WO Canoe Slalom Head Coach



Whitewater Ontario

Canoe Slalom Head Coach

Job Posted By: Whitewater Ontario

Application Start Date: March 15, 2015

Application Close Date: April 1, 2015

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Job Description

Whitewater Ontario (WO), the provincial sport governing body responsible for whitewater canoe and kayak activity in Ontario is seeking a head coach for Canoe Slalom. The coach will be employed to lead the competitive and development slalom paddling program in Ontario. The position will be based out of Ottawa but will include consistent travel around Ontario to provide coaching support and development for whitewater paddling throughout the province. The role of the coach will be to provide athletes ages 12-18 training with a year round program along with providing development slalom programming to recruit new athletes to full time or seasonal training at the provincial level from the introductory club slalom programs. This position is funded for three years, but will start with a one year contract.

Major Responsibilities

  • The Head Coach is responsible for:

     The development, implementation and analysis of annual training plans consistent with the Canoe Kayak Canada long-term development model.

     All aspects of athlete development for athletes training at the provincial level in Ottawa.

     Overseeing all aspects of athlete development for athletes outside of the provincial training base in Ottawa who are committed to a year round training program.

     Provide logistical support and/or transportation related to travelling to events throughout Ontario for athletes who are committed to the year round training program

     Developing all areas of whitewater paddling skills (eg. river running, downriver racing, river safety, etc.) for young athletes.

     Working with the Whitewater Ontario Slalom Committee to promote, plan and implement WO racing events and training camps throughout Ontario.

     Work in close collaboration with the Canoe Kayak Canada National Team Coach

Suggested Qualification & Skills

  • Strong desire to build a development and grassroots slalom program that will engage more adolescents to train year round in Canoe Slalom
  • Desire, flexibility, and willingness to work with development level paddlers and high performance junior athletes
  • Superior organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Previous competitive or coaching experience at World Cups, World Championships, and/or Junior & U23 World Championship competitions
  • Comfortable in a high-pressure and competitive environment
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with athletes and coaches
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Work effectively in a group environment
  • NCCP certification is desired, but not required
  • Ability to speak, write, and read in both official languages is desired, but not required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to develop a strong rapport with adolescents
  • Willing to travel to various locations in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, BC, and the US for different competitions.
  • Must possess a valid passport, a valid driver’s license, and be able to provide a police check
  • Knowledge of Dartfish video capture, playback and video camera operation.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Whitewater Ontario will reimburse approved travel expenses to and from designated scheduled events or training camps and will provide accommodation, as well as a per diem for food expenses. The coach will be paid a salary wage that will commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range of $40-42,000 for the first year and increasing commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package will be offered as a part of the compensation package.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit in confidence a resume and cover letter by email to:

Jim Tayler, President, Whitewater Ontario

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More Information:

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. This position is financially supported by Quest for Gold wage subsidy funding, self-generated revenue from athlete coaching fees and events along with partnerships with Ontario-based organizations.



Whitewater Ontario is a volunteer-driven organization uniting, supporting, and sustaining the inclusive development of the whitewater paddling community and resources.



Whitewater Ontario will be a powerful and influential voice that promotes excellence through its’ membership, programs, and events, enabling lifelong participation in paddling at all recreational and competitive levels.

2015 Canoe Kayak Ontario Organizational Review

Request for feedback from WO membership on Canoe Kayak Ontario Organizational Review

WO would like the views and feedback of our members on a proposal to merge WO into our provincial umbrella organization. Please review and comment.

Whitewater Ontario (WO) is one of three affiliates of Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO). The other two are the Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Association (OCSRA) and the Ontario Marathon Canoe Racing Association (OMCRA).

CKO exists as the primary point of contact with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport, which funds sport organizations and provides athlete support to high performance athletes. CKO also coordinates insurance for all three affiliates.

In order to address declining funding from the Ministry as well as to prepare for changes that will be necessary as Ontario proclaims new legislation to regulate non-profit corporations (which we are), in late 2013, CKO secured grant funding to review the current organizational structure and propose changes as required.

This process is ongoing and a consultant has held a number of consultation meetings, which have culminated with a report proposing some reorganization.

Key elements of proposal for WO

The essential elements of the proposal are that WO would cease to exist as a legal entity (as would OCSRA and OMRCA). CKO would remain as the sole incorporated entity. Meanwhile each of the three affiliates would operate relatively autonomously through discipline councils. This mirrors the way the national association CanoeKayak Canada is structured.

So for ongoing operational matters we would continue much as we are now – e.g. active committees for Advocacy, Instruction and Minden Preserve. In some areas we may have committees that include people from sprint and marathon, e.g. communications and membership; events and programs (slalom racing would align better with sport and athlete funding through a high performance committee). To the extent that marathon and to lesser degree sprint share concerns about river access, we might recruit new members to advocacy and have a broader voice.

This would mean we would need fewer people to fill our board as WO would require only 2-3 members on the CKO board; we would still require members on committees, but as these are areas people have greater attachment to, its easier to recruit bodies to these functional areas.

One area to be resolved is how membership is defined, as sprint operates on a club structure and does not have individual members like whitewater.

