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Re-Imagining Sport: Part 3

Published on October 14, 2022. Read part 1 and part 2 of this conversation now. Sometimes leading means leaving. It may feel counter-intuitive but read on if you are curious ...

Beyond Binary World Views: How embracing polarities helps leaders deal more effectively with complexity - Part 2

Published on October 6, 2022 Last month I wrote about how humans try to organize complexity into nice little boxes. Dealing with challenges, maltreatment, conflict, the pandemic, increasing scrutiny and ...

Beyond Binary World Views: How embracing polarities helps leaders deal more effectively with complexity - Part 1

As a long-time passionate advocate for healthy, human sport, I have made a conscious decision to focus on hope-filled solutions to counter so much of the negative and depleted narrative ...

Accessing Our Zones of Genius

I have just completed a weeklong integration learning session with Coaches Rising – a global community of professional coaches who believe that the work we do can transform lives, build ...

Case Law Update: Delay in Administrative Proceedings

Published on August 11, 2022 Justice delayed is justice denied. But exactly how long is too long? Sport organizations are frequently required to manage administrative processes, from team selections to ...

A Call to Inspired Action

For the past decade, the team at Sport Law has sometimes felt alone on an island, speaking about humanistic and values-based approaches to leading, competing, and coaching in sport. Over ...

Understanding our social location to forge stronger connections

Published on June 24, 2022 “Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” This quote from author and researcher Brené Brown sums up how I ...

Virtual Meeting Roadshow - Part 3 - Adventures in Voting

Published on May 31, 2022 This blog is Part 3 of our ongoing virtual meeting roadshow, where we share our learnings and interesting moments from the hosting of online member ...

Right to Disconnect

Published on May 25, 2022 The Rolodex. Fax machines. The watercooler. Icons and increasingly relics of ‘the office’ that are no longer relevant in the modern workplace. Mobile technologies, such ...

Restoring Trust: How measuring culture will help to elevate sport

Sport Law has been accompanying sport leaders since 1992, helping them address legal, governance and communications issues. During this time, we listened to the growing needs of leaders who were ...

"Relax, it was just a joke...": Ontario Court of Appeal upholds zero tolerance for inappropriate workplace behaviour

In a widely anticipated decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the termination of a 30-year employee for a single incident of misconduct. In Render v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited, ...

A Public Accounting is Needed to Save Sport

Published on March 31, 2022 Anyone else feel that sport is in deep transition? Everywhere we turn we see organizational leaders being fired or leaving because they are burned out. ...

Clarity on Duty to Accommodate Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccinations on Religious Grounds

Published on March 10, 2022 A challenging issue that sport organizations have navigated in recent months is the implementation of mandatory vaccination policies. While vaccination requirements, along with testing and ...

Social Media Policies: Principles and Enforcement

Published on February 25, 2022 Overview Social media use is abundant today, especially as COVID restrictions have moved much of our personal and professional lives online. Many sport organizations have ...

Demystifying Legal Processes in Sport

Published on January 27, 2022 Part of our commitment to elevate sport is providing accessible information and practical guidance to the Canadian sport community, including clarifying frequently used terms. Given ...

Defining Moment for Canadian Sport Organizations – Let Values Lead the Way

Published on January 25, 2022 Last year I delivered a dozen keynotes on the state of sport and what we believe is needed to better meet the needs of the ...

Clarifying Roles for Greater Success

Published January 19, 2022 I Thought YOU Were Doing That You’ve probably seen it before. Lofty goals and program objectives are listed in a strategic plan, but just don’t seem ...

Hope on the Horizon

Published January 12, 2022 As we turn our tired hearts to 2022, the team members at Sport Law are here to support sport leaders, coaches, athletes, and volunteers through the ...

Fully Human

Published December 14, 2021 Having just completed the 4th Sport Leaders Retreat, Sport Law is accompanying a group of technical leaders on what will be our 5th Quest in a ...

Moments that Matter

Published November 12, 2021 As a femtor, I have made a commitment to say ‘yes’ when I get asked to have a conversation with an emerging sport leader or an ...

Virtual Meeting Roadshow: Part 2

Published November 9, 2021 Since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, we have all shifted to a new virtual reality. When we posted our initial blog about hosting your ...

Sport Law Launches Virtual Sport Leaders Retreat for Coaches and Technical Leadership Only 10 Spots Left!

Published October 29, 2021 The Virtual Sport Leaders Retreat: Sport Coaches and Technical Leadership Edition was inspired by the lessons learned from the Sport Leaders Retreat – a leadership experience that was launched ...

The Expendables

Published October 19, 2021 A few months ago, we paid homage to the great Phil Collins in our blog on generative tension which explored the natural tension that arises when two or more people work together towards ...

Sport Law Now Offering Virtual Grief and Loss Literacy Workshop on December 8th – Spaces Limited!

Published October 5, 2021 November 3, 2021 – Sport Law is excited to launch a new virtual offering to support grief and loss literacy for caring leaders in and outside ...

Considerations when Developing a Mandatory Vaccination Policy

Published September 30, 2021 As we gradually return to organized activities, many Sport Organizations are looking to update their COVID protocols for their employees, volunteers, participants, and spectators. A key issue is whether to introduce a ...

Sport Law Expanding Coast to Coast – Meet our Fab Five New Team Members

Published September 29, 2021 September 29, 2021 – (Ottawa) Sport Law is committed to serving sport organizations in their desire to fulfill their mission and live their values. To support ...

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) to become law on October 19, 2021.

Published September 25, 2021 Written by: John Gobin In our continuing series of blog posts on the ONCA, this post will focus on the implementation of the Act, new amendments ...

From Efforting to Activating… Reframing through the MIN-MAX Principle

Published September 1, 2021 I was in a conversation with a client recently and they remarked how they were exhausted all the time and were struggling to recharge their depleted ...

Expanding to the East Coast

Published August 25, 2021 By: Will Russell I am very excited to be joining Sport Law and contributing to the continued success of the group as well as the Sport Organizations that ...

Lightening our Load

Published July 29, 2021 This blog is dedicated to the care professionals … the ones who go the extra mile, who put the needs of others before their own, who ...

Understanding the psychology of loss...why we must do better.

Published July 12, 2021 When we are bereaved, we feel ‘torn apart’. Words that often accompany our losses, both death and non-death related include ‘gutted, heartbroken, empty, dead inside, devastated, ...

Sport Law and NOVA Global Inc Strike a Partnership to Support Sport Leaders

Published June 30, 2021 June 30, 2021 – Sport Law is pleased to announce that seven members of our team are now certified in the use of the NOVA Profile, a psychometric ...

Generative Tension

Published June 17, 2021 It feels like Phil Collins understands a thing or two about tension. It is not widely known that arguably his best solo song, “In the Air Tonight,” was written ...

Leaders as Catalysts for Meaningful Change

Published June 10, 2021 ‘What got us here, won’t get us there.’ That seems to be the prevailing sentiment when I sit down with leaders to figure out how we ...

Welcome to Sport Law

Published June 1, 2021 Ottawa – June 2, 2021 –Getting to simple requires such hard work. After almost a year of soul searching, working with our branding partner Godzspeed, engaging our ...

Sport Law Group Now Offering Virtual Grief and Loss Literacy Workshop on June 17th – Spaces Limited!

Published May 27, 2021 May 26, 2021 – Sport Law is excited to launch a new virtual offering to support grief and loss literacy for coaches, athletes, sport administrators, and ...

Sport Law Launches Sport Leaders Retreat – Virtual Edition!

Published May 18, 2021 Ottawa, May 18, 2021 - Sport Law is responding to the sport community’s need for leadership development training that is customized, sport specific, and supported by ...

Feeling Disenfranchised… You Are Not Alone

Published April 27, 2021 Who am I to grieve? This question has surfaced over and over while hosting facilitated conversations with athletes, coaches, sport leaders, and others. My response … who are you not to? ...

Conscious Completion

Published April 5, 2021 Saying goodbye is hard.   Have you noticed that sport leaders are really good at taking on new challenges, initiating things, and managing by objectives? I ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 18

Published March 26, 2021 March 26, 2021 –The SLSG believes in bringing members of the sport community together through our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share”, spending an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 17

Published March 2, 2021 February 24, 2021 –The SLSG believes in bringing members of the sport community together through our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share”, spending an hour ...

Black History Month 2021: "The Future is Now"

Published February 25, 2021 By: Melissa Knox I need to make my own t-shirt that reads, “Black History Is Every Month.”  February, the shortest month of the year.  Just when ...

Mentoring, Femtoring, and Beyond

Published February 9, 2021 As someone who likes to explore novel ideas or find innovative ways to spark conversation within the sport sector, I am offering up this blog to ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips from Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share! - Update 16

Published January 21, 2021 The SLSG believes in bringing members of the sport community together through our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share”, spending an hour with sport leaders ...

Run Therapy

Published January 14, 2021 Written by: Dina Bell-Laroche As we enter into 2021, the invitation is to explore the hidden depths of our souls such as we can show up ...

Life as Practice

Published December 31, 2020 Written by: Dina Bell-Laroche As we look ahead to 2021, we might find ourselves feeling a mixture of emotions … fear, sadness, happiness, anger, disgust, or ...

Letting Go of 2020 With the Snow

Published December 22, 2020 By: Stephanie Potter Sport has played such a significant role in my life, and I am beyond thrilled to have joined the SLSG so that I ...

Highlights from Conversation Matters – You Ask, We Share!

Published December 17, 2020  The SLSG believes in bringing members of the sport community together through our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share”, spending an hour with sport leaders ...

A Grief Expressed

Published December 8, 2020 In his poignant essay on the deep sadness he experienced after the death of his cherished wife Joy Davidman, author C.S. Lewis acknowledged that he was surprised to ...

Re-imagining Sport - The Conversation Continues

Published November 25, 2020 Recently, we’re been asked to join virtual AGMs, town halls, and other gatherings to stimulate discussion, challenge outdated mindsets, and open hearts to new possibilities. What ...

Waivers: Format and Management During COVID-19 and Beyond

Published November 13, 2020 Paper Waivers vs. Electronic Waivers Have we finally gone paperless on this issue? In these unprecedented times, the paper waiver is being ushered ever further out ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Highlight from Conversation Matters – You Ask, We Share!

Published November 3, 2020 November 3, 2020 –The SLSG believes in bringing members of the sports community together through our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share”, spending an hour ...

Beyond Cultural Competence

Published October 14, 2020 By Dina Bell-Laroche Over the past several decades societies have endeavored, some more than others, to challenge and address injustices including racism, inequity, and exclusionary practices, ...

Queen’s University Selects the SLSG to Conduct Review of Athletics & Recreation Department

Published September 21, 2020 September 21, 2020 – The SLSG is pleased to announce that we will be working with Queen’s University’s Athletics & Recreation on a department review. This ...

Start with Heart

Published September 10, 2020 In preparing for an upcoming project that focuses on leadership, current safe sport practices, and management by values, I read Scaling Leadership by R. Anderson and ...

Conversation Matters Returns

Published September 9, 2020 September 9, 2020 – After an intentional pause to recharge, SLSG Partners have relaunched our monthly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” to bring insight and ...

Finding Our Way

Published September 1, 2020 Through our work, we have received hundreds of messages and calls from sport leaders across the country expressing their longing for a different way. This blog ...

Updates from the SLSG

Published August 26, 2020 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is pleased to share several updates that reflect our commitment to bringing strategic insight and exceptional services to the ...

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Published August 25, 2020 I am incredibly excited to be joining the SLSG team and I look forward to connecting with so many of you in the near future.  With ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Welcomes New Team Member

Published July 1, 2020 The Sport Law & Strategy Group is pleased to announce that lawyer Michelle Kropp has joined our existing team of eleven professionals located across the country ...

Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and New Beginnings

Published July 1, 2020 As the newest member of the SLSG, I am very excited to be joining a group of professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable sport consultants. I began my ...

Virtual Meeting Roadshow – What We Have Learned

Published June 29, 2020 Since posting our earlier blogs about hosting your AGM amidst COVID-19 and SLSG’s  Simply Voting subscription to support sport organizations, the response from the sport community ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 12

Published June 25, 2020 The SLSG has been hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” spending an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and responding ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group’s Integral Coaches Supporting a Healthy and Holistic Return to Sport

Published June 23, 2020 Throughout the pandemic, the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has been supporting sport organizations in their Return to Sport plans by ensuring they are meeting ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 10

Published June 4, 2020 The SLSG is cotinuing to host its weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country ...

Zoomed Out? Try Something New!

Published June 3, 2020 In a pre-COVID-19 world, most of our clients did not know what the word ZOOM meant. Now it’s a verb as in “I’m zoomed out.” (Note: ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 9

Published May 31, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

SLSG Curated COVID-19 Information and Resources Available!

