Highlights included the appointment of a new slate of directors and the honouring of two individuals for their support of angling.
Many familiar faces, as well as a few new appointees, round out the CSIA’s new board. Voted in unanimously for two-year terms are:
- Kim Rhodes (President), Lucky Strike Baitworks, Manufacturer
Tom Brooke (Chair), Shimano Canada, Manufacturer
Steve Dorey (Vice-President), Maurice Sporting Goods, Distributor
Ray Sriubiskis (Sect/Treasurer), Cnd National Sportsmen’s Shows, Media
Roger Cannon, Normark Inc Manufacturer
Cam Thomson, Pure Fishing Canada Ltd., Manufacturer
Shawn Glowka, KTL Canada Ltd Distributor
Nelson Murakami, Natural Sports, Retailer
Jim Estabrooks, Fishing World, Retailer
Mark Harrison, Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. Retailer
David Johnson, The Fishin’ Hole, Retailer
Jim Gourlay, Eastern Woods & Waters, Media
Mark Stiffel, Brecks International Inc., Manufacturer
Brent McCallum, Redl Sports, Distributor
Salim Sachedina, Canadian-Sportfishing, Media
Steve Sherman, Shimano Canada, Manufacturer
As for the annual Chairman’s Awards, which celebrate individual contributions to angling, this year’s honours went to Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz and Rick Morgan, retired head of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
In presenting the award to Breitkreuz, CSIA Chairman Tom Brooke cited the MP’s “outstanding leadership” in establishing the federal, non-partisan Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus. Launched in 2006, the group now includes 84 MPs and 11 senators of all political stripes.
“Really, I have to share this with all the people who’ve supported me over the years,” Breitkreuz, who had spoken earlier to the group, said in accepting the honour. “I’m just doing my job.”
While Rick Morgan did not attend the event due to illness, Brooke accepted the honour on his behalf and read out a note of thanks. “Fishing is who we are; it’s not what we do,” he quoted Morgan as writing. “Without fishing, our lives would be incomplete.”
Congratulations to all.