*With files from Hockey Canada
*Photo credit: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada’s Winter Congress and Annual Meeting, held virtually for the first time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wrapped up Saturday with the election of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
Hockey Canada noted that the elections proved to be a significant step forward as Hockey Canada continues to address areas of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. An important by-law change approved at the 2019 Annual Meeting requires the Board to include a minimum of two males and two females to better reflect Canadian society.
Five new directors were elected to serve on the board of directors while three members were re-elected all of which will serve two-year terms. Amongst those three members re-elected was Milton Station’s, Goops Wooldridge.
Wooldridge has been involved in hockey for almost 50 years. He is a former president of Hockey PEI, where he assisted in the implementation of a new governance model. A director with Hockey Canada since 2015, he has served on numerous committees, task teams, and workgroups. He was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in the community for his work in hockey at the local and national levels in 2017.
“We are very pleased to hear that Goops will be representing PEI yet again at the National level. He is a leader of our game and we look forward to the many more contributions he will make over the course of his 2-year term,” said Mike Hammill, President of Hockey PEI.
Furthermore, CEO Tom Renney expressed his excitement to have rejoining directors like Wooldridge back at the helm.
“We issued ourselves a directive to be more inclusive and this is an important step in that process,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “Our entire organization is excited to welcome Andrea, Leanne, Mary Anne, Terry and Bobby to our board, joining Michael, Barry, Goops and Kirk as we continue the mandate that our organization and board members, past and present, have been working towards.”
Hockey Canada’s Winter Congress and Annual Meeting brought together the governing body’s board of directors and partners, along with representation from all 13 Members.
Hockey Canada’s next Winter Congress and Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 18-20, 2021 in Toronto.
Hockey PEI looks forward to its continued relationship with Woolridge and the rest of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors in #MakingHockeyMore.
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