Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. Submits Materials to Court of Queen’s Bench; Receives Date for Hearing

Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. Submits Materials to Court of Queen’s Bench; Receives Date for Hearing

New HBMFI website provides up-to-date information regarding distribution of GoFundMe funds

Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. (HBMFI) is a non-profit corporation that was established to provide for the distribution of the funds raised through a GoFundMe campaign started by Humboldt-resident Sylvie Kellington.

On Wednesday July 4, 2018, HBMFI received notice that the hearing for its Initial Order Application will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10am at the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. Documents have been filed by HBMFI with Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench to commence proceedings under the province’s Informal Public Appeals Act – a Saskatchewan statute regarding crowdfunding donations that was enacted in 2015.

At the August 13, 2018 hearing, the Court will be asked to make an Order:

(a) Appointing the five-member advisory committee to help determine the appropriate division of the funds:

  • Dennis Ball (Regina, SK) – a recently retired Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Judge
  • Hayley Wickenheiser (Calgary, AB) – former Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team 4-time Gold Medalist
  • Mark Chipman (Winnipeg, MB) – Board Chair, True North Sports + Entertainment whichowns the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets
  • Dr. Peter Spafford (Saskatoon, SK) – Surgeon and Department Head at the University ofSaskatchewan College of Medicine. Former U of Saskatchewan Huskie Hockey Player.
  • Kevin Cameron (Lethbridge, AB) – Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for ThreatAssessment and Trauma Response
  • As well as three Information Resource Persons

(b)Approving the investment of the donated funds in high interest savings accounts at RBC

(c) Approving an Interim Distribution of $50,000 to each person who was travelling on the Humboldt Broncos team bus on April 6, 2018 (or their respective families, in the case of deceased persons); and

(d) Making certain declarations regarding the application of The Informal Public Appeals Act and the jurisdiction of the Court.

“Our focus remains, as it has since the outset, on supporting our families,” said Broncos president Kevin Garinger. “They are aware of this process, as well as our ongoing commitment to ensuring that the GoFundMe monies are appropriately dispersed.”

“Because the required Saskatchewan court processes may take some months to complete, we have asked the Court to consider, with some urgency, the dispersal of payments of $50,000 to each of the sixteen victims’ families and to the thirteen survivors,” said Darrin Duell, chair of the HBMFI. “The mandate of the HBMFI is to ensure those impacted families receive funds as expeditiously as possible.”

Today, Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. launched a website www.hbmfund.com that will provide information about the fund and ongoing updates, as information becomes available. Please consider this to be the most accurate source for up-to-date information about HBMFI, going forward.

Background 

Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. (HBMFI) is a non-profit corporation created to oversee the allocation of the funds contributed via Go Fund Me in response to the tragedy which occurred on April 6th, 2018 (6 April).

HBMFI is working to allocate those funds for the benefit of those who were injured and the families of those who lost their lives as a result of 6 April. HBMFI is overseen by a board of directors, assisted by legal counsel MLT Aikins LLP, and will receive recommendations from a soon-to-be-appointed advisory committee. All officers, directors, legal counsel and advisory committee members will serve without compensation and all services necessary for the operation of the HBMFI will be contributed at no cost to HBMFI.

The GoFundMe Campaign raised donations of $15,174,900. After deduction of fees charged by GoFundMe, the net amount of funds which HBMFI anticipates receiving from the donated monies is $14,676,373. 100% of these monies will be allocated for their intended purpose.

In 2015, the Government of Saskatchewan enacted legislation regarding crowdfunding donations known as The Informal Public Appeals Act, which is unique in Canada. The Act outlines a court- supervised process that supports the distribution of funds raised through crowd funding efforts.

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