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Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Orienteering Canada (and its affiliated clubs) have a number of mapping projects to be completed in 2017. Positions are currently available in Nova Scotia (Debert and Halifax areas) and Whitehorse, Yukon. Other opportunities may become available.

Job Duties: Field checking of forested areas to current ISOM standard. Field checking of urban sprint map areas to ISSOM standard. Map drafting in OCAD.

Terms of Employment: Temporary independent contractor positions are available from 4 weeks to 4 months depending on the projects and locations. Salary: $25 – $30 per hour depending on qualifications.

Education and Work Experience required: Applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM and ISSOM. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed. Must be a member of the Canadian Orienteering Mapper Registry. Fluent in English.

For more information send inquiry to: mapping AT orienteering DOT ca

2017 Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp

July 30 – August 1 at Morin Heights, Quebec

For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in the 3 day camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Programme athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

Our 2017 National Junior Training Camp will be held at Morin Heights, which is in the Laurentians in the province of Quebec, about a 2 hour drive from Ottawa, or about 1 ¼ hour drive from Montreal.

For whom:
Juniors ages 11 – 20. Participants age 10 and under are welcome only if a parent volunteers at camp full time and only after obtaining permission from Kitty to attend. Non-Canadian juniors are welcome.

Start Sunday, July 30, late afternoon, time to be determined (depends when Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal finish).
Finish Tuesday, August 1 (approx. 1:00pm, to allow time to get to Ottawa for orienteering events there)

Training will be on maps at and near Morin Heights. Transport to the maps will be in coaches’ cars and possibly a rental van.

We will sleep in campsites and cabins at Morin Heights Nature Camping, which is at the base of the Morin Heights ski hill. We will eat meals and do presentations in the facility at the base of the ski hill. More details will be provided in the information that will be sent to registered participants in June. The location is here.

Meals will be catered at the Morin Heights Nature Camping facility.

Camp Fee:
Includes accommodation, meals and coaching

  • Early Bird Fee before May 31: $150, or $130 for additional sibling(s)
  • Regular Fee June 1-30: $165, or $145 for additional sibling(s)
  • Late Fee July 1-15: $180, or $160 for additional sibling(s)

Final deadline is midnight on July 15. $25 of your fee is non-refundable. Consider contacting your own club for a subsidy.

The Ramblers Orienteering Club has obtained a grant for this camp, which makes it possible to subsidise the fees. Thank you Ramblers! We are very grateful to the Government of Canada’s ‘Canada 150 – Community Foundation of Canada (Laurentians)’ for this grant.

Register online here.

For more info:
Registrar: TBA
Camp Coordinator: Kitty Jones (Calgary)
Further information: Contact Kitty, kittyjones at shaw dot ca
Detailed information: will be emailed to registered participants starting in June.


  • As usual, we are looking for volunteers to coach, cook, drive, and generally help out (e.g. supervise younger kids at bedtime).
  • COACHES: If you are worried about tiring yourself out or getting injured at camp, then consider offering to help part time instead of full time. Of course we’d love to have as many HPP folks to coach as possible, but we do not want to risk affecting your potential to reach your competitive goals. On the plus side, remember that coaching does give you insights into O skills.
  • We need adults to volunteer to help coach at all levels from beginner to advanced. We do not need volunteer cooks or kitchen helpers as the meals will be catered. Whether you are a National Team athlete (either current or past), or a parent of a camp participant, please consider offering your time, as this camp relies 100% on volunteers.
  • All adult volunteers will receive free room and board at the camp. Sorry – no honoraria! But you’ll be making a big contribution to the Canadian orienteering scene and have fun while doing so!
  • If you have a vehicle, you will be asked to help with transporting participants the short distance to training sessions. If necessary, we’ll have a 15-passenger rental van as well, to eliminate shuttling.

Contact Kitty (kittyjones at shaw dot ca) to join the camp!

Coaches’ Meeting: Details TBA.

Orienteering Canada Vision, Mission and Core Objectives

Participation | Engagement | Performance



To develop, promote and coordinate the sport of orienteering in Canada for all ages and at all levels of participation.



