From Left to right: Chris Jeffries (head coach), Patrick Stewart-Jones, Knute Johnsgaard, Maya MacIsaac-Jones, Antoine Hébert, Delphine Duvernay Tardif, Dominique Moncion-Groulx, Annika Hicks, Luke Gerwing, Michael MacIsaac-Jones, Alex Stukator, Jack Carlyle, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbiit, Thomas Manktelow, Dahria Beatty, Julien Locke and Scott Perras (Coach).
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Annika Hicks
Annika Hicks Info

Year of Birth: 1991
Hometown: Canmore, AB
Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 6

Career Highlights: 

  • 47th in the Ski Tour Canada
  • Becoming Junior National Champion in front of a home crowd in Canmore 2011
  • Represented Canada at World Junior Championships and U23’s in 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Making a comeback after missing a season due to injury

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lakes

Favorite Recovery Meal: Homemade bagels and bacon or carbonara with Canmore Past Co. noodles….really anything involving bacon…

Interesting Fact about Annika: Her best friend is my dog, Sophie!
Personal Sponsors:Trail Sports and Hicks Intellectual Property Law

Equipment:Fischer, Swix

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Delphine Duvernay Tardif
Delphine Duvernay Tardif

Year of Birth: 1996
Hometown: Mont Saint Hilaire, QC
Club: Montériski
Years on Academy: 2


Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Chicken Curry
Words I live by: “Stay on top.”
Interesting Fact about Delhine: She lived on a sailboat for 2 years with her family!

Instagram: delphine.dt


  • Fischer
  • Swix
  • Exel Poles

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Julien Locke
Julien Locke Info

Year of Birth: 1993
Hometown: Nelson, BC
Club: Black Jack Ski Club
Years on Academy: 1

Career Highlights: 

  • Senior National Ski Team Member
  • 3x Senior National Championships medalist
  • 16th – 2016 U23 World Championships

Favorite Place to Ski: Classic skiing at the Paulon Ski Trails
Interesting Fact about Julien: In addition to skiing fulltime, he run’s a web development company:

Personal Sponsors: Rancho Vignola


Equipment: Fischer, Swix

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Maya MacIsaac-Jones
Maya MacIsaac-Jones Info

Year of Birth: 1995
Hometown: Athabasca, AB
Club: Rocky Mountain Racers + Athabasca Nordic
Years on Academy: 1


Career Highlights: 

  • 29th Ski Tour Canada – Gatineau Sprint Stage
  • 31st Planica World Cup Skate Sprint
  • Finished Ski Tour Canada
  • 8th – 2012 Youth Olympic Games – Skate Sprint
  • Competed twice at World Junior Championships

Favorite Place to Ski: Gatineau Park
Favorite Recovery Meal: Smoothie with fruit, green tea, and protein powder. Followed by pasta with tomato sauce for supper and strawberries with whipping cream for dessert.
Words I live by: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Interesting Fact about Maya: She grew up on a farm in northern Alberta where we had cattle and chickens!

Personal Sponsors:

Home Hardware Athabasca

Paintbox Lodge

Trail Sports

Buff Canada

Banff Airporter

Jamie Coatsworth

Jamie Mackie


Instagram: mayamacisaacjones
Twitter: @maya_mj

Equipment: RossignolExelBliz Eyewear

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Patrick Stewart Jones
Patrick Stewart-Jones Info

Year of Birth: 1991
Hometown: Chelsea, QC
Club: Nakkertok
Years on Academy: 5

Career Highlights:

  • 2015 Overall NorAm Sprint Cup
  • 10 World Cup Starts including competing in the Ski Tour Canada
  • 3rd 2014 Olympic Trials Skate Sprint
  • Represent Canada at World U23 and Junior Championships 4 times

Favorite Place to Ski: A tie between Nakkertok and Sovereign Lakes, BC

Favorite Recovery Meal: Protein Shake, eggs and a bowl of rice or if all else fails pizza

Words I live by: “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” – Steve Jobs

Interesting Fact about Patrick: Patrick comes from a very athletic family, with his brother winning a silver medal at the 2016 World Rowing Championships and twin sisters having both represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in cross country skiing. Oh, and Patrick can’t whistle.

