Please click here to find out about the results of the 2019 CSIA Board of Directors elections!
The CSIA wishes to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for their contributions and efforts.
Whether you are involved as a member of the Board of Directors, as a National or a Regional Committee member or with CSIA events from East to West, CSIA National wants to say thank you. You take the time to support our association and make it grow.
Happy Volunteer Week!
The CSIA National Office staff
In accordance with CSIA’s General By-Laws, the term of office for the Directors representing the Alberta and Atlantic regions will expire on May 1, 2019.
Candidates are either selected by a Nomination Committee or run “from the floor” by having submitted a Nomination Form by November 30, 2018. Following this process, we are pleased to announce that:
- For the Alberta region, the following candidates will stand for election: Vieri Berretti, Colin Borrow, Robert Côté, Paul Cunnius, Morgan Engel and Danielle Galletly-Vriend.
- For the Atlantic region, the following candidates will stand for election: Gregor Byrne and Darren McDonald.
Click here to read their respective biographies.
The election process for the National Board of Directors is conducted by mail-in, fax-in or electronic ballot; and as per the CSIA National By-laws, is open to those members in good standing, who reside in the region the Director will represent (Article 5.06 of the CSIA By-laws provides further details on the “Right to vote”). Members are entitled to one vote; and once the ballot has been submitted, it is irrevocable.
Eligible members from these two regions can cast their vote:
- Electronically by accessing their online member’s profile (login on snowpro.com); the ballot can be found on the home page of your personal profile. Once completed, click on the SEND button;
- Click here for the fax or mail-in ballot (paper copy).
The deadline to cast your vote is Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST.
This election is a great opportunity for CSIA members, to choose who can best represent their interests on the CSIA Board of Directors, and who can influence the future direction of the CSIA. To help you with selecting your candidate; we encourage you to read the biographies (see link above) and job description (click here for the Role and responsibilities document). The job description will allow you to gain a better understanding of what a CSIA Director is responsible for and how their respective skill sets can become an asset for your association!
Voting is your privilege and duty as a member. Exercise your right to vote and make a difference!
This is an exciting time for our organization! As we look forward to the future it is important that we are set up to meet the needs of a complex and changing market place and continue to deliver ever-improving value to each of you - our members!
Prior to my joining the organization, as your Managing Director, there was a considerable amount of work done by what was known as the Education Working Committee (EWC). That work included taking a very close look at our organizational structure and how our resources are deployed to best meet our future needs.
In addition to the work done by the EWC, I have crossed the country numerous times in the last three months, reaching out to all our partners, including; Ski Area Operators, Ski School Directors, Suppliers and Ski Area Operators Associations. Also, through attendance at CSIA courses and events I have spent considerable time listening to you the membership and the Course Conductors (those who deliver our products.)
As a result of both the work done by the EWC and my own cross-country research, I am excited to announce the creation of three NEW positions at the Senior Leadership level of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance:
-Director of Product Development and Information Technology
-Director of Marketing
Please click here to consult the 3 full job descriptions.
We are now actively recruiting for these roles! If you are interested in one of these positions, please send a cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 14, 2019.
Should you have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Perry Schmunk, CSIA Managing Director
Please note that the National Office will be closed on the following days during the Holidays:
Monday, December 24 at noon
Tuesday, December 25
Wednesday, December 26
Monday, December 31 at noon
Tuesday, January 1
Wednesday, January 2
We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday January 3, 2019. Please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries.
The National Board of Directors of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Perry Schmunk as our new Managing Director, effective November 27, 2018.
Perry joins the CSIA with over 30 years of senior leadership experience in both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Perry has held positions of management, marketing and business development within various organizations including Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Tofino, Cactus Club Restaurants and Concert Properties.
Perry’s major accomplishments include leading complex organizations, developing innovative business and marketing plans, creating shared vision and driving significant change with diverse stakeholder groups.
Perry has participated as a volunteer in both our regional and national CSIA Board of Directors and holds a CSIA Level 4 and a CSCF\ACA Level 2 certification. He has been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service and received industry awards for his creativity and innovation. When he is not busy at work or on the snow skiing, he enjoys quality time with his three children, Susi, Owen and Oksana.
To all CSIA members,
Please read the following information in regards to the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors.
AGM NOTICE –The CSIA Annual General Meeting of the members will be held on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Library of the Manitoba Museum, in Winnipeg, Manitoba at 4:30 p.m. local time. In accordance with the CSIA General By-laws, members who cannot attend can submit an electronic proxy by login into their profile on snowpro.com.
Click here to view the AGM Notice in its entirety. Information on the AGM Notice will also appear in the 2018/2019 edition of the Ski Pro Magazine.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS – In accordance with CSIA’s General By-laws, the term of office for the Director of the Alberta and Atlantic regions will expire on May 1, 2019. Any member in good standing who wishes to stand for election to the Board of Directors for either position in question must, no later than November 30, 2018, submit a nomination form, supported by not less than ten (10) members. Click here for further details.
