Alpine Canada, former skier Allison Forsyth reach settlement in Charest lawsuit
Allison Forsyth, of Canada, speeds down the course during a World Cup Women's Giant Slalom in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marco Trovati
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 3, 2023 4:38PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 3, 2023 4:39PM EDT
Alpine Canada has settled a lawsuit with former national team skier Allison Forsyth via the sport body's insurer.
Forsyth sued Alpine Canada over its handling of former coach Bertrand Charest.
Charest was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 12 years in prison for various sex crimes against young skiers under his care — including minors — in the 1990s.
Quebec's Court of Appeal later dropped Charest's convictions from 37 to 21 and reduced his sentence to 57 months. He was granted parole in 2020.
Forsyth, who now works in the safe sport industry, had accused Alpine Canada of failing to supervise Charest and ensure policies and procedures were followed to protect athletes.
Alpine Canada did not disclose financial terms of the settlement, but the agreement doesn't prevent Forsyth from talking about her experience. Alpine Canada will also donate $15,000 over the next three years to the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport.