3 Hockey Canada board of directors positions now filled by women

Three women have been elected to serve a two-year term on Hockey Canada’s board of directors, the organization announced on Sunday.

Andrea Skinner, Leanne Standryk and Mary Anne Veroba have a wealth of experience in hockey.

A bylaw 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.

Previously, Karen Phibbs, a member from 2013-15, was the only female to have sat on Hockey Canada’s board.

Skinner is the former captain of the Cornell University women’s hockey team and has reffed and coached at the university level in Canada.

Standryk, meanwhile, serves as an advocate before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). She has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in sports-related disputes.

Veroba has been in the game for over 30 years and served on the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s board of directors for over 20 years, including the last seven as chair of the board.

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Terry Engen and Bobby Sahni are also new members.

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