Hockey Canada has released a statement saying Andrea Skinner has resigned from her duties as director and interim chair of the board of directors effective immediately.
“As a Board, we wish Andrea well and would like to thank her for her service to Hockey Canada,” Hockey Canada said.
“We will continue to meet over the weekend to discuss other changes and reforms to the organization.”
Andrea Skinner resigned, days after a controversial parliamentary committee meeting where she defended Hockey Canada’s handling of group sexual assault allegations involving past junior players.
On Tuesday, Skinner appeared before the House of Commons heritage committee and said toxic behavior is a society-wide issue and that it’s “counterproductive” to use Hockey Canada as a “scapegoat.” She described Hockey Canada as the victim to MPs and said her board doesn’t believe senior leadership “should be replaced on the basis of what we consider to be substantial misinformation and unduly cynical attacks.”
Many MPs called her response arrogant and tone-deaf as they continued to call for Hockey Canada’s executives and board members to resign.
Skinner had served on Hockey Canada’s board of directors since November 2020 and assumed the role of interim chair in August after Michael Brind’Amour resigned. Skinner was a member of Hockey Canada’s risk management committee, audit and finance committee, and was chair of the human resources committee.