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LMAC Convention Report 2016            

Over 200 auction market operators, order buyers, auctioneers, cattle feeders, service providers and industry partners gathered in Grand Bend, Ontario for the 39th annual Livestock Markets Association of Canada national convention.  This year’s convention host was the Ontario Livestock Auction Markets Association, with the host market being Brussels Livestock.
Thursday evening opened with the Ontario Meet and Greet evening at the Oakwood Resort. LMAC conventioneers were treated to a great meal featuring beef from the Ontario Corn Fed program. After the auctioneers draw and interviews, Ross Annett and Mike Fleury auctioned off the Calcutta teams.  Each auctioneer received a jacket compliments of the Canadian Satellite Auction, and a dress shirt from LMAC.
Earlier in the day the Board of Directors held their meeting.  Sid Atkinson representing the Dairy Farmers of Canada made a presentation to the LMAC voicing concerns from the dairy sector on cull cows and dairy calves that are marketed through the auction system. The discussion was very open and useful for both parties, and it was agreed that the two organizations should work closely together on common concerns and industry issues. Mark Burgham attended the meeting on behalf of CFIA to discuss the proposed regulatory changes.  LMAC reinforced their support of the Cattle Implementation Plan and made it very clear that they did not support mandatory scanning of livestock arriving at the auctions.  The proposed changes were reviewed, and Mark also reviewed the progress that had been made to date on the file, and highlighted outstanding issues. 
On Friday morning, 29 auctioneers from Alberta to Quebec arrived at Brussels Livestock for the Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championships.  Mark and Cindy Ferraro and their family, the owners of Brussels Livestock were fantastic hosts all weekend.  The auctioneers had over 2200 cattle to sell.  Each auctioneer was given nine drafts of cattle and one black box to auction, with the top ten returning for the Championship Round.  This year’s judges were 2015 Champion, Calvin Kuepfer from Newton, ON,  Bob Miller Sr. from Kamloops, Craig Jacklin from Ponoka, Bob Perlich from Lethbridge, Ross Annett from Brooks, and Jeff McSherry from Teulon, MB.  This year, the master of ceremonies was former LMAC President Mike Fleury from Saskatoon.  The auction competition drew a huge crowd with over 500 people watching at the market, along with 500 viewers on TEAM, and an additional 300 viewers on the DLMS network.  DLMS posted footage of the event on the Internet, which attracted over 1000 viewers within 48 hours of the event.
The business meeting was well attended on Saturday morning.  President Scott Anderson welcomed everyone to the event.  Rick Wright and Bryan Danard were re-elected for 2-year terms as directors-at-large to the LMAC board. 
Rick Wright, the LMAC representative on CCIA, gave a presentation on the Cattle Implementation Plan and an update on the traceability file.  He explained in detail the LMAC’s position on traceability and the proposed regulatory changes.  There was a lot of discussion from the membership, and the clear consensus was to continue to the current path of full support for the CIP plan.   John Masswell from the CCA, Mark Elford, president of CCIA, and Ross McCall, President of the National Order Buyers Association, formed a discussion panel and informed LMAC members about their organization’s policies and positions on the traceability file.  There were many questions and opinions offered by the membership and the panel members.  It was agreed that all of the organizations should continue to work together on this industry issue and that the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association should take the lead with the support of other industry groups.
Brian Perlliat from CanFax gave a detailed market outlook for the fall cattle prices.  His predictions were that there would be further declines in the cattle prices, with the value of wet nosed calves declining the most in the fall of 2016.
Both Xcira and Viewtrak gave presentations on technology updates and software programs available for auction markets and order buying programs.
