FLY FISHING CANADA VOLUNTEER EXECUTIVES

JACK SIMPSON, FOUNDER, PAST CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOARD CHAIRMAN

Born in Hastings, Ont., Jack started fishing during his childhood in the 1930s. After high school graduation, he went to work for Ontario Hydro and married Anne. Later, although they had already started on their family, which eventually numbered three daughters and two sons, Jack decided to further his education. By attending the University of Toronto full time, then working weekends and holidays for Ontario Hydro, he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jack became a consultant, then went into the cable television field. He owned and operated UMG Cable Telecommunications Inc. until a few years ago, and currently owns and operates Argord Corporation, which manufactures electric motors in Ontario and Mexico.

Always a staunch supporter of the conservation movement, Jack has devoted time, effort and money toward river and wetlands habitat rehabilitation, bluebird recovery projects, and public education regarding environmental concerns. He served on the Izaak Walton Fly Fishers board of directors, and as Secretary-treasurer of the Outdoor Writers of Canada.

As the founder of Fly Fishing Canada in 1987, Jack organized the first Team Canada, which competed that year at the World Fly Fishing Championship in England. He remained as team captain for the first four years. Jack served as CEO and Executive Director until 2006, when he assumed the role of Board Chairman. He was also President of FIPS-Mouche (the International Federation of Fly Fishing) from 1991 to 1997, during which he initiated the Conservation Symposiums. Since establishing the first FFC National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium in 2003, he has watched it blossom and attract increasing attention every year. Feeling that FFC is now in good hands, his current interests lie in promoting and improving the Youth Branch of FFC.

Jack has fished extensively throughout North and South America, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, often accompanied by his wife, Anne, who is also an ardent fly fisher, as evidenced by usually outfishing him. But he perseveres.

If Jack has a flaw, it is his magnetic fingertips. Simply put: Never -- ever -- let him around your open fly box....

TODD OISHI, PRESIDENT

Throughout the year Todd spends a lot of his free time exploring and fly fishing in his province's pristine rivers and lakes. He has fished the rivers and stillwaters of fourteen countries and six Canadian Provinces for a wide variety of fish species. Todd is an 8-time gold medalist and 4-time bronze medalist at the Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships (individual and team combined), having twice earned the title of Top Rod and individual gold medalist at Nationals.  

Todd has been selected to represent Canada as a member of Canada’s National Fly Fishing Team for 7 World Fly Fishing Championships; 4 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships; 2 United States National Fly Fishing Championships; and the America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament. It has been a great adventure and journey that has provided him with the opportunity to meet some extraordinary fly fishers, coaches, teammates, mentors, and people that he is fortunate to call friends!

Todd and his wife, Robyn, and 4 children currently reside in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. When not fishing or competing, Todd manages his own Auto Body Collision Repair and Restoration Shop, and a small hobby farm in the same town.

Jim Iredale, PAST President

Jim was first introduced to competition flyfishing in 2004 when he attended the Nationals at Kenauk as captain of Team EnDiablé. He has captained a Team at the Nationals ever since and has won two Silver and one Gold team medal.
A recognized master of event organization and competition management Jim has directed numerous local and provincial championships as well as 4 National Championships and just this year the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, where Canada swept the podium.
As well as President he has established a National Ranking Points System, improved communications in both national languages, overseen the creation of this website, and generally improved the brand.

RANDY TAYLOR, PAST PRESIDENT

Randy has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He has competed in several World Fly Fishing Championships for Canada and captained the team in France (2002) and Spain (2003). He also competed in the 2003 Oceania Fly Fishing Championship in Tasmania and the 2004 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship in Scotland. At home, Randy has participated in all four FFC National Fly Fishing Championships. His team, Airflo Equipe, won team gold in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and team silver in 2005. He was really lucky in 2004 and won the individual gold medal as well.

