CSSHL Approves New Governance Structure

The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) has voted unanimously in favour to make changes to the CSSHL Governance Structure and Bylaws.

Consultant Eric Sorensen has spent the last several months examining the CSSHL, and interviewing all CSSHL members and employees to build a new structure that will help the organization adjust to the quickly changing hockey landscape, and continue to uphold their mission statement “To be National Leaders in Education-Based Hockey.”

Sorensen had a very successful corporate career including Sun Rype and Warner Lambert before moving onto consulting engagements which included various hockey governance projects.

The CSSHL member programs have decided to move to an independent board with seven directors. These directors will have no association or ties with current CSSHL programs and will have various skills sets such as finance, risk/insurance, expansion, governance, and marketing/sponsorships to help provide the CSSHL with a variety of skills and tools.

The current CSSHL six-member Executive Committee will continue to operate in its current capacity until the new independent board is in place. At that time the Executive Committee would add a seventh elected member and move to the CSSHL Executive Operations Committee, overseeing the game operations of the league.

With the landscape of hockey changing, the CSSHL sought to be proactive leaders in establishing structures and bylaws which allow the organization to reach its full potential.

“We are very pleased to see the Members of the CSSHL have voted unanimously to move to a new governance structure that will provide greater oversight and accountability for the CSSHL members,” said CSSHL Chairperson Andy Oakes. “This change in governance aligns itself with best practices for member governed leagues and associations. The makeup of the new board will bring a diverse group of expertise that is required to guide and govern the CSSHL as it continues its growth throughout North America.”

The new independent board of seven directors will be instituted in the fall of 2023.