Later in in the meeting, LMAC members discussed other issues related to the operation of running an auction market.  The major concerns discussed included over regulation by government, electronic marketing, declining cattle numbers and a shortage of skilled labour.
After lunch, LMAC members took part in a number of activities including a tour of a local feedlot, a tour of Ice Cultures at Hensall or golfing at the resort.
Later that evening, nearly 300 people attended the awards banquet. This was the first time that the awards night was broadcast live on the DLMS network. Over 300 tuned in to watch the awards program.   Ryan Hurlburt from Saskatoon Livestock Sales was crowned the 2016 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champion. He was awarded the Canadian Limousin Association buckle by Limo representative Bill Zwanbag, the use of an EBY trailer for one year courtesy of EBY trailers and T-Down Trailer sales (Ross Annett), $1200 cash from LMAC and a Championship Ring from Foothills Auctioneers Inc. from Stavely, Alberta.  The Canadian Shorthorn Association awarded him a limited edition Ken Fredrickson “bronze auctioneer.”  Dale Asser was on hand to make the presentation.   2016 Reserve Champion was won by Kirk Goldsmith from the Dryland Cattle Trading Corp in Veteran, Alberta. He was presented with the Canadian Simmental Association buckle by CSA general manager Bruce Holmquist.  Third place was awarded to Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange’s, Ryan Konynenbelt. He was presented with the Canadian Charolais Association buckle by John Mielhausen.   4th place buckle this year was sponsored by the Canadian Angus Association. Brian Good and Cheryl Hazenberg presented the Angus buckle to Ab Carroll from the Ontario Stockyards Inc. at Cookstown.  Rounding out the top five was Manitoba’s Tyler Slawinski from the Gladstone Auction Mart.  Dr. Wally Pugh presented him the Canadian Hereford Association buckle.  
The Merial Canada Rookie of the year award went to Ryan Konynenbelt from Alberta.  The “Jim Raffan Memorial Award” for the most congenial auctioneer is voted on by the auctioneers competing in the competition.  This prestigious award was presented by Bob Miller Sr. on behalf of the Raffan family from Valley Auctions to Kevin McArter from Brussels, Ontario.
This year a new award was developed for the most improved auctioneer. This award is open to any auctioneer who competed in last year’s championship. Heartland Order Buying Company from Manitoba sponsored the award. Rick Wright, manager of HOBC, presented the buckle to Jordie Waters representing Foothills Auctioneers Inc. from Stavely and VJV at Ponoka.
The Canadian Angus Association Stockyards of the Year award was presented to The Cowtown Livestock Exchange at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.  Cowtown manager Tyler Kronkhite accepted the award from Brian Good and Cheryl Hazenberg.
The 5 Breed Associations presented the Brussel’s Livestock owners and staff with a token of thanks for hosting the competition. Bruce Holmquist made the presentation on behalf of the Simmentals, Herefords, Limousin, Charolais and Angus Associations.
It was a great night for the representatives of Saskatoon Livestock Sales.  SLS general manager and co-owner Mike Fleury was inducted into the LMAC Hall of Fame.  Fleury, a past LMAC president, was the 6th inductee into the Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his extraordinary contributions to the Canadian livestock marketing industry and the promotion of the auction method of price discovery.
Attendees were treated to a number of video presentations during the evening featuring LMAC members, auctioneers and the people behind the scenes.
The 2016 LMAC convention was a huge success with outstanding support from both local and national sponsors. A special thanks goes out to the Ferraro Family and the staff at Brussels Livestock for hosting an exceptional conference.  Also a big thank you to staff at the Oakwood Resort for the great customer service during our convention.
Next year, the LMAC convention and auctioneering championship will be held at Perlich Bros. Auction in Lethbridge, Alberta, May 11 -14, 2017.

