We would like to thank the Government of Quebec, our sponsors (North American Fur Auctions, Cree Hunters and Trappers Security Board and Fur Harvesters Auctions INC.), donors who sent in auction items and all the attendees for making our AGM a great success. From the productive meetings for all our committees, to meeting members, to the cruise in Montreal and the great banquet to finish it all off, it was a worthwhile and great year.
A special thanks to Minster Luc Blanchette (Ministre des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs) from the Government of Quebec, our keynote speaker at the annual banquet.
Please join us in welcoming the new Board of Directors for the Fur Institute of Canada for 2017-2018
CHAIR: DION DAKINS, Carino Processing Ltd.
1st VICE-CHAIR: JIM GIBB, Triple J. Wildlife Services Chair, Communications Committee
2nd VICE-CHAIR: RANDY MERSEREAU, New Brunswick Trappers & Fur Harvesters Federation Chair, Trap Research and Development Committee
3rd VICE-CHAIR: ROBIN HORWATH, Ontario Fur Managers Federation
TREASURER: JASON WHITE, The North West Company Inc.
SECRETARY: HOWARD NOSEWORTHY, Fur Harvesters Auctions
DIRECTORS: DEAN BEREZANSKI, Manitoba Sustainable Development
JAMIE CAHILL, Retail Furriers Guild
JENNIFER CHARLEBOIS, North American Fur Auctions
EMMANUEL DALPÉ-CHARRON, Government of Québec
TIM KILLEY, British Columbia Trappers Association Chair, Human-Wildlife Committee
SERGE LARIVIÈRE, Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board
JEFFERY MITCHELL, Jeff Mitchell Mink Ranch
MICHAEL O’BRIEN, Nesik Biological Research
BRIAN ROBERTS, NRJ Technical Services for Trade and Animal Welfare
FRANÇOIS ROSSOUW, Government of the Northwest Territories
PIERRE-YVES DAOUST | *Director at large*, Canadian Association of Zoo & Wildlife Veterinarians
Ex OFFICIO:JAMES BAKER, Executive Director – Fur Institute of Canada
CORENNA NUYALIA*, Senior Advisor, Fisheries and Sealing Programs –Government of Nunavut Chair, Sealing Committee
*Not a Director on the Board but will be serving as the Sealing Committee Chair
Award Winners 2016 – 2017
All the award winners from the award ceremony. Starting on the left: Lucien Gravel, Rudolf Mueller, Serge Larivière, Dion Dakins, Pierre Canac-Marquis, Tim Killey (on behalf of Paul Blackwell)
Every year the Fur Institute of Canada takes time to award extraordinary individuals and organization who distinguish themselves as having gone above and beyond.
We have four awards and one from the North American Fur Auctions:
Bernard Cahill Memorial Award:
The Award will recognizes significant volunteer contributions by individuals in promoting a respect for people, animals and the environment at the community level and with a global perspective.
Recipient: Pierre Canac-Marquis
Jim Bourque Memorial Award:
The Award recognizes the commitment to the sustainable use of wildlife resources, improved animal welfare, the development of Canada’s modern fur trade, the recognition of Indigenous People’s cultures and the stewardship role that trappers play in the conservation and management of Canada’s wildlife.
Recipient: Dr. Serge Larivière
Lloyd Cook Award:
The Award recognizes commitment to excellence in trapping, trapper education and public understanding of wildlife management.
Recipient: Paul Blackwell
Neal Jotham Award:
This Award is in recognition of Mr. Jotham’s leadership in the creation of an international standard for humane trapping systems and for his meaningful dedication and contributions to improved animal welfare.
The Award is given to those whose research, teaching, service or advocacy has had an impact – either in Canada or internationally – that has significantly benefited the welfare of animals.