The who’s who of Canada’s tackle industry were on hand this morning at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show for the annual general meeting of the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association.

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.