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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

SPOTT 2015

SPOTT 2015

Here are links to various documents that SPOTT coordinator Adam Woods discussed with the 2015 SPOTT crew.

(note: Weeks 4 and 6 were Catching Features Session)

For those wishing to relive the 2014 World Orienteering Championships in Italy, here are videos of:

For those looking for an entertaining orienteering themed video, check out:






May newsletter - course planning

Orienteering Canada’s May newsletter “O-Canada” is now available here. This issue is all about courses planning. Great tips for course planners of all levels. Thanks to all the contributors.

Subscribe directly to the newsletter here.

You can view the Orienteering Canada newsletter archive here.

Happy reading!

Coach Profile: Raphael Ferrand

Raphael Ferrand

Born 1986
Hometown Grenoble, France
Currently living Oslo, Norway
Club Grenoble Université Club
Occupation Orienteering and physical coach, and web designer

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
As an athlete when I was in the French group. And as a coach each time one of the athletes I coach manages to reach his/her goal, no matter how “high” it is.

What is your first orienteering memory?
The first time as a competitor was with my family. My brothers came willing to show off their athletic skills, wearing running shorts and sleeveless tee-shirts, fighting with the organisation to be allowed to run the hardest class route. They came back all covered in blood from feet to head. So late that everybody was already home.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
I remember two particular stories from Orienteering that could be on cinema.

The first takes place in the last leg of the 2005 Tiomila, between Petr Losman running for SNO and Tore Sandvik for Halden. Because of the non-forking, of the Swedish relay rules, and of the level of his opponents, Petr tactic was to follow Tore the whole leg, not letting him 1 meter. Tore who understood Petr tactic faked a head-lamp problem in order to let some distance between them two and not having Petr following him. But sticking to his tactic, Petr waited for him walking in the starting corridor. The whole race’s been like this. Petr not even pretending to do orienteering. Not even when Tore told him off or when he pretended to be lost. No. Assuming the whole time that he was following him. And so arrived the last control. Tore, a few meters in front, maybe because of the anger and the lack of focus, took a bad lane. And Petr just sprinted in the good one and won the Tiomila 2005. Who said Orienteering cannot be entertaining?

The second one is a nice one. This one takes place in 2009, in the WOC relay, last leg. The Swedish runner leading, Martin Johansson got penetrated 12cm deep by a stick. But the Czech Michael Smola, the Norwegian Anders Nordberg and the French Thierry Gueorgiou stopped there their race to help him, one going to call for help while the two others were applying some compression to the wound with their GPS harness and their shirt, and carrying him to a road. Letting go away the medals.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Sisteron-Forcalquier area in France.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Tepuy Roraima in Venezuela, the inaccessible House of Gods.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Thierry Georgiou, because he’s an orienteering technique brainiac. And Emil Zatopek for his love of sport and fair-play over the results.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Xc-skiing, trail running, and mountain-bike.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
A big fat poutine ! No, I try not to have too many routines, it makes us weak.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue.

Mapping Opportunity in Calgary

The Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club is currently looking for one or more mappers to work during the summer of 2014 on updating and re-mapping orienteering maps in the Calgary area.  The projects range from small updates along the rivers in the city, due to the damage incurred by the June 2013 floods, to larger projects completely re-mapping city maps.  The mapper(s) will work on a fee-for-service basis, with a contract.  the wage will depend on the experience of the applicant.

Applicants should send their resume to by April 30, 2014.

For more information please contact Don Bayly

2013 Events Archive

Date Name Type Location
tbd World Ski Orienteering Championships Kazakhstan
May 4 – 12 National Orienteering Week across Canada
May 17 – 20 Sage Stomp
(long distance is a Canada Cup)
 Canada Cup Kamloops, BC
June 29 – July 6 Junior World Orienteering Championships Czech Republic
July 7 – 14 World Orienteering Championships Finland
July 25 – Aug 4 World Games Colombia
July 27 – 28 Sprint races Manitoba
July 30 – Aug 1 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp Manitoba
Aug 3 – 5 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships
(sprint, middle and long are Canada Cups)
 Canada Cup Manitoba
Aug 2-10 World Masters Orienteering Championships Italy
Aug 17-18 Fishbones Wentworth Valley, NS
Aug 20-22 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp Wentworth Valley, NS
Aug 23-25 Eastern Canadian Orienteering Championships
(middle and long are Canada Cups)
Canada Cup Saint John, NB
Sep 14 – 15 Alberta Orienteering Championships
(middle and long are Canada Cups)
Canada Cup Calgary, AB
Sep 20 – 22 Ottawa O-Fest
(the combined Saturday/Sunday results will count towards the Canada Cup Elite Series)
Canada Cup Ottawa, ON
Sep 28 – 29 BC Orienteering Championships
(long and sprint are Canada Cups)
Canada Cup Victoria, BC
Oct 11-14 Canadian Orienteering Championships
(sprint and middle are WREs; sprint, middle and long are Canada Cups)
Canada Cup
Hamilton, ON

Buff for sale - help support high performance orienteering in Canada

Buff for sale!

