Framework for the future
The ACC and CEC have agreed on a new national sports framework for competitive climbing, and are moving quickly to put this new framework into place. The key aspects of this are as follows:
- There will be a single National Sports Organization (NSO) for
competition climbing in Canada. This will be a federally-incorporated,
not-for-profit organization. This structure is consistent with the
criteria of Sport Canada, opening the door to possible future funding
support by various levels of government.
- The NSO will be made up
of recognized Provincial Sports Organizations and the Alpine Club of
Canada in order to provide governance specific to competition climbing,
but still linked to the recreational spectrum of the sport.
work effectively, the NSO must be well structured and able to set out
clear directions for how the sport will evolve and develop. This
requires solid bylaws, policies, as well as strategic and business
plans. These are being developed by the ACC and CEC together.
new NSO will operate in an open, accountable and transparent manner. It
will earn and hold the confidence of athletes and others involved in
the sport. It will welcome all those willing to volunteer their time and
energy. It will be responsive to new ideas and perspectives.
Reflecting this framework, the ACC and CEC are taking the following steps:
- The bylaws, policy development and planning work underway will
be vested in the CEC as soon as practical, as the CEC’s existing
corporate status meets the needs of the new NSO. In tandem, the CEC
Board will expand to include membership from the four existing PSOs and
- The ACC, as the current governing body recognized by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC),
will delegate this authority to the new CEC on February 14, 2014 for
one year. During this time the new CEC will continue to develop needed
policies and create the necessary committee structures to manage all
aspects of competition climbing at the national and international
- Since some work is still needed to put in place all the
required structures, and since some engagements have already been put
into place by the ACC for the coming season, it is expected that the
permanent official transfer of IFSC membership from the ACC to CEC will
take place in one year, in time for the 2015 IFSC Plenary Assembly.
this period of transition, the ACC and CEC are committed to consulting
with athletes and volunteers to learn how they want to see their
national federation develop in the next few years.
The framework developed by the ACC and the CEC involves significant changes to national sport governance in Canada; changes that both organizations believe will build a stronger, more effective and accountable system – one with greater capacity to support our athletes.
This will take time, and involve a great deal of work by many volunteers. Things won’t be perfect at the start, and as we work through these practical challenges, we ask for your support, your input and your encouragement.