A message from the President:

Dear Equestrian Community,

On behalf of the Equestrian Canada (EC) Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide details on initiatives being undertaken by EC in 2019 to identify and act on priorities, benchmark progress, and provide the equestrian community with world-class service.

Strategic Initiatives Plan 2018-2022

After thoughtful consideration and analysis of issues which are important to EC stakeholders, the Board of Directors finalized and presented the Strategic Initiatives Plan 2018-2022 in September 2018 at the EC Annual General Meeting. The Plan aligns the vision and mission of EC, presenting key initiatives that are meaningful for all, realistically achievable, and intended to serve the equestrian community today and for the future.

As a living document, the Plan is adjustable for present and future needs, and designed to readily adapt – positively and promptly – to the changing needs of our community. It focuses on three key areas of achievement:

1. We are a leader in equestrian excellence

EC will realize world-class performance goals through the development of equestrians, equines and competitions.

2. We are a leader in strategic excellence

EC will achieve sustainable growth in equestrian sports and activities through the development of strategic participation and engagement initiatives and strategic industry and economic development initiatives.

3. We are a leader in organizational excellence

EC will achieve respect of stakeholders through the delivery of best practices in governance and astute financial stewardship.

Organizational Review

As the first step in setting the Plan in motion and truly bringing it to life, EC has partnered with DS Communications Inc. to conduct an in-depth organizational review. EC is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Canadian sport icons, Yves Hamelin and Danièle Sauvageau of DS Communications.

Hamelin has led speed skating athletes at two Olympic Games and contributed to five Olympic and over 200 World Cup and World Championship medals. He is the current Director of the Olympic Oval in Calgary, where he ensures optimal sport development and performance. Sauvageau is a master coach in hockey who is celebrated for leading the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to their historic Olympic Gold in 2002. She has guided hundreds of sport, public and private sector clients in building new visions and managing change for the better, and was recognized with the prestigious Order of Canada in 2012 for her exceptional contribution to Canadian and international sport.

Through this organizational review led by DS Communications, EC will leave no stone unturned, analyzing infrastructure, human resources, governance and operational configuration in order to benchmark EC against top sport organizations in the world, and identify best practices that will build EC up as a world-class organization.


The timelines for the Organizational Review are as follows:

March 2019 – Midpoint Report to the EC Board of Directors
June 2019 – Final Report to the EC Board of Directors

Community Input & Engagement

The Organizational Review will provide staff, stakeholders, funding partners, and the equestrian community serviced by EC, with the opportunity to get engaged and share their perspectives about the current state and future vision of EC.

One-on-one meetings, focus groups, and surveys will be conducted to open clear lines of communication and invite the EC community to contribute significantly to the review.

We encourage everyone to actively participate in this initiative and help ensure the successful growth of EC as a strong and successful organization among the leaders in the international sport landscape.

Stay tuned for further details. Updates will be published as they become available.

Meg Krueger
Equestrian Canada