What is a Parliamentarian and why sport organizations need one

Recently I completed a course on parliamentary procedure with the University of Wisconsin and proudly updated my LinkedIn profile to announce my … [Read more...]

BC Societies Act – Practical Guidance for Transition

By now, most BC societies have received formal notice from BC Registry Services that the new BC Societies Act will come into force on November 28th, … [Read more...]

Increasing Leadership Opportunities for Women

Increasingly I’m inspired to think of choices when tackling both every day and complex problems by approaching them as ‘and/with’ problems instead … [Read more...]

PSO Risk Management Workshops

Since 2007 the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport to deliver the Risk Management … [Read more...]

Governing Documents: Separating Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules

Recently, organizations in Ontario and BC have been asking us about transitioning to compliance with the upcoming Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations … [Read more...]

BC Societies Act to come into force in November 2016!

Big news for BC sports organizations! The new not-for-profit corporations act – the BC Societies Act – has been announced to come into force on … [Read more...]

BC Societies Act – Big Changes Ahead for BC sport organizations

The new BC Societies Act is expected to come into force within 18 months (by November 2016) and will replace the existing BC Society Act – the … [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...]

NFP Act transition… down to the wire… only two months left!

Four months ago in a blogpost we counted the remaining National Sport Organizations (NSOs) that had not yet transitioned to compliance with the new … [Read more...]

Under the Microscope in More Ways than One!

It seems that everywhere we turn, not for profits and charities are being put under more and more scrutiny. Whether this is warranted or not remains … [Read more...]

NFP Act After-Care – Tasks after Transitioning to Compliance

With 24 National Sport Organizations (NSOs) having transitioned to compliance with the new NFP Act, and more organizations in the process of … [Read more...]

NFP Act transition… only six months left… are you on track?

On October 17th 2011 the NFP Act (also known as the CNCA) came into force and required that every federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization … [Read more...]

In Camera Meetings and Minutes of In Camera Meetings

There are times within meetings, particularly executive meetings, when discussions must be kept confidential. Such discussions are considered to be … [Read more...]

Update on the Use of Religious Headwear during Soccer Matches

We have been following this issue since it first arose in 2012, when the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) issued a rule prohibiting its players from … [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 been nearly a year since we dedicated a blogpost to the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). During that time the implementation date … [Read more...]

Absentee Voting Survey Results

Back in June of this year, in collaboration with Rowing Canada Aviron, we asked sport organizations to complete a survey related to absentee voting. … [Read more...]

Record Keeping Checklist Under the NFP Act

What Documents Your Organization Needs to Keep and Who Can Access Them The new NFP Act requires that organizations maintain specific records and … [Read more...]

Jurisdiction, Turbans, and Soccer in Quebec

Since last year, the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) has prohibited its players from wearing turbans and other religious headgear. This April, the … [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...]

What policies does my sport organization need?

At the Sport Law & Strategy Group, we regularly receive requests from sport organizations asking for assistance writing policies. These are the … [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...]

Ontario NFP Act to Come Into Force

[Edit September 2013 - there have been new changes to the proclamation date since this post was written] Two days after we wrote about whether … [Read more...]

Are There Problems with the Ontario Not-For-Profit Act?

The Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is expected to come into force on January 1st, 2013 and organizations will have three years to … [Read more...]

Timing of Annual Meetings under the NFP Act

We wanted to share with our readers what we have learned about the requirements of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act in relation to the timing of … [Read more...]

Snapshot of Membership Fees of National Sport Organizations

By Kevin Lawrie and Rachel Corbett. We recently published a snapshot on the voting structures of National Sports Organizations (NSOs) and we found … [Read more...]

Snapshot of Voting Structures of National Sport Organizations

By Rachel Corbett and Kevin Lawrie. We continue to help National Sport Organizations (NSOs) comply with the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and, … [Read more...]

Income Tax Act Revisions Impose New Requirements on NSO Directors

We last wrote about RCAAAs (Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations) in February 2012, noting that recent changes to the Income Tax Act have … [Read more...]

Why the new federal NFP Act is important to PSOs

Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) may be hearing about the “NFP Act” or the new not-for-profit corporations’ legislation that every … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Why and When You Are Required to Re-Incorporate Your Organization

A lot of sport organizations are hearing buzz about a major government law that will affect their operations and possibly their bylaws.  Organizations … [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...]

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...]

The Seven Sins of Board Dysfunction

Practicing a Trade Without a License This describes the board director who has done no preparation to become better informed about his/her role as … [Read more...]

Do You Know Who Your Members Are?

During the last several months, the Centre for Sport and Law has been asked by sport organizations to help in the implementation of their discipline … [Read more...]

What to Do When 1% of Your Members Cause 99% of Your Problems?

Sound familiar? Although this topic has very little to do with the law, we are nonetheless often called upon by client organizations for help. Over … [Read more...]

Form Follows Function – A Governance Discussion Paper for National and Provincial Sport Organization

It has been my observation that the business of amateur sport in Canada has become increasingly complex and sophisticated in recent years, yet the … [Read more...]