The Congress sessions will be available in person and online, and give national federations the chance to learn more and contribute to the future of the ICF and all its disciplines.

The workshops will only be availabe in-person in English, and will give national federations a chance to learn, ask questions, provide their own advice, and collaborate with other federations. The shared experiences will allow federations to work together to grow the sport from the grass roots upwards, each within their own national federation.

Workshops / Panel sessions:


1/ Source of revenue

A Panel discussion on how to generate revenues for National Federation:

    • NF membership structure: British Canoe will explain their current membership structure and how they generate revenue from it
    • Event Organization Strategy: Canoe kayak Canada will explain their strategy when organizing the 2022 Canoe Sprint Wrold Championships
    • Olympic Solidarity Application: Sheila Stephens Desbans - Head of Sport Development Unit, International Olympic Committee - will explain the Olympic solidarity system, funding available to national federations (through their NOCs), for athletes, coaches, administrators, physical and mental health professionals, and everyone involved in furthering sport. 

Finding revenue to support programmes, competitions, athletes, coaches and federations can be challenging for many organisations. This workshop will discuss ways to look for funding, potential sources, how to maximise the chances of being successful with applications, and provide concrete examples of successful funding opportunities obtained by federations.

2/ Sustainability

A Panel discussion on sustainability objectives and tools, with:

    • IOC sustainability expert : Julie Duffus - Sustainability Senior Manager, International Olympic Committee
    • BOMOSA sustainability agency
    • Starboard Company - ICF SUP and Sustainability partner

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important part of life, sport and the Olympic movement. As a water sport connected to nature we especially have a responsibility to protect our natural resources to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy paddling in clean, healthy environments. This workshop will cover the future goals for the ICF and canoeing family to achieve, and what national federations can do to reduce their impact on the environment.

3/ ICF development programme

The ICF will provide an overview of the 2022 development projects undertaken, and future plans and opportunities for ICF development programmes. The ICF will take feedback from NFs and discuss how better to support federations in the future

    • Cecilia Farias - ICF vice president
      Sebastian Cuattrin - ICF development manager

4/ Fit for Future - Discussion with National Federation

The ICF will open a discussion with the National Federationd about the future of the sport and the future of the ICF, through its strategic planning "Fit for Future". The panel will be composed by:

    • Thomas Konietzko - ICF President
    • Cecilia Farrias - ICF Vice-President
    • Richard Pettit - ICF Secretary General

5/ Athlete Centered discussions

Discussions about how athletes can shape the future of canoeing by being ambassadors and coordinators on some areas of development.