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Two lawyers among five new directors elected to Hockey Canada board

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7:34 AM | By John Chunn

Hockey Canada announced that five new members have been elected to its board of directors. All directors will serve two-year terms.

According to Hockey Canada's press release, Michael Brind’Amour (Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Que.), returns as chair of the board for a second consecutive term. Brind’Amour practised law for more than 40 years, specializing in civil, family youth protection, criminal and administrative social law. He has held various positions in hockey working with local, regional and provincial organizations in Quebec including director, president and chair as well as president of Hockey Quebec. 

The new directors elected at Hockey Canada’s virtual annual meeting on Saturday are Terry Engen, Bobby Sahni, Andrea Skinner, Leanne Standryk and Mary Anne Veroba

Three members of the board have also been re-elected to serve two-year terms: Kirk Lamb, Barry Reynard and Goops Wooldridge.

Engen has served the hockey community for over 40 years in administrative positions, including roles with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. 

Sahni is a leader in the multicultural marketing business community. With a masters of business, Sahni has been at the forefront in developing, executing and managing diversity and multicultural initiatives for a number of organizations. He is a co-founder and partner at Ethnicity Matters, a multicultural marketing and advertising agency. 

Skinner grew up around the game of hockey and is passionate about the sport. She is a former captain of the Cornell University women’s hockey team and achieved notable academic recognition while studying at Cornell. Skinner’s hockey involvement includes refereeing at the highest levels in Canada and serving as an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa’s women’s hockey team. Skinner is currently a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, a Toronto-based law firm, where she regularly appears before tribunals and courts. She also serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Standryk has over 20 years of legal experience and is a senior partner with Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP, specializing in management side labour, and employment and sports law. Standryk acts for numerous private, public and not-for-profit sector clients, including national and provincial sport organizations, where she is called to serve as an advocate before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. 

Veroba has spent more than 30 years around the game of hockey, largely in administrative roles. Her involvement began with local teams in Lampman, Sask., which led to her being elected president of her local hockey association. She served on the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s board of directors for over 20 years, including the last seven as chair of the board. 

“We issued ourselves a directive to be more inclusive and this is an important step in that process,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “Our entire organization is excited to welcome Andrea, Leanne, Mary Anne, Terry and Bobby to our board, joining Michael, Barry, Goops and Kirk as we continue the mandate that our organization and board members, past and present, have been working towards.”