Hockey Canada review will be overseen by a former judge of the Supreme Court of Canada

Hockey Canada review will be overseen by a former judge of the Supreme Court of Canada

An ex-jude on Canada's Supreme Court will oversee an independent review of Hockey Canada's governance. This is in response to calls for Hockey Canada to change its leadership regarding recent allegations of sexual assault against athletes.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday in a statement that the review will immediately begin and it is expected to make interim recommendations prior to its annual general meeting in November.

Hockey Canada reports that the review will “examine the organisation and make recommendations to ensure its governance system, personnel, and processes are geared towards the requirements of a national sporting organization of similar size and scope in Canada.”

It will also look at Hockey Canada's use its “National Equity Fund”, which is maintained through membership fees and used against uninsured liability. This included sexual assault cases being settled.

Thomas Cromwell was a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada between December 2008 and September 2016.

Hockey Winnipeg President Daryl Fowler said that the review was long overdue. Parents deserve to know where their registration fee goes.

He stated, “An independent review to let parents know where their money goes is better than what has been happening in the past.” “The money goes to the associations, the provinces and Hockey Canada… but the grassroots players get very little back.”

Hockey Canada published the governance review in an Open Letter last month. It was in response to news that Hockey Canada had reached a settlement after members of the 2018 junior world team were charged with group sexual assault in May after a Hockey Canada gala held in London, Ontario.

The woman who filed the complaint sought more than $3.5 million in damages from Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League. The details of the settlement are not public, and the allegations were not proven in court.

Last month, another allegation of group sexual abuse was made against the 2003 world junior team.

At the parliamentary hearing last week into Hockey Canada’s handling of 2018 allegations, Brian Cairo, the chief financial officer, testified that Hockey Canada has paid $7.6million in nine settlements regarding claims of sexual assault and/or abuse since 1989. $6.8million of this was for serial abuser Graham James.

The unaddressed amount of the settlement from 2018 is not included in the figure.

Hockey Canada stated that it has stopped using the National Equity Fund for sexual assault cases.

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