Published May 28, 2020 For more than 25 years the SLSG has been committed to providing current and relevant information to the Canadian sport community to help better manage the ...

Strengthening Emotional Intelligence During Disruptive Times

Published April 28, 2020 In 2018 I became certified in using the EQ-i and the EQ 360 psychometric assessment tools that support a deepened understanding of how emotions influence the way ...

Returning to Participation Under COVID-19: Updating Your Waivers and Forms

Published May 20, 2020 What if one of your participants exposes another participant to COVID-19? And that participant blames you? We strongly recommend that sport organizations update their waivers and ...

Dynamic Planning

Published May 19, 2020 Strategic planning is one of the ways sport leaders can minimize uncertainty, create a galvanizing vision to rally the troops, express shared values that reflect a ...

Managing Your Sport Organization Through COVID-19 Updated!

Published May 19, 2020 As this is a rapidly changing environment, the information contained in this summary document may not be the most up to date and we have used ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 8

Published May 14, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

Re-imagining Sport

Published May 12, 2020 I listened to author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek speak unedited to his team recently and he asked a powerful question: “What will we become?” This ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 7

Published May 7, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

Balancing Your Communications Approach During COVID-19

Published May 6, 2020 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 ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 6

Published May 4, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

Good Grief

Published May 4, 2020 As I wrote about earlier this week, helping others and expressing empathy releases the 'feel good' emotions that we need to thrive. Some of you might ...

How Caring For Each Other Makes A Difference

Published April 26, 2020 I recently read a great opinion piece in the Globe and Mail on how altruism can help people overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges. The ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 5

Published April 23, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

Maintaining Safe Sport During COVID-19

Published April 21, 2020 As the world continues to adjust to the “new normal” under COVID-19, sport leaders have been considering how best to encourage safe training environments for athletes ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 4

Published April 16, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 3

Published April 14, 2020 The SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” where we spend an hour with sport leaders from across the country sharing information and ...

SLSG Accesses Simply Voting Platform to Support Sport Organizations in Hosting Online Meetings

Published April 9, 2020 Earlier this week we blogged about the support that SLSG can provide for your meetings, as well as the latest federal and provincial updates on annual ...

From Me to We – How Coaching With Compassion Can Shift Our Way of Being

Published April 8, 2020 These are uncertain times. We are faced with unprecedented complexity and a rapidly changing crisis. Some can adapt and focus on the positive. Others are barely ...

Hosting Your AGM Amidst COVID-19

Published April 6, 2020 Due to COVID-19, many organizations who have regularly hosted their annual general meeting (AGM) over the next few months now face uncertainty as to when they ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19 – Update 2

Published April 2, 2020 Considering current world events, the SLSG is hosting weekly “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” and spent an hour sharing information and responding to questions from ...

Managing Your Sport Organization In The COVID-19 Environment

Published March 26, 2020 As this is a rapidly changing environment, the information contained in this summary document may not be the most up to date and we have used ...

Finding Meaning Through Grief

Published March 26, 2020 In her beautiful poem that has been shared across the globe, Kitty O’Meara’s “And the people stayed home” has struck a chord with all those affected ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Shares Helpful Tips During COVID-19

Published March 23, 2020 Considering current world events, the SLSG moved up the launch of “Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share” and yesterday spent an hour sharing information and responding ...

Launch Update of Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share! Online Sessions

Published March 20, 2020 In light of current world events, the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has updated the launch of Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share! online sessions ...

The Gifts Of Coaching Conversations

Published March 17, 2020 As a caring and values-based company, the SLSG has been working alongside its sport community partners over the past several weeks to minimize risks related to ...

Managing Risk Through Purposeful Communications

Published March 12, 2020 We recently published a blog on what organizations can do to mitigate travel related risks. As more and more events are being cancelled, we offer these ...

Preparing for COVID-19 & Assessing Your Travel Risks

Published March 9, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on sport is becoming increasingly worrisome and it has become THE story in 2020. Multiple world championship and Olympic qualification events, such ...

Demystifying Integral Coaching™

Published March 2, 2020 Since 2014, the SLSG has been providing Integral Coaching™  services to a growing number of clients. This blog serves to demystify the services we provide and ...

Sport Law and Strategy Group Offers Free Interactive Online Sessions for Sport Leaders

Published February 25, 2020 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) believes in giving back to the sport community that we have been serving since 1992. Last year we launched ...

Conversations Matter

Published February 18, 2020 Increasingly we are looking at proactive approaches to help our clients prevent the issues that are keeping them up at night. One of the simplest ways ...

Recruiting The Best Takes Effort

Published February 12, 2020 We are increasingly being asked for help to identify, vet, and select prospective employees, vendors and higher-level volunteers (like nominees for a Board of Directors) through ...

Travel Policy Suite for Managing Risks at Home and Abroad

Published January 26, 2020 Last year I blogged about the importance of preparing for team travel risks when travelling outside of Canada for competitions and training camps. I also co-hosted ...

State of Flow - Fueling Meaningful Work

Published January 20, 2020 As we look back on the last decade, I can’t help but recognize the significant shifts in the sport sector. As someone who has been working, ...

Two Sport Leaders Retreats Announced for 2020!

Published January 15, 2020 The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) are proud to collaborate on the annual Sport Leaders Retreat, ...

Finishing Strong

Published December 10, 2019 It struck me recently that we are masterful at initiating things as sport leaders, athletes, and coaches. We are forever looking to climb the next mountain ...

Sport Law & Strategy Offers Sport Leaders Two Opportunities for Growth

Published December 9, 2019 Parliamentary Workshop for Sport Leaders - Monday, January 20th from 9am-4pm at the House of Sport After delivering their most recent webinar on Managing Meeting Challenges ...

Stewarding Conflict - Part 2

Published December 3, 2019 A few weeks ago, I published Part 1 of Stewarding Conflict to explain different ways that people hold conflict. Our lawyers at SLSG are experienced at ...

Another successful Sport Leaders Retreat!

Published December 3, 2019 Dina Bell-Laroche facilitated a 3 day Sport Leaders Retreat with 10 sport stewards from across the country and from 10 different sport. Together, they discovered new ...

Stewarding Conflict - Part 1

Published November 27, 2019 This blog is about working through conflict in a deliberate and purposeful way. The word conflict derives from the Latin word conflictus which means to ‘strike ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Is Expanding

Published November 26, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is a team of 11 professionals working exclusively in the Canadian sport sector helping sport organizations be the best ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group 'Walks' Its Values

Published November 5, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is inviting sport leaders from across the country to take a few minutes to let us know what you ...

Rising Up

Published October 30, 2019 Last weekend I hosted the first Leading with Values Retreat for female leaders in partnership with Sport PEI. Their executive director Gemma Koughan had attended the ...

Liberated

Published October 16, 2019 As I begin my new chapter with the Sport Law and Strategy Group (SLSG) as a leadership coach and consultant, I am reflecting on my time ...

SLSG Announces New Associate - Lauren Brett

Published October 16, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group is pleased to announce that former national team rhythmic gymnast and national team coach Lauren Brett, has joined our team ...

Taking Coaches To The Next Level - What I Learned From Coaching the Coaches

Published October 7, 2019 Earlier this year I completed an eight-month coaching journey that completely transformed my coaching practice. As an Integral Master CoachTM, I have been longing to support ...

New Certified Parliamentarian With The Sport Law & Strategy Group

Published September 16, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group is pleased to announce that one of our associates, Jason Robinson, has successfully passed the exam to become a Certified ...

Lessons From The Mat - A Commitment By Wrestling Canada To Shape A World-Leading Culture

Published July 24, 2019 As part of its commitment to create a high performing, safe and respectful environment for high performance athletes and coaches, Wrestling Canada (WCL) was inspired to ...

Inspired Governance - A Way Forward For Sport Leaders

Published July 15, 2019 I have been writing about governance gremlins and outdated sport systems over the past year and my hope with this blog is to share some of ...

Governance Gremlins Threaten Sport's Ability To Thrive

Published July 4, 2019 Over the past 27 years, the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has written hundreds of articles on topics related to the law, planning, leadership, and ...

The Risk Of Not Reconciling Grief - A Different Way For Sport Leaders To Integrate Loss

Published June 20, 2019 This blog was written to share what I’ve come to learn about grieving (internal response to loss) and mourning (shared experience of loss or grief gone ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Advises Whitecaps FC on Safe Sport Practices

Published May 27, 2019 The Whitecaps FC announced today that the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has been retained as the independent third party to conduct a thorough review ...

A Journey To Safe And Thriving Sport

Published May 22, 2019 By LJ Bartle and Tia Wintre Two years ago, we made one of those big life decisions to leave an organization we both cared about deeply. ...

Into The Deep - Accessing the 5th Dimension

Published May 7, 2019 Of late, I have been reflecting on the state of sport and our collective desire to ensure it supports a holistic, healthy and safe experience for ...

Trust - The One Thing That Makes Anything Possible

Published March 26, 2019 Given the current landscape of sport, we have been spending a lot of time reflecting on the topic of trust. Without a doubt, trust is one ...

How An Ancient Greek Promise Could Unite Coaches

Published February 21, 2019 In the wake of a public dialogue on abuse in sport, I was reminded of the Latin phrase “primum nil nocere” which means “first, to do ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Offering E-Book on Managing Complaints

Published February 20, 2019 Never has it been more important for sport leaders to understand the management of complaints. Having recently launched its Sport Management Series 2.0 to support sport ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Partners with Spirit North

Published February 13, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is proud to announce that it is continuing its commitment to give back to the sport community by offering pro-bono consulting services ...

Investing in Leaders is Smart Risk Management Strategy

Published February 8, 2019 In SIRC's recent blog, Investing in Leaders is Smart Risk Management Strategy, Sport Leaders Retreat facilitator and the Sport Law and Strategy Group's (SLSG) Partner Dina ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group launches Sport Management Series 2.0!

Published January 29, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is pleased to announce the launching of its Sport Management Series 2.0 which is now available via e-book on the SLSG Website. We are featuring one ...

Ontario Legislative Updates in 2019 (plus new PIPEDA reporting obligations)

Published January 29, 2019 In this blogpost we overview five pieces of new or upcoming Ontario legislation and discuss how they may impact your sport organization. There are also important ...

Our 2019 Wish List for Safe, Respectful and Thriving Sport Environments

Published January 16, 2019 Since 2007, I have had the privilege to facilitate enterprise risk management workshops (ERM) with 56 National, Multi-Sport, Provincial/Territorial and Community Sport Organizations. In collaboration with ...

Values-in-Action: What Sport Leaders Are Saying

Published January 15, 2019 We are pleased to provide  Values-in-Action: Igniting Passion and Purpose in Sport Organizations in an e-book format so that more sport leaders can benefit from the ...

2019 Sport Leaders Retreat - Register before Feb 15, 2019 to secure your spot!

Published January 15, 2019 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) are offering the Sport Leaders Retreat to help sport leaders ...

Hosting Purposeful Meetings

Published December 20, 2018 As an Integral Master Coach(TM), I am required to engage in meaningful practices to continuously hone my capacity to be in service of others. An additional ...

Evolving Challenges with Police Record Checks

Published December 20, 2018 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 ...

Ensuring Fit: Tips to Create High-Trust Relationships with Service Providers

Published December 11, 2018 At the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG), one of our core values is professional integrity – acting fairly, ethically and with compassion. One way of ...

How Learning From Others Can Help to Ensure Safer Sport Practices

Published December 3, 2018 Over the past year, I’ve worked with several organizations on the topic of safety – helping them manage through crisis and supporting them through the healing ...

The Sport Law & Strategy Group welcomes two new Associates

Published November 4, 2018 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is pleased to announce that LJ Bartle and Tia Wintre, two experts in the areas of quality assurance, healthy ...

Engaging Athletes – the value of involving your most underrated stakeholder

Published November 4, 2018 By Tia Wintre and LJ Bartle In life, people want to shape their experiences and feel empowered to be part of the decision-making process. It makes ...

Auditing the Auditors

Published October 29, 2018 Over the past number of months, I have been working with several clients to realign their financial management systems, bring their daily financial management in-house, and ...

Preparing Your Sport Organization for Legal Cannabis

Published October 16, 2018 With cannabis becoming legal on October 17th, many sport organizations have been asking themselves the following questions: What do we have to know? Is it the ...

Aligning our sport system – A not so radical idea!

Published October 10, 2018 I have written numerous blogs on methods to advance the governance and leadership of Canadian sport. I, along with my colleagues at the Sport Law & ...

International Team Travel and Preparing for Risks Across Borders

Published October 4, 2018 The number of travel policy related requests and questions has increased at the SLSG in recent months, and the importance of preparing for international team travel ...

