CADS Alberta – Our Goals and Who We Are!

CADS Alberta provides opportunities for those with all abilities to learn to alpine ski or snowboard; to engage in advanced programs and competition programs. Explore our site to find out more!



Thanks to Neil Hepburn – Outgoing Treasure!

Thank you to Neil Hepburn, who following our AGM on June 8, 2019, has stepped away from the CADS Alberta Board to pursue the freedom of golfing this summer and skiing (and occasional snowboarding) this winter. Neil was instrumental in acting to help structure our financial planning and reporting as our Treasurer, and we wish him the very best in his future pursuits!



Welcome to our newest CADS Alberta Board Member, Kirk Schornstein, a former member of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team

Kirk was born with congenital paralysis of his right arm and started skiing when he was only 2 years-old. A downhill skier since the age of nine, Schornstein suffers from Erb’s Palsy and doesn’t have the use of his right arm, meaning he skis with just one pole. He raced against able-bodied athletes until he was a teenager. At the age of 17, competing in the standing category, he had four top-15 finishes at the 2011 IPC World Championships. The following year, he was a consistent top-10 IPC World Cup finisher.

Schornstein now 25, is an alpine skier with three previous Paralympics under his belt, having earned himself a 25th placing in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics — an impressive result given he was the youngest competing Canadian athlete at the time. He continued that success, earning himself a 12th place finish at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. At the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics, Kirk scored a sixth place in downhill. Kirk is now attending University, and continues to act as a professional speaker while completing his studies.

CADS Alberta is excited to have Kirk join our Board, as he brings a combination of youth, international experience and enthusiasm to assist in moving CADS Alberta forward as a leading adaptive organization and Provincial Sport Organization in Alberta.



Congratulations to Award Winning Volunteer – Gordon Mackenzie!

Congratulations to Gordon Mackenzie, a long standing CADS Alberta member and amazing volunteer, who was a 2019 Sport Volunteer Award winner at Alberta Sport Connection Awards Banquet, hosted at the River Cree Resort, which took place at the 2019 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference. The Volunteer Awards recognize the significant contributions of individuals devoting their time and effort to the development of sport. The 2019 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference is held every two years and is attended by delegates from across Canada. It is a training and networking opportunity for representatives of provincial and national sport organizations. This year’s theme was Safe and Welcoming Sport Environments.

CADS Alberta is thrilled for Gord, who is extremely deserving of this award, and encourages everyone to say a big Thank-You next time your run into Gord.



2019-20 CADS Alberta Member Registration will open October 2019.

The registration portal will open for CADS Alberta Member Registration for the 2019-20 season. All Zones in Alberta will now be registering through this single entry point. Once you select the entry button below, you will have a series of options under which to register. Although we recognize that our membership is largely student / volunteer based, please endure that you register in the most appropriate section. When you select each section, it provides a description specific to your role, for example, a student, athlete, volunteer, certified instructor, certified coach, etc. Please read through the descriptions to ensure you register under the appropriate category. If you are a certified instructor or coach, it is important to register in that section versus as a volunteer, as you will then receive significant cost savings for multiple membership dues within CSIA, CASI, ACA (CSCF). We hope you find the registration process clear to follow.

Also note that this year all payments for membership must be submitted online. Payment at a later time will need be accepted, so in order to be a registered member you will have to have your payment information ready once you select the member login.

If you have any questions, please email



CADS Alberta Zone-Club Competition Program 2019-20

Please go to the CADS Alberta Competition Program page to find details on the 2019-20 CADS Alberta Competition Calendar and Program.

CADS Alberta will once again be supporting CADS Alberta Zones to development Zone-Club competition programs as part of their Zone offerings. Applications for support funding will be available and can be downloaded at CADS Alberta Zone-Club Application



Alberta Adaptive Contact Database (AACT)

The Alberta adaptive Contact (AACT) database provides an online resource that allows end users the ability to access information on adaptive programming available in the sport and recreation community that encourage a clearly defined information resource  leading to inclusive opportunities for participation at any point along the Long Term Athlete/Participant Development (LTA/PD) pathway.

The end user is anyone interested in accessing participation based information as to inclusive/accessible offerings, whether it is a program, facility or service. For example, a soccer program that offers inclusive adaptive openings, or a yoga program that accommodates accessible yoga instruction.

The project has been initiated through the financial support of both Alberta Sport Connection and Sport Canada through a bilateral funding opportunity that will allow this project to be developed and implemented over the 2018/19 timeframe.

CADS Alberta has partnered with an industry partner to create the AACT database to ensure the sustainable continuity of ongoing data management, and to ensure that all data is current and relevant to the participant, parent, caregiver, etc.

CADS Alberta is excited to be taking a leadership role in Alberta in creating an online solution that can assist all potential CADS Alberta participants, caregivers, family and friends; as well as the extended adaptive needs community for everyone requiring information of this nature across the province. We look forward to collaborating with our many partners and stakeholders in this initiative, include all provincial organizations, municipal interests and any services provider offering accessibility services in Alberta.

The database timeline is to see a live launch in June 2019. For information please contact AACT Database.

Contact CADS Alberta

11759 Groat Road
Alberta T5M 3K6

Phone: +1 780 427 8104
Fax: +1 780 422 2663

CADS Alberta Charitable Donation Number:
13396 7406 RR0001

CADS Alberta Sponsors