Safe sport in Canada: Brock forum to discuss crisis of athlete abuse, maltreatment

A group of Canadian sport researchers, experts and advocates will address Canada’s safe sport crisis of athlete abuse and maltreatment at an upcoming forum organized by Brock University’s Centre for Sport Capacity.

Set to take place in person and online Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Forum will focus on the structure and governance design of the sport system. Discussions will include policy and rule development, monitoring and enforcement, self-regulation, athlete experiences with safe sport mechanisms and the changes needed to ensure safe environments for all participants. Speakers include former Canadian Olympic skier Allison Forsyth; Brock Sport Management Associate Professor Curtis Fogel; viaSport CEO Charlene Krepiakevich; University of Ottawa Associate Professor Eric MacIntosh; University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Peter Donnelly; and sport law experts Marcus Mazzucco and Hilary Findlay.

Findlay, who is a retired Brock Sport Management Associate Professor and current member of the Centre for Sport Capacity, says initiatives like the Safe Sport Forum are crucial in continuing to highlight the issues of abuse in sport and to discuss ways in which sport organizations can address systemic factors contributing to incidents.

Everyone is welcome to attend the hybrid Safe Sport Forum. Registration includes on-demand, anytime access to recorded presentations and resources. More information, including registration, speaker topics, in-person event location and online access, can be found on the Centre for Sport Capacity website.