Nordiq Alberta News

Nordic News May 25th, 2021

Call for Board Member Applications

Are you passionate about our sport?  Are you keen to look to the future  of cross- country skiing in Alberta – both at the athlete development (from jackrabbits to masters)  and recreational level?  Nordiq Alberta is looking for board members that have experience in governance, high performance, marketing,  fundraising and communication.  Also on the nomination plate will be the position of Nordiq Alberta Chair.  As well, it would be ideal if we have a director that has experience within the Para community.  All other members are directors who must be able to commit to working on a committee as well as attending a monthly Board meeting.

Nordiq Alberta has completed a stressful COVID year and is ready to move forward with dynamic individuals who want to see change and sustainability at all levels.    This past year we were able to advocate and save the grooming in Kananaskis and look forward to providing Albertans with live grooming updates through Nordic Pulse.  The hope is to expand this throughout the province over time.

As a governance board it is our responsibility to be future thinkers and help form the direction, providing the tools for staff to have success.  Ideal candidates do not have to be members of a ski club but should be residents of Alberta.

Please submit a letter of intent, along with a resume to the Nordiq Alberta office  by 5 PM MST, May 28, 2021.   Interviews to follow the week of June 1 followed by a virtual AGM on June 26, 2021.

Any questions may be forwarded to  or phone 403-473-6760.


Nordiq Alberta Awards Nominations

As we approach the 2021 Nordic Alberta Annual General Meeting, we are once again asking members of our community to nominate outstanding individuals for our annual awards. Categories this year include: Coach of the Year, Male and Female Athlete of the Year,  and Volunteer of the Year.

If you believe you know someone deserving of any of the awards listed, please complete this form and submit to the Nordiq Alberta office no later than ay 28th at 4pm.



Message from Nordiq Canada CEO

Dear Nordiq Canada partner,Since assuming the role of chief executive officer of Nordiq Canada in the fall of 2020, my focus has been on working with the dedicated team of professionals in the office, along with the Board of Directors and our Divisions, to provide strong leadership, clear communication, strengthen relationships and operate in full transparency and accountability.

With a national goal to put more high-performance athletes on the international podium in an effort to inspire Canadians of all ages and abilities to click into a pair of skis and join this great sport, our focus over the last year has been on building a long-term vision while laying the foundation for a high-performance culture that settles for nothing short of excellence.

Thanks to the support of our entire community, we have made significant progress over the last year towards achieving our goals.

The following report looks back on another year of progress both in the boardroom and on the field of play.

Year in Review Report.


Stéphane Barrette



Nordiq Canada Budget and Business Plan

2021-2022 is all about investing in a sustainable future and building on the pandemic year, which saw huge increases in membership and many personal-best National Ski Team performances. An atypical 2020-2021 operating surplus, resulting from an increase in membership and pandemic-related budget impacts, allows us to invest in key initiatives that will build that sustainable future. Business Plan priorities and notable investments include:

Business Plan Priority  Notable Investments 
Excellence Short-Term: Beijing 2022 (focused on NST athletes’ DTE) and establishing a sustainable NST Olympic Stream program
  • Training Centre funding increase
  • Maintaining athlete trip fees despite 24% pandemic-related increase in costs
  • Maintaining free camps despite 312% pandemic-related increase in costs
Excellence Medium-Term: Strong talent pool of coaches and athletes and sustainable HP pathway
  • NextGen Coach
  • B-tour (Europe)
  • Coaching development opportunities
Excellence Long-Term: Developed pipeline and program
  • Athlete Pathway Manager
  • Development tour (USA)
  • FISU Games
Strategic plan to 2030: Where are we going and how will we get there?
  • Pandemic-permitting, in-person quasi-AGM in September
Revenue generation: Leveraging membership growth, new sponsors, increased donations
  • Fundraising support
Membership: Providing resources to help clubs recruit and service Canadians who discovered skiing during the pandemic
  • Marketing resources
  • Skills development resources


The annual business plan will be shared before the June 19 AGM.



AGLC Update From the Federation of Calgary Communities 

Back in February 2021, we let you know that AGLC was reviewing the Gaming Model with priorities placed on access and revenue equality, use of proceeds, volunteer requirements and eligibility. As one of 94 organizations selected to be on the consultation team, it was a grueling process that was extended until April 26 (2 months longer than intended) because of the complexity of the system and the issues themselves. After almost 3 months of work, five groups made presentations back to the larger committee and to members of AGLC on April 27. There were many ideas in common and where consensus was not achieved. For example, most groups broadly support simplified rules, consistency in how the rules are applied and transparency and equity, but “how” to achieve those met with mixed results. The urban and rural divide was undeniable and heavily debated as was the ineligibly of certain groups (e.g., cultural) when others were licensed. The reality is that there is unfairness and inequity in the system. There are also more organizations applying every year than the system can accommodate.

Bottom line, the groups convened were only able to put ideas forward. AGLC staff now will use this input to make recommendations around the issues to the AGLC Board. The board will take them to the Minister of Finance by September 30 with implementation by January 1, 2022. AGLC staff have stated that this will likely be a political decision.
Change is going to happen! Using “what I heard” from the five groups and not knowing the AGLC staff recommendations and guessing at the political will, at best, you might prepare your organization for longer wait times and less funds. At worst, you may lose your eligibility. The themes that weaved through all five groups were: pooling of all funds across all Alberta eligible organizations, increasing the number of eligible organizations (perhaps splitting the casino so 2 groups share), extending the wait times so all groups wait equally long, and potentially, redefine “public benefit” to maximize return for all Albertans (might exclude groups that can not demonstrate their impact on the community). On a positive side, all five groups also clearly advocated for broader “use of proceeds”, more flexibility, more efficient use of volunteers and less rules. Each group also cautioned on the unintended consequences of sweeping changes, with some supporting a phasing in change.
Stay tuned for an update, however, it is important to let your MLA know how important your gaming funds are to your organization. It would be proactive to set up a meeting with your MLA to discuss some of these things:

1) How has your organization benefited from Gaming Funds? Or alternatively, how you have not been able to obtain a license and the reasons you were denied.

2) What has your organization used your gaming funds on? Think about positive impact on people!

3) What are the consequences of not having the same level of “earned revenue” in the future?

As always, let us know if you talk to your MLA about this or other funding matters.