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Who is the CSIA?

Founded in 1938 and incorporated in 1949 as a not-for-profit organization, the CSIA is the professional ski teaching body in Canada. It is a federally recognized teaching institution and it trains and certifies Ski Instructors to best serve its Partners such as Snow Schools and the Canadian Skiing Public.

Canada has six CSIA Regions: Atlantic, Québec, Ontario, Central, Alberta and British Columbia — each represented on the Board of Directors. The six members of the National Board of Directors conduct the affairs and business of the CSIA. Regional affairs are addressed through Regional Committees, who are serving regional needs through Member Communications and Regional Events.

 

What is our Mission Statement?

The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance provides excellence in education for the profession of ski teaching, contributing to the growth and enjoyment of skiing.

At the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA), we value our sport and its environment, our Members, our Partners and the Skiing Public. As the leader in the profession of ski instruction and a most valued and respected contributor to the sport of skiing, we develop a safe and positive guest experience, a progressive approach and set national standards in ski teaching.

 

Diversity and Equality  

“The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance stands for equality”.

These are challenging times. Our sphere of influence is the passion for our sport and our love of the mountains. It is this realm that gives us a unique opportunity to help shape the future.

We want everyone to join us on the slopes. Everyone. In recent months, we have made some of the biggest changes in the organization’s history. It is our goal to embrace all those communities that have been underrepresented in our organization as Instructors. We are motivated to provide an educational system that provides the opportunity for anyone to be successful.

A deep connection is the cornerstone of us being compassionate and respectful to one another. Our sport creates such a connection. It is the essence of our profession. Our journey to be better never ends.

 

What do we Offer?

CSIA Education includes Programs with four Certification Levels and extensive Professional Development with Pro Days. Programs are administered under the technical guidelines established by the Technical Committee and the National Office, which is based out of Montréal, Québec.

Anyone who wishes to become a regular Member of the CSIA must attend and pass a Certification Program. Each Member has access to all types of training and education and receives communications and online material provided by the CSIA.


 

Connect with Regions across Canada

Atlantic Region: Facebook Page click here

Québec Region: Website click here, Facebook Page click here

Ontario Region: Website click here, Facebook Page click here

Central Region: Facebook Page click here

Alberta Region: Website click here, Facebook Page click here

British Columbia: Website click here, Facebook Page click here

 


 

International Affiliations

The CSIA is a member of the International Ski Instructors' Association (ISIA), the body encompassing the national ski teaching associations of some 38 alpine nations. The purpose of the ISIA is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among countries and to harmonize certification equivalencies with regard to international standards. The member nations meet annually, and every four years at a larger meeting, called Interski Congress, which is held on-snow.

 


 

Board of Directors

Robert Tousignant
Chair and National Representative of Québec
CSIA Level 3, ACA Development Level Trained

Allison Sharpe
Vice-Chair and National Representative of Ontario
CSIA Level 3, ACA Development Level Trained

Tom De Nardi
Treasurer and National Representative of Central
CSIA Level 3, ACA Level 3

Morgan Engel
Secretary and National Representative of Alberta 
CSIA Level 4, ACA Development Level, CASI Level 1

D. Darren MacDonald
National Representative of Atlantic 
CSIA Level 3, ACA Level 2

Paul Sauvé
National Representative of British Columbia
CSIA Level 4, ACA Level 2

Perry Schmunk
Managing Director, Non-voting
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

 


 

CSIA Staff

Perry Schmunk
Managing Director
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 224

Jeff Marks
National Program Director
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor
403-763-8099

Mark Sedgwick
Director, Product Development
and Information Technology
604-905-8686

Jon Tischuk
Director of Marketing
CSIA Level 4, Level 3 Course Conductor
514-679-8961 / 1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 227

Lisa Cambise
Director of Shared Services
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 232

Annie Lussier
Communications Coordinator
CSIA Level 1
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 222

Benoit Fournier
National Program Coordinator
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 234

Cedomir Tanackovic
Information Systems Manager
CSIA Level 3, Level 4 (Skiing), ACA Level 3
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 229

Andrew Coates
Membership Services
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 0

Dahlia Mightley
Accountant
1-800-811-6428 or 514-748-2648 Ext. 230

 

Education Program Coordinators (EPC) and Regional Administrative Coordinators (RAC) 

Charles Martin
Atlantic Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

Mario Bourassa
Québec Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 3 Course Conductor

Frédérik Lépine
Québec Regional Administrative Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

Jason Young
Ontario Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

Kayla Wickens
Ontario Regional Administrative Coordinator
CSIA Level 1

Craig Chapman
Central Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 3, Level 1 Course Conductor

Catherine Jordan
Central Regional Administrative Coordinator
CSIA Level 2

Don Kjorven
Alberta Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

Karen Kjorven
Alberta Regional Administrative Coordinator

Kristian Armstrong
British Columbia Education Program Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor

Betsy Linnell
British Columbia Regional Administrative Coordinator
CSIA Level 4, Level 3 Course Conductor

 

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