Dina Bell-Laroche to host 'Women on Boards' feature webinar for CAAWS

Published October 2, 2018 Dina Bell-Laroche will host a feature webinar for CAAWS on October 31st at noon. The webinar is titled 'Directing Change: Towards Gender Equitable Sport Boards' and ...

Making better decisions – Why having multiple perspectives reduces risks

Published September 24, 2018 My partner (and friend) Steve Indig is an avid basketball fan and sent me the link to the Silver Memo, which highlights the NBA Commissioner’s recent ...

Sport Disputes After #MeToo: Now What?

Published August 7, 2018 A problematic issue has emerged in some sport dispute cases in the #metoo aftermath. We are sharing this blogpost to remind sport leaders that every individual’s ...

SLSG and CCES to host Sport Leaders Retreat

Published July 6, 2018 The Sport Law & Strategy Group and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) are again offering a Sport Leaders Retreat to help sport executives from ...

National Training Centres: The Single vs. Multi Centre Challenge

Published July 3, 2018 I recently completed a project for Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) related to their existing National Training Centres (NTC) and the development of a long-term NTC strategy. ...

Transforming and Elevating the Consciousness of Humanity through Sport

Published June 20, 2018 There comes a time in your life when you are faced with a moral dilemma. In those moments, you might question your purpose; asking yourself “Why ...

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

Published June 7, 2018 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 ...

The Sport Law & Strategy Group Joins the House of Sport

Published May 29, 2018 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has recently joined the House of Sport to better connect with and serve members of Canada’s sport community. The ...

Adam Klevinas Joins the SLSG as an Associate

Published May 29, 2018 The Sport Law & Strategy Group is pleased to announce that lawyer Adam Klevinas has joined our team as an associate. Adam, a former national team ...

Doing Law Differently, In the Best Interest of Sport

Published May 28, 2018 When I won my first case as a lawyer, I remember proudly announcing it to my then Director General. He immediately shot back with a question ...

Emotional Intelligence – The secret ingredient to a fulfilling life

Published April 17, 2018 A few years back I wrote about emotional intelligence (EI) in the context of leadership and shared ways that sport leaders can enhance their EI. My ...

Rowan’s Law – Concussion Legislation Update

Published April 11, 2018 *This post was revised and updated on June 13th, 2018 The Ontario government recently passed ‘Rowan’s Law’, which is concussion management legislation that will affect every ...

SLSG Team Updates

Published April 11, 2018 The SLSG believes that consistent, ongoing professional development can help us better serve the needs of our clients. To that end, we wanted to share our ...

So you’ve got a Crisis, now what?

Published March 27, 2018 Increasingly I’ve been tempted to answer my phone with “You’ve got a crisis, how can I help?” As a result of helping sport organizations better manage ...

Once again Canada takes home more medals than any other country

Published February 27, 2018 Once again, we are pleased to share our analysis of the Medals Index for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. We know Canada won a record ...

Updates to Ontario Employment Standards: Impact for Sport Organizations

Published February 22, 2018 The increase to the Ontario minimum wage was not the only important employment-related change that has recently come into effect. Improved worker protections, changes to employment ...

SLSG Professional Development Workshop for Sport Leaders - March 6th

Published February 13, 2018 The SLSG is hosting a special professional development workshop for sport leaders on March 6th from 9am to 4pm in Toronto. The workshop is geared toward ...

ONCA Update – What’s New for Ontario Sport Organizations

Published January 26, 2018 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 ...

The Importance of Cybersecurity

Published January 10, 2018 Dom Chorafakis is the founder and principal technical consultant with Akouto, a cyber security consulting firm. Dom is actively engaged in cybersecurity research and development and ...

Is sport content with the glacial pace of change when it comes to diversity on Boards?

Published December 18, 2017 My business partner and good friend Steve Indig and I have been dreaming big these days. Fresh off a 25th anniversary which helped us launch a new ...

Automotive Insurance and Sport Organizations: Why You Need to be Informed

Published December 16, 2017 Tyler Matthews was a recent student of mine at Brock University. He completed a Bachelor of Sport Management (Honours) at Brock University and his sport management ...

Audit time is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Published December 9, 2017 Whether your organization’s year-end is December 31, March 31, or some other time during the year, the annual audit is always a source of stress for ...

Behind the Scenes at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Published December 5, 2017 I recently had the pleasure of joining the leadership team for the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) at its Forward Command Centre prior to the ...

SLSG Celebrates Milestone 25th Year of Service to the Canadian Sport Community

Published November 23, 2017 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and we would like to thank all of our clients, partners, friends, families and ...

Happy 25th Anniversary and Farewell

Published November 14, 2017 This blog is about two big milestones for me – one to happen in a matter of days and one to happen in about six months. ...

Soul and Strategy – Both required to propel organizations to new heights

Published November 2, 2017 This weekend I achieved a personal milestone in spending time with the compassionate and dedicated members of Synchro BC. We weren’t there to do strategic planning, ...

Rosanna Tomiuk Joins the SLSG as an Associate

Published November 2, 2017 We are pleased to announce that former national team water polo player and certified International Coach Federation (ICF) bilingual coach Rosanna Tomiuk has joined our team as ...

The Power of Self-Awareness

Published October 31, 2017 I took my first psychometric assessment when I was 19. A psychometric assessment measures psychological characteristics such as personality traits, behavioural styles, cognitive abilities, or motivations. I was ...

Emergency Preparedness Planning & Lessons from Recent Natural Disasters: Part 2

Published September 8, 2017 This is the second of a two-part blog. Read part one here. I recently participated in several excellent webinars on the topic of emergency planning, including how ...

Emergency Preparedness Planning & Lessons from Recent Natural Disasters: Part 1

Published September 1, 2017 This is the first of a two-part blog. Read part two here. Earlier this year I hosted a webinar on emergency preparedness planning for events and this topic continues ...

Calling all Sport Executives to Hone their Leadership Skills

Published August 30, 2017 Sport Leaders Program November 29 – December 1, 2017 The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the Sport Law & Strategy Group and Coaching for Excellence ...

Join soccer legend Christine Sinclair and her iS4 partners to learn more about how they turned their failures into Olympic successes

Published August 1, 2017 The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is proud to partner with iS4 soccer legends, to host its next webinar on August 30 from 11:45 AM ...

Free Management-by-Values Workshop for Selected Organizations

Published July 17, 2017 The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is inviting expressions of interest from sport leaders who want to participate in a Management by Values workshop on ...

Sport Organizations can access the Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Published July 6, 2017 Sport organizations located in Ontario can access thousands of dollars in funding to train and enhance the skills of their employees – and we can help! ...

Leader! Know thyself

Published June 8, 2017 I recently became certified in the use of a psychometric self-awareness tool that I believe can have a profound impact on the development of sport leaders. ...

What is a Parliamentarian and why sport organizations need one

Published June 6, 2017 Recently I completed a course on parliamentary procedure with the University of Wisconsin and proudly updated my LinkedIn profile to announce my status as a newly ...

Financial Literacy – What is it and Who needs it?

Published May 10, 2017 In sport, we often talk about physical literacy as “the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their ...

Applications being accepted for Risk Management Workshops

Published March 28, 2017 The CCES has announced that applications are being accepted for the next round of Risk Management Workshops for NSOs and MSOs. Expressions of interest are due ...

SLSG supports PSOs applying for the Ontario Amateur Sport Fund

Published March 21, 2017 On March 13, 2017, the Ontario government announced a new multiyear funding program to support recognized provincial sport organizations to develop and deliver programs aligned with ...

SLSG and Risk Management Project featured in SIRCuit

Published March 16, 2017 The newest edition of SIRCuit, published by the Sport Information Resource Centre, focused on Leadership. The e-publication contains a great article on the CCES Risk Management ...

Cyber-attacks: The new risk on the block

Published March 15, 2017 A person would have to be on a deserted island to not be aware of the increasingly frequent occurrence of cyber-attacks in the world of politics ...

What We're Watching in 2017

Published February 14, 2017 This blogpost is our annual ‘what to watch’ post where we review the important topics and issues we will be paying attention to in the coming ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - February 2017

Published February 3, 2017 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 13(1) - February 2017 This edition of our newsletter features posts about managing risks, transgender issues in sport, harassment, leadership, the ...

Harassment in Sport – Eradicating Harassment in Your Sport Organization

Published January 27, 2017 In 2016, the SLSG partnered with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical ...

An Update on Transgender Issues in Sport

Published January 5, 2017 I have written in this space previously about the issue of gender and sport (2012, 2010, 2006), and given developments over the last year or so, ...

BC Societies Act – Practical Guidance for Transition

Published November 18, 2016 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, ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group proudly supports the launch of iS4

Published November 2, 2016 The Sport Law & Strategy Group ("SLSG") is proud to support the launch of iS4, a new company formed by former and current Canadian National Soccer ...

Managing Risks Makes Good Business Sense

Published October 28, 2016 Risk management has made front line news again over the past few weeks. Beyond politics and ethical considerations of medically assisted deaths to the striking of ...

Avoid sticking your head in the sand … deal with human resource problems proactively

Published October 12, 2016 I read with interest an article in the Ottawa Citizen about the rising number of public service executives who are seeking counselling to deal with a ...

Getting the most out of your insurance programs

Published October 5, 2016 In recent risk management workshops with National Sport Organizations (NSOs) as part of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport’s Risk Management Program that I have ...

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

Published September 20, 2016 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 ...

Increasing Leadership Opportunities for Women

Published June 29, 2016 Increasingly I’m inspired to think of choices when tackling both every day and complex problems by approaching them as ‘and/with’ problems instead ‘either/or’. This connected duality ...

PSO Risk Management Workshops

Published June 1, 2016 Since 2007 the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport to deliver the Risk Management Project, a ...

Game ON: What proposed updates to Ontario’s Sport Recognition Policy could mean for your Organization

Published May 9, 2016 One of the legacies of Toronto hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games has been a renewed focus on sport in Ontario and the creation of ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - April 2016

Published May 3, 2016 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 12(1) - April 2016 This edition of our newsletter features posts about Criminal Records Checks, our Harassment in Sport blog series, ...

The Silence of Our Friends

Published April 8, 2016 By Rachel Corbett. I have been very impressed by the Harassment in Sport blog series presented by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics ...

Harassment in Sport Blog Series - Blog Three: Looking Ahead

Published April 4, 2016 Our intention for this four-part blog series on harassment in sport is to review the past, assess where we are, and chart a course forward that ...

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

Published March 24, 2016 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 ...

What We’re Watching in 2016

Published February 22, 2016 This blogpost will review the topics and issues that we will be paying attention to in the upcoming year. We write a similar post every year ...

Resilience + Reach - Global Online Coaching Summit

Published February 8, 2016 We are proud that SLSG Partner Dina Bell-Laroche is one of the featured speakers on Resilience + Reach, a Global Online Coaching Summit that runs from ...

Respectful work cultures – what sport organizations need to know about creating productive environments for staff and volunteers

Published February 8, 2016 On my way to Yellowknife, I printed off a dozen articles from the Non Profit Risk Management Center, a great source of risk management advice for ...

Harassment in Sport Blog Series - Blog Two: Current State

Published January 27, 2016 Our intention for this four-part blog series on harassment in sport is to review the past, assess where we are, and chart a course forward that ...

Criminal Record Checks – A Discussion For Every Sport Organization

Published January 7, 2016 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 ...

Harassment in Sport Blog Series - Blog One: Looking Back

Published December 16, 2015 Our intention for this four-part blog series on harassment in sport is to review the past, assess where we are, and chart a course forward that ...

BC Societies Act to come into force in November 2016!

Published December 8, 2015 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 ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - October 2015

Published November 18, 2015 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 11(2) - October 2015 This edition of our newsletter features news about the new BC Societies Act, updates to important ...

Sport Events & Risk Management – More Than Just a Broken Arm

Published October 28, 2015 Hosting a successful sport event involves many factors, some of which involve taking risks or exposing your organization to potential risks. Minimizing risk during the hosting ...

Manage your Risks by Managing by Values

Published August 26, 2015 Risk management is a concept that more and more sport leaders are embracing. In part, this shift towards proactive, integrated and system-wide management of risks is ...

Emotionally intelligent leaders - ways to unleash your organization’s full leadership potential

Published July 20, 2015 I was reading a great article in the December 2001 edition of the Harvard Business Review on leadership that is worth sharing. Written by Goleman, Boyatzis ...

Compliance Issues for 2015 - Ontario Employers Take Note!

Published June 25, 2015 There have been several recent changes in Ontario law that have come into effect, or will soon, that impact amateur sport organizations in Ontario that have paid ...

