Dear division presidents and zone presidents,

We are pleased to provide an update on an important strategic initiative for the Canadian Ski Patrol. As discussed at the fall meeting in Toronto, and in subsequent communications on the CSP Facebook group and in our 5/5 newsletter, we introduced the concept of potentially licensing a third party’s first aid program. This concept was first floated at a joint board/management committee meeting in June, resulting from concerns that the demands of developing, updating and publishing our manual were pushing our volunteer team to the breaking point. There were concerns over the future sustainability of our current approach.

Our national management committee was given the mandate to investigate potential solutions to the identified problem/concern. This mandate included looking at three options:

  1. examining external third- party first aid programs;
  2. examining our ability to invest in our existing program; and,
  3. maintaining the status quo.

Early in 2018, we will be kicking off an alternative analysis process to look at the pros and cons of the different options, including costing considerations. Alternative analysis is the evaluation of different choices available to achieve a particular strategic or operational objective. It is an analytical comparison of different factors like operational cost, risks, effectiveness as well as possible shortfalls. We will be selecting a team of participants to conduct the analysis, with representation from different parts of the organization. The analysis will produce a report to the board for review, discussion and consideration.

The board and management committee will continue to take a transparent approach. However, it’s important to emphasize this is still a concept, and no decision has been made to pursue one option over another.

We will continue to provide you with updates as this process continues. We are taking the time to do a proper investigation so the board has the necessary information on which to base an informed decision. We do not want to rush and make the wrong decision for the Canadian Ski Patrol.

For your information, the attached communique will be distributed to all members in the coming days, through Patrol Bulletin. As always, we’re available if you have any questions.

Investigating options for the first aid program

In closing, on behalf of the Board of Directors, the Management Committee and the staff of the national office, we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to continued success in 2018.

Anne Haley-Callaghan



Colin Saravanamuttoo

President and Chief Executive Officer

Update on the concept of licensing a third-party first aid program