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CCA posts best-in-class scores in NSO audit

The Canadian Curling Association is not only posting best-in-class results on the ice, it’s also doing it on the operational side.

Edmonton Ab.Mar8,2013.Tim Hortons Brier.CCA/michael burns photo

Taking part in a massive project backed by the Canadian Olympic Committee — all Canadian summer and winter National Sport Organizations (NSO) were part of the Best in Class Enhancement Initiative, looking at the current and future states of those organizations — the CCA posted results that show the organization continues to be a leader among its peers.

The audit, conducted by Deloitte (an independent third party), spanned a period of several months, and assessed each NSO on six broad business functions and 31 process areas.

In those process areas, each NSO was assessed a score of between one (needs improvement) and four (best-in -class), and the CCA scored the maximum four in 26 of those 31 areas — the highest reported score among the country’s NSOs.

As well, the audit highlighted several CCA strengths, including advanced succession planning, risk management, governance processes, event management, diversity of Board members, alignment with provincial sport organizations and very strong value to corporate sponsors.

“We’ve believed for some time that our model was working, so to see these kind of results in the independent Deloitte audit was extremely gratifying,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the CCA. “At the same time, one of the great benefits of the audit was providing a gap-analysis tool that identified areas for improvement, and we remain absolutely committed to working on those areas with our staff and partners to continue to establish best practices for our sport. I have to give a great deal of credit to the Canadian Olympic Committee for driving this project; the amateur sports community in Canada will be better for it.”

“The COC saw that this assessment was a crucial step in ensuring our NSFs were able to be the best they could be,” added Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Congratulations to the Canadian Curling Association on the results of their assessment and on their commitment to excellence in their business operations and governance.”