The director and interim chair of the board of Hockey Canada, Andrea Skinner, has resigned amid growing backlash over the group’s dealing with of alleged sexual assaults, in response to a launch Saturday by the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
“I joined the Hockey Canada Board of Directors in November 2020 as a volunteer. It was my strong commitment to making the game more safe, accessible, inclusive and welcoming,” Skinner stated in a press release.
“Upon reflection, it is clear to me from recent events that it no longer makes sense for me to continue to volunteer my time as Interim Chair or as a Director of the organization.”
Skinner resigns days after a parliamentary committee listening to on Tuesday when she defended Hockey Canada’s dealing with of allegations of sexual assault. She had solely served as interim chair for about two months after former board chair Michael Brind’Amour stepped down Aug. 6.
Her resignation marks the group’s second main departure in latest months.
“I feel it is attention-grabbing to notice that Andrea Skinner’s place was a volunteer one, and it does increase some attention-grabbing questions,” TSN’s Rick Westhead instructed CTV National News on Saturday.
Westhead notes Hockey Canada CEO Scott Smith has been beneath intense stress to resign as properly.
“His place is a paid one,” Westhead stated. “The query now with Andrea Skinner leaving is who may negotiate a severance bundle for Scott Smith and his management crew?”
Hockey Canada has been beneath the nationwide microscope since May when it was revealed it had settled a lawsuit with a lady who alleged she was sexually assaulted by eight gamers from the 2018 nationwide junior males’s hockey crew throughout a June gala occasion in London, Ont., that yr.
Among different revelations that adopted was Hockey Canada’s admission it drew on minor hockey membership charges to pay for uninsured liabilities, together with sexual abuse claims.
Also, Halifax police have been requested to research an alleged sexual assault by members of the 2003 nationwide junior males’s crew.
The federal authorities has frozen Hockey Canada’s funding, and the group has been bleeding sponsorships, with manufacturers comparable to Nike, Canadian Tire, Scotiabank and Tim Hortons suspending their assist.
With information from The Canadian Press