Blog posts by Kevin Lawrie

Balancing Your Communications Approach During COVID-19

06/05/2020 by Kevin Lawrie
COVID-19 has changed how we communicate. Face-to-face conversations are restricted. Conferences and annual meetings have moved to virtual spaces. Coaches and athletes are struggling to stay connected with each other. In this uncertainty, di ...

Evolving Challenges with Police Record Checks

20/12/2018 by Kevin Lawrie
We last wrote about Criminal Record Checks – a Discussion for Every Sport Organization in January 2016 and its time to update our knowledge in this area. This blogpost will review the new Ontario Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, discu ...

Does a Commissioner’s Office make sense for your sport organization?

07/06/2018 by Kevin Lawrie
Dispute resolution and abuse in sport are intersecting issues that can be addressed by policies (the current approach) or by an independent dispute resolution officer (an exciting new approach). The new “Commissioner’s Office” may be a good ...

ONCA Update – What’s New for Ontario Sport Organizations

26/01/2018 by Kevin Lawrie
The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) has been stuck in legislative limbo since 2010 – but there have been recent developments that affect every Ontario not-for-profit corporation. In November 2017 the Cutting Unnecessary Red ...

BC Societies Act – Practical Guidance for Transition

18/11/2016 by Kevin Lawrie
By now, most BC societies have received formal notice from BC Registry Services that the new BC Societies Act will come into force on November 28th, 2016 – less than two weeks. This blogpost will provide you with some practical guidance for ...

Game ON: Ontario’s New Sport Recognition Policy - 25-Point Checklist for PSOs

20/09/2016 by Kevin Lawrie
In our previous post about Game ON, we discussed the policies that Ontario Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) will need to have in order to be formally recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Now that the Sport ...

Governing Documents: Separating Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules

24/03/2016 by Kevin Lawrie
Recently, organizations in Ontario and BC have been asking us about transitioning to compliance with the upcoming Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) and the new BC Societies Act. For many organizations (especially local clubs) t ...

Criminal Record Checks – A Discussion For Every Sport Organization

07/01/2016 by Kevin Lawrie
Are Criminal Record Checks (CRCs) really necessary? Since they take time and effort for a volunteer to obtain, and they cost money, this is often the preliminary question that sport organizations discuss. Follow-up questions in the discussi ...

BC Societies Act to come into force in November 2016!

08/12/2015 by Kevin Lawrie
Big news for BC sports organizations! The new not-for-profit corporations act – the BC Societies Act – has been announced to come into force on November 28th, 2016. Every BC-based sport organization currently incorporated under the BC Socie ...

Accountability in Appeals Management: Who Watches the Watcher?

02/06/2015 by Kevin Lawrie
The Sport Law & Strategy Group has been handling internal appeals for sport organizations for over twenty years. Our task is to ensure procedural fairness during the process. This task typically involves the SLSG acting as a Case Manage ...
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