Bob Nicholson, the previous president and CEO of Hockey Canada, stated he’s “sorry” for not having written pointers on how the group was to deal with sexual assault allegations whereas he was in cost.
Nicholson, who at the moment serves as chairman of the Edmonton Oilers, testified earlier than the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Parliament Hill on Tuesday. Hockey Canada has been underneath intense scrutiny since a report in Could revealed that Hockey Canada settled a sexual assault lawsuit associated to an alleged incident at a 2018 gala in London, Ontario. Not one of the allegations have been proved in courtroom on the time of publication.
One of many largest stress factors was Canada’s use of funds — particularly the Nationwide Fairness Fund — to repay sexual assault allegations. In July, studies surfaced that Hockey Canada paid slightly below $9 million to settle 21 instances of sexual assault since 1989.
Nicholson — who held his positions with Hockey Canada from 1998-2014 — stated he claimed accountability for funds used to pay sexual assault claims, per Sportsnet’s Paul D. Grant. He additionally stated he turned conscious of allegations involving the 2003 world junior workforce on July 7 of this yr.
“I want I may return,” Nicholson advised parliament. “I want I may have put extra insurance policies in…. it was one thing that I’d have preferred to have accomplished. I didn’t, and I’m sorry about that.”