Growth or Fixed: How your Mindset impacts your performance

Published June 22, 2015 In her groundbreaking book Mindset: the new psychology of success, world renowned psychologist Carol Dweck shared years of research on the power of our mindset. She ...

Developing a Sponsorship Package

Published June 9, 2015 With the recent successes and the rising popularity of Canadian Olympic athletes, more and more sponsorship dollars are gravitating towards amateur sport. A few statistics from ...

Accountability in Appeals Management: Who Watches the Watcher?

Published June 2, 2015 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 ...

Management by Values: A new way of doing business in Canadian sport - A discussion paper

Published May 27, 2015 [An updated blogpost relating to Management by Values was posted in August 2015 and is accessible here]   by Dina Bell-Laroche and Rachel Corbett (originally written ...

Coaches' Liability and Responsibilities to Athletes

Published May 26, 2015 Regardless of their certification level, experience, employment or volunteer status, sport discipline, or location, coaches have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for their ...

BC Societies Act – Big Changes Ahead for BC sport organizations

Published May 20, 2015 The new BC Societies Act is expected to come into force within 18 months (by November 2016) and will replace the existing BC Society Act – ...

Ontario Fitness & Recreation Organizations targeted in upcoming government blitz

Published May 4, 2015 Are you prepared?  The Ontario government recently announced that they will be conducting a targeted Employment Standards Act enforcement blitz. The first phase of this blitz ...

Measuring workplace happiness … it makes good business sense

Published April 29, 2015 I recently read an article in the Ottawa Citizen that ranked Ottawa among the top 10 happiest out of 33 metropolitan areas across the country. The ...

Human Resources – Challenges and Pitfalls in Managing this Vital Resource

Published April 6, 2015 People are the lifeblood of any organization whether they are paid staff, Directors, or volunteers. Without their passion and commitment, many of the best-laid plans would ...

Athlete Appeals: Should You Help?

Published March 27, 2015 Athlete appeals: Should you help? How to determine when to go to bat for your athlete and when to step aside Appeals by athletes are most ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - March 2015

Published March 20, 2015 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 11(1) - March 2015 This edition of our newsletter features news about our new webinar series, coaching-by-values, and hosting ...

What We're Watching in 2015

Published March 12, 2015 This is our annual ‘What We’re Watching’ post that describes our success of the past year and looks forward to our plans and hopes for 2015. ...

Coaching by Values

Published March 6, 2015 Inspired by my book on Values-in-Action: Igniting Passion and Purpose in Sport Organizations and my certification in 2014 as an Integral Master CoachTM, I’m writing this ...

Tales from the Ivory Tower Six Months In

Published February 20, 2015 By Rachel Corbett Many readers of this blog may know that I took a leave of absence from the Sport Law & Strategy Group in the ...

Hosting Successful Sport Events in Your Own Backyard

Published January 22, 2015 Is your organization looking to host a championship event? Whether your proposed event is international, national, provincial, or local the decision to host an event should ...

We Are Expanding Our Team!

Published January 15, 2015 The Sport Law & Strategy Group is thrilled to announce that sport professional Jason Robinson has joined our team as our latest associate. Jason joins an ...

Event Management, Marketing Services and Beyond

Published January 15, 2015 I am excited and very honoured to join the Sport Law & Strategy Group.  My first introduction to the organization came in 2003 when I met ...

The Proven Value of a Social Media Policy

Published November 8, 2014 For a few years I’ve been recommending that sport organizations develop their own social media policy. In the most comprehensive blogpost - ‘Does your organization need ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group assists 75 sport organizations in their NFP Act transition

Published October 20, 2014 Midnight on Friday, October 17 was the deadline for federally incorporated not-for-profit organizations to transition from old legislation (Canada Corporations Act) to new legislation (Canada Not-for-profit ...

Resources for Not-For-Profit Organizations

Published October 8, 2015 Service Ontario has launched a new section for not-for-profits in Ontario making it faster and easier for organizations to get the services and information they need ...

Lessons in Leading

Published September 12, 2014 What does it mean to lead an organization? Research and business leaders will tell you it comes down to culture. High performing organizations are driven by ...

NFP Act transition… down to the wire… only two months left!

Published August 26, 2014 Four months ago in a blogpost we counted the remaining National Sport Organizations (NSOs) that had not yet transitioned to compliance with the new federal NFP ...

Coaching isn’t just for athletes…

Published July 15, 2014 Recently I became certified as an Integral Master CoachTM with Integral Coaching Canada. The certification process took fourteen months and is recognized by the International Coaching ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - July 2014

Published July 7, 2014 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 10(2) - July 2014 This edition of our newsletter features important updates about the NFP Act (four months to ...

What's New at the Sport Law & Strategy Group

Published June 25, 2014 We would like to provide our readers with an update on some personnel changes and other activities at the Sport Law & Strategy Group. Co-Founder Rachel ...

ONCA updates and current duties for Ontario-based organizations

Published June 13, 2014 We last wrote about the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) in September 2013 and unfortunately not much has changed. The legislation is expected to come into ...

Under the Microscope in More Ways than One!

Published June 10, 2014 It seems that everywhere we turn, not for profits and charities are being put under more and more scrutiny. Whether this is warranted or not remains ...

CASL Part II - What it Means for RCAAAs

Published May 12, 2014 Building on the March 25 posting by LeeAnn Cupidio, we wanted to delve a little further into the somewhat confusing situation faced by Registered Canadian Amateur ...

NFP Act After-Care – Tasks after Transitioning to Compliance

Published April 29, 2014 With 24 National Sport Organizations (NSOs) having transitioned to compliance with the new NFP Act, and more organizations in the process of completing the final steps ...

NFP Act transition… only six months left… are you on track?

Published April 14, 2014 On October 17th 2011 the NFP Act (also known as the CNCA) came into force and required that every federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization transition to compliance with ...

The Ins and Outs of Unpaid Intern Positions

Published April 1, 2014 With the summer intern recruitment push now upon us, this might be a good time to get some clarification on the status of unpaid internships. An ...

New Anti-Spam Legislation - What Does it Mean for Sport Organizations?

Published March 25, 2014 Canada’s Anti-Spam Law* (CASL) was passed in December 2010 and is expected to come into force on July 1, 2014. Once in effect, the CASL is ...

In Camera Meetings and Minutes of In Camera Meetings

Published March 18, 2014Updated May 17, 2022 There are times within meetings, particularly executive meetings, when discussions must be kept confidential. Such discussions are considered to be “in camera” meetings. ...

Update on the Use of Religious Headwear during Soccer Matches

Published March 12, 2014 We have been following this issue since it first arose in 2012, when the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) issued a rule prohibiting its players from wearing ...

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Published February 25, 2014 I have been blogging about the Sochi Olympic disputes that went to the Ad Hoc Court of Arbitration (CAS), which heard disputes during the course of ...

With 63 gold medals Canada owned the podium again

Published February 24, 2014 Four years ago I wrote an article about the different ways to count Olympic medals. One of the issues I wanted to raise was that in ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - February 2014

Published February 21, 2014 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 10(1) - February 2014 This edition of our newsletter features tips for sport leaders in the areas of work-life ...

SDRCC Arbitrator Rejects Another Case for Being Out of Time

Published February 12, 2014 Last month, a third decision was reached in a SDRCC (Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada) case on the issue of lack of jurisdiction due to ...

When Rough Play Becomes Assault

Published February 11, 2014 The use of criminal law to regulate the conduct of sport participants has a long history, within which Canada is noted as being unique in using ...

Following Olympic Disputes: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Published February 7, 2014 The Olympic Games are underway and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is on-site hearing all matters that arise.  The decisions and reasoning behind those ...

What We’re Watching in 2014

Published February 5, 2014 Last year in February we wrote about what we were watching in 2013 and this year we thought we would do the same. But this year ...

Smart Tips for Risk Management

Published January 15, 2014 I stumbled on this recently while reviewing our publication "Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations" that we wrote for 2010 Legacies Now. I was reminded ...

Not Just Lip Service Anymore … Creating Space for People to Unwind and Unplug

Published December 17, 2013 I’ve been thinking about this for a while. What is the impact on professionals who feel they are ‘on call’ 24-7 but aren’t being paid to ...

Athletics Canada – One Organization’s Experience with Dispute Management

Published December 2, 2013 This post features an interview I did with Scott MacDonald and Rachel Corbett. Scott is the High Performance Director for Athletics Canada (AC), a post he ...

Managing Risks - Where Do I Start?

Published November 26, 2013 Dina Bell-Laroche and I have just completed the 30th risk assessment workshop in the multi-year Risk Management Project funded by Sport Canada and the True Sport ...

Thinking About Governance Reform? Here are Some Questions to Get You Started

Published November 14, 2013 These questions are intended to promote reflection on the concept of governance. They are by no means complete or comprehensive, but they arise from many years ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - October 2013

Published October 22, 2013 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 9(2) - October 2013 This edition of our newsletter features tips for sport leaders in the areas of leadership ...

The More We Learn the Less We Know?

Published September 20, 2013 I have been deeply immersed in the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act for over two years now, and so have many of Canada's national sport organizations. ...

ONCA News

Published September 19, 2013 It’s been nearly a year since we dedicated a blogpost to the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). During that time the implementation date of the ONCA ...

Absentee Voting Survey Results

Published September 9, 2013 Back in June of this year, in collaboration with Rowing Canada Aviron, we asked sport organizations to complete a survey related to absentee voting. Absentee voting ...

Instagram and Vine: New Social Media Has Same Risks for Sport Organizations

Published August 1, 2013 The speed at which young people use and discard social mediums (plural: media) often outpaces the speed at which adults understand those same social media. Adults, ...

Dependent Contractors: A Third Employment Relationship with Legal Concerns for Sport Organizations

Published July 29, 2013 "Dependent contractor" - this is a third category of employment relationships that we rarely discuss, and most organizations have never heard of, but which is probably ...

Lessons on Leadership

Published July 25, 2013 As a leader in Canadian sport, I have had the opportunity to experience many moments of greatness. Many of these early moments are related to my ...

Record Keeping Checklist Under the NFP Act

Published July 4, 2013 What Documents Your Organization Needs to Keep and Who Can Access Them The new NFP Act requires that organizations maintain specific records and keep this information ...

Jurisdiction, Turbans, and Soccer in Quebec

Published June 13, 2013 Since last year, the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) has prohibited its players from wearing turbans and other religious headgear. This April, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) ...

Who’s the Piper: Dual Loyalties of Directors?

Published June 13, 2013 The Situation A director of a sport organization is appointed to the board because of his or her position in another organization or because that organization ...

Values in Action: Questions about the e-book

Published June 11, 2013 Dina answers questions about the e-book: How can this e-book make me a better sport leader? "This e-book was written with sport leaders in mind. Based ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - May 2013

Published May 28, 2013 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 9(1) - May 2013 This edition of our newsletter features tips for sport leaders in the areas of risk ...

Discipline Decisions – To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

Published May 8, 2013 Should organizations make discipline decisions and sanctions public knowledge? We often act as a neutral third party to handle an organization’s internal disputes, such as appeals ...

It's a Good Idea to Check with Industry Canada as Part of Your Transition Strategy!

Published May 6, 2013 As most readers know, we are working with a great many NSOs and MSOs on transition to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Recently, we have ...

The Accidental Leader … Why Sport Organizations Need to Pay Attention to a Growing Gap

Published April 6, 2013 Carleton business professor Linda Druxbury researches and writes about the pending shortage of a skilled workforce. She puts it quite clearly … with baby boomers set ...

Some Emerging Issues with Transition to the NFP Act

Published February 23, 2013 The NFP Act came into law in October 2011, with a 3-year window for corporations to become compliant (by October 2014). That window is now almost ...

What We're Watching in 2013

Published February 14, 2013 Last year we celebrated our 20th Anniversary of service in the Canadian sport industry and we are looking forward to big things in the coming year! ...

Risk Management Questions for Directors

Published January 29, 2013 Melanie Herman, of the Nonprofit Risk Manager Center, recently published her RISK eNewsletter and I wanted to share a great little excerpt. I hope you find ...

What policies does my sport organization need?

Published January 24, 2013 At the Sport Law & Strategy Group, we regularly receive requests from sport organizations asking for assistance writing policies. These are the policies, procedures, and rules ...

The Myths and Realities of Conflict of Interest in Sport

Published January 16, 2013 Late in 2011, Marie-Claude Asselin of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) wrote an informative and practical article on conflict of interest in sport. ...

Less Than 2 Years Left for Compliance with the NFP Act - Some Thoughts on Plans and Timing

Published November 21, 2012 NSOs and MSOs in Canada have less than two years to make a successful transition from the Canada Corporations Act to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act. ...