 


Tyler Slawinski receiving the Canadian Hereford Buckle from Dr. Wally Pugh

Jordie Waters Foothills Auctioneers Inc. Stavely Ab. (left) receives the Heartland Order Buying Co. Most Improved Auctioneer buckle from Rick Wright Heartland Order Buying Co. - Manitoba

Ryan Konynenbelt 2016 Merial Canada Rookie of the Year


Champion Ryan Hurlburt wins Championship ring from Foothills Auctioneers Inc.
left: Sharon Bergevin - co-owner Foothills Auctioneers Inc.
center Ryan Hurlburt
right: Rob Bergevin - co-owner Foothills Auctioneers Inc.

4th place Albert Carroll receives 4th place
buckle from Canadian Angus Buckle
left: Brian Good - Canadian Angus Assoc.
center: Albert Carroll - Ontario Stockyards
Inc. - Cookstown Ontario right: Cheryl
Hazenberg - Canadian Angus Assoc.

 

Cowtown Livestock Exchange Wins Canadian
Angus Stockyard of The Year Awardleft; Brian Good - Canadian Angus Assoc.
Center: Cheryl Hazenberg - Canadian Angus
Assoc. right: Tyler Cronkhite -
Manager - Cowtown Livestock Exchange
- Maple Creek Sk.


Champion Ryan Hurlburt receiving Champion Limo Buckle from Bill Zwambag

 

Champion Ryan Hurlburt receiving Canadian Shorthorn Assoc. Award


Kevin Mcarter - Brussels Livestock -
Brussels Ont.(left) voted most congenial auctioneer - wins the Jim Raffan Memorial
Buckle right Bob Miller Sr. - Representing
Valley Auctions ( Raffan Family)
Armstrong B.C.


Reserve Champion Kirk Goldsmith, Dryland
Cattle Trading Corp., Veteran Ab. receiving
the Canadian Simmental Buckle from Bruce Holmquist, CSA General Manager.

3rd place Ryan Konynenbelt Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange - Fort Macleod Ab. (left) receives 3rd place buckle from John Mielhausen - Canadian Charolais Assoc.

Mike Fleury inducted into the LMAC Hall of Fame
left: Mike Fleury - Saskatoon Livestock Sales
right Scott Anderson LMAC President

 

Group picture of 2016 contestants

 

 



 

The 35th annual Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s convention was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba May 28 -30. Over 200 conventioneers from across Canada attended the event that  was held in conjunction with the Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship.

The convention opened with the Board of Directors meeting which centered on a number of topics. Most importantly was a meeting with CFIA and AFAC represents regarding the proposed regulatory changes for movement reporting and traceability. This meeting lasted 3 ½ with another meeting being set for Calgary in Sept. 

The board also recommended an updated constitution and by-laws  to be presented to the membership. They also approved a new code of ethics, travel policy and directors liability insurance for the board of directors. All of the approvals and recommendations were presented to the membership for final approval at the Annual meeting.
 
The opening meet and greet night featured a Manitoba theme, with all of the food and products served coming from Manitoba producers.  A record number of sponsors and conventioneers attended the event.

At the Annual meeting the theme for the event was “Sustainability – A Look into the Future”. Ryder Lee from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Assoc. spoke on sustainability, what it is, how will it affect the marketing sector and what are the challenges for the future.

Stirling Fox from JBS Foods Canada, talked about sustainability from the packer perspective.  He also talked about the importance of traceability from the processing business. During the question answer he also gave his personal opinion on whether the current cattle prices were sustainable.  Fox’s “direct, shoot from the hip” presentation was well received from those in attendance.
Jerry Klassen an independent market analyst gave a very informative market outlook for the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. He spoke about fundamentals that change the market and demand for beef and beef products.  He also touched on changing consumer demands.

Ted Power and his “ViewTrak Team” gave a very enthusiastic presentation on the BIX-ViewTrak agreement along with an update on the development of software to accommodate movement reporting requirements in the new proposed regulations. They were very clear that ViewTrak has no intentions to market cattle through the BIX program in direct competition to the markets and buyers.
In the business meeting Scott Anderson of Winnipeg Livestock sales was elected as President of LMAC.  The position of Vice-President will be appointed by the board of directors at a later date.  Rick Wright was reappointed to the position of Executive Director.  There were 3 openings on the board of directors for director at large positions.  There were 7 nominations for the 3 positions.  The membership held an election with Brock Taylor from Melita, Mb. Jim Able from Stettler Ab. and Kevin Mcarter from  Brussels Ontario elected to the LMAC board of directors for 2 year terms.  The membership also voted to approve the board of director’s recommendations for the constitution, by-law, travel policy, code of ethics and insurance requirements.  All of those changes are included in the annual report.

Brussels Livestock offered to host the auctioneering championship for 2016.  The membership approved hosting the convention in Ontario next year.  The final details will be worked out between Brussels and the executive.  Please   refer to the 2015 Annual Report and the 2015 Event Program on this website for complete information on the convention, back ground stories, hall of fame information and a complete list of the auctioneers and judges at the competition.

