About the International Canoe Federation (ICF)

ICF Vision

Inspire people to pursue a lifelong passion for paddling

ICF Mission

The ICF provides global leadership to enable, inspire and activate people in the pursuit of participation and excellence in paddling activities.

Core Organisational Values

To take responsibility of the collective ownership of the sport and show initiative by utilising best practices.

To pursue high standards for all the ICF’s activities.

To consistently act in accordance with high ethical values and demonstrate mutual respect and honesty.

To act with fairness, impartiality, justice and inclusiveness with regard to race, gender, religion, ability, age, national or ethnic origin.

To act with enthusiasm, passion and pride with the desire to excel in our activities.

Definition of Paddling Activities

A multi-disciplinary, dynamic sporting lifestyle with attitude in a natural environment.

Structure and Strategic Plan

Strategic plan 2021-2024
The ICF President and Board of Directors reserve the right to amend the strategic plan following the election of the new Board of Directors at the 2021 ICF Congress.

View the organisational structure organogram.

Find out more about the structure of the ICF, contact details for board members, committee members and staff.

Contact details for the ICF's 169 National Federation members.

Financial Audit Reports

ICF as a non-profit organisation, promotes culture of good governance through transparency. ICF contracts external financial institution to audit the accounts of ICF Treasurer and Headquarters. The contracted company inspects and reports on all ICF finances and if requested, acts as a financial adviser to the ICF Executive Committee. The below are the recent audit reports. Futher, ICF has a strict EXPENSE POLICY to restrict financial wrongdoing or any exploitations. 

2020 Audit Report

2018 Audit Report

2016 Audit Report

2015 Audit Report

2014 Audit Report


Read about the diversity and inclusion commission.

ICF Ethics Commission- forms a part of the ICF Court of Arbitration and is charged with defining and updating a framework of ethical principles, including a Code of Ethics, based upon the values and principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. In addition, it investigates complaints raised in relation to the non-respect of such ethical principles, including breaches of the Code of Ethics and, if necessary, proposes sanctions to the ICF Board. 

-Read more about  ICF Ethics Commission Chair Michael Chambers HERE

Contact Us

Avenue de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland

+41 (0)21 612 0290
Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 CET


For confidential reporting in regards to corruption, doping, harassment, or any other form of misconduct, please contact the ICF Ethics Commission Chair Michael Chambers here

Always moving forward

Highlights the directional movement of a canoe, kayak or any other vessel that is paddled.

Illustrates canoeing being dynamic and exciting, engaging and rewarding.

Represents the constantly developing and challenging nature of the sport and the organisation.