The CWHL is governed by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women (CAAAWH)'s board of directors which also runs and hosts the Clarkson Cup. The Board has been restructured to reflect the new strategic plan and voting members includes six members from the business and hockey community at large, 2 player representatives, and one ex-chairman. Non-voting members include two delegates from the OWHA. The Board of Directors help guide the CWHL through planning, financial and business matters.
The Board of Directors meet once every two months with an Annual General Meeting which occurs at the end of every season.