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Hockey Canada has announced five new directors to its board of directors, including three women, to serve two-year terms.

Andrea Skinner, Leanne Standryk, and Mary Anne Veroba were added to the board following elections at their annual meeting – held virtually due to COVID-19 – on Saturday.

The national governing body called their additions a “significant step forward” as they seek to be more diverse and inclusive.

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Hockey Canada instituted a bylaw in 2019 that requires the board to have at least two male and two female members to “better reflect Canadian society”.

Skinner is a former captain of the Cornell University women’s hockey team. She also served as an assistant coach for the University of Ottawa’s women’s hockey team and as a referee. She is presently a partner at Toronto-based law firm Aird & Berlis LLP where she also serves on the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Andrea’s brother is Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner.

Standryk is a senior partner for the Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP law firm where she specializes in management side labour and employment as well as sports law. She has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in sports-related disputes.

Veroba previously served on the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s Board of Directors, including nearly a decade as their chair.

The trio will join Terry Engen and Bobby Sahni as the five newest members of Hockey Canada’s board.

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