Idea for Annual Calendar of Board Meetings

Published November 16, 2012 Ken Davies, President of Alberta Biathlon and Chair of Biathlon Canada, recently shared with me a simple model for board leadership that he uses in the ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - November 2012

Published November 14, 2012 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 8(3) - November 2012 This edition of our newsletter features updates on the Federal NFP Act and the Ontario ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

Published November 6, 2012 The Sport Law & Strategy Group turns 20 years old this month. I still find this somewhat shocking. In 1992 Hilary Findlay and I had no ...

CCES Publishes Exploratory Paper on Gender Inclusivity

Published November 6, 2012 In late October 2012 the CCES (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport) released its report, Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender ...

Transition Requires That You Dance the Two-Step

Published October 12, 2012 At the Sport Law & Strategy Group we have been working with almost 40 national level sport organizations on their transition from the Canada Corporations Act ...

Does Your Organization Need a Social Media Policy?

Published October 10, 2012 The recent Olympic Games were the ‘Socialympics’ and, as our colleagues at arnoldi mcpherson illustrated in their excellent report, there were more than a handful of ...

Socialympics - How Sports Organizations and Athletes Used Social Media at London 2012

Published October 1, 2012 Guest post by Janice Arnoldi, Arnoldi McPherson. Canadian sports organizations and athletes should keep the social media momentum coming out of the London 2012 Olympics. These ...

Ontario NFP Act to Come Into Force

Published September 27, 2012 [Edit September 2013 - there have been new changes to the proclamation date since this post was written] Two days after we wrote about whether there ...

Are There Problems with the Ontario Not-For-Profit Act?

Published September 25, 2012 The Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is expected to come into force on January 1st, 2013 and organizations will have three years to comply with the ...

Your Organization’s Response to Hazing and Member Misconduct

Published September 22, 2012 There have been a few recent member misconduct incidents making the news lately and we wanted to comment on how sports organizations should approach responding to ...

Gender Identity in Sport

Published September 12, 2012 LawNow magazine has just published my recent article on gender identity and sport. Here is a link to the full article.

Sport Law & Strategy Group Now Offers Integral Coaching Services

Published August 3, 2012 We are pleased to announce that one of our partners, Dina Bell-Laroche, has successfully completed an intensive 5 month executive coaching program with Integral Coaching Canada. ...

Timing of Annual Meetings under the NFP Act

Published July 30, 2012 We wanted to share with our readers what we have learned about the requirements of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act in relation to the timing of annual ...

Including Transgender Athletes in Sport

Published June 28, 2012 I would like to heartily congratulate the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for creating an inclusive policy at their most recent annual meeting that will enable transgender ...

Thoughts on Leadership

Published June 26, 2012 In December 2011, I was appointed a True Sport Fellow by the True Sport Foundation. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive ...

Risk Management Update

Published June 19, 2012 This post provides an update on some exciting risk management initiatives that have occurred over the past year. Risk Management Impact on Performance Please see this ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - June 2012

Published June 17, 2012 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 8(2) - June 2012 Our quarterly newsletter brings you important content in the following areas: legal updates, new legislation ...

Guns, Athlete Behaviour, and Social Media

Published June 14, 2012 A recent story involving two Australian athletes underscores the difficulty that some Canadian National Sport Organizations (NSOs) may face leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic ...

Snapshot of Membership Fees of National Sport Organizations

Published June 5, 2012 By Kevin Lawrie and Rachel Corbett. We recently published a snapshot on the voting structures of National Sports Organizations (NSOs) and we found some interesting results. As ...

Snapshot of Voting Structures of National Sport Organizations

Published May 9, 2012 By Rachel Corbett and Kevin Lawrie. We continue to help National Sport Organizations (NSOs) comply with the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and, as part of the ...

Off-Side: Additional Penalties for Doping Infractions Struck Down

Published May 3, 2012 We have confirmation... for a second time the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has struck down additional penalties for doping infractions that fall outside the ...

Olympic Team Selection – What Your NSO Needs to Know to Be Dispute-Ready!

Published April 30, 2012 By Rachel Corbett and Kevin Lawrie. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games are fewer than 90 days away and many NSOs are preparing to select, ...

Flying High… What Sport Leaders Can Learn from a Canadian Success Story

Published April 12, 2012 My colleagues and I have been thinking a lot about what it takes to create a high performing sport organization. Traditionally, assumptions were made about the ...

Strategic Management + Good Governance = High Performing Sport Organization

Published April 10, 2012 By Dina Bell-Laroche and Rachel Corbett. Okay, so Dina and Rachel got to thinking about what it takes for organizations to perform at a high level. ...

Income Tax Act Revisions Impose New Requirements on NSO Directors

Published April 5, 2012 We last wrote about RCAAAs (Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations) in February 2012, noting that recent changes to the Income Tax Act have placed RCAAAs on ...

Defamation 2.0

Published March 20, 2012 In April 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada published a significant new ruling related to defamation and hyperlinks.  In the ruling, the Court decided that posting ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - March 2012

Published March 13, 2012 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 8(1) - March 2012 Our quarterly newsletter has brought you important content in the following areas: legal updates, new ...

Lessons from the Ottawa Rapidz Case: Contracts that Help and Contracts that Don't

Published March 1, 2012 Introduction An interesting sport case has been playing itself out in the Supreme Court of Canada. The case highlights the importance of seemingly innocuous contract clauses ...

Why the new federal NFP Act is important to PSOs

Published February 28, 2012 Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) may be hearing about the “NFP Act” or the new not-for-profit corporations’ legislation that every nationally-incorporated sport organization is currently addressing. Just ...

The Permanency of Social Media

Published February 14, 2012 Organizations and individuals are frequently re-learning that posting something on social media ensures the near-permanent existence of that material.  A tweet that is posted six months ...

Dina Bell-Laroche appointed True Sport Fellow

Published February 7, 2012 The True Sport Foundation announced today that Dina Bell-Laroche has been named the second ever True Sport Fellow.  The first True Sport Fellow was Ian Bird, ...

Harassment Issues in Sport – from 1994 to 2012

Published February 7, 2012 In 1994, Rachel Corbett wrote a handbook on Harassment in Sport that was distributed to NSOs and other amateur sport organizations around the country. As part ...

Don't Overlook Some Financial Impacts of the NFP Act

Published February 2, 2012 To date we have written extensively about the impacts that the NFP Act will have on membership classes and board structures. These are the main issues ...

Tripped Up By Tape

Published January 25, 2012 Sometimes the most innocuous situations create the biggest problems. This was true in a recent case that took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thanks to Andre ...

What We're Watching in 2012

Published January 17, 2012 This year marks our 20th Anniversary of service in the Canadian sport industry.  We have been advising sport organizations since 1992!  We'll soon have a couple ...

Reflections on Penn State, Scouts Canada and Graham James

Published December 13, 2011 I have just finished reading Theo Fleury's book, Playing With Fire. I have owned this book for two years, but never took it off my shelf. ...

Simplifying Risk Management

Published December 6, 2011 In recent months I have been following a blog on risk management written by Melanie Lockwood-Herman. She is the Executive Director of an American non-profit dedicated ...

Authentic Leadership – Tips for Becoming the Leader You Want to Be

Published November 29, 2011 Becoming a leader that others look up to is a goal worth pursuing. Authentic leadership is a form of leadership that transforms people, organizations, communities, and ...

Sport Leaders For Life? Supporting the Development of Individuals Working in Sport

Published November 23, 2011 One of our collective objectives is to enhance the capacity of sport professionals and volunteers so that they can handle recurring issues, challenges and opportunities. Through ...

Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter - November 2011

Published November 15, 2011 Sport Law & Strategy Group Newsletter vol 7(1) - November 2011 We sent you our last newsletter back in December 2010 when we were still known ...

Sport Canada Introduces Governance Principles for Sport Organizations

Published September 9, 2011 Along with some other governance experts, I have been working with Sport Canada for some time on creating a prescriptive set of "good governance principles" for ...

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - Compliance

Beginning January 1, 2012, all providers of goods and services within the province of Ontario, including charities and not-for-profit organizations will be required to comply with parts of the Accessibility ...

Violence and Harassment in the Workplace - Compliance

Published November 4, 2011 Last month we gave a presentation to the membership of the Sport Alliance of Ontario (SAO) relating to the requirements of the newly legislated provincial Bill ...

Proposed Changes to the Income Tax Act to Affect RCAAAs

Published March 3, 2011 The federal government is in the final stages of reviewing changes to the Income Tax Act that will affect Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations (RCAAAs). The ...

Important Lessons for NSOs in Recent CAS Decision

Published October 17, 2011 What can Canadian sport organizations learn from a recent decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)? As it turns out, a lot, at least ...

Wait and Hurry Up! New Corporations Act to Take Effect October 17, 2011

Published October 15, 2011 Industry Canada has very recently published their transition guide (HTML) for the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NPCA) that will take effect in a few short days. ...

Simplifying the Social Media Discussion

Published October 10, 2011 It is easy to get lost in social media guidelines and policies.  Every organization has their own informed (and sometimes uninformed) views and ideas for how ...

Embracing Risks – How Values-Based Decisions Can Help Sport Leaders Take Risks and Uncover Possibilities

Published September 7, 2011 Sport is full of risks. This we know well. We expect coaches and athletes to take risks daily in pursuit of performance excellence, and yet more ...

Renewal … It’s Not Just the Sport Policy That Needs It!

Published August 20, 2011 Some of you may be aware that we are undergoing a renewal of the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP). Fondly spoken of as CSP 2.0, this renewal ...

Reflections from Two Years with the Sport Law & Strategy Group

Published July 21, 2011 by Kevin Lawrie.   Two years ago, in July 2009, I started my first contract with the Sport Law & Strategy Group.  We were working for a ...

Avoiding Uncertainty in Policies and Contracts

Published July 11, 2011 We know ... writing and reading policy documents and contracts can be boring and tedious. I can attest to this as I have spent the last ...

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Paves the Way in Creating a More Inclusive Sport Environment

Published July 10, 2011 I am in Ottawa this weekend participating in the centennial celebrations of the Canadian PGA, and I had the opportunity to have lunch with my friend ...

PIPEDA Review Should Focus on "Networked Publics"

Published June 29, 2011 Recently the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released its annual report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  PIPEDA ...

Is the New Federal Corporations Legislation on Your Radar?

Published June 27, 2011 On June 22, 2011 I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act (NPCA) [1] at the 1st National Sport ...

Are We Ready to Lead from Behind?

Published June 14, 2011 As sport management consultants, it is our responsibility to scour the literature to translate latest trends into meaningful knowledge for our clients. One such trend that ...

The Role of Values in the Performance of National Sport Organizations

Published June 6, 2011 There are countless articles, research, and management books that suggest the positive impact of having a set of enduring values is well understood and documented by ...

Sport Governance - Some Thoughts on the Eve of a New Government

Published June 1, 2011 Lately it seems our website postings are preoccupied with governance and social media - whatever happened to the sport and the law? The reality is, the ...

Strategic Options in Social Media - Addressing Member Negativity

Published May 19, 2011 Through social media, information can reach a greater number of people more quickly and more directly and this has consequences for sport organizations. A  side effect ...

Determining Notice Periods: Length of Service is Only ONE Consideration

Published May 8, 2011 We are often asked to help sport organizations determine appropriate notice periods where employees are being released without cause. This can be a tricky task. While ...

Values ... Let's Get Personal

Published May 3, 2011 We have written here before about the role that values can play in helping organizations improve their performance. But I am inspired to blog about a ...

OFSAA Eligibility Policy Discriminatory? Or Just a Poor Fit With Organization's Mandate

Published April 25, 2011 Direct discrimination on well-known prohibited grounds is typically easily discerned. For example, it is well-known, if not always accepted, that girls may try out for boys' ...

Criticism, Reputation, Free Speech - Does Social Media Need to be Integrated into Codes of Conduct and Athlete Agreements?

Published April 15, 2011 Sport organizations are wondering if it is really necessary to address social media within their organizational policies and codes of conduct.  After all, isn’t it enough ...

Private Information on Work Computers and the Need for Clear Policies and Procedures

Published April 8, 2011 By LeeAnn Cupidio and Steven Indig If your organization does not have a technology policy in place to deal with the use of electronic devices such ...

New Corporations Act Creates Opportunities for NSOs

Published April 5, 2011 In this space we have written previously about the imminent Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NPCA), due to take effect soon in Canada. Back in 2009, our newsletter ...

Saskatoon Blades (and Blades' Fans) Get It Wrong on Facebook

Published April 4, 2011 Recently there was outrage in Saskatchewan when a fake Facebook account purportedly belonging to Saskatoon Blades' hockey star Brayden Schenn posted racist comments demeaning Aboriginals.  The ...

