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Committees & Task Teams (2020 - 2022

 

Governence Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Lead the development of the Board’s Annual Report
  • Lead the development of a Strategic Plan for the Branch, taking into account the policy development work of various Committees and Task Teams
  • Establish and improve governance policies and processes for the Branch, including policy development processes
  • Review and maintain an inventory of the governing instruments for the various Leagues, Districts and Associations within the Branch
  • Develop amendments to the HEO ByLaws for consideration at the Annual General Meeting
  • Review and improve the organizational structure within the Branch
  • Develop an evaluation strategy for the Board and its Directors
    Krista Outhwaite (Chair)
    Paul Ross
    Greg Clarke
    Roch Levac
    David Loehr
    Kevin Abrams
    Linda Thompson
    Debbie Rambeau (Staff Resource)


Human Resources Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Develop a suite of employment policies for staff
  • Develop a suite of HR policies for volunteers
  • Review and approve staff evaluation systems
  • Develop policies for the appointment of Life Patrons and other aspects of the Life Patron program management
    Krista Outhwaite (Chair)
    Paul Ross
    Tim MacPherson
    Kelli Burke
    Debbie Rambeau (Staff Resource)


Finance Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Develop financial policies, strategies and risk management approaches necessary to maintain a responsible financial position
  • Conduct Branch financial planning
  • Prepare the annual Branch budget for ratification by the Board
  • Oversee the audit process and all financial reporting to Branch members
  • Develop financial education strategies for Associations, Districts. Leagues and Teams
  • Develop a financial audit strategy for Associations, Districts, Leagues and Teams
    Tim MacPherson (Chair)
    Krista Outhwaite
    Joe Rubino
    Marc Richer
    Debbie Rambeau (Staff Resource)


Hockey Excellence Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Promote and enable excellence in minor, junior, para and special hockey
  • Identify enhancements and supports to programs for foundational or House League hockey
  • Support the Branch introduction of Hockey Canada program pathways
  • Develop Branch entry-level recruitment, orientation and retention strategies for players and volunteers
  • Implement recommendations from the Diversity and Inclusion Task Team as appropriate and develop annual on-going Branch Diversity and Inclusion programs
    Tim MacPherson (Chair)
    Jeff Robert (Staff Resource)


Standards Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Maintain and improve Branch standards for member behaviour; risk and safety
  • Maintain and improve the Branch Code of Discipline for minor, Junior B, Junior C, para and special hockey, and those elements for Junior A hockey not addressed by CCHL By-Laws and CJHL procedures
  • Develop Branch dispute resolution processes, including those to address issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Provide custody for the HEO operating manual, once developed
    Joe Rubino (Chair)
    Hailey Perreault (Staff Resource)


Appeals Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Conduct appeals arising from decisions made by Districts and Leagues on risk and safety matters
  • Conduct appeals arising from decisions made by the Minor Council Discipline Committee on HEO Code of Discipline matters (on-ice)
  • Maintain an inventory of appeal decisions for the purpose of analyzing trends and contributing to the improvement of discipline policies and procedures
  • Provide advice to the Board and the Standards Committee on improving disciplinary policy and processes, including dispute resolution processes
  • Address media inquiries into the handling of Branch disciplinary matters, as appropriate
  • Support the Executive Director in developing the Branch position on junior appeals under consideration by the Hockey Canada National Appeals Committee
    Paul Ross (Chair)
    Jeff Baker (Staff Resource)


Nomination Committee

    Mandate
    Members
    Chair and membership to be established as and when required for AGM purposes.


Minor Council

    Mandate
    Members
  • Oversee the Branch minor hockey program to ensure adherence to program standards and to promote excellence
  • Provide advice to the Board and Committee Chairs on athlete development within house league and competitive streams, and on minor hockey policies
  • Operate as a forum to communicate regarding program delivery best practices and issues
    Greg Clarke (Chair)
    Jenn Primeau (Vice Chair)
    11 District Chairs
    Up to 6 League Presidents
    Sean Tobin (RIC, Minor)
    Craig Shouldice (Registrar, Minor)
    Joe Rubino (HEO Board Liason)
    Debbie Rambeau (HEO Executive Director)
    Wayne Ahronson (Staff Resource)


Minor Council Discipline and Appeals

    Mandate
    Members
  • Conduct hearings into disciplinary matters arising from the HEO Code of Discipline (on-ice matters)
  • Conduct hearings into appeals of on-ice officiating calls, based on analysis and recommendations from the Minor Referee-in-Chief
  • Maintain an inventory of HEO Minor Discipline decisions for the purpose of analyzing trends and contributing to the improvement of discipline policies and procedures
  • Provide advice to the HEO Standards Committee and the HEO Appeals Committee for the improvement of discipline policies and procedures
  • Address media inquiries into the handling of Branch minor disciplinary matters, as appropriate
    Greg Clarke (Chair)
    District Chairs, other League and Association executives as required.
    Wayne Ahronson (Staff Resource)


