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Administration - Bulletin Details
ISSUE #:      2018-036
September 10, 2018
TO: BC Hockey Membership
FROM: Barry Petrachenko
Chief Executive Officer

SUBJECT: Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Program Details

Please note that all BC Hockey Minor Hockey Associations, Leagues and Teams will continue to receive Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O) coverage as part of your Hockey Canada insurance package.  Please note that there is no need for any additional D&O coverage at the local level and that no application process will be required for this coverage.

The following details are provided as an outline of the coverage provided by the Hockey Canada Insurance Program with respect to D&O coverage.


  • D&O liability insurance provides coverage for all past, present and future directors, officers, staff, employees and registered volunteers of Minor Hockey Associations, Leagues and Teams for their exposure to claims arising from alleged wrongful acts committed while providing insured (hockey related) services to their respective organizations.
  • All Directors and Officers of an insured organization have an obligation to manage the affairs of the association with honesty, loyalty, care, skill, in good faith and with due diligence. 
  • The Directors and Officers are those individuals who are responsible for the most critical decisions of the organization, and are therefore the most likely to be held liable for any such management decisions in their capacity as Directors and Officers.
  • The D&O policy is concerned with alleged wrongful acts on the part of Directors and Officers in the performance of their duties, including board decisions. It also protects employees, staff and other organization representatives who may commit wrongful acts during the course of their duties.


In the event that an insured should receive a complaint / demand letter or be served with an action (statement of claim) which contains allegations of a wrongful act against him or her, the BC Hockey office must be advised immediately so that proper steps can be taken to investigate and defend the case.

As an insured, you may be held liable for such things as:

  • Employee discrimination
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Wrongful Enforcement of Association or government regulations
  • Providing erroneous advice to members
  • Misstatements or misleading acts
  • Other wrongful acts committed during the course of your work

Claims may be made by:

  • Volunteers
  • Employees
  • Government bodies
  • Suppliers
  • Customers
  • General Public
  • Parents of Players and/or Players

Limits of insurance:

  • Limit is $20,000,000 per claim, $100,000,000 annual aggregate as per policy. An additional $10,000,000 limit is also available if need be and applies in excess of the $20,000,000 Branch limit. This additional $10,000,000 excess limit is made available to all members of Hockey Canada.

Coverage includes*:

  • Wrongful acts of a director, officer, employee, OR registered volunteer while acting within the scope of his or her duties;
  • Wrongful dismissal (but note that severance pay / pay in lieu of notice is not covered under the Policy);
  • Committee members are also protected under the Policy;
  • Worldwide territorial application;
  • Penal defense costs $250,000 (under certain circumstances, please see policy for details);
  • Libel & slander are covered wrongful acts;
  • Priority of payments apply to Directors and Officers first.

*This document does not constitute a definitive position with respect to coverage, as coverage issues are assessed by our insurer on a case by case basis. Any specific concerns or claim related issues should be discussed with the Chief Executive Officer. Please note that all claims should be reported to the BC Hockey office as soon as practicable.

BC Hockey is a non-profit organization and member of Hockey Canada, providing stewardship of amateur hockey at all levels in British Columbia and Yukon.

Approximately 150 minor hockey associations, 55,000 players, 4,500 referees, 20,000 official volunteers and countless others make our great game possible here in Pacific Canada.



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