Applications being accepted for Risk Management Workshops

The CCES has announced that applications are being accepted for the next round of Risk Management Workshops for NSOs and MSOs. Expressions of interest … [Read more...]

SLSG and Risk Management Project featured in SIRCuit

The newest edition of SIRCuit, published by the Sport Information Resource Centre, focused on Leadership. The e-publication contains a great article … [Read more...]

Cyber-attacks: The new risk on the block

A person would have to be on a deserted island to not be aware of the increasingly frequent occurrence of cyber-attacks in the world of politics and … [Read more...]

Managing Risks Makes Good Business Sense

Risk management has made front line news again over the past few weeks. Beyond politics and ethical considerations of medically assisted deaths to the … [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...]

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...]

Sport Events & Risk Management – More Than Just a Broken Arm

Hosting a successful sport event involves many factors, some of which involve taking risks or exposing your organization to potential risks. … [Read more...]

Manage your Risks by Managing by Values

Risk management is a concept that more and more sport leaders are embracing. In part, this shift towards proactive, integrated and system-wide … [Read more...]

Coaches’ Liability and Responsibilities to Athletes

Regardless of their certification level, experience, employment or volunteer status, sport discipline, or location, coaches have a legal obligation to … [Read more...]

Human Resources – Challenges and Pitfalls in Managing this Vital Resource

People are the lifeblood of any organization whether they are paid staff, Directors, or volunteers. Without their passion and commitment, many of 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...]

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...]

The Ins and Outs of Unpaid Intern Positions

With the summer intern recruitment push now upon us, this might be a good time to get some clarification on the status of unpaid internships. An … [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...]

The Accidental Leader … Why Sport Organizations Need to Pay Attention to a Growing Gap

Carleton business professor Linda Druxbury researches and writes about the pending shortage of a skilled workforce. She puts it quite clearly … with … [Read more...]

Risk Management Questions for Directors

Melanie Herman, of the Nonprofit Risk Manager Center, recently published her RISK eNewsletter and I wanted to share a great little excerpt. I hope you … [Read more...]

Risk Management Update

This post provides an update on some exciting risk management initiatives that have occurred over the past year. Risk Management Impact on … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Ottawa Rapidz Case: Contracts that Help and Contracts that Don’t

Introduction An interesting sport case has been playing itself out in the Supreme Court of Canada. The case highlights the importance of seemingly … [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 Leaders For Life? Supporting the Development of Individuals Working in Sport

One of our collective objectives is to enhance the capacity of sport professionals and volunteers so that they can handle recurring issues, challenges … [Read more...]

Embracing Risks – How Values-Based Decisions Can Help Sport Leaders Take Risks and Uncover Possibilities

Sport is full of risks. This we know well. We expect coaches and athletes to take risks daily in pursuit of performance excellence, and yet more often … [Read more...]

Renewal … It’s Not Just the Sport Policy That Needs It!

Some of you may be aware that we are undergoing a renewal of the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP). Fondly spoken of as CSP 2.0, this renewal process has … [Read more...]

Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations

This guide is intended to help volunteers and staff of local sport organizations make better decisions. Designed for leaders, administrators and … [Read more...]

The Tragic Death of Georgian Luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili Reminds Us of Some Important Legal Lessons

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler received high praise indeed. And although these winter Olympics were one of the best, any … [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...]

Ontario Bans Use of Handheld Devices While Driving

The Ontario government recently passed Bill 118 – Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act. While Ontario is not the first … [Read more...]

Is Your Organization Ready for a Crisis?

The adage “failing to plan means planning to fail” applies to risk management in sport. Many sport organizations have learned the hard way that they … [Read more...]

Risk Management Revisited … or, Values Matter

We started writing this column 15 years ago. Our inaugural column was titled ‘personal risk management’. Written in 1994, we compared the then-new … [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...]

Book Review – Legal Issues in Sport: Tools and Techniques for the Sport Manager (2007)

In a brilliantly straight-forward and understandable way, authors Rachel Corbett, Hilary Findlay and David Lech have identified and elucidated the … [Read more...]

Staying on the Lookout for Fraud – Some Risk Management Advice

In the last 6 months we have helped two of our client organizations, PSOs in two different provinces, deal with the aftermath of employee theft. For … [Read more...]

Information Package on Legal Issues for Coaches

More than ever before, coaches are aware of the risks and responsibilities they assume when they coach. These risks and responsibilities include those … [Read more...]

Case Comment – Bazley v. Curry (The Children’s Foundation) 1999, 2 SCR 534

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Legal Liability and Risk Management: A Handbook for Directors

By Rachel Corbett. According to the 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, over 40 percent of Canadian volunteers hold … [Read more...]

Risk Management for Sport Organizations and Sport Facilities

INTRODUCTION Risk is an integral element of sport. Sport without risk would cease to be sport. This unique aspect of sport must be factored into … [Read more...]

Waivers – A Risk Management Technique

In the last issue we explained how contributory negligence was one defense against liability for negligence. "Waiver of liability agreements" … [Read more...]

Personal Risk Management

More than ever before, coaches are aware of the risks and responsibilities they assume when they coach. These risks and responsibilities include those … [Read more...]

Parents can Help to Cut Risk of Sexual Abuse by Coaches

by Rachel Corbett. In arguing for a light sentence for convicted sex offender George Smith, defence counsel noted that the stigma from this … [Read more...]

Risk Management for the Recreation Professional

Recreation is an inherently risky business. In Canada, injury statistics show nearly thirty percent of all injuries to adults result from sport and … [Read more...]