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Hockey Canada publishes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Path Forward and Commitment to Action statement

Path Forward outlines organization’s commitment to ensure hockey is diverse, welcoming and inclusive for all

August 16, 2023

CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada has published its first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Path Forward, which includes a Commitment to Action statement that summarizes the organization’s ongoing work to drive long-term, sustainable change within the hockey ecosystem in Canada.

The EDI Path Forward highlights three key areas that may be customized to meet unique needs at all levels and regions in Canada: people, customer community and brand. In addition to the Commitment to Action statement, the document includes the guiding questions that led this important work, 13 objectives that will be addressed in the next two years and the Hockey Canada manifesto.

“Through this Path Forward, we want to re-affirm our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the organization and throughout the Members across the country,” said Denise Pattyn, senior vice-president of people, culture and inclusion at Hockey Canada. “It is essential to creating an inclusive environment, to the growth and retention in the game across the country and using our platform for social impact.

“We strongly believe that building a diverse and inclusive culture is a journey, and I have every confidence that the leadership throughout the country will decisively lead us in the direction we need to go on this important work together.”

Across the three key areas, 45 actions are listed with accompanying measures and timelines that will help collectively strengthen hockey to ensure that hockey becomes more accessible, and that Hockey Canada is able to deliver on its mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences for all who call Canada home.

“Through input and insight from Hockey Canada’s EDI Advisory Group, a collection of Hockey Canada staff members and external subject matter experts, this document outlines Hockey Canada’s Path Forward in ensuring our game is diverse, welcoming and inclusive for all,” said Irfan Chaudhry, vice-president of diversity and inclusion for Hockey Canada. “By focusing on these efforts, Hockey Canada will be able to support inclusive practices, attract and retain a diverse workforce, invest to combat all forms of discrimination and engage with our diverse communities across the country to help Make Hockey More.”

The entire Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Path Forward can be downloaded here.

For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on FacebookX and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

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