Anticipated Benefits of Restructuring (consolidating the affiliates) are:

  • Improved Ministry perception of organizational effectiveness leading, it is hoped, to increased funding support;
  • Reduced overall number of governance volunteers, decreased duplication of effort and increased ability to focus on the “real work” (i.e. sport operations);
  • Reduced frequency of governing meetings overall, therefore increased interest/focus when meetings occur;
  • Increased ability to recruit expert board members (fewer needed therefore easier to recruit);
  • Improved overall promotion and marketing of paddle sport in a joint/cooperative way;
  • Improved joint advocacy efforts for river/water access and other causes;
  • Increased cross-pollination and knowledge sharing;
  • Improved staff focus and support, because there will be fewer fragmented projects and policies to deal with;
  • Collaboration across disciplines to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of staff and volunteer training (coach, officials, leadership volunteers);
  • A unified strategic plan and rationalized, coherent policies improving the administrative effectiveness of the organization.

Any decision to restructure/merge will be brought to the AGM in November 2015.

In order to help develop recommendations to the AGM WO has appointed 3 people to the CKO Organizational Review Committee and they will continue to work through this process on behalf of WO:

  • Steve Pomeroy, VP-WO and member Ottawa River Runners
  • Sandra Kiviaho, individual member Ottawa, Courier de Bois
  • Jennifer Levitt-Birdsall , individual member, long time certified official, Kitchener

At this time, we wish to share the draft proposal with the WO Board and general membership to solicit feedback and comment.

  1. 1.In particular would you support a consolidated structure?
  2. 2.Would you oppose consolidation, and if so, why?
  3. 3.Do you have any specific concerns or comments?

The organizational Committee will meet again March 15th, so please provide any comments by March 12th via the WO office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download this file (CKO Governance_2nd Report_Feb 2015.pdf)CKO Governance Report Feb.5.15 Organizational Review[Organizational Review and Governance Model Development]492 kB
Download this file (Request for feedback from WO membership on Canoe Kayak Ontario Organizational Re)Request for Feedback from WO Membership on CKO Organizational Review[Request for Feedback from WO Membership on CKO Organizational Review]52 kB

2015 Minden's Crazy Raft Race

Hi Whitewater Paddlers:

    I am the Race Director for Minden’s Crazy Raft Race held every July 1st down the Gull river in Minden from the Rotary park to downtown Minden. We typically have between 15 and 25 rafts with up to 100 rafters on board. I am seeking a Kayaker or skilled canoeist who is willing to assist next July 1st.

The main responsibility would be to paddle alongside the lead rafts to monitor rafts and aid if any rafter falls into the river (all rafters must wear lifepreservers). Also, the race rules ask the leading rafts to stay within 4 raft lengths of the raft behind them (to avoid “runaway” winners), with a penalty of a 360’ turn. This requires enforcement.

My role has been to kayak behind the last raft to also provide assistance to stragglers, and to pick up any “flotsam” from the rafts.

There is also an opportunity to assist with the pre-race planning and organizing if there is someone interested in helping. 

If anyone is interested, please contact me.

Best regards,

Bill Chadwick

Race Director, Minden’s Crazy Raft Race

905 853 0955905 853 0955

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2014 Canoe Kayak Ontario Summit & AGM

CKO Summit & AGM November 1 & 2, 2014 – Cobourg, Ontario


 Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO) has developed a Talent Acceleration Program (TAP), targeted towards developing the LTAD Training to Train (T2T) stage athlete.  The first phase of TAP is to host a CKO Summit on November 1 & 2, 2014 and provide strategies to athletes, parents and coaches on how to enhance the development of T2T athletes along the Athlete Pathway.

 We are very excited at the number of experts presenting at the summit, including Keynote Speaker, Jason Dorland, Olympian and author of 'Chariots and Horses'  

 There is also a number of workshops designed for Board of Directors, volunteers and officials.  For a complete list of presentations and summit agenda, please see the attached information package.

 In addition to the presentations, OCSRA will host the coaches' 2014 season review and 2015 planning session on Saturday night.  CKO and OCSRA's Annual General Meeting will also be included in the summit weekend.

 The cost of the event is $20, which includes event registration, continental breakfast and lunch, as well as a FREE copy of Jason's book 'Chariots and Horses' to the first 50 registrations!  Athletes, parents and coaches are strongly encouraged to attend.

 To register for the summit please click here


Ryan Blair

Technical Director, OCSRA
(647) 505-9476


Orest Stanko

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Canoe Kayak Ontario


Download this file (Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO) Summit and AGM - November 1-2, 2014.pdf)Canoe Kayak Ontaario Summit & AGM 2014[Summit location and agenda details]427 kB

WO Nominations for Ontario Quest for Gold Funding Appeals Process

Established in January 2006 by the Government of Ontario, the Quest for Gold Program’s primary objective is to provide support to Ontario’s athletes through the provision of direct financial support and enhanced access to high performance coaching and competitive and training opportunities. The Quest for Gold program is funded through net revenues generated from the Quest for Gold lottery game operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming. WO is allocated 4 cards for slalom athletes. Anyone wishing to appeal these nominations must do so by Jan 21st - please attached process.

Download this file (QFG Draft Athletes Nominations 2012-13.doc)Quest for Gold Nominations[ ]208 kB

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