CADS Ontario | About CADS Ontario
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About CADS Ontario


CADS was founded by Jerry Johnston in 1976, but the origins go further back to 1961 when he, as the ski school director at Sunshine Village, Alberta became intrigued with the challenge of teaching young disabled people to ski. He developed teaching methods and equipment adaptations that established the foundation for disabled skiing in Canada. Please visit CADS National web site.

Today, as the Ontario organization, we are committed to promoting CADS programs that are inspiring and exciting for skiers and volunteers alike. Our membership, which currently is over four hundred, continues to grow. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact us.

Disabled skiing is a caring and exciting experience engaging individuals who enjoy adventure. It brings out the best in everyone. If you are interested in joining our program, please contact us.

As a volunteer organization we are seeking people who would like to become instructors or helpers. And as a non-profit charity we need donations to help fund our ski programs. See how you can volunteer or donate.


Promotion of skiing for persons with disabilities in order to enable full integration into society.


There are 8 CADS Ontario programs operating in Ontario. CADS Ontario partner with the hill operators/owners to provide skiing opportunities for children and adult disabled skiers.


2018 CADS Ski and Snowboard Festival @ Mont Sainte-Anne
Mar 18 – Mar 23 all day
On behalf of La fondation des skieurs handicapés du Quebec and le Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, in partnership with Alpine Canada Alpin and Canada-Snowboard, we are very pleased to confirm that the 2018 CADS Ski and Snowboard festival will be held a le Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec on March 18 to 23, 2018
  • Fully accessible ski-in-ski out accomodation at competitive rates at the Château Mont Sainte-Anne
  • Complimentary lift tickets to all participants and discounts for family and friends
  • Ski and snowboard lessons to participants of any level and ability
  • Instructor certification courses
  • Racing and gate training for everyone
  • Athlete development seminars
  • A ski and snowboard racing event for everyone
  • Daily socials and apres ski activities for the whole family
  • The annual CADS awards banquet
  • The annual CADS AGM
  • 71 trails, 4 snow parks spread across 3 sides of the mountain and night skiing
Registration will open October 1, 2017

2017/18 Board of Directors

Executive Board Members

Gwen Binsfeld


Jonathan Wood

Vice President & Communications

Carl Hennum

Past President

Debbie Uniac

Secretary-Treasurer & Administrator

Jamie Spencer

Program Liaison/ Technical Delegate/Training Lead

Steve Haennel

Member at Large
Program Board Members

Bert Callaghan


Dayton Stoyan

Snow Valley

Donna Muirhead

Horseshoe Valley

Drew Beaumont


Stephen MacDonald

The Heights

Gabor Takacs

CADS is a National organization with over 3,500 members, both volunteers and program participants. There are programs running at ski areas across the country and we host an annual National Festival week which attracts participants from across the country. Adaptive skiing and snowboarding enhances lives by creating exciting and rewarding experiences for persons with disabilities of all ages. Please designate your donation to CADS Ontario in the Message Box.