Ontario Members Make CSIA High Performance Team!

Ontario Members Make CSIA High Performance Team!

Congratulations to the following Ontario members who have been selected for the HP Team. They must rock because they were chosen from all the CSIA members who attended High Performance camps at Silver Star, BC and Mont Tremblant, QC in 2013 and 2014.

Level 4
AJ Leeming
Bennett Carter
Brian McLeod
Mike Nicholls
Simon Holden
Steve Young

Level 3
Allison Sharpe
Corey Griffin

Level 2
Denis Masson
Michael Lang
Vassil Andreev

Level 1
Brigitte Johnstone
Todd Arthur

HP Team members will be recognized nationally. They will contribute to the development of CSIA instructional programs, will appear in Ski Pro Magazine and videos, and will participate in national CSIA functions. The team for Interski 2015 in Argentina will also be selected from the CSIA High Performance Team. Hmm…how many Ontario members will be selected for that team?

For more information visit: High Performance Team

Yes, good things do grow in Ontario!


Partnership Announcement

Sharing and Collaboration on Common Initiatives

A partnership agreement has been reached between the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and the various associations representing Adaptive Alpine Snow Sports within Canada in the interest of exploring opportunities to share and collaborate on common initiatives related to instructor education, training and certification.  The various Adaptive Snow Sports Associations across Canada will be represented by the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) and the Ontario Track 3 Ski Association for Children.

Read more and to view the full press release, please click here.

Holiday Office Hours and Update

Office Hours:

Please note that the Ontario office will be closed from December 24-January 1 (inclusive). 


Should you be taking a Level 1 course, PTS event, etc…, they will be running as scheduled (regardless of weather).


To all our new Level 1’s so far, congratulations!  To everyone taking a course over the holidays, good luck and enjoy.  Please provide us with your photos, comments and feedback!

Happy Holidays from CSIA Ontario!


Speakers / Topics Announced – Ontario Fall Conference and Trade Show

Announcing this year’s speakers and topics for the 2013 Ontario Fall Conference and Trade Show.

Keynote Speaker: Never Give Up
Brian Donato,CSIA Level 4 and Level 4 Course Conductor; Director of Sports, Hockley Valley Resort

Longtime CSIA member Brian Donato will talk to us about his life-changing accident three years ago, his rehabilitation, and the challenges he has faced along the way.  He will speak candidly about what life is like living in a wheelchair and what has helped motivate him to Never Give Up.

Follow Your Dreams
Janique Farand-Taylor, Sports Physiotherapist and Motivational Lecturer, Physiofit

An elite athlete with the Canadian National Ski Team 1980-1985, Janique is now a sports physiotherapist with the Ontario Freestyle Ski Team; the author of two books, Solid to the Core and Solid to the Neck; the dryland coach for the Beaver Valley Ski Club; and runs her own private physio clinic in Toronto.  Her animated talk will inspire you to examine your own goals as she shares her deepest belief that anything is achievable as long as you believe in yourself and hard work.

Learning and Performing – How Brain Science Helps Define Our Approaches
John Gillies, Manager of Educational Development (East), CSIA

John has been on staff at CSIA since 2000.  As the leading trainer for course conductors in eastern Canada, he works to evolve training methods, education material, and consistency for CSIA programs.  Research into the science of motor learning confirms some of the approaches that good instructors have always used instinctively.  Knowing how the brain works can help us tailor our learning, maximize our performance, and provide clarity in our work as instructors.  John will explore this subject with participants, and also slip in his ever-popular national program update.

Children’s Communication Module
Jane Hellyer, Early Childhood Educator and Snow School Trainer/Instructor at Whistler Blackcomb

Originally from Toronto, Jane taught at Mt Hotham in Australia for 5 seasons, and has worked for Whistler Blackcomb for the past 20 years.  She has modified the “Communicating with Children” training course she developed for the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School for use as the Children’s Communication Module in the CSIA’s new credit-based certification system.  This interactive presentation will enhance your ability to communicate with students and their parents.

Motivation and Mentorship
Warren Jobbit, Manager of Educational Development (West), CSIA

Warren has been developing Leadership workshops for the CSIA over the last 3 years.  He is currently the Head Coach for Interski 2015 in Argentina.  In this session, you will develop your skills as an instructor with the ability to motivate through being an effective mentor.

Grip It! … With Your Equipment
Jean-Pierre Lalonde, Eastern Educational Development Coordinator/PDP Coordinator Quebec, CSIA

JP’s session will focus on assessment and development with a specific exploration of the role equipment plays. You will find out how to select equipment that will help you perform on snow yourself and how to assess your students’ equipment to maximize their performance.

Why Strength is Critical for All Skiers: An Injury Prevention Perspective
Dr. Thomas Lam, Fitness Director for Alpine Ontario and President of FITS Toronto

Thomas is the President of FITS Toronto and has been the Fitness Director for Alpine Ontario for the past 5 years.  He has been involved with high level ski racing development in 4 countries and has contributed to the development of 9 Canadian Alpine Ski Team members.  Many common injuries effecting low back, knee, and even ACL ruptures, are linked to an individual’s level of strength.  Participants will learn what we are doing to make athletes ski better and with fewer injuries, and can leave understanding how critical fitness- particularly strength – is for skiing.

Inclusive Teaching for Children with Autism
Sarah Pilskalnietis, Senior Therapist, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

Sarah has been working with children on the Autism spectrum for 12 years and is a Senior Therapist for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.  Her work focuses on Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), a therapy proven successful in treating children with moderate to severe Autism.  This presentation will start with a brief description of Autism.  We will discuss strategies that will help make an inclusive ski lesson successful for the instructor and the children.  Everyone wants to have fun on the hills; let’s make sure every family has that opportunity!

Teaching Children to Ski – Fill Your Toolbox
Sara Wolburgh, Ski Instructor, Mansfield Ski Resort

A passionate instructor for 20 years, Sara has expanded her love of teaching into education and fitness.  This workshop will focus on games and the use of terrain to enable young skiers to discover their skills.  We will discuss the physical and developmental needs of children at various ages and the games and activities best suited to them.  Participants will leave with a fuller toolbox.

The Fall Ski Pro Ontario Magazine is out!

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Reports are coming in that the Fall 2013 Edition of the Ski Pro Ontario Magazine is hitting mailboxes all over Ontario and it is our best edition yet.   Here is a digital copy for your tablets, iPhones and desktops so you can read this while you are supposed to be working at the office.

When you see Allison Sharpe at the Fall Conference and Trade Show (make sure to get your tickets before they sell out) let her know the awesome job she did editing this.   Producing a high quality magazine, working with our awesome sponsors and getting it in the hands of over 8000 Ski Pro’s in Ontario all in her spare time is no small task.

Download – Fall 2013 Ski Pro Ontario


CSIA Ontario Fall Conference and Trade Show – Registration

Fall Conference ScheduleRegister now for the 2013/14 Ontario Fall Conference and Trade Show (formerly PD Day).

Come hear how our keynote speaker, Brian Donato (CSIA Level 4, and Level 3 Course Conductor), has turned obstacles into opportunities and become an inspiration to others.  Participate in a day of inspiring sessions from highly respected and knowledgeable members of the CSIA and our industry.

Toronto Snow Show – October 17 to 20

Stop by and see our NEW EXHIBIT being unveiled at this year’s  Toronto Snow Show.  A new look at a new location – a great way to start off your new season!  Mark your calendars – it’s just 2 weeks away.  See you there!

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