Andrea Skinner has been named interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors amid scrutiny over the organization’s handling of sexual assault allegations against members of former men’s junior teams.
Skinner, a Toronto attorney, is the first woman to chair Hockey Canada’s board of directors. She succeeds Michael Brind’Amour, who resigned last week.
The national governing body’s 13 provincial, regional and territory federations recommended Skinner fill in as interim chairman until the end of the current board’s term in November, Hockey Canada said in a statement Tuesday.
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The federal government froze funding for Hockey Canada after it was revealed the organization had quietly settled a lawsuit involving a woman who claimed she was at Hockey Canada’s London, Ontario gala earlier this year by members of the junior team of the Men sexually assaulted in 2018.
Since then, Hockey Canada has announced that members of the 2003 junior team are under investigation for alleged sexual assault in Nova Scotia.
The funding freeze will continue until Hockey Canada meets several conditions, including a plan to change its culture.
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“Hockey Canada has been the organization Canadians trust to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences since 1914. Recent events have called that trust into question,” Hockey Canada said in the statement announcing Skinner’s appointment.
“With the recent launch of Hockey Canada’s Action Plan, we have made a commitment, among other things, to raising the expectations of everyone involved in ice hockey and driving positive behavior from the grassroots to the national team level.”
Skinner was first elected to the board in 2020. She played college hockey at Cornell for four years.
“As a board, we listen to Canadians,” Skinner said. “We are working to change the culture of ice hockey in a meaningful and positive way.
“I strongly believe that the organization is taking positive steps to make a meaningful shift from the grassroots to the high-performing national team level.”
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