2018 International Events Qualifier

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Show Venue: Sheraton Congress Centre

For room reservation mention “INTERNATIONAL EVENTS QUALIFIER” for special group rates.

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Telephone 506-262-4900.
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Ontario Athletes: Qualification Opportunities for 2018 CBBF Events

Ontario Athletes: Opportunity to qualify for 2018 CBBF Events via Quebec stages:

Natural Qualifications:
Mike Clement Classic – April 14th
Vaudreuil, Québec (Montreal)
(Drug tested series)

Natural Provincials (Pre-IEQ Qualifier Event)
Montreal, Quebec – April 28th
8:30am – Judging and Finals till 12:00pm
(Must have previously qualified within the former OPA)

Quebec West Open: (Open stream series)
Montreal, Quebec – April 28th
1:30pm – Judging | Finals 6:00pm
(Provincial Qualification event)

Registration for any of these events: www.apquebec.com

 

ATTENTION ATHLETES IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING IFBB SUSPENSION POLICY

The Canadian Body Building Federation (CBBF) being the recognized body of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) in Canada will not sanction or cause for sanction any amateur athlete competing in another amateur competition.

We actively encourage Canadian athletes to compete with any organization of their choosing and be welcomed unto our affiliated event stages at anytime providing they remain an amateur.

CBBF Team

Winston Roberts was a significant staple in the pages of bodybuilding history. Winston began his bodybuilding journey as many do, as a competitor. With accomplishments such as winning the Mr. Canada title twice over and participating in Mr. Universe posedowns in the IFBB amateur ranks, his commitment to bodybuilding while in its infancy should speak for itself. However, Winston was heavily involved as a pioneer of bodybuilding, working alongside many of the golden-era greats. Ben Weider, recognizing Winston’s ambition, delegated the task of writing the constitution of the IFBB. Winston took that assignment one step further and wrote the initial IFBB rulebook for judging, which is still used today. He was elected General Secretary of the IFBB in 1972 used his IFBB credentials to begin the Canadian Federation of Bodybuilding (now known as the CBBF). He is also responsible for two extremely significant moments in bodybuilding history; one which revolutionized bodybuilding competition was the suggestion to open prejudging to the public, the other Winston used bodybuilding to help end an era of oppression and segregation in South Africa by allowing the president of the country to host 1975 Mr. Olympia and World Championships (Mr. Universe) competitions only if the audience was denied its common practice of limiting seating sections according to race. This proposal was accepted and was documented in the 1975 bodybuilding hit Pumping Iron, which catapulted bodybuilding’s status into the mainstream.

Winston was born on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, relocated to Montreal, and ultimately ended up in Whitby, Ontario. It is with the sadness that we share news of his passing.

Rest In Peace Winston Roberts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Roberts family and friends.

CBBF Media Magazine launches!!

Exciting news!! The inaugural jam-packed issue of CBBF Media Magazine is now available online at CBBFmedia.com. Long overdue, this digital magazine came to fruition this fall and we are thrilled to feature not only contest coverage from Laval, Edmonton, Surrey, and Toronto but also share stories through the words of some of the country’s top competitors in 2017. You will see informative features on many of the CBBF competitors that turned pro on our national stage, as well as eye-catching and inspirational features on many national level competitors from across the country.

Be sure to check out this exciting issue and share it with friends, family, and industry fans. Please join us once again in congratulating all those that stepped on stage in 2017 and wishing all the new pros all the best on their respective journeys. Special congratulations to Adolph Quoida on being selected for this first cover. Photo by Ali Sohrab.

Be sure to check out issue 2 coming this spring as it will feature more of those who turned pro this year as well as competitors from regional, provincial and national levels.

Happy holidays to everyone and we look forward to seeing you on a CBBF stage in 2018.