Inspiring Canadians to embrace the joy of orienteering

  • Driving growth through innovation, quality programming and partnerships.
  • Leading and governing through organizational excellence and sound business practices.
  • Developing and delivering high quality events and competitions at all levels.
  • Having active, engaged and well-trained officials, coaches, and other volunteers.
  • Having viable and active provincial and territorial associations and clubs.
  • Supporting our elite athletes in pursuing their goals while they support orienteering as ambassadors and role models for our sport.
  • Offering a sport that Canadians know and are excited about.



A Strong and Unified Orienteering Community
We develop, deliver and promote relevant programs and services that provide positive experiences for our members at all levels of participation. We partner with individuals, clubs, and Provincial/Territorial Associations as together we strive to build capacity and sustainability at the local, regional and national level.

Support for Competitive Success
We support and encourage orienteers as they strive to attain their competitive goals. We offer programming and racing opportunities for athletes who want to reach their maximum potential. We provide high performance support and services for athletes with the desire and potential to compete internationally for Canada.

Increased Awareness of Orienteering
We are proud of our sport and seek to celebrate it whenever possible. We work to increase and maintain a positive profile and enhance public awareness of our sport and of Orienteering Canada. We offer a welcoming environment to people as they learn about and engage in our sport.

Organizational Excellence
We work to ensure organizational excellence through the continued development of an effective governance structure and organizational leadership that will contribute to increased long-term stability and sustainability of Orienteering Canada and the sport of orienteering in Canada.











Volunteer Opportunity: Team Manager to the 2017 World Orienteering Championships

Team Manager to the 2017 World Orienteering Championships

We are looking for individuals to assist with the administration and on-site logistics relating to Canada’s participation at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships (WOC).

The Team Manager will work closely with the 2017 WOC coach and the High Performance Committee.


  • Good communication skills both individually and within a group
  • Well organized, detail-oriented and an ability to track and meet deadlines

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading up to the events: accommodation bookings, registering athletes for events, organizing transportation logistics, coordinating event entry payment with the Orienteering Canada Treasurer, gathering travel information from athletes and other associated tasks.
  • On-site assistance: attending team meetings, coordinating day to day team logistics, assisting with social media and communication related tasks and other associated tasks.
  • Follow-up: Work with Treasurer to finalize event finances, contribute to post event debrief.

This is a volunteer position.
Your entry fee (as a team official) to WOC as well as your accommodation expenses (for the pre-event training period and the event) will be covered by Orienteering Canada. You will also receive $500 towards your travel expenses.

You will be required to sign an agreement with Orienteering Canada indicating that you will abide by all Orienteering Canada policies and procedures.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please send an email to by March 25, 2017 indicating which role you are interested in. In the email, briefly outline your background which makes you suitable for this role.

Athlete Profile: Rachel May

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018? 

I am looking forward to hopefully racing for the first time at JWOC.

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering when I was around 5 or 6 years old.

What is your best orienteering memory?

My best orienteering memory is from the Scottish Six Day in 2015, when I had a really smooth clean run and was able to really benefit from all of the orienteering I had done that summer.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I really liked the farsta at sprint camp in 2017 because of the sort of mass confusion of everyone running around in a very small space. The tight quarters and forking made it really important to pay attention to your own loops and really read the features on the map.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

The best orienteering advice I’ve received is to not let little mistakes distract you from the rest of your race and to stay focused on what you can do for the rest of your run instead of dwelling on what you did in the early stages of the race.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My dad is one of my big orienteering inspirations as well as all of the girls who are a year or two older than me, especially the ones I have known since a very young age.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

My goals for 2018 outside of orienteering include getting some of my new friends out cross-country skiing and doing well in my courses at university.


Rachel is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Graeme Farrand

Born 2000
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club Don’t Get Lost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

Running JWOC for the first time.

When did you start orienteering?

Around 2010 when I first joined Don’t Get Lost’s ARK program.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Running my first race at Swiss O Week in 2016 because it was the first time I had orienteered in Europe and it was far and away the biggest orienteering event I had been to.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I would have to say the long is my favorite because of the balancing act of saying focused for navigation and running fast for an hour plus race.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

You can’t make up the time you’ve lost from a mistake by trying to go faster. You’ll just make more mistakes. The time you lost is gone and you just got to keep going.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My orienteering idol is Thierry Gueorgiou because of his dedication to orienteering.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Graduate from high school and be accepted to the university of Waterloo.


