ONTARIO — After the Hockey Canada’s entire leadership group and board of directors stepped down in early October amidst scandals and parliamentary inquiries, Hockey Canada announced Monday that the independent nominating committee hired to select candidates for the board of directors has chosen its finalists.
Amongst them is Marian Jacko, the assistant deputy attorney general for the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
Many turned to social media to congratulate Jack, including Hockey Indigenous: “Congratulations to Marian Jacko, from the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, who is amongst the nominees for Hockey Canada new Board of Directors! Marian is an Assistant Deputy Attorney general for the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. We wish you the best of luck, Marian!” Reads the well-known page.
Over 550 candidates applied to be considered for a role on Hockey Canada’s board of directors in total, with the nominating committee ultimately selecting a group of five women and four men.
As per the recommendation of former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell, the newly nominated members of the board will serve a special one-year term if elected to the position by Hockey Canada’s members. The election is set for this Saturday, December 17.
As for the rest of the nominees: Hugh L. Fraser was nominated for the role of chair of the board, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience as a justice in the Ontario Court of Justice and seven years serving on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Fraser is a former Olympian in his own right and currently serves as an independent arbitrator with the United States Olympics and Paralympic Committee, the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and is a commissioner with Athletics Canada.
The committee has also nominated board positions including: Grant Borbridge, who serves as vice president of legal and corporate secretary at Trimac Transportation.
Cassie Campbell-Pascall, who is a three-time Olympic gold medallist, Order of Canada recipient and the only captain in Team Canada history to win two gold medals. Julie Duranceau, who is a prolific lawyer and mediator who has led more than 400 mediation meetings.Dave Evans, a current real estate developer who previously served as the global head of innovation and technology for a large international advisory firm. Marni Fullerton, who brings over three decades of experience having served as CEO of SFF Inc., CEO of Kingsmere Films, strategic advisor for the Millenix Group, regional Ontario producer for CBC Radio, Alberta bureau chief and network current affairs producer and reporter for CBC Television.
Jonathan F. Goldbloom, a current member of Via Rail’s board of directors who was also a founding partner of Avenue Strategic Communications Inc.. And Andrea Poole, the founder and CEO of the accounting firm Numeris CPA Professional Corporation. She also provides financial services to an Indigenous-led multi-million-dollar First Nation women and children-focused charity.