SOD Announces New Planning Committee

COLLINGWOOD, ON (December 12th, 2019) — Today the Southern Ontario Division (SOD) arm of Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) announces the formation of a new committee to act in an advisory role to the AOA staff and AOA Board of Directors. The SOD Committee will meet on the first Tuesday of each month as they oversee the largest division at AOA representing 85% of the AOA membership or approximately 3,720 active racing members and over 10,000 affiliated members and stakeholders.

The new Southern Ontario Division Committee will play a role in overseeing some important tasks such as the coach and athlete development from grassroots level through to the SOD Ski Team. They will also act as a liaison to all member clubs within the division, provide guidance and support to the SOD Officials committee including risk management and safety and lastly, the committee will advise and support the SOD Cup schedule including all invitational races which amount to 100+ of races each winter.

SOD Program Director, TES Hynes comments, “This has been in the works for a long time and I would like to offer a sincere thank you to the following committee members for their time and service to the Southern Ontario Division. We are here to help all SOD members so please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions or comments as we all strive to improve and grow this great sport in Southern Ontario.”

Members of the 2019-20 SOD Committee include:

  • TES Hynes, SOD Program Director – Chairman
  • Chris Pepper, Craigleith Ski Club – AOA Board Representative
  • David Boughner, Osler Bluff Ski Club – Parent Representative
  • Shawn Letton, Beaver Valley Ski Club – Club Representative
  • Jen Gillard, Craigleith Ski Club – Officials
  • Rick Cook, Canadian Ski Coach & CSIA Course Evaluator – Coach Education
  • Janet Richter, Executive Director of Ontario Snowboard
  • Suki Chapman, SOD Program Manager – SOD Member Services

To contact the SOD Office and speak to either Suki or TES please call 705-444-5111×133.


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Southern Ontario Division (SOD) represents 27 ski clubs in the area from Belleville to London to Peterborough with the most condensed population of skiers in the Collingwood area. These racers and clubs make up over 84% of the Provincial Sport Organization of Alpine Ontario Alpin and as such offer its membership programs at the U12, U14, U16 & U19/21 level for both the SOD CUP and OCUP development streams. SOD also manages the SOD FIS Ski Team (SODST), please visit

Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community. AOA represents four divisions, 44 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grassroots level to the elite level.


For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x132
[email protected]