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Hockey Canada Appoints Andrea Skinner as Interim Chair of the Board

Hockey Canada has named Andrea Skinner as the new Interim Chair of the Board days after the former Chair's resignation.
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Days after former Chair of the Board of Directors Michael Brind'Amour resigned from his position amid the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault made against members of multiple Canadian world junior team members, Hockey Canada has found a temporary replacement, naming board member Andrea Skinner as interim chair on Tuesday morning. 

Skinner will serve the role until her current term ends in November of 2022. 

“As a Board, we are listening to Canadians. We are working to make meaningful positive changes to the culture of the sport of hockey," said Skinner in a statement released in tandem with her appointment. 

"I am proud of my lifelong commitment to hockey and am honored to serve Hockey Canada as Chair of the Board; a Board that includes men and women with a diversity of age and life experiences and one that represents different ethnic and cultural communities, including Indigenous Canadians, and the LGBT2Q+ community.

"I sincerely believe the organization is taking positive steps to effect meaningful change from the grassroots to high-performance national team level.”

Skinner is a lawyer by trade and serves as a partner at the firm Aird & Berlis LLP. She also serves as her firm's Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and oversees its Mental Health initiative as well.

Skinner was elected to Hockey Canada's Board in November of 2020. According to Hockey Canada, that Board was the first to be elected under the organization's updated by-laws requiring gender diversity. 

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