Personal Sponsors:
Classic Wood Mouldings
Jamie Coatsworth
Dr. Bervely McKeown and Family

Instagram: patricksj
Twitter: @PatrickS_J
Equipment: Salomon

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Antoine Hebert
Antoine Hebert Info

Year of Birth: 1996
Hometown: Varennes, QC
Club: Montériski
Years on Academy: 1

Career Highlights: 

  • Quebec Cup Champion – Junior Men
  • 4th Junior Men – Overall Quebec Cup 2015-2016
  • 4th 2015 Eastern Canadian Championships – 15km Classic
  • 4th 2014 Eastern Canadian Championships – 15km Classic
  • 7th 2015 Canadian National Championships – 15km Classic
  • 1st (3rd Open) 2016 Quebec Cup – Far Hills, 10km Classic

Favorite Place to Ski: Whistler, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Spaghetti
Words I live By: “No Pain, No Gain.”
Interesting Fact about Antoine: He wants to go to law school after he’s finished skiing!

Personal Sponsors: Parents & Co.

Instagram: athletesdici

Equipment: Fischer, Swix

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Dominique Moncion-Groulx
Dominique Moncion-Groulx

Year of Birth: 1993
Hometown: Gatineau (Aylmer), QC
Club: Nakkertok Nordique
Years on Academy: 2

Career Highlights: 

  • Top 10 results on the NorAm circuit in sprint and distance races at the Senior level
  • Representing Québec at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George and winning a silver medal in the relay
  • 5th – 2014 Craftsbury US Super Tour – Skate sprint
  • Podiums at Canadian Nationals and on the NorAm circuit at the Junior level
  • Nominated on the Junior National ski team for the 2012-2013 season

Favorite Place to Ski: Nakkertok, QC and Canmore, AB
Favorite Recovery Meal: Any leftovers from dinner the night before.
Interesting Fact about Dominique: He is studying part time at the Laval University (Québec) by taking correspondance courses. He also has a recent epiphany this past summer that he enjoys fishing.

Personal Sponsors:

Instagram: domogro
Twitter: @domogro
Facebook: dominique.monciongroulx


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Knute Johnsgaard
Knute Johnsgaard Info

Hometown: Whitehorse, YT
Year of Birth: 1992
Home Club: WCCSC
Years on Academy: 2

Skiing Achievements:

  • Several time Junior and U23 national champion
  • Canada Winter Games Gold medalist
  • 14th place U23 World Championships
  • 30th place Ski Tour Canada Gatineau stage

Instagram: kjohnsgaard
Twitter: KJohnsgaard
What is an interesting fact about yourself? I have weird crooked pinky fingers

What is your favourite place to ski race? Any world cup with good snow

What is your best recovery meal? Moose meat

Your personal sponsors: Medicine Chest Pharmacy & Greg Cote

What equipment do you use? Fischer, Swix

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Michael Macisaac-Jones
Michael MacIsaac-Jones Info

Year of Birth: 1997
Hometown: Athabasca, AB
Club: Rocky Mountain Racers
Years on Academy: 1

Career Highlights: 

  • Top 5 at Canadian National Championships

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lake, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Leftover dinner
Interesting Fact about Michael: He grew up on a farm in northern Alberta where we had cattle and chickens!

Instagram: michael_macisaac

Equipment:  Rossignol

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Thomas Manktelow
Thomas Manktelow Info

Year of Birth: 1998
Hometown: Canmore, AB
Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 1

Career Highlights:

  • Midget NorAm Champion
  • 2nd Canadian National Championships – Sprint
  • 3rd Overall 2014 Canadian National Championships
  • 1st 2014 Western Canadian Championships – Sprint
  • Eastern Canadian Champion 2016

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore Nordic Centre
Favorite Recovery Meal: Smoothie and eggs

Words I live by: “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there”

Interesting Fact about Thomas: He can ride a unicycle!
Personal Sponsors: Rossignol, Unlimited Skate and Snow

Facebook: Thomas Manktelow
Instagram: thomasmanktelow
Equipment: Rossignol

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Dahria Beatty
Dahria Beatty Info