Sincerely,

CBBF Media Team

 

Attention all Ontario Athletes

Attention all Ontario Athletes

With the announcement of the Ontario Physique Association converting to the newly formed CPA, the CBBF has been working diligently to re-establish a provincial organization within the province of Ontario. We recognize that this is an important task as we want guarantee representation for all Canadian Athletes in every province. The CBBF understands that with the 2018 competitive season drawing near we may not have enough time to produce an Ontario based event (s). Therefor we will be hosting all
Ontario athletes in Quebec and Manitoba through their Provincial events. Open and Natural Events following the criteria as noted:

  • Top 10 placings from King Kong Classic Naturals are qualified for APQ Natural Provincials
  • Top 5 placings from all other OPA Natural events are qualified for the APQ Natural Provincials
  • Top 5 placings from the London Event (Nov 18/17) are qualified for the APQ Provincials and overall all winners from the London event qualify for 2018 CBBF Nationals.
  • Top 5 placings from the OPA Gala Event (Dec 2/17) are qualified for the Elite Pro Qualifier and CBBF Nationals.

2018 Quebec Provincial Events Calendar:

Mike Clement Natural Classic
April 14, 2018 Vaudreuil-Dorion PQ

Quebec Open – Western Natural Provincial Championships
April 28, 2018 – La Prairie, PQ

Quebec Open Eastern
May 20,2018 – Quebec City , PQ

APQ Open Provincial Championships
June 9, 2018 Laval, PQ

The Andre` Maille` Natural Classic Gatineau Open
August 18,2018 Gatineau PQ

Coupe espoir Québec Open
November 4, 2018 – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, PQ

And if that is not enough we are also in the planning stages of another Provincial Open Event (more info to follow)

IFBB ELITE WORLD RANKING

“How to qualify to enter in the
Elite World Ranking”

To become an IFBB Elite athlete, the competitors from Men’s Bodybuilding, Muscular & Men’s Physique, Men’s Classic Bodybuilding, Bodyfitness and Women’s Bikini-Fitness, must be placed amongst the:
• Top 10 at the 2017 World Championships
• Top 6 at the 2017 Continental Championships
• Top 5 at the 2017 Elite Invitational Qualifiers events

Elite qualified athletes will receive the ELITE CARD !

The Categories
Men’s Bodybuilding, Muscular & Men’s Physique, Men’s Classic Bodybuilding, Bodyfitness and Women’s Bikini-Fitness

Click here http://www.ifbb.com/ifbb-elite-world-ranking/ for more information

2018 National Events

Attention Athletes:

We have recently finalized the dates of the 2018 National Events and wanted to advise  you of the changes immediately to ensure you all have plenty of time to schedule your prep accordingly.

We have decided for 2018 we will combine the two National Events, Bodybuilding Bikini and Figure Fitness into one weekend event.  We are very excited to announce this as we believe it will make for a fun filled weekend event!

There were several factors taken into consideration when making this decision.   With anticipated lower participation at both the Provincial and National levels we were looking at cost reduction for both.  Having one event eliminates a second travel expense for the athletes and as well as production costs for the events themselves allowing us to still provide funding to our athletes at the Provincial and National levels.  As I said this is for 2018 only as we come together to “weather the storm” we must pool our resources to ensure we have a successful 2018.

The dates for both events are:

International Events Qualifier May 19th, 2018 Laval Quebec

Canadian National Bodybuilding Bikini, Figure Fitness and Physique Championships July 14, 2018

Should we have to add an additional day to the weekend event we will advise will in advance however it will depend on the number athletes.  We are very excited to see you all on the Provincial and National stages in 2018 !

We will also be aligning our classes to the IFBB Amateur league and adding the Men’s muscular physique and bikini wellness division.  With addition of these classes we will be telling our athletes that we understand the different body types and we have classes for all our athletes.

The following is the list of classes for the 2018 National Events:

Bodybuilding
Classic Bodybuilding
Mixed Pairs Men’s
Physique Men’s
Muscular Physique
Women’s Physique
Women’s Figure (Body Fitness)
Women’s Bikini (Bikini Fitness)
Women’s Wellness Fitness

To Qualify for these events you must place top within your Provincial Event , top 5 from 2016 National Events or top 10 from 2017 National Events.  If you are unsure of your qualification please contact the CBBF.

Attention Athletes

We have recently finalized the dates of the 2018 National Events and wanted to advise you of the changes immediately to ensure you all have plenty of time to schedule your prep accordingly.

We have decided for 2018 we will combine the two National Events, Bodybuilding Bikini and Figure Fitness into one weekend event.  We are very excited to announce this as we believe it will make for a fun filled weekend event!

