An Update on Transgender Issues in Sport

I have written in this space previously about the issue of gender and sport (2012, 2010, 2006), and given developments over the last year or so, I … [Read more...]

The Silence of Our Friends

By Rachel Corbett. I have been very impressed by the Harassment in Sport blog series presented by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian … [Read more...]

Tales from the Ivory Tower Six Months In

By Rachel Corbett Many readers of this blog may know that I took a leave of absence from the Sport Law & Strategy Group in the summer of 2014 … [Read more...]

We Are Expanding Our Team!

The Sport Law & Strategy Group is thrilled to announce that sport professional Jason Robinson has joined our team as our latest associate. Jason … [Read more...]

Sport Law & Strategy Group assists 75 sport organizations in their NFP Act transition

Midnight on Friday, October 17 was the deadline for federally incorporated not-for-profit organizations to transition from old legislation (Canada … [Read more...]

What’s New at the Sport Law & Strategy Group

We would like to provide our readers with an update on some personnel changes and other activities at the Sport Law & Strategy … [Read more...]

SDRCC Arbitrator Rejects Another Case for Being Out of Time

Last month, a third decision was reached in a SDRCC (Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada) case on the issue of lack of jurisdiction due to a … [Read more...]

Smart Tips for Risk Management

I stumbled on this recently while reviewing our publication "Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations" that we wrote for 2010 Legacies … [Read more...]

Managing Risks – Where Do I Start?

Dina Bell-Laroche and I have just completed the 30th risk assessment workshop in the multi-year Risk Management Project funded by Sport Canada and the … [Read more...]

Thinking About Governance Reform? Here are Some Questions to Get You Started

These questions are intended to promote reflection on the concept of governance. They are by no means complete or comprehensive, but they arise from … [Read more...]

The More We Learn the Less We Know?

I have been deeply immersed in the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act for over two years now, and so have many of Canada's national sport … [Read more...]

It’s a Good Idea to Check with Industry Canada as Part of Your Transition Strategy!

As most readers know, we are working with a great many NSOs and MSOs on transition to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Recently, we … [Read more...]

Some Emerging Issues with Transition to the NFP Act

The NFP Act came into law in October 2011, with a 3-year window for corporations to become compliant (by October 2014). That window is now almost … [Read more...]

Less Than 2 Years Left for Compliance with the NFP Act – Some Thoughts on Plans and Timing

NSOs and MSOs in Canada have less than two years to make a successful transition from the Canada Corporations Act to the Canada Not-for-profit … [Read more...]

Idea for Annual Calendar of Board Meetings

Ken Davies, President of Alberta Biathlon and Chair of Biathlon Canada, recently shared with me a simple model for board leadership that he uses in … [Read more...]

Transition Requires That You Dance the Two-Step

At the Sport Law & Strategy Group we have been working with almost 40 national level sport organizations on their transition from the Canada … [Read more...]

Gender Identity in Sport

LawNow magazine has just published my recent article on gender identity and sport. Here is a link to the full article. … [Read more...]

Including Transgender Athletes in Sport

I would like to heartily congratulate the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for creating an inclusive policy at their most recent annual … [Read more...]

Strategic Management + Good Governance = High Performing Sport Organization

By Dina Bell-Laroche and Rachel Corbett. Okay, so Dina and Rachel got to thinking about what it takes for organizations to perform at a high level. … [Read more...]

Harassment Issues in Sport – from 1994 to 2012

In 1994, Rachel Corbett wrote a handbook on Harassment in Sport that was distributed to NSOs and other amateur sport organizations around the country. … [Read more...]

Don’t Overlook Some Financial Impacts of the NFP Act

To date we have written extensively about the impacts that the NFP Act will have on membership classes and board structures. These are the main issues … [Read more...]

Reflections on Penn State, Scouts Canada and Graham James

I have just finished reading Theo Fleury's book, Playing With Fire. I have owned this book for two years, but never took it off my shelf. However, in … [Read more...]

Simplifying Risk Management

In recent months I have been following a blog on risk management written by Melanie Lockwood-Herman. She is the Executive Director of an American … [Read more...]

Sport Canada Introduces Governance Principles for Sport Organizations

Along with some other governance experts, I have been working with Sport Canada for some time on creating a prescriptive set of "good governance … [Read more...]

Proposed Changes to the Income Tax Act to Affect RCAAAs

The federal government is in the final stages of reviewing changes to the Income Tax Act that will affect Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic … [Read more...]