Raising the Bar - Questions Directors Should Ask

Published March 28, 2011 We ask our athletes and coaches to pursue excellence every day, and a recent article in National Post by Shaun Francis and John Kelleher (10 questions ...

Strategic Planning - A Better Way for Sport Leaders

Published March 25, 2011 Recently, I have come across a number of interesting articles (both research-based and mainstream) that might be of interest to those leading strategic planning processes within ...

We're Changing Our Name!

Published March 22, 2011 Ottawa – March 23, 2011 – The Partners at the Centre for Sport and Law are pleased to share with friends, colleagues and clients our new ...

Case Comment: Voorhorst v. Canadian Soccer Association - A Bylaw That Went Too Far

Published March 17, 2011 The Alberta Court of Appeal has reminded us in no uncertain terms that sport organizations cannot, through their bylaws or policies, or through threats of disciplinary ...

On Facebook - the “Coach Profile”

Published March 14, 2011 I recently had the opportunity to speak at the amazing Ontario Coaches Conference 2011 in London, Ontario.  I spoke about communication in the coach-athlete relationship and ...

Interesting Snapshot of NSO Board Structures

Published March 11, 2011 Over the years I have worked with many National Sport Organizations (NSOs) on governance projects. These have ranged from small reviews and bylaw tinkering to massive ...

Some Thoughts on Governance Reform

Published January 13, 2011 It's a new year! And many sport organizations are considering making changes to their governance structure. These are the ingredients for success as we see them (based ...

Discussion Paper on Abuse, Harassment and Bullying in Sport

Published December 15, 2010 This position paper was prepared by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Women's Issues in Sport Medicine Committee. It proposes that as supporters ...

The Transgender Athlete - A New Resource

Published December 11, 2010 Conversations about gender identity and transgender athletes are definitely going mainstream these days. Just recently there have been two high profile stories: the first openly transgender ...

Case Comment: Alberta Soccer Association v. Charpentier (2010)

Published December 11, 2010 It is quite exciting to learn of a case that touches on so many important principles of administrative law as it applies to the governance of ...

Why and When You Are Required to Re-Incorporate Your Organization

Published December 11, 2010 A lot of sport organizations are hearing buzz about a major government law that will affect their operations and possibly their bylaws.  Organizations are coming to ...

Hallmarks of Good Governance

Published December 10, 2010 An organization I have worked with for many years recently asked me if I could identify the hallmarks of good governance - the indicators of a ...

Your Guide to the Updated Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

Published December 10, 2010 In our last newsletter, we started looking into the new forthcoming OHSA.  We have done more investigation here and it is important to highlight that the ...

The Most Recent Buzz About Police Records Checks

Published December 10, 2010 [NOTE: An updated post on Criminal Records Checks was published in January 2016] In many service sectors, some form of police record check is now common. ...

Coaches - Not Just Organizations - Should Have a Social Media Strategy

Published December 3, 2010 I attended the Sport Leadership conference on November 18th-20th and was treated to some great presentations about social media.  One of the main themes was the ...

Reflections from the Team Canada Ombudsperson

Published November 23, 2010 Rachel Corbett was appointed as the Commonwealth Games Team Ombudsperson in June 2010. Unlike in prior years, for these games the position was a joint appointment ...

Rachel Corbett's XIX Commonwealth Games Ombudsblog

Published October 14, 2010 In the fall of 2010, Rachel Corbett (co-founder of the Sport Law & Strategy Group) spent about a month in Delhi, India as a member of ...

Some Thoughts About Sport's Future

Published September 11, 2010 Over the last year as I have been consulting with sport organizations on governance and organizational change, I have encouraged people to make the effort to ...

Living Your Organization's Values

Published September 9, 2010 Recently, I held a workshop at Skate Canada’s Annual Congress and General Meeting in Toronto and shared my views on how sport organizations can benefit from ...

Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations

Published August 2, 2010 This guide is intended to help volunteers and staff of local sport organizations make better decisions. Designed for leaders, administrators and volunteers within sport organizations and ...

Case Comment - Clifford v. Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (2009)

Published July 11, 2010 This is not a sport case but is helpful nonetheless in providing guidance to tribunals writing decisions. This occurs often in the sport context – panels ...

Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions for Female Coaches

Published July 10, 2010 Hilary Findlay recently wrote a chapter on contracts for coaches in an edited book about women in sport called “Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from ...

Perceptions of Fairness – the Case of the University of Waterloo Football Program

Published July 10, 2010 The actions of the University of Waterloo in suspending its 2010 football season provide an opportunity to think about issues of 'fairness'. We can think of ...

Parents sue Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) after sons cut from team

Published July 5, 2010 This story has been has been the subject of ridicule by many major media outlets, sportscasters, and internet bloggers. At our first glance at the headline, ...

Sport Organizations and the New Occupational Health and Safety Act

Published July 5, 2010 On June 15th 2010, an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act was signed into Ontario law which focuses on workplace harassment and violence. The ...

Defamation and Social Media - He's the Worst Coach Ever!

Published July 5, 2010 What would you do if a coach in your organization showed you a player-created Facebook group that insulted the coach?  There are many of these groups ...

Moving from Values Inaction to Values-in-Action: An Exploration of How Values Can be Managed Intentionally by National Sport Organizations (NSOs)

Published June 19, 2010 The study examined the intentional use of NSOs' stated values. Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) was applied to an Appreciative Inquiry approach of interviewing NSO senior leadership. ...

The Power of Social Networking and Social Media

Published June 10, 2010 By Rachel Corbett They used to say the sword was mighty, then it was the pen, but now it is the mouse! This piece contains notes ...

NFP Act is on the Way

Published June 2, 2010 In 2009, the federal Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) received Royal Assent. We wrote about the NFP Actin a previous newsletter and there is now more ...

When a Deadline is a Deadline

Published May 21, 2010 Back in 2005, we wrote about a procedural fairness case (Clegg, Albert, Ciaramidaro & Biathlon Canada v. Canadian Olympic Association, 2002) involving an athlete being selected ...

The Complicated Jurisdictional World of Sport

Published May 5, 2010 Jurisdiction is an interesting concept – particularly in practice. Jurisdiction simply gives one the authority to act within a certain domain; however, while it has legal ...

Intentionally Managing Your Organizational Values

Published April 11, 2010 Over the past 18 months, I have been working towards my Master's Degree in the Applied Health Sciences (Sport Management) at Brock University.  I am  pleased ...

Olympic Success - when 24 athletes = 1 medal

Published April 11, 2010 One of the goals of Canada’s Own the Podium funding program was to ‘Place first in the total medal count at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games’.  ...

The Tragic Death of Georgian Luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili Reminds Us of Some Important Legal Lessons

Published April 10, 2010 The 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler received high praise indeed. And although these winter Olympics were one of the best, any evaluation cannot (and will ...

Hilary Findlay and Colleague Publish Several Articles

Published April 10, 2010 Hilary Findlay, along with her colleague Marcus Mazzucco from the University of Victoria, have recently had a couple of articles accepted for publication in American law ...

Degrees of Intervention in Sport-Specific Arbitration: Are We Moving Towards a Universal Model of Decision-Making?

Published April 10, 2010 Independent and specialized dispute resolution is an accepted and integral part of the sport bureaucracy internationally and, increasingly so, within national sport systems. Independent arbitration has ...

Girls Playing on Boys' Teams

Published April 10, 2010 Girls wanting to play on boys' teams.... This human rights issue has cropped up again, several times in fact, in the past short while. This timely ...

Employee or Contractor? A New Perspective

Published April 6, 2010 The recent Ontario court decision of McKee v Reids Heritage Homes Ltd (RHH) has created yet another installment of the already confusing definition between who is ...

Olympic Reflections

Published March 11, 2010 I write this column the day after the close of the 2010 Paralympic Games. The months of February and March have been quite extraordinary for people ...

A Tale of Two Schools - Reflections on Risk Management

Published February 20, 2010 The St. John’s School Lake Temiskaming Canoe Tragedy (1978) The Strathcona Tweedsmuir School Rogers Pass Avalanche Tragedy (2003) As a consultant working in the sport and ...

Coaching in the Age of New Media

Published February 11, 2010 Ozzie Sawicki’s excellent Technology Solutions columns in this publication help us understand how new technologies are being adapted for use in coach-athlete interactions. Some of the ...

Defamation Update - Grant v. Torstar Corp

Published February 2, 2010 The Supreme Court decision in Grant v. Torstar Corp gives insight into the ongoing legal tussle between freedom of expression vs. protection of reputation afforded by ...

The Mini-Trial: A Concept Whose Time Has Come?

Published January 12, 2010 If you google “mini-trial’ you will get several hundred thousand 'hits' telling you that a mini-trial is a form of alternative dispute resolution that promotes the ...

Case Comment - Sagen v. VANOC Appeal (2009)

Published September 12, 2010 Bruce Kidd (sport historian, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education & Health at the University of Toronto and a former Olympian) describes the ski jumping ...

Social Media Deserves More of Your Attention

Published January 11, 2010 Social media has graduated into the lives of adults and professionals. Skype is not just for webcamming teenagers, but also for business people on conference calls. ...

Changes to Monetary Limits in Ontario Small Claims Court

Published January 11, 2010 On January 1, 2010 a number of changes to Ontario rules of civil procedure took effect, including a change to the monetary limit for awards in ...

Linking Sport4Life with Management by Values: How Values Can Improve the Performance of Sport Organizations

Published January 11, 2010 A force for good – that is what most not-for-profit sport organizations set out to become. For that very reason, sport often attracts dynamic, passionate and ...

Coaches' Duty of Care Revisited

Published January 4, 2010 Previously in this column we have written about the duty of care of coaches towards athletes. A new case from British Columbia (Hussack v. School District ...

Procedural Fairness in Sport - The Flip Side of the Risk Management Coin

Published December 23, 2009 Question: My son is active in club sports. He would like to switch to a different team to join his friends, but a representative of the ...

Full Team Ahead: The Benefits of Team Sport to Canadian Sport

Published December 12, 2009 We know that sport and physical activity produce positive health effects in individuals. However, until now the particular value of team sports to Canadian sport has ...

Human Resources Guide for Community Sport: Managing Employees

Published December 2, 2009 This Guide, authored by Barb Schimnowsky, is a human resources handbook to support the professional development of local sport clubs and associations. Designed for club executive ...

What is the Standard of Care of Coaches Towards Athletes?

Published December 1, 2009 Or for that matter, what is the standard of care of teachers to students, or instructors to participants? A recent court case of British Columbia involving ...

Strategic Planning - Let's Try Something New!

Published November 11, 2009 We had the opportunity to attend an interesting session on strategic planning at the Sport Leadership Conference in Vancouver earlier this month, involving presentations by Richard ...

Ontario Bans Use of Handheld Devices While Driving

Published November 11, 2009 The Ontario government recently passed Bill 118 – Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act. While Ontario is not the first jurisdiction in Canada to ...

Coaches of Canada and CCES Roll Out National Code of Conduct and Canadian Policy on Prohibited Conduct

Published November 11, 2009 Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) recently distributed the above two policy documents to sports administrators throughout Canada. The Code ...

Case Comment - Hussack v. School District No. 33 (Chilliwack), (2009)

Published November 11, 2009 Devon Hussack was a Grade 7 student when he was injured by a field hockey stick in a physical education class. Devon had not attended school ...

Case Comment - Wong v. Lok’s Martial Arts Centre Inc. (2009)

Published November 11, 2009 Victor Wong, a 12-year-old boy, was injured after being thrown to the floor during a sparring session at Lok’s Martial Arts Centre.  Wong’s mother, Yen To, ...

Tapping the Performance Potential of Your Organization's Values

Published November 11, 2009 Organizational values are often described as the glue that connects your mission to your vision. What we know to be true, however, is that in the ...

Is Your Organization Ready for a Crisis?

Published November 8, 2009 The adage “failing to plan means planning to fail” applies to risk management in sport. Many sport organizations have learned the hard way that they might ...

Including Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport: Issues, Facts and Perspectives

Published October 10, 2009 The purpose of this discussion paper is to promote respectful dialogue, consultation and action concerning the participation of transitioning and transitioned athletes in sport. As is ...

Balancing the Responsibilities of Multiple Roles

Published October 1, 2009 Question: I am a member of a board of directors of a sport organization – my daughter is an athlete member of this organization. I sometimes ...

Looking Forward - 2009

Published September 11, 2009 For this column, we thought each of us from the Centre for Sport and Law would pitch in, sharing our thoughts on some recent legal events ...

Using Waiver Agreements in Sports

Published September 11, 2009 Question: When I register my child for a sport program, we are asked to sign a waiver form. Do these have any legal meaning? Answer: Any ...

Ontario Passes Apology Act

Published August 11, 2009 Earlier this year, Ontario passed the Apology Act, which now allows an individual or organization to offer an apology as part of a dispute resolution process ...

