The Canadian Association of Basketball Officials (CABO) is the governing body for recognized basketball officials within Canada. It is comprised of members from all 10 Provincial Organizations.
In early 1974, John Restivo, Executive Director of Canada Basketball, formerly known as the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association, called for a meeting of provincial and territorial basketball representatives to discuss such an organization. Ted Earley and Al Rae from Ontario were active participants at this meeting and agreed to undertake much of the preliminary organizational work.
Ted Earley agreed to work with the provincial supervisors to develop a constitution for a national basketball officials association.
Al Rae was to work with the provincial interpreters to develop what eventually became the world’s first Casebook for FIBA rules.
The focus and enthusiasm offered by the pending 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal provided the necessary momentum, and both of these tasks were successfully completed by the fall of 1975