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Canada Qualifies for World Games

Based on Canada’s results at WOC 2016, Canada has qualified 2 men and 2 women to compete at the 2017 World Games in Poland in July.

The World Games are a multi-sport Games for the sports recognized by the IOC that are not including in the Olympic Games.


Nations and athletes qualified for The World Games

Orienteering Achievement of 2016: 2nd place for Emily Kemp


World of O creates an annual poll to find the most impressive achievements in international orienteering. The winners have been announced: Olav Lundanes of Norway and Tove Alexandersson of Sweden. There were nearly 4500 unique votes from around 60 different countries.

Canada’s Emily Kemp was second! Tove Alexandersson received 19.4% of the votes, with Emily receiving 17.6%.

You can read interviews with Olav and Tove at World of O.

Congratulations to the winners and to the awesome Emily Kemp!


Looking for feedback: International trip for Jr's

Parents of junior/youth orienteers:  Orienteering Canada’s Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has been approached about the idea of a contingent of junior/youth orienteers participating in the United World Games.

We have created a survey is to gauge the interest in either the United World Games or a similar international orienteering experience for young Canadian athletes as part of a team travelling, training and competing together.

We would much appreciate parents of junior/youth orienteers completing this brief survey for us.

Survey Link:

Thank you so much for your input!

Anne Teutsch
Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee

Looking for feedback

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is currently starting the process of reviewing their Strategic Directions and is seeking feedback from their member federations. Orienteering Canada is asking for input from you for our response to the IOF. Currently the IOFs Strategic Direction has a focus on globalizing the sport and becoming included in the Olympic and Paralympic games. We are particularly looking for your input on the goal of orienteering in the Olympics/ Paralympics. is a link to a short survey. In order for us to convey our input to IOF in a timely manner please have your responses in by 23:59 PST Dec 27th 2016.
Thank you for your time
– Orienteering Canada Board of Directors

Vote for Orienteering Achievement of the Year


16 athletes from 10 countries are nominated for the annual poll to find the most impressive achievements in international orienteering. The poll is organized by World of O and voting is open until December 12th.

Winning a Gold medal at the World Championships is always a great achievement – but sometimes winning a Bronze medal or a 4th place (hint, hint) can be an even bigger achievement – based on what your starting point was. You can check out the background stories to “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” to help you decide what you think are the best orienteering achievements of the year.

It is great for the sport to see excellent nominations for athletes from nations which are traditionally not on top of the result lists in international orienteering, like Belarus, Canada, Moldova and New Zealand. It’s very exciting to see Canada’s Emily Kemp on this list! All these athletes have accomplished exceptional orienteering achievements in 2016 – along with the nominated athletes from the more established top nations in orienteering Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Russia.

Voting is open from December 7th until December 12th using the following links:
The Orienteering Achievement of 2016 – Men
The Orienteering Achievement of 2016 – Women

There are some great prizes available too.


2017 Orienteering Canada Conference

The Orienteering Canada conference is held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2017 Conference Details
Friday Aug 4th
Perth, ON
Sessions are in conjunction with the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival.

It all takes place at the amazing Crystal Palace in downtown Perth, where the glass walls and glass roof leave you feeling like you are outside enjoying the sunshine and where you have a perfect view of the Tay Canal and its water fountains Here is the day’s schedule :

9:00 – 10:30 am
Orienteering Canada AGM
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.

10:45 – 11:45 am

What is Orienteering Canada Up To? A series of short presentations on the exciting things that Orienteering Canada is doing, that you want to know about!

1. Introduction and Welcome and a Little Bit More – Tracy Bradley and Anne Teutsch
2. Where are we gong with Major Events in Canada? – Jeff Teutsch
3. Canada’s New Course and Category Combos. – Erik Blake
4. What’s Happening on the Coaching Scene? – Bill Anderson
5. Developing the Athlete Development Matrix – Jeff Teutsch

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Celebrating 50 Years of Orienteering in Canada – lunch (provided, financial donations gratefully accepted) and a panel discussion with orienteers from across the decades.
Panelists: Gord Hunter, Pam James, Ted de St. Croix.
Moderated by Charlotte MacNaughton.

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Session A: Junior Programming Across the Country – sharing notes about club junior programmes – what’s new, what works! – led by Kitty Jones and Jeff Teutsch
Session B: Mapping and the new ISOM – bringing us up to speed on the IOF’s new International Specifications for Orienteering Maps – led by Orienteering Canada’s Technical Committee

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Yoga in the Park – a local Perth Yoga Instructor will lead all those interested through a Yoga workout at nearby Stewart Park (donations appreciated)

5:00 pm Doors open for Silent Auction and Cash Bar. Registration / Race Kit Pick-up / Information Desk open

6:00 pm COC Banquet – catered by The Stone Cellar in Perth. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

At the Banquet:Sprint Awards (COCs)

  • Sprint Awards (COCs)
  • Hall of Fame Announcement (OC Board)
  • Silent Auction (HPC)
  • Talk by Emily Kemp

2017 Annual General Meeting

Date: Friday, August 4 2017
Time: 9:00am EDT
Location and address: Perth Crystal Palace (on Colborne Street)
Perth, ON

The AGM is the one time of year when all the members of Orienteering Canada (the provincial/territorial associations) gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the association (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc).

2017 AGM documents:

(other documents and links for the above will be added here as they are available)

Other documents of interest:

2017 AGM information Voting delegates confirmed to date:

BC  Brian May or John Rance
Yukon  Sabine Schweiger
Alberta  Kitty Jones
Manitoba  Jennifer Hamilton
Ontario  Steve Buchko
Quebec  Isabelle Robert
New Brunswick  Lori Heron
Nova Scotia  Pam James


The position of Treasurer (2 year term), and 3 members at large of the Board (2 year terms) will be up for election. Nominations received:

Member at large: Bruce Rennie
Member at large: Stan Woods
Member at large: Cheryl Smith


Deadline to submit items for New Business is Friday 21st July 2017