Sport Canada Establishes a New Policy on Women and Sport

Published August 11, 2009 It only took 23 years, but Canada has a new policy on Women and Sport. Actively Engaged: a Policy on Sport for Women and Girls and ...

Case Law Comment - Sagen v. VANOC (2009)

Published August 7, 2009 On July 10, 2009, the 15 women ski jumpers (the Skiers) suing the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) lost their bid for inclusion in the 2010 Olympic ...

It's Just How I Feel: Lessons in Procedural Justice

Published June 6, 2009 Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you were treated unfairly? Most of us have at one time or another. Certainly we have ...

Overtime: A Ticking Time Bomb?

Published April 26, 2009 Curiously, we have been approached three times in the last month by sport organizations confronted with requests from employees to be paid out for significant accumulated ...

Harassment - Some Definitions and Guidelines for Coaches and Athletes

Published April 10, 2009 The harm of harassment Harassment has been a “hot” issue in sport for many years. It’s not that harassment in the sport environment is new – ...

Some Thoughts on the Rapid Growth of Social Media

Published April 4, 2009 by Rachel Corbett. If you have been reading the newspapers lately you will know that the world is a-twitter about Twitter and that Facebook long ago ...

Sex Discrimination in Sport: An Update

Published February 25, 2009 By Hilary Findlay In one legal ruling, an all female fitness club is not required to provide membership to a man, yet in another, a scholastic ...

Book Review - The Great Traits of Champions: Fundamentals for Achievers, Leaders and Legacy Leavers (2008)

Published February 10, 2009 Readers of this website will likely know of both Mark Tewksbury and Debbie Muir, authors of the recently released book, The Great Traits of Champions: Fundamentals ...

Conflict of Interest - The Sport Organization's 'Achilles Heel'

Published January 27, 2009 Many times in this column we have written about a dimension of fairness – a concept that is central to the integrity of sport and also ...

Keynote Address - Royal Canadian Golf Association

Published January 17, 2009 by Rachel Corbett. Thank you very much Scott. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Directors and Governors, members of the Provincial Council, members of Committees, voting delegates, ...

Renewal of Your Organization Through a Value-Based Governance Audit

Published November 18, 2008 For many national sport bodies, this is the time to debrief on the Olympic and Paralympic experience, take stock and begin planning for the next four ...

The Seven Sins of Board Dysfunction

Published November 11, 2008 Practicing a Trade Without a License This describes the board director who has done no preparation to become better informed about his/her role as a director. ...

Risk Management Revisited ... or, Values Matter

Published October 12, 2008 We started writing this column 15 years ago. Our inaugural column was titled ‘personal risk management’. Written in 1994, we compared the then-new Coaching Code of ...

Case Law Comment - Football Canada and the Taxman

Published September 11, 2008 Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (also termed RCAAAs) are non-profit organizations that were established for the primary purpose of promoting amateur athletics in Canada on a ...

From Blainey to Pasternak: Are We Making Progress?

Published May 15, 2008 Today, as a general rule, girls will be permitted to play on boys’ teams unless there is a reasonable justification for segregating activity on the basis ...

Canada Raises Legal Age of Consent

Published May 10, 2008 The term “age of consent” is the age at which one is legally allowed to engage in sexual activity. In June 2006, the Harper government introduced ...

Do You Know Who Your Members Are?

Published May 3, 2008 During the last several months, the Centre for Sport and Law has been asked by sport organizations to help in the implementation of their discipline and ...

Preparing for Beijing: Are You Dispute-Ready?

Published April 8, 2008 At the Sport Law & Strategy Group we often say that the months leading up to an Olympic Games are our "legal Olympics". This is a ...

Management by Values

Published March 24, 2008 The time has never been better for sport organizations to consider the important role of values in their mandate and activities, and the contribution that ‘management ...

Improving Your Selection Policies

Published March 23, 2008 Selection issues are important any time of the year and in any year. In the past six months we were very occupied with selection disputes relating ...

Case Law Comment: CURIE v. CGU Insurance Company of Canada (2007)

Published February 11, 2008 By Rachel Corbett This Ontario Court of Appeal decision from the fall of 2007 created quite a stir among sport organizations in Ontario. Although the case ...

Case Law Comment - Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association v. Pasternak et al. (2008)

Published February 11, 2008 Recently, there have been a number of situations that have raised questions about whether females can participate in all-male sport activities and, conversely, whether males can ...

Seeing the Invisible, Speaking about the Unspoken - A Position Paper on Homophobia in Sport

Published February 11, 2008 Canada is a global leader in promoting sport environments and experiences that are safe and inclusive. Harassment, bullying, violence and homophobia undermine the powerful potential of ...

Book Review - Legal Issues in Sport: Tools and Techniques for the Sport Manager (2007)

Published January 11, 2008 In a brilliantly straight-forward and understandable way, authors Rachel Corbett, Hilary Findlay and David Lech have identified and elucidated the “must know” components from years of ...

What We Have Learned From Managing Appeals

Published January 11, 2008 Fifteen years ago the Centre for Sport and Law began writing appeal policies for sport organizations. In 1995 we published a handbook on the topic (Administrative ...

It's an Olympic Year - What Coaches Need to Know About Selection Disputes

Published January 8, 2008 Canada is like many other countries that have, in recent years, created third-party dispute resolution mechanisms to deal with sport-related disputes. The earliest such system was ...

Case Comment: AYSA v. Canada Revenue Agency (2007)

Published October 11, 2007 Can Sport Organizations Register as a Charity? It is not often the Supreme Court of Canada hears a case involving sport. Yet on 16 May 2007 ...

What is Fair? B.C. Schools Case Fails to Meet the Required Threshold

Published September 18, 2007 We are often asked to help sport organizations administer internal hearings to ensure procedures are carried out properly, thus reducing the chance of a complaint or ...

What to Do When 1% of Your Members Cause 99% of Your Problems?

Published September 11, 2007 Sound familiar? Although this topic has very little to do with the law, we are nonetheless often called upon by client organizations for help. Over the ...

When Music is Played at Your Event, Who Pays the Piper?

Published September 11, 2007 Think of the last time you attended a sporting event in an arena, gym or stadium – chances are you heard music played for the warm-up, ...

Staying on the Lookout for Fraud - Some Risk Management Advice

Published August 9, 2007 In the last 6 months we have helped two of our client organizations, PSOs in two different provinces, deal with the aftermath of employee theft. For ...

Encourage Good Sports for Better Sports

Published May 29, 2007 By Rachel Corbett Fourteen years ago in this space I wrote an article about injury prevention and liability in recreation (Could This Happen to You? Recreation ...

A Little Knowledge Can Go A Long Way - Understanding The Principles Behind Doping Decisions

Published May 16, 2007 Arbitration decisions from the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) are always interesting to read – there is a compelling story in each one. Their ...

Case Law Comment - R. v. AFC Soccer

Published May 11, 2007 This case pertains to sentencing for a charge under Sec. 42(1)(a) of the Copyright Act. This Section states, in part, that ‘Every person who knowingly …makes ...

IOC Consensus Statement on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport

Published February 11, 2007 On 8 February 2007, the IOC Executive Board adopted a Consensus Statement on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (PDF: IOC Consensus Statement on Sexual Harassment ...

Changes to Ontario Human Rights Act

Published February 11, 2007 On 20 December 2006, the revisions to the Ontario Human Rights Act came into effect (Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006). In the past, the Ontario ...

Case Law Comment – Resurface Corp v. Hanke (2007)

Published February 11, 2007 The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled in the case of Resurfice Corp. v Hanke (2007 SCC 7) and shed new light on one of the ...

Case Law Comment - Ceccol v. Ontario Gymnastics Federation (1999)

Published February 11, 2007 A fundamental principle in employment law is that when terminating a contract without cause, an employer must give reasonable notice. This principle is not absolute however, ...

So you want to be a contractor?

Published February 11, 2007 by Rachel Corbett. Most working relationships in sport organizations are relationships of employment, governed by employment standards legislation. In some cases, however, individuals such as coaches ...

Workplace Law Quiz!

Published February 10, 2007 Are you up to speed on employment law issues in your workplace?  Take this quiz to test your knowledge! 1.        An employment contract for an indefinite ...

Copyright Quiz!

Published January 10, 2007 QUESTION 1: Your organization hires a person to write a technical manual. It now wishes to allow affiliated clubs use and copy the manual. Can they ...

To Coach or to Direct - Is There a Conflict?

Published November 10, 2006 Increasingly, we are seeing coaches become members of Boards of Directors of sport organizations with which they coach. Perhaps this is part of the move by ...

Maintaining 'Fairness' in Investigations and Hearings

Published October 2, 2006 Occasionally in this column we are able to write about actual sport cases. This is a treat, as normally we draw from general cases, extracting their ...

Increased Commercialization of Athletics Requires Sophisticated Athlete Agreements

Published September 30, 2006 From an international sport perspective, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games are just around the corner. These imminent Games will have an enormous policy, sport funding ...

Case Comment - Pasternak v. Manitoba High School Sports Association (2006)

Published September 4, 2006 Most people have now heard about the Pasternak twins, who complained to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission when the Manitoba High School Sports Association (MHSSA) would ...

Form Follows Function - A Governance Discussion Paper for National and Provincial Sport Organization

Published September 1, 2006 It has been my observation that the business of amateur sport in Canada has become increasingly complex and sophisticated in recent years, yet the governance structures ...

A New View of Athlete Agreements

Published May 7, 2006 In a recent issue of the newsmagazine The Lawyer's Weekly, we wrote about the changing landscape of sport as we move rapidly toward the 2010 Olympics ...

Scope of Review, Standard of Review and Authority to Grant a Remedy: An Analysis of Three Policy-Based Rules in a Sport-Specific Arbitration Process

Published April 21, 2006 The purpose of this paper is to examine how certain prescribed rules of an arbitration process can serve as instruments of sport policy. Three rules of ...

Transgendered and Transitioned Athletes in the Sport System

Published February 11, 2006 This short piece is a challenge to the prevailing belief that transgendered and transitioned athletes will always have an unfair competitive advantage. The science is very ...

Suspending a Coach Before a Hearing

Published December 12, 2005 Unfortunately, there are times when coaches are the subject of serious complaints of misconduct. Most organizations have in place a discipline process for dealing with such ...

The Coach-Athlete Relationship: A Legal View

Published September 2, 2005 Recently, we were asked to investigate cases of alleged coach misconduct that raise the question, is this specific coach in a position of trust with regard ...

Centre for Sport and Law Assists Amateur Athletes Across Canada

Published May 25, 2005 With a few exceptions, clients organizations come to the Centre for Sport and Law without a clear ideas of what they want or need. All they ...

When Is a Deadline Not a Deadline?

Published May 8, 2005 We have spent the last 15 years urging sport organizations to follow their rules, and at every opportunity doing our best to convey the message that ...

Police Records Checks

Published January 24, 2005 [NOTE: An updated post on Criminal Records Checks was published in January 2016] Some years ago in this column we wrote about volunteer screening and police ...

Information Package on Legal Issues for Coaches

Published January 11, 2005 More than ever before, coaches are aware of the risks and responsibilities they assume when they coach. These risks and responsibilities include those that are legal ...

The Future is Bright - LGBT Sport

Published December 11, 2004 When I began to work for the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association, I had no idea what to expect. As a seasoned professional from the ...

A Reason for Coaches to Know the Rules and Stay Engaged

Published November 3, 2004 It is not often that there is a case coming from the Canadian courts dealing explicitly with a coach. So, when there is one, it is ...

Centre for Sport and Law Newsletter - Inaugural Issue

Published October 2, 2004 Here is our first on-line newsletter, published in 2004. In it we review new Industry Canada requirements for corporations, PIPEDA (privacy laws) compliance, and lessons from ...

Privacy Rights - It's a New Age

Published August 5, 2004 On January 1, 2004, all sport organizations in much of Canada, including national bodies, provincial bodies, and local clubs became subject to a new piece of ...

Case Law Comment: McKay v. Flin Flon Junior Bomber Hockey Club, Inc. (1999) Man. QB

Published July 23, 2004 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Case Comment: Michaud v. Grand Falls Golf Club (1990) 50 CCLI 264 (NBCA)

Published July 2, 2004 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Coaching Contracts - Do You Know What Yours Says?

Published June 1, 2004 It doesn’t matter whether you are a volunteer coach or a paid coach, or whether, as a paid coach, you are an employee of a sport ...

Coaches as Innovators

Published May 30, 2004 In the Spring 1999 issue of Coaches Report we discussed intellectual property when we wrote about the right of personality. Given that intellectual property, or ‘IP’ ...

