Who We Are
We are the national governing body for speed skating in Canada. We’re here to rally, inspire and lead the charge for our country’s most successful Olympic sport. Founded in 1887, we proudly represent over 12,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers from coast to coast.
The first formal speed skating race in Canada is believed to have taken place in 1854 when three British army officers raced down the St. Lawrence River from Montréal to Québec City. These types of races would quickly become a regular feature of winter life and, in 1887, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada – the country’s first amateur sport governing body – was formed.
As speed skating’s popularity grew worldwide, an international body to administer the sport became necessary, and so the International Skating Union (ISU) was formed in 1892. In 1894, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada became the first non-European member to join the ISU. In those formative years, speed skating and figure skating were both under the auspices of one organization. Figure skaters did not form their own association until 1939.
The Amateur Skating Association of Canada underwent changes in the century that followed, becoming the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association in 1960 and Speed Skating Canada in 2000. In 2019, the organization unveiled a reinvigorated new brand – a simple, bold and iconically Canadian visual identity accompanied by the aspirational tagline ‘Faster Forward’.
WE WILL LEAD OUR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS IN THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.
TO CHALLENGE AND INSPIRE CANADA TO THRIVE THROUGH THE POWER OF SPEED SKATING.
We accomplish this by:
- Providing inclusive access and opportunity for skaters, coaches, officials and volunteers to participate and grow within the speed skating community.
- Achieving excellence on the international stage by investing in a world class and sustainable high performance system.
- Building excitement and awareness about the sport while fostering connections and partnerships.
VALUES DRIVE OUR BEHAVIOR, RELATIONSHIPS AND DECISION MAKING IN EVERYTHING WE DO.
We will lead with an unwavering:
We are honest and transparent. We disclose where we can and say when we can’t. We accept accountability and communicate openly while delivering on our promises.
DESIRE TO BE LEADERS
We are bold and courageous and make tough decisions. We are collaborative. We challenge the status quo. We stand up for what we believe in and have confidence in our decisions.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
We invest in success and proudly celebrate our achievements. We are passionate, determined and resilient. We overcome adversity together.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY
We strive to create a positive and inclusive place of belonging. We accept everyone into our Canadian speed skating family.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
We assume the best of others, listen for understanding and value diversity. We are considerate and compassionate. We choose our words carefully in order to build esteem and goodwill.
Our non-profit organization plays an important leadership role in all aspects of speed skating in Canada. Learn more about our organizational and membership structure, bylaws and operational policies, and find out how you can get involved during our Annual General Meeting and Congress.
Guided by the voices of our stakeholders, our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan captures the essence of who we are and all we aspire to be – leaders in sport and organizational excellence. It describes our desired outcomes, sets forth strategies to achieve them and outlines the roles and responsibilities that will ensure our sport continues to grow and thrive nationwide.
Our Annual Report highlights some of the key successes of our speed skating community – at both the national and provincial level – over the past year. It is always inspiring to review the progress that we’ve made towards accomplishing the objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan.