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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 in 2019?

I am looking forward to hopefully attending my second JWOC and being able to improve on my results from last year.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite orienteering event that I have been to so far was O-Ringen because there are so many other good orienteers there.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

All orienteers should try the Brandywine map because it will test your abilities and while super frustrating shows you how hard orienteering can be.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I prepare by getting practice on similar terrain and making sure I am feel calm and relaxed going into the race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I like to do other sports like mountain biking and skiing.


Rachel is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 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 in 2019?

Looking forward to another JWOC and the Snowshoe raid is always a highlight race for me.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

I think Oringen 2018 would be my favourite.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

The Barrens stands out to me as one of the best maps in Canada with the great Canadian shield terrain.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I normally go over old maps of the area and make up a list of the goals I want to focus on in the race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I do really like math and computers but also have a soft spot for painting.


Graeme F is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 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 in 2019?

I am looking forward to JWOC in Denmark and the Canadian Orienteering Championships.

What is your faovurite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite Orienteering event that I have done so far is O Ringen because it is a great international event where you meet lots of people from other countries.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

I think all orienteers have to run in Bow Valley in Alberta.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

First I have a good night sleep the night before the race.  In the morning I eat some nutritious light food.  Then when I am in isolation I begin my warm-up about an hour before my start time.  I start my warm up with some dynamic stretches and ensure that I stay warm so my muscles are not stiff. I then go through the warm-up exercisess I practice with my track team such as strides and ABC’s.  I spent the last 5 minuites before I leave isolation prepping myself mentally, rehearsing what I will do when I get the map.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I enjoy running, cross country skiing and math outside of orienteering.


David S is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC (during the school year otherwise in Salmon Arm/travelling)
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Full-time student (and part-time orienteering mapper_
Training log Attackpoint
Blog URL

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

JWOC 2019 in Denmark if I am selected.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

NAOC2018.  Beautiful maps and terrain, great people, and “close” to home.  How could it be better?

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Squamish Chief just outside of Greater Vancouver.  Definitely on my bucket list for 2019.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Most important is to get a good sleep the night before and nap in the car/bus on the way to the race.  I make sure I eat and drink appropriate amounts prior to the race, and just generally try to keep relaxed and well rested leading up to the race.  I will only start bringing up the energy level around an hour before my start time.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I enjoy cross-country skiing whenever I can in winter, playing board games and cards, and learning new things.

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 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.