Backgrounder on "PIPEDA" - Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

Published May 11, 2004 As of January 1, 2004 the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) applies to all organizations during the collection, use and disclosure of personal ...

The Collection, Use and Disclosure of Pictures and Images: A Discussion Paper

Published May 11, 2004 by Steve Indig. It is common practice for organizations to post images and pictures of athletes and members of their organization on web sites or in ...

Case Comment: R. v. Gollan (2000)

Published March 31, 2004 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Diagnosing Disputes

Published November 23, 2003 This winter we have been teaching a new course at Brock University on negotiation skills for sport managers. We have structured the course around two themes: ...

A Guide to Employment Contracts for Coaches

Published September 15, 2003 This handbook is written for the paid coach who works part-time or full-time in a coaching position for a sport organization, club, educational institution, and/or a ...

Case Comment - Kettunen v. Sicamous Fireman's Club (1999) British Columbia Supreme Court

Published September 12, 2003 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Defamation.com

Published April 10, 2003 In July 2002, an Ontario court issued one of the largest Canadian defamation awards for Internet libel - $400,000. The court found that the defendant had ...

Provincial Laws and Screening

Published April 2, 2003 Screening in Canada is subject to a complex set of criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative statutes, combined with a substantial body of common law. Taken together, ...

Resolving Disputes Through Negotiation

Published February 23, 2003 Over the years of writing this column, it is clear that nearly every aspect of a coach's work has some underlying legal element. We have written ...

Book Review - Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (1999)

Published February 11, 2003 In the Knowing the Law column in the last issue of Coaches Report , we observed that the most pressing issue that coaches appear to be ...

Violence in Sport Part II - Dealing With Violence as a Legal Issue

Published February 10, 2003 In the last issue, we discussed the topic of violence in sport from the criminal law perspective, specifically in the context of a charge of assault. ...

Case Comment - Bazley v. Curry (The Children's Foundation) 1999, 2 SCR 534

Published January 20, 2003 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Lessons From a Decade of Selection Disputes

Published December 20, 2002 Anticipating that there might be some disputes over selection to the Canadian team competing at the Salt Lake City Olympics, the Centre for Sport and Law ...

Violence in Sport Part I - It's Your Responsibility Too

Published November 10, 2002 This is the first of a two-part column on the legal parameters of violence in sport. Part one focuses on a criminal law perspective. Part two ...

The Key Components of a Profession

Published November 9, 2002 This fall we attended a two-day workshop on professional discipline and regulation. Organized for professional associations such as those governing dentists, nurses, architects, accountants and veterinarians, ...

Legal Liability and Risk Management: A Handbook for Directors

Published November 2, 2002 By Rachel Corbett. According to the 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, over 40 percent of Canadian volunteers hold positions on boards and committees. ...

Principles Underlying the Adjudication of Selection Disputes Preceding the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games: Notes for Adjudicators

Published October 10, 2002 Selection disputes inevitably arise prior to any major games such as an Olympics. Prior to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, some 25 team selection disputes were ...

Risk Management for Sport Organizations and Sport Facilities

Published August 23, 2002 INTRODUCTION Risk is an integral element of sport. Sport without risk would cease to be sport. This unique aspect of sport must be factored into any ...

Violence in Sport: Policy Considerations for the Amateur Sport Organization

Published August 10, 2002 Reports of violent sport incidents are becoming startlingly frequent. In 1996, members of the University of Moncton hockey team (including players and an assistant coach) attacked ...

Book Review - Performance Appraisal for Sport and Recreation Managers

Published March 22, 2002 Performance appraisal of coaches. We talk about it a great deal, but all too often don't do it. When we do evaluate coaches, we often don't ...

Doing Something About Bad Coaches

Published February 11, 2002 For over a decade part of our business has been helping sport organizations, coaches and athletes resolve their differences. In an average week we receive one ...

Case Comment: Pritchard v. Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ontario Divisional Court (1999)

Published January 4, 2002 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Case Comment: Robinson v. Fraser Wharves Limited (2000), British Columbia Supreme Court

Published December 8, 2001 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

The Responsibilities of Supervision

Published August 26, 2001 Many coaches engage in instructional activities as part of their coaching position. No one will dispute that part of the responsibility of the coach/instructor is to ...

The Bully Problem

Published May 10, 2001 The bully has been around sport for quite some time. While the topics of harassment and abuse have received considerable attention (and are certainly problems about ...

Federal Law and Social Policy

Published May 1, 2001 There is no single source of law in Canada that governs screening. Criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative statutes are all relevant to those organizations and individuals ...

New studies shed light on nandrolone

Published April 10, 2001 Nandrolone is a banned substance under the IOC Anti-Doping Code when it is found at levels exceeding 2 ng/ml in men and 5 ng/ml in women. ...

Defamation Part II - You Can't Say That!!

Published February 23, 2001 In the last edition of Coaches Report, we wrote about defamation (Part I); that is, comments or statements that tarnish or destroy a person's reputation in ...

Job Descriptions

Published February 5, 2001 A coach is a coach. Right? Wrong. We often think of coaching as a single job. But in fact, there are many different tasks that can ...

Playing Russian Roulette with Supplements: Coaches Need to Know

Published January 5, 2001 Getting that extra edge. Vitamin, mineral, herbal and other nutritional supplements are becoming an increasingly important part of the athlete's quest to achieve peak athletic performance. ...

Defamation Part I - You Can't Say That!!

Published October 17, 2000 Defamation! The threat of libel and slander is being heard more often these days. We may think we know what defamation is and how far we ...

Keeping Canadian Sport Drug-Free: Anti-Drug Programs in Canada are the Strictest to be Found Anywhere

Published September 15, 2000 First, an independent adjudicator decides to reinstate Eric Lamaze from a lifetime sports ban. Then the Canadian Olympic Association decides to deny him a spot on ...

Case Comment: Szecket v. Huang (1998) Ontario Court of Appeal

Published August 31, 2000 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

The Rights of Athletes, Coaches and Participants in Sport

Published August 10, 2000 This is a chapter prepared for, and excerpted from a sport and law textbook published by Canadian Scholars Press. Its focus is the sport organization's duty ...

Waivers - A How-To Guide

Published July 29, 2000 Waivers of liability are commonplace in sport, fitness and outdoor programs. Most active people have at one time or another signed a waiver. Most organizers of ...

Case Comment: Mediated Agreement Between David Morrison, the City of Coquitlam, and the Deputy Chief Commissioner, British Columbia Human Rights Commission (1999)

Published June 12, 2000 Why This Case May Interest You This case involved a settlement reached by the parties in a human rights complaint. The complaint alleged gender discrimination in ...

More Coaches Being Sued

Published May 31, 2000 Another selection matter, and two more coaches are named in a lawsuit. But this one is a bit different. No matter what the outcome of a ...

Policy Planning and Dispute Management in the Non-Profit Sector

Published February 28, 2000 The Charitable and Non-profit sector in Canada has experienced unprecedented changes in the 1990's. As senior levels of government spend less and transfer more responsibilities downwards ...

Vicarious Liability: Two New Supreme Court Decisions

Published February 2, 2000 In almost every newsletter and law update we have read recently, two new Supreme Court of Canada decisions have been written up. So, not to be ...

Whose Public Persona? - The Common Law Right of Publicity

Published November 23, 1999 The corporate message was clear - use this service associated with the successful coach and athlete, and you too will be successful. There was no doubt ...

The Coach's "Discretion" in Making Selection Decisions

Published October 20, 1999 How much discretion should a coach have in selection decisions? How much discretion can a coach have? In the period leading up to the Pan Am ...

About Criminal Records

Published August 9, 1999 What can you ask, or be asked, about criminal records? Questions about criminal records are increasingly common in volunteer and employment application forms with sport organizations ...

What The Johnson Decision Means to Canadian Sport

Published July 11, 1999 In a 60-page decision rendered on April 19, 1999, sprinter Ben Johnson was reinstated to sport eligibility in Canada. Independent adjudicator Graeme Mew concluded that the ...

From Little League to Ben Johnson: Alternatives for Resolving Sports Disputes

Published May 6, 1999 By Graeme Mew A constant challenge in any system of dispute resolution involves balancing the desirability of having fair procedures for the resolution of disputes against ...

This Sporting Life: Lawyers in Amateur Sports

Published March 11, 1999 It sure isn't the money that lures some of Canada's top legal practitioners to lend their time handling the legal affairs of penniless amateur sporting organizations, ...

References - Risks and Responsibilities

Published February 26, 1999 At first glance, the issue of providing employment references - or asking for them - would seem straightforward: employees request a reference because they presume it ...

Coach Handed Lifetime Penalty

Published October 22, 1998 In the first case review under the Canadian Policy on Penalties for Doping in Sport, heard last November, the Doping Control Review Panel found that a ...

Harassment - What We are Learning About What We are Doing

Published June 10, 1998 Harassment has been a "hot" issue in sport over the past year. The high profile Sheldon Kennedy incident involving the sexual abuse of an athlete by ...

Screening - It's a Fact of Sporting Life

Published May 11, 1998 Screening of coaches, whether paid or volunteer, is now an everyday occurrence. In fact, the sport organization that does not implement some form of screening probably ...

Case Comment: Wallace v. United Grain Growers Ltd. (1997), 3 SCR 701

Published April 2, 1998 Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal ...

Restraint of Trade: Breathing New Life Into an Old Legal Doctrine

Published February 22, 1998 Can a sport organization stop, or limit a coach or athlete from earning a living through sport? This is the essence of the legal doctrine known ...

Responsibilities of the Coach/Director

Published January 15, 1998 Our column this issue is not about coaches. Instead, it is about directors, and we've chosen this topic because a good number of coaches also happen ...

Coaches and General Liability Insurance

Published December 2, 1997 Having general liability insurance coverage is something every coach should seriously consider. Apart from insurance being a sensible risk management tool, it is clear that in ...

What Makes a Dispute Situation Fair - or Unfair?

Published November 26, 1997 Two recent situations involving the termination of coaches may shed some light on this question. The first situation involves the termination of the Simon Fraser University ...

Employment Contracts for Coaches

Published August 30, 1997 In the Fall 1996 issue we made general comments relating to contracts. In this issue we will focus on employment contracts for coaches. The Canadian Professional ...

What is the Standard in the Standard of Care?

Published May 15, 1997 The Supreme Court of Canada in April of this year quashed a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal which had ordered a whole new ...

Getting Your Policies in Order

Published November 11, 1996 by Rachel Corbett. I have been asked by the organizers of this symposium to provide a session on how to translate the many legal principles which ...

Fair Treatment

Published October 1, 1996 In the last five columns, we have focused on issues relating to negligence and liability of coaches. In this issue, we make a switch to the ...

Some Basics on Contracts

Published September 5, 1996 Sport associations are using contracts more and more frequently, not only in business affairs but also in areas of employment and programming. For example, coaches sign ...

The Coach and the Selection Process

Published July 20, 1996 How much freedom does a coach have in the selection process? Should the coach even be making selection decisions? The natural inclination is to say the ...

Waivers - A Risk Management Technique

Published April 20, 1996 In the last issue we explained how contributory negligence was one defense against liability for negligence. "Waiver of liability agreements" (commonly referred to as "waivers") are ...

The Standard of Care of Coaches Towards Athletes

Published June 17, 1995 This column is about the basics. It talks about the standard of care of coaches towards athletes. When coaches fail to meet this standard, they may ...

Contributory Negligence

Published May 4, 1995 When a coach fails to meet the standard of care toward athletes, he or she may be negligent. But negligence does not equate with liability. Whether ...

The Legal Implications of Employment Status

Published March 13, 1995 In the last issue of Coaches Report, the Business Bulletin column carried an item by Ian Hendry about the implications of self-employment for coaches. Many coaches ...

Using Waivers in University Programs and Facilities

Published July 15, 1994 Waivers of liability are commonplace in sport, fitness and outdoor programs. Most active people have at one time or another signed a waiver. Most organizers of ...

Personal Risk Management

Published January 25, 1994 More than ever before, coaches are aware of the risks and responsibilities they assume when they coach. These risks and responsibilities include those that are legal ...

Parents can Help to Cut Risk of Sexual Abuse by Coaches

Published December 6, 1993 by Rachel Corbett. In arguing for a light sentence for convicted sex offender George Smith, defence counsel noted that the stigma from this conviction would make ...

Could This Happen to You? Recreation Workers Can Take Steps to Prevent Injury and Avoid Liability

Published August 1, 1993 Preventing injuries in sport and recreation and avoiding liability requires more than a first aid kit, a waiver or an insurance policy. Nor are checklists of ...

Risk Management for the Recreation Professional

Published May 1, 1993 Recreation is an inherently risky business. In Canada, injury statistics show nearly thirty percent of all injuries to adults result from sport and recreation activities. This ...

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