Details of Hockey Canada governance review announced

Hockey Canada governance review details announced

UPDATE DAY

In November 2022, in time for Hockey Canada's Annual General Meeting, the first recommendations for the organization's governance review will be known. 

Hockey Canada announced Thursday that it has retained former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to conduct the independent review. He will be supported by Victoria Prince and Nadia Effendi, partners of the Toronto law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, S.R.L.

The use of the National Equity Fund by Hockey Canada will be one of the issues judged by the Review Committee. Recall that the organization got into hot water after revealing that it had settled out of court a story of gang rape by players of the national junior team which took place in June 2018. The alleged victim of the assault had been awarded $3.55 million in damages.

In July, Hockey Canada said it had overhauled its sexual assault claim fund. This emergency resource, funded through the registration fees of hockey players across the country, will no longer be used in cases of sexual abuse.

The organization said that a new fund covering sexual abuse could be created if the independent review deemed it necessary.

To the top

Since it is Hockey Canada's upper echelons that have been singled out by Ottawa politicians, the structure and degree of oversight of the Board of Directors will be considered during the review.

The work of the senior management team in managing the operation of Hockey Canada, “from local programs to high performance programs”, will also be judged.

Finally, recommendations could be issued with the aim of regain the trust of Canadians in the organization.

“A comprehensive governance review is a key step in regaining the trust of Canadians and ensuring that we have the right people and the right systems in place to implement our action plan to improve the sport of Canada,” said Michael Brind'Amour, chair of Hockey Canada's board of directors, in a written statement.

“We heard the message t very clear from the population and are determined to make the changes necessary to be an organization that lives up to its expectations,” he said.