Year of Birth: 1994
Hometown: Whitehorse, YK
Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Years on Academy: 5

Career Highlights: 

  • 15th Ski Tour Canada – Canmore classic sprint stage
  • 2015-2016 Haywood NorAm series winner
  • 2015-2016 Buff Sprint NorAm series winner
  • 15th – 2014 World Junior Championships – 5km Classic
  • 1st – 2016 National Championships – 10km skate and skate sprint

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lakes, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Fruit/banana/protein powder smoothie sprinkled with coconut, slivered almonds, chia seed and chocolate chips
Words I live by: “Great things never came from comfort zones” “Happiness is a warm butt” ~ Every woman who skis.
Interesting Fact about Dahria: She’s 22 years old and has always lived with a dog!

Personal Sponsors:

Skookum Asphalt Ltd.

Icycle Sport

Rancho Vignola

Buff Canada

Capital Helicopters

Alkan Air


Instagram: dar_snowangel
Twitter: @_dahria
Facebook: dahriabeattyskier


  • Fischer
  • Swix
  • Rottefella

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Jack Carlyle
Jack Carlyle Info

Year of Birth: 1993
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Club: Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 3

Career Highlights: 

  • U23 2016 World Championship Team
  • 32nd 2016 U23 World Championships – 15km Skate
  • 3rd Aggregate U23 Men – 2016 Canadian National Championships
  • 8th – 2016 Canadian National Chamionships – 10km Classic
  • 3rd – 2015 Canadian Eastern Championships – 15km Skate

Favorite Place to Ski:

  • Silver Star, BC
  • Paulson, BC
  • Hiawatha Highlands, ON

Favorite Recovery Meal: Pancakes, smoothies, coffee, anything breakfast related. Or the leftovers from the previous day, that’s pretty incredible.
Words I live by: “Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk, to get ahead you gotta hustle.”
Interesting Fact about Jack: He’s a big food person, and he can thank his mother for that. It’s about the simple pleasures in life; cheese, bread, peanut butter, cream, avocado, eggs, pasta etc.

Personal Sponsors: Listed on

Instagram: jackcarlyle
Twitter: @carlylejack

Equipment: Alpina, Fischer, Swix, Oakley (Shades on Caribou)

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Luke Gerwing
Luke Gerwing Info

Year of Birth: 1997
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Club: Edmonton Nordic
Years on Academy: 2
Career Highlights:

  • 3rd Place 2013 National Championships Classic Sprint
  • 2nd Canadian 2015 Western Canadian Championships Skate Sprint
  • 8th Canadian 2015 National Championships Classic Sprint
  • 7th 2012 National Championships 5km Classic Individual
  • 18th Canadian 2015 National Championships 7.5km Classic Individual

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lakes, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Fully loaded omelet with toast
Words I live by: “You only fail if you give up. The second you decide ‘oh I’m not gonna do that, I’m just gonna give up’, that’s you. You’re the one making that choice. You’re the one choosing to fail. You have to make the decision to fail. Whereas if you don’t ever make that decision. You say no I’m gonna keep going until it freaking happens, well then you don’t fail, you’re just in the process of making it happen… my time in this life is limited, but the things I can do in this time are not” – Jeb Corliss: BASE-jumper, Wingsuit Pilot

Interesting Fact about Luke: Play the violin, guitar, ukelele, and the piano.
Personal Sponsors: Fast Trax Run and Ski Shop

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Olivia Bouffard Nesbitt
Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt Info

Year of Birth: 1992
Hometown: Morin Heights, QC
Club: Fondeurs Laurentides
Years on Academy: 2

Career Highlights:

  • 12th + 17th place finishes at World U23 Championships – Almaty, KAZ
  • Competed at 2015 World Championships – Falun, SWE
  • Completing the Tour de Ski

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore or Silver Star!
Favorite Recovery Meal: Jam packed smoothie… or pâté chinois.
Words I live by: “Chase your dream, not your competition.”

Interesting Fact about Olivia: She did her CbB silver at the Canadian Ski Marathon at 12 years old.

Personal Sponsors:Madshus, Buff Canada, Shades on Caribou


Instagram: bouffy
Twitter: @bouffynicebutt
Equipment: Madshus

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