Skate Canada Coaches

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At Skate Canada, our coaches are focused on making a difference.

Skate Canada is home to nearly 5600 professional coaches who are dedicated to delivering best-in-class learn-to-skate, power skating and figure skating programs to thousands of skaters across the country.

Our coaches are teachers, mentors and role models committed to teaching individual development and life skills to help each skater realize his/her personal best – on and off the ice. All Skate Canada coaches are professionals who are trained and certified through Skate Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). All Skate Canada professional coaches must be registered coaching members in good standing.

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National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Launched in 1970, the NCCP is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and more than 60 national sport organizations. The NCCP is Canada’s recognized coach training and certification program and serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with high performance athletes.

Skate Canada’s NCCP model (revised 2015) is in direct alignment with our Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which allows coaches to be trained and certified in a context that is specific to the level of athletes with whom they would like to work with.

NCCP Model – LTAD Aligned

National Coaching Certification - Coaching Association of Canada


LTAD: Learn to Train

Regional Coach

(In-Training, Trained, Certified)

LTAD: Learn to Skate

Club Coach

(In-Training, Trained, Certified)


LTAD: Learn to Win/Live to Win

High Performance Coach

(International, World, Olympic)
(DRAFT Program)

LTAD: Train to Compete

National Coach

(In-Training, Trained, Certified)

LTAD: Learn to Compete

Provincial Coach

(In-Training, Trained, Certified)

Please note:  Skate Canada is currently transitioning to the LTAD aligned NCCP model and will be facilitating training in both the current and revised NCCP until 2018.

To become certified, coaches must meet or exceed the expectations at the in-training, trained and certified statuses. To maintain an NCCP certified status, Skate Canada professional coaches are required to complete professional development (PD) activities and adhere to CAC’s Maintenance of Certification requirements.

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For more information regarding Multi-Sport modules, please contact your Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative.

For more information regarding Special Olympics coaching, please contact your local chapter.

NCCP Coach Training and Certification Pathways

Instruction-Beginner: Club Coach – CanSkate
Instruction-Beginner: Club Coach – CanPowerSkate
Instruction-Intermediate: Regional Coach
Competition-Introduction: Provincial Coach
Competition-Development: National Coach

How do I become a Skate Canada Professional Coach?

Skate Canada Sections are responsible for scheduling NCCP courses. For more information on how to become a coach, contact your Section Course Administrator.

British Columbia / Yukon
Courtney Baerg
604.205.6960 1.888.752.8322

Alberta / NWT / Nunavut
Leona Boyle

Danielle Shaw

Cadfan Edwards

Stephanie Klein

Diane Choquet
514.252.3073 ext. 3541

New Brunswick
Kim MacVey

Nova Scotia
Jill Knowles
902.425.5454 ext. 336

Prince Edward Island
Kristen MacDonald

Newfoundland / Labrador
Lori Brett

Coaching Profession

Responsible Coaching Movement

Skate Canada has taken the pledge!

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches. The RCM is a call to action for organizations to implement realistic change based on their individual states of readiness.

Vision for Coaching

As Skate Canada Professional Coaches we believe coaching is a privilege earned through our commitment to:

  • Competently and professionally serving the athlete as a role model, teacher, coach, athlete manager, and strategist.
  • Developing well-rounded individuals and creating a positive and safe sport environment that will promote: physical development and well-being, mental development and positive self-image, social skills development, creativity and artistic development, discipline, self-reliance and independence, and principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.
  • Providing quality service to and being accountable to the athletes, parents, clubs and schools, community, and Skate Canada by ensuring program delivery standards are being followed
  • Sharing knowledge with athletes, parents, coaching peers, clubs and schools, volunteers and Skate Canada while working together to provide the best skating programs possible.
  • Actively engaging in professional development and seeking opportunities to give back to the sport wherever possible through volunteering.
  • Maintaining an open-mind and positive attitude towards new ideas and change.
  • Staying up to date and compliant with Skate Canada and ISU rules, regulations and policies.

Key Messages for Coaching

These messages were approved by the Coaching Development Committee to help guide coaches for the current skating season.

Ensure you are a registered Skate Canada Professional Coach, in good standing.
Coaching Development Committee
Continue to adapt and embrace new skating and coaching programming.
Coaching Development Committee
Educate yourself and complete the appropriate training regarding the STAR 1-5 Program.
Coaching Development Committee
Read all Key Messages on Info Centre

What Coaches Are Saying

“It’s a gift to be a coach. To work with people who embrace all that sport offers is amazing.
Sport teaches you lessons that you can’t learn in school. How to stand alone and chase your dreams. How to handle extreme ups and downs . How to trust that hard work will always pay off. How to set goals and plans . How to prioritize and persevere. How to become mentally tough.

It’s satisfying and a privilege to coach people to become champions in life as well as in our sport.”

Michelle LeighMichelle Leigh, World/Olympic Coach
“A good coach is someone who is a team player and consolidate the strengths of each. Moreover he must have a good life philosophy that goes beyond the knowledge to teach. This philosophy must first and foremost converge to the well being of the athlete and make this his top priority.”
Richard GauthierRichard Gauthier, World/Olympic Coach
“I love helping athletes learn important life skills and watching them grow into successful skaters and people.”
Ravi Walia, World/Olympic Coach and CDC Member
“I have been coaching for 37 years now and my passion for our sport continues to grow daily. I am inspired to share my knowledge and experience with young aspiring coaches to hopefully help them reach success in their coaching career and in life.”
Manon PerronManon Perron, World/Olympic Coach and Mentor
“It doesn’t matter if my skaters are going to Worlds, or to club competition, I am blessed to be a part of their journey.”
Carol Lane,
World Coach
“I like to push my athletes so they can exceed and reach their full potential. The tools they acquire will serve them throughout their lives.”
yvan desjardinsYvan Desjardins, World Coach