I started trapping at 14 years old with my best friend, his father and uncle. I have had a registered trapline in the Timmins area of Ontario since 1983. I am a past president of the Timmins Fur Council which is one of the most active trapping councils in Ontario. I have been a certified trapping instructor since 1987, teaching courses in North Bay, Timmins, Bracebridge, Chapleau and Gogama. I have been involved with trapper training in Ontario, Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut, holding numerous fur-handling workshops. I was heavily involved with Fur Harvesters Auction for 20 years sitting on the board of directors, and worked as the director of public relations for eight years. I am an active member of the board of the Fur Institute of Canada, and of its Trap Research and Development Committee.