Hockey Canada Board of Directors chair Michael Brind’Amour has announced that he will be resigning from his position, effective immediately.
The resigning comes in the wake of a lot of controversy with Hockey Canada. Over the past few months, the organization has been under fire for two cases of sexual assault coming to light involving the 2003 and 2018 Canadian World Juniors teams. They have faced several hearings in front of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as a result, in which we’ve learned of their incompetence throughout the process of handling these cases.
Brind’Amour released a statement along with the announcement, saying:
“I have listened carefully and intently to the comments of Canadians about the culture of our sport and our organization, and about our actions and leadership. I understand that the actions we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution.
My final term ends in November 2022, and I know that there is no need to wait for a new era. Immediate action is essential to address the important challenges facing our organization and our sport, which our Action Plan works to accomplish. I would not be able to see this renewal through and have therefore announced my resignation to the Board of Directors.
I am reassured that The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C., has agreed to lead a governance review of our organization that will help us make the changes that are needed. I am confident the recommendations will guide the organization into a future of desired change.
I wish the best of success to those who will succeed me.”
Hockey Canada said in a statement that they will meet and appoint an interim chair in the coming days, with the next board election scheduled for November.
This could be first of many resignations in the coming months.