NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

The board of directors is made up of a president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer and regional representatives, each of whom is elected by the general membership. Regional representatives are first appointed by their region through regional elections. To be a member of CANSI’s national board of directors, an individual must be an active member in good standing with the association.

Denys Lawrence
Denys Lawrence
National President
Pacific Region

CANSI member since 2000
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • XC course conductor Level II
  • Telemark instructor Level II
  • Other ski industry certifications: CSIA, NCCP
  • Instructor at SilverStar Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake, B.C.
  • Interski demonstration team member 2019

Mario Filion
Mario Filion
National Vice President
Quebec Region

CANSI member since 2012
  • Telemark instructor Level III
  • Telemark course conductor Level I
  • Other ski industry certifications:
  • CSIA Level 3
  • CSIA Level 1 course conductor
  • CSCF Level 1
  • CASI Level 2
  • Instructor at Ski Bromont, Que
  • Owner, Telemark Proshop Filionski

Garry-Almond
Garry Almond
Acting Treasurer and National Office Manager
Ontario Region

CANSI member since 2004
  • Former president and secretary/treasurer of CANSI
  • Telemark instructor Level II
  • Other ski industry certifications:
  • CSIA Level 1
  • Telemark instructor with Ski Telemark Inc.

Michael-Thomas
Michael Thomas
Representative
Pacific Region

CANSI member since 1999
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • XC course conductor Level II
  • Telemark instructor Level II
  • Other ski industry certifications:
  • CSIA Level 1
  • Nordic ski school director and trail operations manager at Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, B.C.

John Heemmera
John Heerema
Representative
Mountain Region

CANSI member since 1987
  • XC instructor Level III
  • Telemark instructor Level I

Katrina Froese
Katrina Froese
Representative
Central Region

CANSI member since 2013
  • XC instructor Level II

Jan Vopalensky
Jan Vopalensky
Representative
Ontario Region

CANSI member since 1994
  • XC instructor Level II
  • Ontario board member since 2002

Marie-Claude Rousseau
Marie-Claude Rousseau
Representative
Quebec Region

CANSI member since 2018
  • Telemark instructor Level II

Elita Rahn
Elita Rahn
Representative
Atlantic Region

CANSI member since 2001
  • XC instructor Level III
  • XC course conductor Level I

NATIONAL OFFICE

They hold down the fort while you're out skiing and teaching. They answer your questions and bring you good news . . . always with a smile!

Marie Lefebvre
Marie Lefebvre
National Office Coordinator

CANSI member since 2018
  • Snowshoe and winter enthusiast
  • More than 30 years’ experience in adult education and office administration for non-profit organizations

Françoise Chatenoud
Françoise Chatenoud
National Advisor

CANSI member since 2009
  • Former national office coordinator
  • XC instructor Level III
  • XC course conductor Level II
  • Telemark instructor Level I

Ann Sullivan
Ann Sullivan
National Communications Coordinator

CANSI member since 2013
  • XC instructor Level I
  • Other ski industry certifications: NCCP
  • Club coach with XC Bragg Creek, Alberta

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

CANSI’s technical committee brings together members who are passionate about the evolution of cross country and telemark skiing. TC members analyze the latest ski information and make sure our instructors are teaching and demonstrating current skills. Reporting to the national board of directors, the TC is made up of members from each of CANSI’s six regions.

Rob Henderson
Rob Henderson
National Technical Committee Chair
Ontario Region

CANSI member since 1978
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • XC course conductor Level II
  • Telemark instructor Level II
  • Telemark course conductor Level II
  • Interski demonstration team member
  • 1987, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2011
  • Interski head coach in 1998

Shane Landreville
Shane Landreville
Technical Representative
Pacific Region

CANSI member since 2011
  • Master nordic instructor
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • Telemark instructor Level III
  • XC course conductor Level III
  • Telemark course conductor Level II
  • Former manager of nordic skiing at SilverStar Mountain Resort, B.C.
  • World Cup telemark racer from 2010 to 2014 and national champion in 2012 and 2013
  • Chair of the CANSI Technical development committee

Henry Madsen
Henry Madsen
Technical Representative
Mountain Region

CANSI member since 1989
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • XC course conductor Level IV
  • Telemark instructor Level I
  • Involved in racing, skiing and teaching for decades

Ken Schykulski
Ken Schykulski
Technical Representative
Central Region

CANSI member since the early 1980s
  • Technical committee member since 2006
  • XC instructor Level III
  • XC course conductor Level I
  • Other ski industry certifications: CCC Level 1 official and Jackrabbit leader

Wendy Grater
Wendy Grater
XC Technical Representative
Ontario Region

CANSI member since 1990
  • Course conductor since 2009
  • Telemark instructor Level I
  • XC instructor Level IV
  • XC course conductor Level III

Elizabeth Nicholson
Elizabeth Nicholson
Telemark Technical Representative
Ontario Region

CANSI member since 2013
  • Telemark Level III

René-Luc Morin
René-Luc Morin
Telemark Technical Representative
Quebec Region

CANSI member since 2001
  • Telemark instructor Level III
  • Telemark course conductor Level I
  • Telemark coach
  • Other ski industry certifications
  • CSIA Level 2
  • Interski demonstration team member 2019
  • Member of Telemark Ski Canada Télémark since 2005
  • More than 30 starts in World Cup telemark races between 2005 and 2020

Yan Michaud
Yan Michaud
XC Technical Representative
Quebec Region

CANSI member since 2003
  • XC instructor Level III
  • XC course conductor Level II

Larry White
Larry White
Technical Representative
Atlantic Region

CANSI member since 2005
  • Telemark instructor Level II
  • Telemark course conductor Level II
  • Telemark coach entry level
  • XC instructor Level I
  • Other ski industry certifications
  • CSIA, CSCF, CCC
  • Publisher of nstelemark.com

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