Randy has been involved with Fly Fishing Canada for several years and became its President in 2006. He is also a regional committee member for the Atlantic Salmon Federation and holds membership in Trout Unlimited Canada, Ottawa Fly Fishers Society, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, and Friends of the Grand River.
A co-founding partner of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm, Randy’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and technology-related transactions for clients ranging from emerging and public technology companies, venture capital investors and investment banks.

Between college and law school, Randy played professional hockey for three years in the IHL in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, following which he ran into contract difficulties (they wouldn’t offer him another one!). Randy and his wife, Dianne, currently live in Kanata, Ontario.

John Beaven, FFC Director

John has been involved with Fly Fishing Canada since 1999 and became its Chairman, National Competitions, in 2006. He has competed in eight international fly fishing championships for Canada, namely the World Fly Fishing Championships in France (2002), Spain (2003), and Slovakia (2004); the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in Australia (1999), England (2000), Scotland (2003) and Wales (2006); and the Oceania Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania (2002 and 2007).

John has participated in all four Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships. His team, Equipe Airflo, won team gold in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and team silver in 2005. In 2004, John won the individual bronze medal and in 2006 the individual silver medal. Beyond the medals, John holds an incredible record in each of the four National championships: he has caught the most fish!

Before his retirement in 1997 (so he could devote even more time to fishing and golfing), John was a sales executive for some successful aerospace and defence companies, most recently Dy4 Systems Inc. in Kanata, Ontario. He and his wife, Laurie, currently make their home in Parksdale on Vancouver Island.

Paul C. Marriner, FFC Director

Born in Halifax, NS, in 1944, Paul attended Dalhousie and Nova Scotia Tech, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After teaching at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., where he received a Masters Degree, he went on to a career with the federal government in Ottawa. He took up fly fishing during the 1960s, and in 1983, along with Dr. Eden Bromfield and Peter Huyghebaert, became a founding member of the Ottawa Fly Fishers Society, of which he is a Past President and Life Member.

Paul entered his first WFFC in 1988 at Tasmania, Australia. He has since been a Team Canada member at 10 WFFCs, serving as Team Captain from 1994 to 1996 and again in 2000. In addition, he has attended seven Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. To date, his travels in search of saltwater and freshwater fishing experiences have taken him to 14 countries.

A prolific writer and skilled photographer, Paul is a member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and Outdoor Writers Association of America. Several hundred of his fly fishing and tying articles have appeared in various national and international magazines. His masthead credits include FlyLife (Australia), Fly Fish America, The Fishing News, Outdoor Canada (Contributing Editor), Fly Fisherman’s Virtual Fly Shop, The Canadian Fly Fisher (Associate Editor and columnist), Eastern Woods & Waters (Fly-tying Columnist), and The Angling Report. He is also in demand as a guest lecturer at numerous fly fishing symposiums throughout North America.

Paul and his wife, Nancy, live in Mahone Bay, NS, where he owns and operates Gale’s End Press.

Books

  • The Fishing Book, contributing author, The Boston Mills Press, 1990
  • Atlantic Salmon - A Fly Fishing Primer, Winchester Press, 1992
  • The Ausable River Journal, Frank Amato Publications, Inc., 1993
  • The World's Best Trout Flies, contributing author, Boxtree, 1994
  • The Miramichi River Journal, Frank Amato Publications, Inc., 1997
  • Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies, Frank Amato Publications, Inc., 1998
  • Fly Fishing Canada - From Coast to Coast to Coast, contributing author,
  • Johnson & Gorman Publishers, 2001
  • Stillwater Fly Fishing: Tools & Tactics, Gale’s End Press, 2003
  • How to Choose and Use Fly-Tying Thread, Gale’s End Press, 2004
  • A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns, Gale’s End Press & FFC Publications, 2006

