Next Generation Program

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) and its membership, CurlON and the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) are committed to the growth and development of competitive athletes with the intent of putting Ontario and Northern Ontario athletes on national and international podiums for years to come.

The OCC is also working closely with Curling Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) to identify athletes who are specifically tracking towards potential Olympic podium performances in the next 2-3 quadrennials. The OCC will work in concert with Curling Canada to develop athletes and feed Curling Canada’s National Next Gen Program.

Already recognized as a National Best Practice, the OCC is continually reflecting on programming to ensure a best in class system.  Feedback is considered from:

  • Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan
  • Survey results obtained from this year’s High Performance Survey
  • General survey results obtained during Strategic Planning Initiatives
  • Feedback from our membership (CurlON and NOCA)
  • Performance/Engagement of teams within the program
  • Feedback and input from our funding partners (Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, Curling Canada, Membership).

 The Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team is responsible for developing team selection criteria.  When developed, the OCC (Board of Directors) approves the criteria.  The Operations team then applies the criteria for team selection.

*Members of the High Performance Team:

  • Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations, Ontario Curling Council (Ex-officio)
  • Heather Houston, Ontario Curling Council – Board Representative (Ex-officio)
  • Andrea Ronnebeck, Ontario Curling Council, Education Manager – North – Staff representative
  • Sean Turriff, Education Manager – South – Staff representative 
  • Ryan Lafraniere (Sudbury, ON)
  • Sherry Middaugh (Victoria Harbour, ON)
2020-2021 Next Gen Program – This program is now closed.

Download the information:  Next Gen 2020-2021 Return to Training

The Ontario Curling Council is pleased to announce the teams/athletes it will support through its “Return to Training” Next Gen Program for 2020-2021.

The Next Gen Program for 2020-2021 was undersubscribed, so we are pleased to be able to announce that all eligible teams who applied will be supported in some fashion.


Meet the 2020/21 Next Gen Teams


Tier 1 Teams 

Team Croisier – Female U18/U20 team from NOCA region

Team Salari – Female U18/U20 team from CurlON region

Team Burgess – Male U18/U20 team from NOCA region

Team Prenevost – Male U18/U20 team from CurlON region.

There were no eligible applications for either the U25 male or female positions therefore they are being filled by the U18/U20 applications which scored highest but have not already been awarded positions:

Team Toner – Female U25 team from either NOCA or CurlON region

Team Mulima – Male U25 team from either NOCA or CurlON region.

Tier 2 teams 

Team H. Jones

Team Vallenga

*note there were no female applications to fill these spots.

Tier 3:

Mixed Doubles 

Zachary Shurtleff – CurlON Region

David Visintin – NOCA Region

*Note – there were no female applications.

Wheelchair – there were no applications.