Click here to get all the details!
It is with mixed emotions that the Board of Directors of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance announces that Martin Jean, Director of Education and Membership Services, has decided to retire from the CSIA after 34 years of service. Martin’s last day as a National Office staff will be June 30, 2019.
The Board of Directors would like to thank Martin for his dedication and hard work and we are proud of all his accomplishments. “Through the years, Martin has been a major thought leader and a significant contributor to the design, delivery and evolution of our educational program. Although Martin will leave the organization at the end of this coming season, his legacy will remain with us for generations.” said Robert Tousignant, Chair of CSIA’s National Board.
In announcing his retirement, Martin has written his thoughts on his journey at the CSIA…
Dear CSIA colleagues and friends,
It is with great emotion and a sense of accomplishment that I am announcing that I will be retiring from the CSIA after 34 years of service in June 2019.
I feel very privileged to have been able to fulfill my aspirations to work in ski teaching for most of my career with a great organization such as CSIA and I am proud to have contributed to its advancement. Also, I am happy to see the CSIA reach new heights as the member’s engagement, the quality of the education programs and the international recognition continue to rise every year.
I am taking this opportunity to thank all my colleagues that I worked with throughout the years, the Course Conductors for their dedication, the many volunteers on countless committees, the Board of Directors and of course the office staff for their support and friendship.
I will leave with fond memories of our time together. Thank you and see you on the slopes!
Here’s an overview of all CSIA programs and events that will be offered this season. Please note that registration will open in early October on snowpro.com.
Please note that as of May 4th, 2018, the CSIA National Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm EST and closed on Fridays.
We will resume our regular 5 day schedule as of September 4, 2018.
For further inquiries, please contact us by email at email@example.com
The CSIA National Office
The CSIA is proud to announce a new Silver partnership with Auclair and Seger brands. In addition, Auclair has signed on to be an official 2019 CSIA Interski team sponsor. Don’t forget to stay on the lookout for their gloves on our online store next fall!
Want to know more about them? Check out their website to see more.
The season is in full swing, snow conditions are great and our Course Conductors are ready for you!
The HP camps are happening now and you can still register...
February 8-9, 2018 - Mont Tremblant, QC
February 22-23, 2018 - Craigleith, ON
March 29-30, 2018 - Mont Orford, QC
Have you signed up to a Women’s Edge Camp? Here are the dates:
February 26-28, 2018 - Blue Mountain, ON
February 26 - March 2, 2018 - Sun Peaks, BC
At the term of the Eastern and Western Interski tryouts that took place in Mont-Sainte-Anne and Sun Peaks, we are filled with pride to introduce the full Interski team who will be participating in the 2019 Interski Congress in Bulgaria. Congratulations to Steve Young, Simon Chapleau, Sunny Verreault, Frédérik Lépine, Jean-François Beaulieu, Luc Néron, Tracey Fraser, Jeff Marks, Russ Wood and Josh Foster.
We would also like to thank our coaching staff who made this happen: Warren Jobbitt (Head Coach), John Gillies (Assistant Head Coach), Tom Klingspohn and James Scott (Assistant Coaches) and Maggie Graham (Team Selection Coach).
Stay tuned this season for more Interski preparation and countdown to the event!
Due to unfortunate technical issues with our integrated system, the membership card production has been delayed this season. Rest assured, the cards are currently in production. Expect your card to arrive shortly.
In the meantime, you can access your digital card on your snowpro.com profile.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause you and thank you for your patience and understanding.
The CSIA wishes all of its members a Happy New Year! May 2018 bring us all an abundance of snow and great teaching moments across Canada.
Your National Board of Directors wishes to inform you that François Morrison, who held the Managing Director position, has left the CSIA. We wish him well in his new endeavours.
In the interim, the Board will work with our senior staff to ensure a smooth transition and will inform you shortly of our succession plan.
Please note that the National Office will be closed on the following days during the Holiday season:
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Monday, January 1, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday January 3, 2018.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our members and partners!
In response to feedback from snow schools, a new option for instructor training will be available this season. The CSIA Apprentice Instructor Program, dedicated to any competent parallel skier that wants to become an instructor, provides a new option for the training and certification of entry-level instructors. It combines CSIA content with in-house snow school training and apprenticeship. It includes the basics of practical ski teaching methodology, technical understanding, development of guest service skills, as well as teaching children. In addition, the student will learn the importance of the ski instructor role within to the ski industry. Snow schools providing the training can adapt part of the content and delivery to their own operational context.
This curriculum merges 12 hours of CSIA Level 1 content with 12 hours of snow school training and/or apprenticeship. Participants who complete the Apprentice Instructor Program are eligible for a one day exam to become certified as a CSIA Level 1. This eligibility expires 2 full seasons after completion of apprenticeship. Snow schools who wish to participate in the delivery of the program must register through their Level 1 Regional Coordinator.