Wait and Hurry Up! New Corporations Act to Take Effect October 17, 2011

Industry Canada has very recently published their transition guide (HTML) for the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NPCA) that will take effect in … [Read more...]

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Paves the Way in Creating a More Inclusive Sport Environment

I am in Ottawa this weekend participating in the centennial celebrations of the Canadian PGA, and I had the opportunity to have lunch with my friend … [Read more...]

Is the New Federal Corporations Legislation on Your Radar?

On June 22, 2011 I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act (NPCA) [1] at the 1st National Sport … [Read more...]

Sport Governance – Some Thoughts on the Eve of a New Government

Lately it seems our website postings are preoccupied with governance and social media - whatever happened to the sport and the law? The reality is, … [Read more...]

New Corporations Act Creates Opportunities for NSOs

In this space we have written previously about the imminent Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NPCA), due to take effect soon in Canada. Back in … [Read more...]

Raising the Bar – Questions Directors Should Ask

We ask our athletes and coaches to pursue excellence every day, and a recent article in National Post by Shaun Francis and John Kelleher (10 questions … [Read more...]

Interesting Snapshot of NSO Board Structures

Over the years I have worked with many National Sport Organizations (NSOs) on governance projects. These have ranged from small reviews and bylaw … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Governance Reform

It's a new year! And many sport organizations are considering making changes to their governance structure. These are the ingredients for success as … [Read more...]

The Transgender Athlete – A New Resource

Conversations about gender identity and transgender athletes are definitely going mainstream these days. Just recently there have been two high … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Alberta Soccer Association v. Charpentier (2010)

It is quite exciting to learn of a case that touches on so many important principles of administrative law as it applies to the governance of sport … [Read more...]

Hallmarks of Good Governance

An organization I have worked with for many years recently asked me if I could identify the hallmarks of good governance - the indicators of a sound … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Team Canada Ombudsperson

Rachel Corbett was appointed as the Commonwealth Games Team Ombudsperson in June 2010. Unlike in prior years, for these games the position was a joint … [Read more...]

Rachel Corbett’s XIX Commonwealth Games Ombudsblog

In the fall of 2010, Rachel Corbett (co-founder of the Sport Law & Strategy Group) spent about a month in Delhi, India as a member of Team Canada … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts About Sport’s Future

Over the last year as I have been consulting with sport organizations on governance and organizational change, I have encouraged people to make the … [Read more...]

Case Comment – Clifford v. Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (2009)

This is not a sport case but is helpful nonetheless in providing guidance to tribunals writing decisions. This occurs often in the sport context – … [Read more...]

Parents sue Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) after sons cut from team

This story has been has been the subject of ridicule by many major media outlets, sportscasters, and internet bloggers. At our first glance at the … [Read more...]

The Power of Social Networking and Social Media

By Rachel Corbett They used to say the sword was mighty, then it was the pen, but now it is the mouse! This piece contains notes and speaking … [Read more...]

NPCA is on the Way

In 2009, the federal Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (NPCA) received Royal Assent. We wrote about the NPCA in a previous newsletter and there is now … [Read more...]

When a Deadline is a Deadline

Back in 2005, we wrote about a procedural fairness case (Clegg, Albert, Ciaramidaro & Biathlon Canada v. Canadian Olympic Association, 2002) … [Read more...]

Olympic Reflections

I write this column the day after the close of the 2010 Paralympic Games. The months of February and March have been quite extraordinary for people … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Schools – Reflections on Risk Management

The St. John’s School Lake Temiskaming Canoe Tragedy (1978) The Strathcona Tweedsmuir School Rogers Pass Avalanche Tragedy (2003) As a consultant … [Read more...]

The Mini-Trial: A Concept Whose Time Has Come?

If you google “mini-trial’ you will get several hundred thousand 'hits' telling you that a mini-trial is a form of alternative dispute resolution that … [Read more...]

Procedural Fairness in Sport – The Flip Side of the Risk Management Coin

Question: My son is active in club sports. He would like to switch to a different team to join his friends, but a representative of the league says … [Read more...]

Human Resources Guide for Community Sport: Managing Employees

by Rachel Corbett. This Guide, authored by Barb Schimnowsky, is a human resources handbook to support the professional development of local sport … [Read more...]

What is the Standard of Care of Coaches Towards Athletes?

Or for that matter, what is the standard of care of teachers to students, or instructors to participants? A recent court case of British Columbia … [Read more...]