Graeme F is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Svoboda

Born 2000
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018? 

I’m looking forward to the North American Championships, the Canadian Orienteering Championships and JWOC.

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering in 2007.

What is your best orienteering memory? 

My best orienteering memory was running the difficult maps at O-Ringen with great competition in 2015.

What is your favorite type of orienteering event and why? 

My favorite type of orienteering event is the middle as it is a balance of the long and sprint and has the best of both.

What is the best orienteering advice that you have received? 

The best orienteering advice I have received is that it is important to make sure to enjoy yourself and give it your all.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration? 

My idol in orienteering is my brother as helps me a lot, giving me tips for map reading and helping me train as we train together. He inspires me to race alongside him one day at JWOC

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I would like to excel in school and prepare myself for Business studies at the university.


David S is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC (during the school year)
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Instagram xcracer3

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

My highest priority race for this coming year is JWOC in Hungary, but I am also really looking forward to visiting the Yukon for NAOCs.  The last time I visited the Yukon was for Cross Country Ski Nationals in 2016 when I was sick the entire time, and didn’t even start the final race.  I’m looking forward to redemption in the land of the midnight sun.

When did you start orienteering?

Spring 2014

What is your best orienteering memory?

Completing a 6 hour rogaine with my Dad in the grasslands above Kamloops.  Spectacular views, weather (well until the hail at the end), and even better company.

What is your favorite type of orienteering event and why?

Honestly, I don’t have a favourite.  Part of what makes this sport so great is the sheer variety of possible event formats.  I love running around the forest with no one around me, but I also love dashing around corners in urban environments in mass start heats.  Likewise, I enjoy score-o style races, but also traditional point to point.  I think orienteering would be a lot more boring if we only had one sort of event type.

What’s the best orienteering advice you’ve received?

I can’t seem to remember who told me this, but always match your speed to the terrain around you.  If you are starting to lose contact with the map in a particularly technical area – slow down!  If you are running down a trail with a definite point of where to leave it, speed up!

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Thierry Georgiou.  He is just the master.  How can you pick anybody else?

What are some of your 2018 goals outside orienteering?

Keep my GPA up in university.

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Darya Sepandj

Born 1997
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Canmore, AB
Club Foothills Wanders Orienteering Club
Occupation Athlete
Personal Sponsors Salomon

I started orienteering around the age of six with the Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club in Calgary. My first year consisted of holding my mother’s hand and eating cookies at the finish. The second year, I became more brave and started holding the compass. By my third year, I had mastered map holding. By the fourth year, I was willing to try Course 1 by myself. Following that I travelled around Canada and eventually found myself at the Swiss 5 days in 2012. I have been focused on biathlon for the past three years, but following the Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival I have navigated back to orienteering (pun intended). I am now super stoked to be on the HPP team!    

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

My highlight of the season was running the last leg of the relay at the COCs and having my teammates running with me down the finish chute.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am super excited for JWOC!!!

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I’d love to run a sprint race in Venice.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

When I’m really excited I do cartwheels.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Outside orienteering my goals are the represent Canada at Youth/Junior World Championships for biathlon. As well as continue to pursue my education.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Route choice and map simplification.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I have done some coaching, mapping and have organized a couple of events. I even organized a biathlon orienteering event in the fall. I have also designed binder covers, a buff and a hat for FWOC and SOGO.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite training exercises are relocation exercises. Someone brings you to point on the map and you have to figure out where you are. It is very challenging and gives me the confidence to bail out when I need to.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I have been using 3DRerun by World of O. I can access maps from all around the world and compare route choices. It is a lot of fun and easy to use. I can run a WOC race at the comfort of my own couch!


Darya is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

2017 JWOC team announced

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2017 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Darya Sepandj
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington
Nicole Whitmore

David Bakker
Leif Blake
Caelan McLean
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

Congratulations to those selected and thanks to everyone who applied.

Jeff Teutsch will be the JWOC Coach. Sabine Schweiger will be the Team Manager and Erik Blake will be an additional official.

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Ross Burnett and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee.