Terms used:


The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 


An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Skate Canada will be offering its first Coach and Official Apprenticeship Program (COAP) in conjunction with the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Vancouver, B.C., the event athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Coaches and officials are integral in the development of athletes and as such, continued development is fundamental to succeed in these roles. Facilitated by individuals with World/Olympic experience and featuring various guest speakers, content will include competition planning, mental and physical readiness, strategies and tactics, program components and grades of execution, coach and official preparation for competition, technical discussion while observing several practices and events and so much more!

A total of 20 coaches and officials will be selected to participate in this exclusive professional development opportunity.  

Program Objectives:

  • Mentor and develop future coaches and officials
  • Provide a unique and interactive learning opportunity to help develop specialized leadership and motivational skills
  • Establish an environment for nurturing coaches and officials with enhanced learning opportunities

Program Structure:

  • Program date: January 11-13, 2018
  • Lead program facilitators and mentors: Cynthia Ullmark, an NCCP Level 4 certified coach with over 40 years of experience and André-Marc Allain, an ISU Dance Official and International Judge (Singles & Pairs) with over 29 years of experience
  • Three days covering junior and senior events in singles, pair skating, and ice dance
  • Learning environment will include large and small group discussions during practices, events, and in a meeting room as well
  • At the rink, all participants and facilitators will be connected to a headset system to offer best-in-class audio experience and quality discussions

Program Application Criteria and Process:

  • Coach criteria: Registered Professional Coach in good standing, with an NCCP provincial trained or higher status, who is actively coaching competitive figure skaters preferably at the pre-novice and higher level, and has the desire and drive to coach at Nationals.
  • Official criteria: Active Skate Canada officials qualified at the section level or higher in one or more disciplines. Judges should be qualified at the Senior level or higher, and technical panel officials should be qualified at the section level or higher.
  • Deadline: Interested coaches and officials who meet the criteria should apply by Monday, October 30, 2017.
  • Application Form (including a short 2-minute video on why Skate Canada should select you)

Program Fees:

  • COAP fee: selected coaches and officials will pay a $50 participant fee that will include an on-site accreditation pass for viewing all practices and events, on-site transportation for participants staying at the host event hotel, and all facilitator and guest speaker expenses.
  • Selected participants will need to book and cover their own travel and living expenses. Skate Canada will offer rooming arrangements for participants interested in sharing expenses for a hotel room.

For more information, contact Josée Bourdon, Skate Canada's Senior Coaching and Officials Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.