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 responding to questions on employment, insurance, leadership, financial management, grief management, and other matters related to managing through COVID-19. The free, online drop-in session hosted by SLSG Partners Steve Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche will remain flexible, based on your questions, and hopefully leave sport leaders feeling informed and inspired to put in place measures to deal with the stuff that is  keeping you up at night. As needed, we are also inviting members from our team or other thought leaders who can help sport leaders make better decisions. Thanks to Kathy Hare, our financial consultant and Kevin Lawrie, our social media and policy guru, for keeping us updated and informed as we move through this dynamic environment. Here is what we shared during the session:

  • Steve updated us on the importance business planning and contemplating what return to sport looks like not only from a risk management perspective, but from a business perspective as well.  Organizations should be running multiple financial models based on the return to sport protocols in place which may minimize the number of participants and accordingly revenue.
  • Kathy spoke to the application process for the Canada Emergency Business Account and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.  She cautioned organization to ensure any employees that they hired back were aware that they may have to repay amounts received under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.  She also provided some useful templates for calculating the CEWS and projecting cash flows as organizations start to plan for their restart.
  • Kevin spoke about the increased use of both electronic communication media (like texting and video conferencing) and social media (like Facebook and Instagram) in the coach-athlete relationship under COVID-19. This is a big topic – with many different possible approaches and factors to consider – and we will be posting about it more next week

You can access previous webinars or join our next Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share! on May 6 at 12:00 PM EST where we will create an engaging environment for you to ask any questions that have been surfacing for you … things like … How are you coping? What are some of the great tips that are keeping you connected to your staff? What are you struggling with? How are you preparing for the return to work?  In what ways can we better support ourselves as we learn to grieve differently? We want to use this session to give you time and space to share and learn from each other – it takes a village to get through this kind of experience. Check out this week’s blog on Good Grief!

Flow: Each conversation will begin with the SLSG Partners welcoming everyone and offering a few comments on something topical that is affecting the sport community. We will then move into providing listeners with an opportunity to ask a question or share a perspective that they would like some advice on. Dina and Steve will create a safe and engaging environment for the listeners to address some very specific topics that will most certainly benefit the entire group.

The Sport Law & Strategy Group has been providing strategic insight to the Canadian sport community since 1992. We offer a full range of management consulting, leadership development and legal services to the Canadian sport community. We are accessible, affordable, highly skilled, and we bring experience and common sense to every project. Our mission is to help you achieve yours. To learn more about us please visit

For more information please contact Dina Bell-Laroche at 613-591-1246 or 613-294-4118 or

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