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 appeal policies, specifically as they relate to member behaviour that is in violation of the organization’s code of conduct or code of ethics. … [Read more...] about Do You Know Who Your Members Are?
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 by values’ can make in their operations. It is our view that the major challenge facing sport in Canada today is creating and … [Read more...] about Management by Values
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 dispute being appealed or brought to court for judicial review. In this column, we report on a recent case from BC involving school … [Read more...] about What is Fair? B.C. Schools Case Fails to Meet the Required Threshold
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 years we have encountered scenarios such as: A parent, volunteer or member having issue with a staff person and continually harassing them or … [Read more...] about What to Do When 1% of Your Members Cause 99% of Your Problems?
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 one organization, the outcome was the loss of tens of thousands of dollars, none of which is likely recoverable from the former executive director. For … [Read more...] about Staying on the Lookout for Fraud – Some Risk Management Advice
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 in place to lead amateur sport bodies have lagged behind. Over the past several years, I have been invited by many national and … [Read more...] about Form Follows Function – A Governance Discussion Paper for National and Provincial Sport Organization