By Gary Tennison, SCI Vice President and Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman
Representatives of 14 guides and outfitters associations from across North America gathered in Quebec City recently for Safari Club International’s annual association workshop, hosted in part by the Quebec Outfitters Federation, the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and the Quebec Ministry of Tourism.
Since 2001, SCI has sponsored opportunities for guides and outfitters associations to come together and examine issues critical to the professional hunting industry in North America.
This year, nine Canadian and five US associations, after offering local updates from their own states and provinces, delved into predator/prey management issues. SCI Foundation Conservation Manager Matt Eckert facilitated this.
Robert Fithian, Executive Director of the Alaskan Professional Hunters Association, highlighted Alaska’s on-the-ground experience with predator management.
Scott Ellis of the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia opened what promises to be an on going and important examination of “The Traveling Hunter, An Endangered Species?” Bob Valcov, SCI Director for Canada, provided an update on SCI’s expansion and activities across Canada.
A lot was accomplished. However, it was not all work, all the time. Dominic Dugres from the Quebec Outfitters Federation and President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitters Associations (CFOA) arranged several opportunities for participants to enjoy his native city.
Dominic arranged for the group to tour Quebec, from the old fort to the historic Plains of Abraham, the Victorian Era Boardwalk and lower Old Town, the original Quebec City.
Honored guests included Nathalie Camden, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife in Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife; and Georges Vacher, Associate Deputy Minister for Marketing in the Province’s Ministry of Tourism.
Other guests included Marc Plourde, President and Director General of the Quebec Outfitters Association; and Andre Martin, President and Director General of the Quebec Wildlife Foundation.
SCI was represented by Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman and Vice President Gary Tennison, and by SCI Director for Canada Bob Valcov.
The evening and the Workshop, was topped off by a sound and light show projected on the Image Mill, viewed from the top of the Hilton Hotel.
During the day, the Image Mill is actually the grain silos of Quebec Harbor, but at night the silos transform into the world’s largest architectural projection screen, making an awe-inspiring presentation and giving an incredible end to another successful workshop.