Show your support for the COF and the COF’s high performance program (HPP) fund by purchasing a buff.

The buff sells for $25 +shipping. We have a limited number, so buy your buff soon. You can purchase the buff at ( and you can read about the COF’s new partnership with the o-store here)

All proceeds from the sale of this item go to the COF’s high performance program (HPP) fund. The HPP fund helps to provide stronger coaching and training opportunities to Canada’s top current and future elite orienteers.

Clubs – are you looking for volunteer recognition gifts? Bulk purchases are welcome. You can contact the o-store directly regarding shipping costs. They would love to hear from you.

Thanks for your support!

P.S. These are a great Christmas gift! (you can also find a COF sticker and badge at the o-store – and be sure to check out all their other great stuff too!).

Talent + Dedication + Support –> Performance + Growth



IOF collecting compasses for developing orienteering nations

As part of the International Orienteering Federation’s 50 year celebrations, the IOF is collecting compasses to be sent to developing orienteering countries all over the world.

To succeed in the IOF’s aim of collecting at least 500 compasses, they need your help: if you are going to attend the World Orienteering Championships or the O’Festival ERDF Savoie Grand Revard in France either as a competitor or a spectator, please bring your old compasses with you to the event. There will be compass collection stations at both events. Or if you know someone who is going to France in August, send your spare compasses with him/her to help the orienteers in the younger orienteering nations. You can write a greeting – or at least the name of your home country – on a piece of paper to go with the compass.

Anyone coming to the COCs in Whitehorse, can give their compass to a member of the national team to take over to France.In addition to compasses, also pin punches and control flags are much appreciated equipment in the new nations.

If you want to help, but are not going to France, you can send your contribution directly to the IOF Secretariat: IOF, Radiokatu 20, 00093 SLU, Finland.

For more information, please read the IOF’s news article.

Introducing the Canada Cup

The COF is pleased to announce the Canada Cup. There are 3 components to this exciting initiative.

“A meets” are now called Canada Cups

After lots of discussion, we feel that it’s a good time to change the name “A meet” to “Canada Cup”. We’re doing this for a few reasons:

  • “Canada Cup” is a more descriptive and publicly-familiar name.
  • A nation-wide Canada Cup series will provide increased visibility and marketing for our top quality events.
  • Nation-wide programs can be built on and around the Canada Cup series to encourage participation and skills development at all ages and levels. The Canada Cup Elite Series and the Canada Cup Challenge are two such programs under development.
  • Organizers will, hopefully, be excited to organize Canada Cup events – perhaps as one race of a multi-race weekend, providing more high quality racing opportunities for all Canadian orienteers.
  • The rebranding to Canada Cup is more attractive to sponsors.
  • We’re completely revamping the officials’ program so it’s a ideal time to introduce this change.
  • We’re going to change the name of B meets and C meets too – still working on the exact names.

What does this change mean for orienteering clubs?

  • We’ve updated the sanction form
  • Canada Cup events will be clearly listed on the COF schedule.
  • Clubs don’t need to change the way they name the event (eg Sage Stomp, Blue Nose Classic, GLOF, Barebones, etc) but in your event promo you’ll want to indicate that your event includes one or more Canada Cup races.
  • In a multi-race event it is not necessary for all races to be Canada Cup events.

Canada Cup Elite Series

The Canada Cup Elite Series is a yearly-point scoring competition for the W21 and M21 elite categories. It is targeted at the Training To Win stage of the COF’s Long Term Athlete Development Model. Runners score points for themselves and their clubs by placing well in the M21/W21 categories. Points are accumulated over the season and individual and club awards are presented at the end of the year. All Canada Cup races count toward the Elite Series standings, with bonus points for Canadian Championship races. You can find all the details of the Canada Cup Elite Series here.

What does this mean for event organizers?

  • The event organizers will need to submit the race results in a timely manner after the event, so that the scoring guru can get to work tabulating the points and update the COF website with the latest standings.

Canada Cup Challenge

The Canada Cup Challenge will be a scoring system that we’ll apply to all age categories. We haven’t ironed out all the details but we are working to create a system that will be meaningful and motivating to the widest range of orienteers, taking into account the Long Term Athlete Development plan currently under development. Stay tuned… as we’ll be launching this in the spring.

Results from the Equipment Survey

In October 2010, the COF Board posted a survey to gauge opinion on whether the COF should acquire orienteering equipment in order to assist clubs.  Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. A summary of the results is located here.

Results covered the entire spectrum with clubs either being very much in favour or having no interest at all in the COF buying equipment. There already exists an informal sharing network between clubs/associations when equipment is needed and it doesn’t make sense for the COF to duplicate this. We encourage the clubs to continue this equipment sharing. If your club is looking for specific equipment to borrow and you aren’t sure which clubs have the equipment, please contact us.