There were several factors taken into consideration when making this decision.   With anticipated lower participation at both the Provincial and National levels we were looking at cost reduction for both.  Having one event eliminates a second travel expense for the athletes and as well as production costs for the events themselves allowing us to still provide funding to our athletes at the Provincial and National levels.  As I said this is for 2018 only as we come together to “weather the storm” we must pool our resources to ensure we have a successful 2018.

The dates for both events are:

  • International Events Qualifier – May 19th, 2018 Laval Quebec
  • Canadian National Bodybuilding Bikini, Figure Fitness and Physique Championships – July 14, 2018

Should we have to add an additional day to the weekend event we will advise will in advance however it will depend on the number athletes.  We are very excited to see you all on the Provincial and National stages in 2018 !

We will also be aligning our classes to the IFBB Amateur league and adding the Men’s muscular physique and bikini wellness division.  With addition of these classes we will be telling our athletes that we understand the different body types and we have classes for all our athletes.

The following is the list of classes for the 2018 National Events:

  • Bodybuilding
  • Classic Bodybuilding
  • Mixed Pairs Men’s
  • Physique Men’s
  • Muscular Physique
  • Women’s Physique
  • Women’s Figure (Body Fitness)
  • Women’s Bikini (Bikini Fitness)
  • Women’s Wellness Fitness

Open Letter to all CBBF Members

The Canadian Body Building Federation (CBBF) supports Canadian amateur athletes.

In 1946, Ben and Joe Weider founded the IFBB International (IFBB) in Montreal, Canada along with the Canadian Federation of Bodybuilding (now called Canadian Bodybuilding Federation). The CBBF and its provincial affiliates have supported Canadian amateur athletes for over 70 years by providing athlete education, training seminars, funding programs, judging seminars and a robust calendar of tiered
competitive events nation-wide.

On September 17th, 2017, the IFBB announced that it no longer sanctioned the National Physique Association (NPC), the US equivalent to the CBBF, and its parent company, the IFBB Pro League. On October 22nd, 2017 Ron Haché, President of the CBBF/IFBB affiliate Ontario Physique Association (OPA), announced that he had been appointed President of a newly formed organization, the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA), which has ties to these US companies. He went on to state that the OPA would be withdrawing their membership from the CBBF and transferring the organization to the newly formed CPA. This was decided without a vote of the OPA membership. Understandably, this announcement has caused confusion in the industry and the future of the sport in Canada.

The CBBF operates under the IFBB International (Amateur Federation) in Canada. The CBBF will continue to sanction their three National Events. In 2018, these events are the IFBB International Events Qualifier on May 19th in Laval QC, the Bikini, Men’s Bodybuilding & Classic Physique Nationals on July 14th in Laval QC and the Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness & Physique Nationals (date to be determined). Each of these events will be awarding Elite Pro Cards for the IFBB Elite Pro Division. In addition, the CBBF will continue to provide funding for athletes to the three IFBB World Championship events held internationally.

The CBBF remains committed to Canadian Amateur athletes. What is important is for athletes to know and understand is what these changes mean for 2018 and beyond.

KEY POINTS:

  • The CBBF is a not-for-profit whose only interest is the welfare of athletes.
  • The CPA is a for-profit organization with a primary goal to make money for its shareholders.
  • CBBF athletes can earn pro status and compete internationally within
    IFBB International structure.
  • Canadian athletes can choose to compete in either or both organizations.

Allowing athletes to crossover into multiple divisions is a cash grab that’s not in athletes’
interest.

Non-Profit vs For Profit organizations

The CBBF is a registered non-profit sport association incorporated under the Canadian Corporations Act. It is member-based and governed by a Board of Directors. The CBBF operates under a strong governance model with rules and regulations and a mandate to work in the best interests of its members, the athletes.

The CPA is a for-profit based organization that is owned by shareholders. It is not required to operate within set guidelines and rules nor does it have a governance structure. The CPA can make the rules as it sees fit and to the benefit of the shareholder(s) and owner(s) of the company. It is not a membership based
organization.

Canadian athletes should not be impacted by a lack of understanding of how these seemingly complicated and, perhaps to some, unimportant nuances. The dream of a pro card and the Olympia may be short-sighted as it won’t be until afterwards that athletes will realize the implications of their choice.

