Who We Are
A Leader in Building Champions Skate Canada is committed to the development of personal excellence through participation in skating.
Skate Canada is dedicated to providing Canadians the opportunity to participate in skating throughout their lifetime for fun, fitness, and achievement.
We constantly strive for excellence in all aspects of our business to maintain the leading edge in the sport nationally and globally.
- We set, maintain and meet high quality customer service, care and member retention standards.
- We foster an exciting positive and healthy work environment for the Skate Canada family.
- We remain inspired by the passion, motivation, commitment, and performance of all of our members including elite athletes, volunteers, coaches, and officials
We respond to all of our stakeholders to determine requirements and deliver solutions, always maintaining accountability for everything we do.
- We assume responsibility for the quality and completion of all activities on time and on budget.
- We are accountable for our actions and our decisions.
- We maintain a professional relationship with all internal and external stakeholders.
We promote an inclusive team environment, always acting ethically in the best interest of Skate Canada, our internal and external clients, where communication is open, fluid and transparent.
- We foster a culture based on teamwork, communication and cooperation.
- We exchange knowledge, creativity and ideas with internal and external stakeholders.
- We welcome and respect contribution from all levels during problem solving and decision making.
We are flexible and open to change, promoting continuous learning and respect for opinions, creating an atmosphere for personal and professional improvement.
- We remain open to and aware of the changing external environments.
- We are aware of and open to changing internal processes and work as a team to embrace internal efficiency
- We remain open to and aware of the cultural and personal diversity of co-workers, and volunteers.
Our sport and our business require us to be forward thinking, creative problem solvers, and architects of change, open to exploring new avenues and always challenging the status quo.
- We commit to continuously evolve our programs to ensure the goals of our stakeholders are met.
- We will embrace technology to effectively reach out to our stakeholders.
- We will use innovative business strategies to strengthen our existing relationships while attracting new partnerships.
Skate Canada is the largest figure skating governing body in the world. We provide standards and rules for the figure skating activities of our members. The Association qualifies and appoints judges, referees and other officials, conducts training seminars for skaters and coaches, provides financial support to national team athletes and disseminates information concerning figure skating to the general public. Skate Canada also promotes the National Coaching Certification Program and organizes free skating and synchronized team skating competitions and the annual Skate Canada International. From time to time Skate Canada also hosts selected ISU skating events.
Skate Canada’s Board of Directors is made up of 14 elected and appointed volunteers from across Canada. The Chief Executive Officer will act as the ex-officio taking the board total to 15. Policy and direction are established by the board of directors and communicated to the sections from the national office. The board meets throughout the year and major policy decisions are taken to the wider membership of the association through Skate Canada’s Annual General Meeting.
To make organization and administration easier, Skate Canada is divided into 13 Sections roughly equivalent to the Canadian provinces. The exception is Ontario which is broken down into four Sections because of its size. Yukon Territory is administered by the British Columbia Section and Nunavut and Northwest Territories are administered by the Alberta Section. The chairman of each Section has a seat on Skate Canada's Board of Directors.
Skate Canada is largely self-supporting with revenues coming from individual membership fees, test fees, television rights, corporate sponsorships, competition revenues and from the federal government.
Annual Convention and General Meeting
Each year an Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM) is held. Many of the major decisions governing the activities of the Association are made at the ACGM. Each Skate Canada member club is entitled to send an official delegate to this meeting where proposed rule amendments are voted on by the Delegates and the Board of Directors. Clubs unable to send a delegate can still vote on issues by sending in written instructions called proxies.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Skate Canada's organizational structure is its reliance on volunteers. All members of the Board, the Sections and Committees receive no payment for their contribution to Skate Canada. Similarly, the judges, referees and other officials are all volunteers and as such, receive no remuneration for their hard work and dedication. Each year at the ACGM, the commitment and dedication of volunteers is recognized at a Volunteer Awards celebration.
Skate Canada 's national office is located at 865 Shefford Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1J 1H9 and has a full-time staff of approximately 50.