Hockey Canada’s 93rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), attended by more than 250 delegates from across the country, wrapped up Sunday at the Westin Nova Scotian after three days of discussion about what will benefit the growth and development of Canada’s game.
Hockey Canada’s 2012 AGM brought together the governing body’s board of directors, officers, life members, partner organizations and representation from all 13 branches, as well as from councils that oversee female hockey, junior hockey, minor hockey, senior hockey and hockey development.
The board, as elected for the 2012-13 season, will be comprised of the 13 branch presidents, as well as:
Michael J. Bruni, QC (Calgary, Alta.)
Jim Hornell (Grand Falls, N.L.)
Claude Allain (Gatineau, Que.)
Michael Brind’Amour (St-Charles-Borromée, Que.)
Joe Drago (Sudbury, Ont.)
Terry Ledingham (Bon Accord, Alta.)
Ed Pupich (Schumacher, Ont.).
Ken Corbett (Winnipeg, Man.)
Joanne Hughes, Female Council (Cole Harbour, N.S.)
Barry Reynard, Hockey Development Council (Dawson Creek, B.C.)
Karen Phibbs, Junior Council (London, Ont.)
John Clements, Minor Council (Burlington, Ont.)
Dean Filane-Figliomeni, Senior Council (Schreiber, Ont.)
Ron Robison, Canadian Hockey League (Calgary, Alta.)
James Mays, referee-in-chief (Prince Albert, Sask.)
Caroline Ouellette, female athlete representative (Montreal, Que.)
Gord Sherven, male athlete representative (Weyburn, Sask.)
Jean Labonté, sledge hockey representative (Ottawa, Ont.)
The Hockey Canada AGM delegates also recognized and thanked departing branch presidents and board members Shannon Bell (BC Hockey), Tom Donovan (Hockey New Brunswick), Brian Franklin (Hockey Manitoba) and Gene Power (Hockey P.E.I.), as well as one member of the advisory council Murray Costello (international director/IIHF Council member),
Developments at this year’s AGM included:
- the loyalty program/ Club Hockey Canada on schedule for a 2012-13 launch;
- continued progress and discussion on a renewed governance framework being developed for 2014;
- the Junior A pilot program for 2011-12 has been extended for two years for further research, with the immediate addition of stronger regulations to reduce fighting and on-ice violence;
- branch updates, constructive discussion and positive feedback on the implementation of the zero tolerance contact to the head rules in minor and female hockey across Canada in 2011-12;
- updates on Hockey Canada’s priorities: recruitment and retention, technology and e-learning.
Host communities approved by Hockey Canada’s board of directors at the 2012 Hockey Canada AGM, subject to final agreements with host communities, were:
- 2014 Esso Cup – Stoney Creek/Hamilton, Ont.
- 2014 RBC Cup – Vernon, B.C.
Hockey Canada’s Annual General Meeting kicked off Thursday, May 24 and included a banquet on the evening of Friday, May 25 that honoured nine deserving award recipients who have all had a significant impact on the hockey community.
The 2013 Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting will be hosted in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
For more information on Hockey Canada, its teams, events and programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.
FEMALE HOCKEY BREAKTHROUGH AWARD (outstanding contribution to advancing female hockey)
Karen Kost (Edmonton, Alta.)
From the lowest levels of minor hockey to the brightest spotlight of the international stage, there’s not much Karen Kost hasn’t done in a career in hockey that has now spanned four decades. She has been a tireless proponent of the women’s game and has strived to see female officials working at the highest levels of the sport. For this, she is a deserving recipient of this year’s Female Breakthrough Award.
Beginning her officiating career in 1979, Karen quickly became one of Canada’s top female officials, working her first Esso Women’s National Championship in 1986, just seven years after first donning the stripes. She went on to officiate at seven national championships between 1986 and 2000, giving her the national experience and exposure that allowed her to take the next step.
In 1992, Karen was selected to officiate at the IIHF World Women’s Championship in Tampere, Finland, an honour she would receive again two years later, this time closer to home in Lake Placid, N.Y. She was also chosen to work the 1996 IIHF European Women’s Championship in Yaroslavl, Russia, her final international assignment.
Today, she works as a provincial female development coordinator with Hockey Alberta, taking on the task of recruiting, training and developing officials with hopes they can reach the same levels she did during her on-ice career. She works closely with various leagues to ensure they are getting the best officials possible, while at the same time making sure the officials are being put in a position to succeed and improve.
HOCKEY CANADA ORDER OF MERIT (WEST) (an individual who has served amateur hockey faithfully)
Ray Boudreau (Spruce Grove, Alta.)
It goes without saying that without volunteers, there would be no minor hockey across the country. Minor hockey associations and Hockey Canada branches would simply not be able to function without the countless hours put in by hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Ray Boudreau is one of those volunteers.
He’s not a coach or an official or a team manager, but as a retired RCMP officer, Ray’s experience in social and family services has allowed him to become something of an expert in dealing with a number of different off-ice matters. A key member of Hockey Alberta’s game and conduct committee, Ray was instrumental in the development of the organization’s game and conduct management resource manual, an industry-leading document that covers everything from injuries to abuse, harassment and player safety.
As part of the game and conduct program, Ray worked tirelessly to help develop the overall philosophy of Hockey Alberta’s Play Shaping Minds, Attitude & Respect Together program, or PLAY SMART, which ensures the environment in which all Hockey Alberta activities take place is as positive as possible for everyone.
Taking his knowledge to the national level, Ray became a member of the Hockey Canada Risk and Safety Committee and has served on various national committees, including the national drug policy, Respect in Sport and complaint handling.