The Fur Institute of Canada is the country’s lead expert on humane trap research and furbearer conservation and is the official trap-testing agency for the Government of Canada and all provincial/territorial governments. The FIC manages Canada’s humane trap research and testing program through the Alberta Research Centre and in accordance with The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards within Canada.
The FIC is mandated to providing accurate and credible information relating to the economic, social, cultural and environmental
issues surrounding the harvesting and farming of fur in Canada.
We represent the interests of Canadians actively involved in fur use and wildlife conservation. FIC also contributes to policies
and research through its memberships in the Canadian Outdoors Caucus Association and (IUCN) World Conservation Union-Canada Committee
and at the international level, in the IUCN, International Fur Trade Federation and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
FIC is a network of organizations, businesses and individuals throughout Canada and beyond. The FIC is governed by an elected Board of
Directors representing all sectors of the industry and stakeholder groups. The Board directs the activities of the Institute and operational
committees develop programs and deliver project activities.
Our membership includes all aspects of the fur trade. Categories include Trappers, Fur Farmers, Wholesale Fur Dealers, Fur Manufacturers/Processors, Fur Retailers, Aboriginal Organizations, Conservation Groups, Animal Welfare Associations, Support Industries, Federal, and Provincial and Territorial Governments.
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The mission of the Fur Institute of Canada is to ‘promote the sustainable and wise use of Canada’s fur resources’.
We promote the following values:
Fur Institute of Canada programs are developed and delivered by operational committees within the Institute. Committees are formed by, and report to, the Board of Directors.
Trap Research and Testing
The Fur Institute of Canada is the official trap-testing agency for the Government of Canada and all provincial/territorial governments. Through research, development, communication and education, the Trap Research and Development Committee ensures that the best possible furbearer capture technology is available to Canadian trappers. This world recognized program seeks the highest level of animal welfare that can be achieved through traditional knowledge and current science. The trap research and testing program is conducted through the Alberta Research Centre. It adheres to the “Three R’s” (Refinement, Reduction, Replacement) of animal research and is overseen by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
The Institute is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Standards (AIHTS) within Canada. And it is a Canadian representative on the AIHTS management committee.
International Relations Conservation
Programs promote the conservation of furbearers throughout Canada and internationally. Through policy development, evaluation, education and advocacy, the committee furthers the principles of wise and sustainable use and of applied management in relation to furbearers and their habitats. The committee works in cooperation with wildlife agencies and conservation groups. By monitoring and participating in international activities on trapping, fur ranching, fur use and trade, the committee is able to apprise and advise its members and stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring policies and activities of international organizations and governments affecting wildlife management or international trade, and participating in international forums, such as IUCN and CITES.
The FIC delivers and develops information and resources directed to the Institute membership, the fur trade, other conservation and animal welfare organizations and the public sector, including the media, schools, federal, provincial and territorial governments and the general public.
The committee is mandated to inform Canada’s Aboriginal trappers of important developments in the fur sector, particularly relating to international humane trapping standards and results of the trap research and testing program. The committee also facilitates communications and promotes joint programs between Aboriginal trappers and provincial and territorial wildlife agencies. Aboriginal organizations, governments and industry are kept informed of issues of concern to Aboriginal communities, trappers and the fur trade. The committee also develops and participates in youth-at-risk and native heritage programs where elders are teachers and the land is the classroom.
The Sealing Committee ensures that factual information on seals and sealing in Canada is made available from primary sources, on a timely basis, to the general public, media and legislators in Canada and around the world. The committee facilitates the Seals and Sealing Network (SSN), which brings together international stakeholders research, trade and communications.
|Chairman||David Hutton||Willow Stone Farm Inc.|
|1st Vice-Chairman||Dion Dakins||Carino Processing Ltd.|
|2nd Vice-Chairman||Jim Gibb||Triple J. Wildlife Services|
|3rd Vice-Chairman||Randy Mersereau||New Brunswick Trappers and Fur Harvesters Federation|
|Board Treasurer||Serge Lariviere||Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board|
|Board Secretary||Howard Noseworthy||Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.|
|Bob Frederick||British Columbia Trappers Association|
|Brian Roberts||NRJ Technical Services for Trade and Animal Welfare|
|Daniel Mullen||Canada Mink Breeders Association|
|Darcy Alkerton||Nuisance Wildlife Control|
|David Bewick||North American Fur Auctions|
|Dean Berezanski||Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship|
|Eldred Woodford||Canadian Sealers Association|
|Gordy Klassen||Alberta Trappers Association|
|Jason White||The North West Company Inc.|
|Jeffery Mitchell||Jeff Mitchell Mink Ranch|
|Lloyd H. Jones||NWT Industry, Tourism and Investment|
|Michael O'Brien||Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources|
|Paul Tufts||Trappers Association of Nova Scotia|
|Pierre-Yves Daoust||Canadian Association of Zoos & Wildlife Veterinarians|
|Ron D. Spence||Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation|
|Steven Goodman||Furriers Guild of Canada|
|Stuart Jansson||Manitoba Trappers Association|
|Dion Dakins||Sealing Committee|
|Nancy Daigneault||Communications Committee|
|Randy Mersereau||Trap Research and Development Committee|
|Serge Larivière||Aboriginal Harvesters Committee|
Executive Director: Glen Doucet
Senior Policy Advisor: Robert Cahill
Financial Manager: Cathy Smith
Communications Coordinator: Tyler Gogo
Administrative Assistant: Valerie Labelle
To contact any members of the FIC staff, please visit our contact page.
Animal Welfare Program Coordinator: Neal Jotham