The members of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors come from all walks of life and from all corners of this country, yet they all have one thing in common: they are custodians of the game who want nothing more than for this game to prosper. These Canadians are elected by the Hockey Canada membership to help develop a comprehensive plan to grow the game on a local and national level.
The Hockey Canada Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who graciously devote their time and energy to the betterment of the game of hockey from coast to coast to coast.
Chair of the Board: Michael Brind'Amour (Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Que.)
Michael Brind’Amour returns as chair for a second term. Brind’Amour has practiced law for more than 40 years, specializing in civil, family youth protection, criminal and administrative social law. He has held various positions in hockey working with local, regional and provincial organizations in Quebec, working his way from a director with the Association hockey mineur de Joliette beginning in 1987 to a five-year run as president of Hockey Quebec from 2006-11. Brind’Amour has also served on numerous boards as either director or chair in the areas of education, social services and human rights. His community work extends to a number of not-for-profit organizations in their pursuit of more efficient program delivery and governance.
Director: Terry Engen (Eckville, Alta.)
Terry Engen has served the hockey community for more than 40 years in a variety of administrative positions, including eight years as president/chair of Hockey Alberta, which gave him a spot on a previous iteration of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. A business owner/operator for more than 20 years and fifth-generation farmer in small-town Eckville, Alta., his diverse background extends from politics to construction, oil and gas, and housing for seniors. Engen is a former reeve of Lacombe Country and has extensive volunteer experience in his community, including with the Eckville Chamber of Commerce, Eckville Rodeo Association, and Eckville and District Recreation Board, among many others.
Director: Kirk Lamb (Calgary, Alta.)
Kirk Lamb was first elected to the board of directors in 2018. He served as chair and president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League from 2010-17 after working as special advisor and legal counsel for the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2002-10. Lamb has degrees in both economics and law, spending 13 years practicing business, corporate and sports law. Since 2007, he has been a partner with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLC, practicing in areas of commercial, mergers and acquisitions, sports and recreation, as well as tax law. He played four seasons with Princeton University from 1997-2001, and spent the 2001-02 season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.
Director: Barry Reynard (Kenora, Ont.)
Barry Reynard has sat on the board of directors since 2013. A long-time minor hockey coach, he has been active in the game for more than four decades, chairing several task teams and committees with a focus on development in both men’s and women’s hockey. Reynard has over 20 years of municipal experience, serving as manager of community services with the City of Kenora and director of community services with the City of Dawson Creek. He was also assistant general manager with Tourism Dawson Creek, helping the B.C. community attract a number of Hockey Canada events, including the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, National Women’s Under-18 Championship and World Junior A Challenge.
Director: Bobby Sahni (Toronto, Ont.)
Bobby Sahni is a leader in the multicultural marketing business community. With a master's degree in business, he has been at the forefront in developing, executing and managing diversity and multicultural initiatives for a number of organizations. Sahni is a co-founder and partner at Ethnicity Matters, a multicultural marketing and advertising agency and has earned several national and international awards for his work. The former head of multicultural marketing with Rogers Communications, Sahni continues to guest lecture and speak at industry events and conferences across North America. He also serves on several non-profit boards and advisory committees, including the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Director: Andrea Skinner (Toronto, Ont.)
Andrea Skinner grew up around hockey and is passionate about the game. She is a former captain of the women’s hockey team at Cornell University, where she achieved notable academic recognition. Her hockey involvement includes refereeing at the highest levels in Canada, including the 2014 Esso Cup and 2014 Clarkson Cup, acting as a mentor referee with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and serving as an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa women’s hockey team while getting her law degree. Skinner is currently a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, a Toronto-based law firm, where she regularly appears before tribunals and courts. She also serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Director: Leanne Standryk (St. Catharines, Ont.)
Leanne Standryk has over 20 years of legal experience and is a senior partner with Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP, specializing in management side labour, and employment and sports law. She acts for numerous private, public and not-for-profit sector clients, including national and provincial sport organizations, where she is called to serve as an advocate before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. A trustee emeritus at Brock University, Standryk is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Business Leadership Award and has been an active community volunteer with a number of organizations, including YMCA Canada, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and the Niagara Sport Commission.
Director: Mary Anne Veroba (Lampman, Sask.)
Mary Anne Veroba has spent more than 30 years around hockey, and it is her passion that keeps her involved in the game. Her involvement began managing local teams in Lampman, Sask., which led to her election as president of Lampman Minor Sports. She then served on the Saskatchewan Hockey Association Board of Directors for over 20 years, including the last seven as the organization’s first female president/chair. When she was not around the rink, Veroba continued to serve her community as a registered nurse for 38 years, and still sits as a trustee with the Lampman Library Board. Now retired, she has a new career writing children’s books and creating a pottery studio.
Director: Goops Wooldridge (Milton Station, P.E.I.)
Goops Wooldridge has sat on the board of directors since 2015. He has been involved in hockey for more than 50 years, getting his start as a trainer with the Charlottetown Islanders at 17 years old and going all the way to the first-ever Centennial Cup final in 1971. A long-time employee of the Maritime Electric Company, Wooldridge first joined the Hockey P.E.I. Board of Directors in 1999 as chair of Senior Council, eventually serving as president of the Member from 2012-15 and helping introduce a new governance model. Twice an inductee into the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame, he was honoured as Volunteer of the Year by the Rural Municipality of Miltonvale Park in 2017.
The Hon. Hanson T. Dowell Q.C.
Dr. W.G. Hardy
The Hon. Justice J.J. Kryczka
Capt. Jas T. Sutherland