Jeff Needham 

Executive Director

Ontario Division


Jack Mayer

Board Member

Chair, Ski For The Duke Committee

Thank you for being a part of Ski for the Duke. With this being Ski for the Duke’s 10th Anniversary, I am excited to welcome new sponsors and marketing partners.


The Award is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14-24. The classroom is not the only place to nurture the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources – our youth. We strive to reach young people in communities across our province to provide a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equip them with important life skills.


To accomplish our goals, we need your help. Thank you for your investment in Ontario’s youth.

As Volunteer Chair of the Ski For The Duke event, it is an honour to work with an organization that provides the framework for our future leaders to excel and flourish, not only in academia, but also with non formal learning that comes from experiences outside of a classroom.  Providing our young people with a framework for the Award allows them to set goals and challenges for now – and in their future.


Having the Award on their CV sets them apart from others, therefore giving them a head start.  Our young people need every advantage they can acquire in order to succeed at home, in the business world and in being a contributor to our community.  


Your participation within Ski for the Duke will ensure the continuation of our proven and impactful program.

Caroline Chow

CAASA is proud to partner with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. A large focus of ours is on the growth of the alternative investments industry and this includes investing in our next generation. We need to ensure that our youth today have the skillset and means to move forward and confidently create positive change.


The Award is unique in that it allows young people to take the initiative to learn and grow into the best version of themselves. The program results in youth that are well-rounded, have a positive perspective on life, society and most importantly who they are and what they are capable of. All key skills for success in any industry or community.


Ski for the Duke aligns with CAASA’s core values as it ultimately allows the award to be inclusive and accessible for all. This wonderful fundraising event aids in the removal of financial barriers to those that might not otherwise be able to complete the award.



The Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA) maintains a growing network of 192 members consisting of investment managers, service providers, and investors.  Through CAASA’s 50+ events, the association promotes information sharing, networking, and collaborative initiatives.  Members can be found across the globe making CAASA a bridge to Canadian investors and managers - bringing the world to Canada and Canada to the world.

Vice-President &

Co-founder, CAASA