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


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 our clients in managing through turbulent times, we are delighted to announce the arrival of five new team members, whose knowledge, experience and commitment will fuel our commitment to elevate sport.

“We are delighted to have such passionate, committed and talented sport consultants join our team to meet the increasing demand from sport leaders to have trusted and credible thinking partners to turn to for support. Sport Law has grown throughout the past three decades in response to the sector’s evolving needs and we will continue to provide exceptional services to the hundreds of clients we are connected to from across the country,” shared Partner, Dina Bell-Laroche.

Bruce Deacon brings decades of high-performance experience and proven skills in program development, management, and evaluation. He is passionate about sport, having competed for Canada in two Olympics as a marathoner, and effectively applies the expertise he has gained from government, business, and sport leadership to his practice. Bruce brings positive energy, thoughtfulness and a “can do” attitude to each project. He will be a fantastic addition to Sport Law’s expanded Western presence. To learn more about Bruce, please view his bio and we look forward to sharing his blog in the coming weeks.

Cheryl Humphrey has held senior positions in both the non-profit and governments sectors both as a consultant and an employee. She is passionate about working with people in organizations to strengthen their ability to deliver on their mission. Cheryl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Sport Law team in the areas of strategic and operational planning, governance, stakeholder engagement, executive leadership and leading change. She is excited to apply these skills to support sport leaders and Boards as they look to strengthen their ability to deliver on their mission. Read her full bio here.

Taylor Matthews is dedicated to supporting the sport sector with their communications, change management and virtual meeting management needs. Taylor joins Sport Law with a Bachelor of Commerce in Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management. She is looking forward to working alongside organizations seeking to create and deliver high-impact communications engagements to enhance positive sporting experiences. To learn more about Taylor, please view her bio and we look forward to sharing her blog in the coming weeks.

Linda Melnick is a highly respected executive with an impressive academic background that blends her deep knowledge of systemic sport issues with practical wisdom. Her graduate research has focused on the professionalization of amateur sport organizations and ways to enhance the ‘business of sport’ in alignment with shared values. A former university player and coach, Linda’s passion for understanding the key factors and conditions driving strategic change is paired with her objective to help sport organizations achieve informed and values-based decisions leading at all levels of sport. Read her full bio here.

Will Russell is a sport lawyer with an extensive background in dispute resolution, governance, and employment issues. Originally from Chelsea, Quebec, Will is now based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Will’s focus is helping our clients in Atlantic Canada and across the country navigate disputes with minimal disruption so that they can concentrate on success, both on and off the field of play. Will blends his legal experience with his interest in organizational health and looks forward to supporting Sport Law clients in creating healthier and holistic policies, practices, and processes. Read his full bio or his first blog to learn more about him.

“Sport Law is making an important contribution to the sport sector and we are proud to create meaningful and healthy work environments for the team members that are working to elevate sport,” Shared Partner Steven Indig. “I am so proud of our team and look forward to our continued growth as we look to find innovative and practical solutions to some of sport’s more complex problems.”

Sport Law has been providing strategic insight to the Canadian sport community since 1992. We offer a full range of strategic, financial, management, governance, leadership, and legal services to the Canadian sport community. We are accessible, affordable, highly skilled, and bring experience and common sense to every project.

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