Writing Awards

  • Izaak Walton Fly Fishers Gregory Clark Award (Outstanding contributions to the arts of fly fishing), 1991
  • Outdoor Writers of Canada Communications Award (1st - Atlantic Salmon - A Fly Fishing Primer), 1992
  • Outdoor Writers of Canada Communications Award (1st - Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies), 1998

Donald Thom, FFC Director

Donald is a Director of Fly Fishing Canada and one of the old guard. Having first been on the World Team in Kamloops in 1993, he has 13 caps for Canada, including 3 as Captain and coach of the Youth Team.  He has 3 international Top 10 finishes, including Vice World Champion in Scotland in 2009.
When not fly fishing, you can find Donald following his English Setters after upland birds somewhere in North America or on his farm in Cantley, Quebec.

Mike Learmonth, FFC Director

Mike Learmonth resides in Surrey, BC with his wife and two children. He is a graduate from the University of British Columbia having achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (Minor - Economics). In addition to his post-secondary education he also holds a variety of industry related designations including a Certified Financial Planners designation - CFP© and a Canadian Investment Manager designation - CIM©.

Shortly after graduation, Mike accepted an employment opportunity from one of Canada's largest community based Credit Unions. To this day, he remains employed with the same company. Through their long term partnership, Mike has successfully built a wealth management practice with assets under management surpassing $100M.

Mike has been an active competitor and member of the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League since 2015. He was awarded the title of "Rookie of the Year" having finished 10th place overall in his inaugural season. Most recently, he competed as a member of Team King Fisher, which earned a silver medal in the team category at the 2016 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships as well as a silver medal in the team category at the 2017 Provincial Rivers Championship.

In 2016, Mike accepted an invitation to join both; the coaching staff of the West Coast Division of the Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team and; the board of directors for the Southwestern Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Kevin CUCHERON, FFC Director

Kevin Cucheron and his wife Jill live in Calgary, AB. Kevin is a professional manager within the Private Club industry and has been so for the last 30 years. The private club industry is mainly made up of non-profit organizations such as golf, social and multi sport clubs. Being involved in the club industry has exposed Kevin to Board of Directors, Operating Committees, Bylaws and Standard Club Operating Policies which are all like the organizational set up of Fly Fishing Canada.

Currently Kevin is the Director of Food and Beverage for the Glencoe Club and The Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary. Glencoe has a collective membership of over 14,000 members and is considered one of the best Club organizations in North America and won Club of the year in 2016.

By pure luck Kevin was introduced to the competitive fly fishing scene in 2012. His cousin was helping organize the North American Loch Style Championships on behalf of the venue hosts, Highland Valley Copper Mine. The event had some last-minute cancellations and was in desperate need of an alternate angler so Kevin's cousin called him and asked if he wanted to go fishing for the weekend. He said sure and ended up having his first session with Todd Oishi. The rest is history as they say.

Since then Kevin has gone on to compete in various regional fly fishing competitions in BC and Alberta. In addition, he has competed in the Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships and several times in the North American Loch Style Fly Fishing Championships. For the last several years Kevin has been part of Team Kingfisher where he has medaled several times including a silver medal at the 2016 National Championships.

Kevin is also an active member and Board of Director for Southwestern Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In addition, he is an assistant Coach of the West Coast Division of the Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team.

Chris Puchniak, FFC Director

Chris has been flyfishing for about 30 years, and fly tying a few more beyond that, ever since his father brought home a fly tying kit back when Chris was in elementary school.  Since 2011 he has been active in the Competition scene, and  has been fortunate enough to fish on two consistently medal winning teams within Canada (Mergansers and Cormorants).  He has had the privilege to be selected to represent Canada for two International teams (in 2014 and 2017), and has competed in more events within Canada than he can comfortably remember. 

For the past couple of years Chris has also been involved in helping the Youth Team as an Assistant coach, as well as being involved with Trout Unlimited.

Chris lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with his wife and two sons, where he has operated a company in the Security industry for the past 25 years.  Chris studied Environmental Economics at Simon Fraser University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.