Canadian climbers continue their tradition of leadership in international climbing organizations. Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) representative Peter Tucker reported on the semi-annual International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) meet in Whistler this week: “Representatives of the IFMGA converged on Whistler to conduct their semi-annual business. In the year of its 50th anniversary, the ACMG was host to this prestigious event – one that only rarely comes to North America. Delegates came from nearly 20 countries. Professional development sessions included advanced navigation, climbing movement, advanced rock rescue and steep skiing skills. The ACMG was the first non-European member nation of the IFMGA and is gradually taking on larger roles in the international arena. Marc Piché, ACMG Technical Director, was recently appointed as chair of the IFMGA Accident and Risk Management Committee – a role never held by someone outside of Europe before.” Piché is also well known as an author of the excellent guidebook, The Bugaboos.