Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award

Generously sponsored by SSC’s longstanding partner, the Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award recognizes the contributions of local speed skating clubs to the development of our sport and the importance of grassroots programs to high-performance success.

The Club Excellence Award replaces the Intact Insurance Podium Tracker grant application process which ran until the 2017-18 season. Funds previously dedicated to the Podium Tracker grants are now distributed via this award, which has similar criteria and prizing to the previous program.

Selection Criteria

This award is bestowed upon a club that has undertaken an initiative in the past year or has concrete plans to undertake an initiative in the next year that aligns with SSC’s strategic objectives of Sport Excellence and/or Organizational Excellence. 

Examples of initiatives that meet the criteria for this award include:

  • Sport Excellence: safety enhancements, coach development initiatives, purchase of new equipment, athlete training camps, inclusion efforts, etc.
  • Organizational Excellence: revenue generation projects, recruitment activities, advertising or promotion strategies, etc.

 Initiatives will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • There is an identified need in the local community that this project will address
  • The project will generate a positive impact on speed skating (safety, sport development, participation, awareness, etc.)
  • There is a realistic plan to put the project in place (budget, people, resources, etc.)
  • The project’s success can be measured


Five (5) finalists will be identified each year. From these finalists, one (1) winning club will be selected.

A club may only win the Club Excellence Award a maximum of once every five (5) years but may be considered a finalist for the award in any given year.

To be eligible for the award, a club must be in good standing and not have any outstanding payments due to Speed Skating Canada or its respective PTSO.


The one (1) winning club will receive a $10,000 grand prize and a visit from two (2) National Team athletes during the 2020-21 season.

The remaining four (4) finalists will receive cash prizes based on National Team results from the most recent international competition season. For every medal won by the National Team at a World Cup or World Championships event, $50 will be added to each of the finalist prizes, to a maximum of $2,500 each.

Based on results from the 2019-20 season, this year’s finalist prizes total $2,500 each (maximum finalist prize).

Short Track World Cups25$1,250
Short Track Junior World Championships2$100
Short Track World ChampionshipsN/A$0
Long Track World Cups31$1,550
Long Track Junior World Championships1$50
Long Track World Championships17$850

Past Recipients

2019 GagnantCalgary Grizzlies Speed Skating Club (AB)
2019 FinalistsAnnapolis Valley Speed Skating Club (NS), Club de patinage de vitesse Centre-Sud (QC), Kingston Striders Speed Skating Club (ON), Club de patinage de vitesse Sherbrooke (QC)