Misleading Information on Social Media: Truths, half–truths and untruths

Statements made during the CPA presentation by Ron Haché did not present a clear picture of both organizations. There are many questions that remain unanswered. The information below will clear up some of the confusion created in recent weeks. The CBBF is committed to transparency and full disclosure by supporting Canadian amateur athletes with information that will assist them in making the decision that is right for them.

The following statements were made in the CPA presentation on Sunday October 22nd:

Statement 1: The CBBF can no longer offer IFBB Pro Cards:

Half-truth.

The IFBB International suspended the NPC/IFBB Pro League therefore the pro cards under this organization are no longer available to CBBF athletes. The IFBB International awards the IFBB Elite Pro Card. This card entitles Elite Pro athletes to compete and be ranked amongst the top athletes in the world.

All current Canadian IFBB Pro League cardholders can attain an IFBB Elite Pro Card with no membership fee in in 2017 thru 2018 season. For further information on converting your current IFBB pro card to an IFBB Elite Pro Card, contact the CBBF.

Statement 2: There is no competition structure of the IFBB Elite Pro league in North America

Untruth.

Currently, there are three IFBB Elite Pro shows in Canada as well as one scheduled for the US in 2018. Qualifying events for the Elite Pro Level are the International Event Qualifier and the two CBBF National events. In addition to the shows in Canada, qualified CBBF athletes are free to travel internationally to compete at Elite Pro qualifiers around the world.

Statement 3: A membership-based system will be in place for the New CPA

Half-truth.

A for-profit organization, such as the CPA, is a business and is not membership based in the sense that Canadian athletes are accustomed to. The “membership” is a fee to join the CPA that entitles an athlete to compete but there are no voting rights associated with the fee. Members of the CPA will not have a vote or a say in how the CPA is run. All CPA shows are promoter driven, with no organizational structure or athlete support from the CPA.

In contrast, the CBBF and its Provincial affiliates are not-for-profit organizations. Members of a provincial association can exercise their right to vote if they do not like the direction their association is taking. They can also rely on support in terms of education, funding and opportunities to compete regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Statement 4: CPA competitors can cross to all divisions.

Truth.

As with the NPC, the CPA will allow athletes to compete in more than one division (i.e., an athlete can compete in bikini and figure and physique and bodybuilding all in one show). This is a pay-to-play format that does not benefit the competitor. It is a CPA business decision to exploit athletes and not in the best interests of the competitors. The benefactors are the promoters and ultimately the shareholders of the CPA. The result of this decision leads to unclear judging criteria for each division with in the CPA.

The CBBF does not allow crossovers between divisions. There is a different look required for each division. Competitors are judged fairly in the class and division to which they belong. The CBBF’s mandate is to support amateur sport in Canada and it does not profit from athletes.

Statement 5: The CPA’s initial plan was to allow any competitor to compete at pro-qualifiers regardless of their qualifications. This decision has been reversed. There is now a qualification structure in the CPA.

Truth.

Due to most of the provincial associations committing their support to the CBBF, it was evident to the CPA that their business model had to change to compete with the solidarity. This was a CPA business decision, not a decision made in the best interests of the athletes.

Additional important information the CBBF wants to share:

The desired outcome of this letter is to give athletes the information required to make their own decision. Athletes may choose one organization over the other or choose to compete in both. The important message is that the CBBF is a national organization with international support. Athletes have a choice.

International events worldwide are only open to qualified IFBB Amateur athletes. CPA athletes’ placings will not qualify for these events. These events include but are not limited to the Ben Weider Legacy Cup (multiple locations around the world), Arnolds (multiple locations around the world) and the 2019 Olympic Pan American Games.

The CBBF is committed to providing:

  1.  Athlete education
  2. Training & posing seminars
  3. Funding programs through Provincial Associations and the CBBF
  4. Judging seminars and a judging pool that consists of judges across Canada.
  5. Qualified, certified International judging pool for Elite Pro events worldwide.In contrast, the CPA offers handpicked judges and is controlled by the NPC’s needs driven process and business model.

The CBBF is fortunate to have many good people throughout Canada that are supportive of its mandate. We are a committed team, providing leadership to amateur athletes in Canada. The CBBF will weather the changes and challenges in front of us.
Together, with the support of our Provincial Associations, the CBBF will continue to provide a valuable option for Canadian amateur athletes competing regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

The CBBF – Putting Our Athletes First

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