Junior Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Serve as a communications forum to discuss and resolve issues, and to share best practices.
  • Provide advice to the Board on junior athlete development, and on key issues pertaining to junior hockey
    Ian McRae (Chair)
    CCHL Commissioner
    CCHL Chair, Board of Governors
    EOJHL Commissioner
    EOJHL Chair, Board of Governors
    NCHL Commissioner
    Paul Ross (HEO Board Liason)
    Debbie Rambeau (Staff Resource)


U18 AAA Board of Governors

    Mandate
    Members
  • Oversee the delivery of the Branch U18AAA program to ensure adherence to program standards and to promote excellence
  • Provide governance oversight for the U18AAA League and appoint a League executive
  • Hire an independent Finance Manager to manage financial transactions, to provide regular financial reporting, to develop an annual budget and to establish annual registration fees
  • Ratify any League policy or rule changes
  • Provide advice to the Board and Committee Chairs on key U18AAA program and policy issues
    Jenn Primeau (Chair)
    Six Minor District Chairs
    Two CCHL Representatives
    President U18AAA
    Director, U18AAA Finance
    District 13 Chair
    Marc Richer (HEO Board Liason)
    Jeff Baker (Staff Resource)


High Performance Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Oversee the Branch high performance program (in alignment with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence)
  • Implement recommendations from the High Performance (AAA) Task Team as appropriate.
  • Provide advice to the Board on key high performance issues and improvement of high performance policies and program.
  • Seek ways in which the high performance groups can better collaborate on issues of common interest.
    Elite Player- Coach Sub Committee
    Kevin Abrams (Chair)
    Shawn Simpson
    Andy Scott
    Andrew Dickson
    Sheldon Keefe
    James Boyd
    Paul Ross (HEO Board Liason)
    Jeff Robert (Staff Resource)

    Elite Player- League Sub Committee
    Kevin Abrams (Chair)
    Mike Spencer
    Sean Marcellus
    Lucas Cacciotti
    Jarrett DeFazio
    Kim Greer
    Paul Ross (HEO Board Liason)
    Jeff Robert (staff Resource)


Officiating Committee

    Mandate
    Members
  • Oversees the Branch officiating program to ensure adherence to standards and to promote excellence in officiating throughout all levels.
  • Oversee the disciplinary program for Branch officials, including developing policies and processes.
  • Develop and deliver educational and training programs for officials.
  • Provide advice to the Branch on improvements to the HEO Code of Discipline.
    John Reid (Chair)
    Fred Cosgrove
    Dave Ross
    Sean Tobin
    Roch Levac (HEO Board Liason)
    Jeff Baker/Hailey Perreault (Staff Resource)


Return to Hockey Implementation Task Team

    Mandate
    Members
  • Updating the Branch RTH framework as required
  • Responding to implementation questions from minor, junior, para and special hockey groups
  • Reviewing and approving RTH plans from minor, junior, para and special hockey groups that align with the Branch framework
  • Consulting with the four Health Units associated with HEO
  • Referring plans that do not align with the Branch framework, and that therefore require the Branch/PSO to apply to the Chief Medical Officer of Health for an exemption under Ontario Regulation 364/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 3, Schedule 2 Section 8 (1.1)
  • Identifying operational policy matters that require consideration by the Board
  • Providing oversight to the management of individual cases of COVID associated with HEO cohorts
    Joe Rubino (Chair)
    Paul Ross
    Krista Outhwaite
    Kevin Abrams
    Ian McInnis
    Greg Clarke
    Ian McRae
    Brydon Schaap
    Matt Couvrette
    Jeff Baker (Staff Resource)


High Performance Task Team

    Mandate
    Members
  • Lead a process in which views are obtained on how AAA hockey in the Branch can be improved and strengthened.
  • Seek views on how` the two AAA programs can work better together, find common areas of interest and continue to improve the programs common areas of interest and continue to improve the programs.
  • Confirm and strengthen U15AAA Associations representation within District governance.
  • Seek views on the advisability of establishing a Branch elite AAA tournaments
  • Review the potential to expand the number of teams within the U15, U14 and U13 AAA divisions.
  • Review the potential to add AAA divisions for U12 and potentially U11
  • Review opportunities for broader AAA financial reporting and tracking.
  • Review the opportunity to position D14 as the future home of high-performance hockey in the Branch.
  • Develop a report of the Task Team’s finding and recommendations, for presentation to the Board by end February 2021
    Paul Ross (Chair)
    Kevin Abrams
    Lucas Caciotti
    Brenda Green
    Jen Primeau
    Mike Spencer
    Mario Paquette
    John Reid
    Jeff Baker (Staff Resource)


Diversity and Inclusion Task Team

    Mandate
    Members
  • Develop recommendations for a Branch approach to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, in alignment with Hockey Canada’s efforts and informed by leading D&I champions in the community as well as efforts by other Hockey Canada branches.
    Krista Outhwaite (Chair)
    Debbie Rambeau (Staff Resource)
    Others TBC

 


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