The Toronto Maple Leafs today introduced Marian Agyei-Gyamera as the successful management candidate to take part in the club's newly formed Management and Coaching Development program. Agyei-Gyamera was selected for the role following an extensive and competitive application and interview process with many qualified candidates.
Agyei-Gyamera joins the Maple Leafs with a widespread background in the sporting industry having most recently worked with Commonwealth Sport Canada and Ringette Ontario in a marketing and communications capacity. Additionally, the Toronto native joined the Black Canadian Coaches Association as program manager where she spearheaded the Black Female Coaching Mentorship program and facilitated developmental sessions focused on leadership and mental health. Prior to her work with BCCA, Ringette Ontario and Commonwealth Sport Canada, Agyei-Gyamera worked with the Ottawa Sport & Social Club, Canada Basketball and North Pole Hoops. In 2016, she obtained a master's degree in Sport Management from Western University in addition to her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo where she was a varsity track & field athlete and worked as an equipment manager with the women's ice hockey team.
Within the Management Program, Agyei-Gyamera will spend time throughout the season with front office staff and the management team, including team president Brendan Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas, assistant general manager and Marlies senior vice president Laurence Gilman and members of the scouting staff and business management team.
In line with its commitment to advance diversity and inclusion, and to help eliminate barriers within the game of hockey, the Maple Leafs unveiled its new Management and Coaching Development Program this past May. Commencing this season, the program will provide full-time, one-year paid contract positions within the organization's management team and coaching staffs, respectively, to Black or Indigenous candidates or those who identify as part of another marginalized and/or racialized group and looking to gain exposure in a professional sports organization.
The primary goal of this recurring annual employment program is to provide two individuals the opportunity and training to forge their own careers in hockey. The program will provide valuable professional hockey front office and coaching experience, increase the candidates' social capital within the broader hockey community as well infuse a fresh perspective within the Maple Leafs organization. The club will seek two individuals with any level of experience in sport who exemplify a passion and dedication to growth within the game of hockey.