 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.[1] In 2009, Kwadrans completed her Lean Manufacturing Certification.

Kwadrans has been focusing on her career in business, project management and marketing, working for some of Canada's and the world's largest organizations, such as Delta Hotels, Manpower Inc., Fasken Martineau, Best Buy Canada, GE Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shaw Communications and TELUS. In 2003 and 2004, she was the Legal Marketing Association's [2] International Marketing Committee Chair. She wrote "Clients – It's That Simple",[3] a short article which appeared in PM Magazine[4] in May 2003.

In 2004, Dr. Janice Thomas, Dr. Thomas Mengel and Kwadrans co-authored an academic research paper called Surfing the edge of chaos – Developing the master project manager.[5] The paper was selected for presentation at the 2004 Project Management Institute Global Congress – North America held in Anaheim, California. This paper served as the basis of a newer article, Preparing project managers to deal with complexity – Advanced project management education[6] co-authored by Drs. Thomas and Mengel and printed in the International Journal of Project Management in April 2008 (vol 28, issue 3).[7]

In the summer of 2012, she earned her CMA designation.

Kwadrans is now at TELUS as a mid-level manager in strategy, planning and operations. She is also a contract instructor at Mount Royal University's Continuing Education department.

On October 13, 2012, Natalie married Michael Kwadrans, in Streetsville, Ontario. They live in Calgary, with their daughter and dog.

Snowboard World Cup results[edit]

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

Media coverage[edit]

  • Snowboard squad notches top 10 spots in Nagano GS, Whistler Question, February 19, 1996
  • Natalie Andrès, 12e au Japon, Nord Info, 26 février 1996 / February 16, 1996
  • Boarders Rippin’ and Ridin’ across continents, Blackcomb Ski Club Express, March 1996
  • Natalie Andrès seule au sommet, Nord Info (cover page of their monthly Le Sportif section / page couverture de la section mensuelle 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
  • Franc succès au Tournoi des optimistes, La Voix des Mille-Îles, 22 mai, 1996 / May 22, 1996
  • [Article title unknown], Whistler Question, December 9, 1996
  • Andrès reçoit l’appui des Optimistes, Nord Info, 19 mai, 1996 / May 19, 1996
  • Shaken-up Andres on comeback trail, Vancouver Sun, December 14, 1996
  • Mountain FM morning show, December 12, 1996
  • Ruby captures women’s Super G title, Whistler Question, December 16, 1996
  • Une année riche en émotions, Nord Info (Le Sportif monthly section / section mensuelle Le Sportif), décembre 1996 / December 1996
  • Photo in crowd at the 1996 FIS Grundig World Cup welcome ceremonies, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, February 1997
  • FIS: PR: Mt. Bachelor Giant Slalom Results and Recap,[8]Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, February 8, 1997

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