The snow schools who participate in the Apprentice Instructor Program will greatly benefit from:
- In-house training with the potential of reducing cost and increasing accessibility for participants;
- Workplace ready instructors, with training adapted to each snow school;
- Local recruitment to meet staffing demands;
- Continual development for instructors and trainers alike;
- A pool of potential new instructors, therefore creating a succession within their snow school.
For more information, contact Martin Jean, Director of Education and Membership Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-811-6428 ext. 227.
The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance National Office
Dear CSIA members,
Please read the following information in regards to the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors.
AGM NOTICE – As published in the Fall 2017 edition of Ski Pro Magazine, the CSIA’s Annual General Meeting of the members will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Base Camp in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec at 4:30 p.m. local time. In accordance with the CSIA General By-law, members who cannot attend can submit an electronic proxy by login into their profile on snowpro.com. Click here to view the AGM Notice in its entirety.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS – In accordance with CSIA’s General By-law, the term of office for the Director of the Quebec and Central regions will expire on May 1, 2018. Any member in good standing who wishes to stand for election to the Board of Directors for either position in question must, no later than November 30, 2017, submit a nomination form, supported by not less than ten (10) members. Click here for further details.
You can now register for a CSIA program. Click here to get all the information on the new registration process.
You can now renew your membership for the 2017/2018 season and start taking advantage of your
benefits. If you renew your membership online by October 16, 2017, you will be eligible to participate in
a draw where you could win 1 of 12 free memberships or a pair of skis! You will also receive an online
voucher to be used when you register to a CSIA National module (value of $20). If you have been
recognized as a 25-year member and renew before November 1st, 2017, you will also receive a $50.00
online voucher applicable towards the registration of one of our National Members’ Convention.
Youth promo! We are offering our younger members a new promotion this year, whereas all members 18 years of age or younger, will receive a $10.00 rebate on their membership dues upon renewal. When renewing your membership online, you will notice that the website has been revamped. As indicated in past communication related to our strategic plan, the CSIA has been developing, in collaboration with the firm Connexence and a committee of users made up of regional representatives, a new IT system and new web platform. These changes will enable us to offer you more online functionalities, as well as improve your online membership experience.
The start of this season does marks the official launch of the new web platform, online membership profile and renewal process. However, additional features will be implemented throughout the fall, including the course registrations and membership cards issuance in late September. Communications of these new features will be sent via direct email or included in the skipromag.com newsletter. Stay tuned! As you are probably aware, any technological changes can bring some technical difficulties or issues. Therefore, to give you all the support you need, we are extending our Membership Services phone hours during the launch of the season. Until October 16th, 2017 you can contact us with any questions at 1-800-811-6428 extension 0, from to 8:30 am to 7:30 pm EST, Monday to Thursday (we will retain our regular hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST on Fridays). We want to thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete the implementation of all the features.
Please send us your feedback by email at email@example.com! Let us know what you like or what you would like to see improved. Your comments and suggestions will help us make the system even better in the future.
You can now login to your profile using the login button located at the top right corner of the snowpro.com website.
All members’ passwords have been reset to their dateof birth. Please log in with your date of birth as a temporary
password using the following format separated by hyphens: YYYY-MM-DD. Note that the system will then prompt
you to set up your personal password.
Once this step has been completed you will then see on your main profile page, a section to start the membership renewal process. To complete the renewal process, simply follow the steps to validate, change or add information to your profile.
The CSIA National Office wishes you a great ski season!
Reminiscing about those years when you were a ski instructor? Do you miss those days when you were skiing all day and meeting your friends for après-ski? Are you looking for new and exclusive events as well as exciting benefits?
The CSIA will be offering new activities, services, training and benefits for its alumni instructors of all ages. Anybody who has been a CSIA member for a year or more is an alumni.
A pilot project will take place during the 2017/2018 season in the Laurentians (the cradle of skiing in Canada). In addition to the alumni instructors from the 12 existing snow schools, alumni from ski areas that are no longer in operation are all welcomed! (Côtes 40 / 80, Gray Rocks, La Marquise, Alouette, Alta, Castor, Plante, Sauvage and Sainte-Agathe, Sun Valley, Vallée Cochand, etc.
Afterwards, the concept will gradually unfold in the rest of Canada during the 2018/2019 season. Be part of this new community by completing the form and survey below in order to receive information on the development of this exciting project! Hundreds of alumni have already signed up!
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to fill out the survey.
See you on the slopes!
Summer may be in full swing but that doesn’t mean we cannot look forward to the 2017/2018 ski season! Key national programs have already been scheduled and we are happy to share this first wave of dates with you. Stay tuned and visit snowpro.com for the full schedule to be released in late September, at which point, registrations will be opened.
Please note the CSIA National Office is now open from Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST and is closed on Fridays. We will resume our regular 5-day schedule on the week of September 4th, 2017.