Former CEO ‘sorry’ for how Hockey Canada handled sexual assault claims under his watch

Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson released a statement Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta. Nicholson is scheduled to speak before MPs today as the federal government continues to scrutinize hockey in Canada.Canadian Press/Jason Franson

Ex-CEO ‘sorry’ for how Hockey Canada handled sexual assault allegations under him

Bob Nicholson regrets no written guidance on how to handle sexual assault claims

Former Hockey Canada president and chief executive Bob Nicholson said he was “sorry” for not having written guidelines on how the national sports organization should handle allegations of sexual assault during his administration.

Nicholson testified before the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that he was satisfied with the way the federal government handled claims during his tenure from 1998 to 2014.

But he added that the meetings should not be held in secret and without a record.

Hockey Canada has been embroiled in controversy for months after the organization mishandled allegations of sexual assault involving members of the 2018 World Junior Team. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Pat McLaughlin, senior vice president of strategy for Hockey Canada, testified that the organization has paid crisis management firm Navigator $1.6 million since July as it dealt with a growing number of scandals that have resulted in government and sponsorship funding being suspended or completely suspended. interruption. McLaughlin said no public funds were used to pay for Navigator.

Lost corporate partnerships cost the organization as much as $24 million in lost funding, McLaughlin added.

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