The Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to ensure a nationwide ski teaching standard while also promoting the importance of skiing. The CSIA was founded in 1938 by Canadian skiing legend Louis Cochand who began giving ski instruction at his family resort, Chalet Cochand, in Ste Marguerite, Quebec. Cochand was the first Canadian awarded a prestigious Swiss Ski Instructor's certificate in the 1930s.
Today, the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance has over 23,000 members across Canada and has achieved world-wide recognition. A four-tiered certification program is used to set the industry standard for ski instruction. The CSIA is also a leading member of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA), the world body representing the interests of professional ski instructors.