 Calvin Kuepfer who sells at the Ontario Livestock Exchange was the 2015 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champion. Kuepfer was the over winner in a field of  30 auctioneers from across Canada.  Kuepfer received the Canadian Hereford Assoc. buckle from Albert Rimke, along with a championship ring from Foothills Auctioneers Inc. at Stavely Alberta.  For the first time history there was a 3 way tie for Reserve Champion. After using the LMAC tie breaking formulas Mark Angus of the Canadian Limousin Assoc. presented Kevin McArter from Brussels Livestock with the Reserve Champion buckle.   Ryan Hurlburt from HLS in Yorkton Sask. picked up third place overall and the Canadian Simmental Assoc. buckle presented by   Meghan Black.   John Mielhausen from the Canadian Charolais Assoc. presented Albert Carroll from Omee, Ont with the 4th place buckle.  Tyler Slawinski from Manitoba rounded out the top five wining the Canadian Angus Assoc. buckled presented by Lois McRae and Brian Good.   All top ten finishers were awarded a custom made LAMC hat pin sponsored by the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Assoc. (For a full list of auctioneers and placings please refer to the Auctioneer Champion page on this website.)

The Merial Canada rookie of the year award winner was Albert Carroll from Ont.  Allan Munroe from the Killarney Auction Mart in Manitoba was voted the most congenial auctioneer by the 30 auctioneers in the competition.  He received the Jim Raffan Memorial award presented by Peter Raffan representing the Raffan family and Valley Auctions in Armstrong B.C.
This year’s winner of the Man/Sask champion buckle sponsored by Merial Canada was Ryan Hurlburt from HLS. Yorkton. The Bob Wright memorial award for top Man/Sask rookie went to Morris Olafson from Morden, Manitoba. Throughout the evening the crowd was entertained by various video presentations on LMAC members, auctioneers and industry partners.

This year’s LMAC Hall induction included a large number of nominees from across Canada.  (For a complete list and history please refer to the 2015 program included on this website.)  This year’s winner was Larry Witzel from Ont. Witzel was nominated by Rick Wright, who has spent over 20 years working on LMAC projects with Larry.  Witzel who owns and operates the Ontario Livestock Exchange (OLEX) has been a major contributor to LMAC and the livestock marketing industry serving on many committees and representing the marketing sector at a number of events and meetings. ( More information on Larry Witzel is available on this website on the Hall of Fame page.)

The afternoon session included a very educational visit to the Canadian Human Rights museum in Winnipeg.
LMAC would like to thank the host committee and the many volunteers and sponsors that made this convention a huge success.

 

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Albert Carroll 2015 LMAC Top Rookie

 

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Calvin Kuepfer recieves Can. Hereford buckle from Albert Rimke

 

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Albert Carroll recieves 4th place buckle from
Canadian Charolais Assoc. John Meilhausen

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Robin Hill and Drillon Beaton from HLS Virden winner of the Canadian Angus Stockyards of the Year Award - Lois MacRae and Brian Good representing.

Allen Munroe recevies Jim Raffan Memorial Buckle Most Congenial Auctioneer

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Ryan Hurlburt - Man-Sask Champion




Kevin McArter wins the Can. Limo Assoc. buckle from Mark Angus


Ryan Hurlburt winner of the Can. Simmental Assoc. Buckle

 

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Winnipeg Livestock Sales owners with the Breed Reps





Tyler Slawinski receives Canadain Angus Buckle (5th) from Lois MacRae and Brian Good

 

 

 



Reserve Champion Kirk Goldsmith
and Doug Mann

Grand Champion Shawn Gist and Brian Good

4th Place Calvin Kuepher and Kelly Richardson


Bob Blacklock, Danny Skeels and Ken Perlich

 



3rd Place Rob Bergevan and Terry Hepper

5th Place Garth Rogers and John Meilhausen

2014 LMAC Convention Report

2014 LMAC convention was an outstanding success with over 150 market operators, order buyers, auctioneers and industry partners in attendance from B.C. to Quebec.  The event was hosted by the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan with the convention central in Regina and the Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championships at Canada oldest operating auction market at Moose Jaw. This year
saw a Master’s Competition added for the past champions which drew 8 of the 16 LMAC past champions.

The convention started off with a very successful, meet and greet evening at the hotel, which included the auctioneers draw and Calcutta. Friday morning opened with a Board of Directors meeting, auctioneers meeting and breakfast.  The buses rolled out to Moose Jaw with 27 auctioneers competing for the LMAC championships.  This year the Man/Sask auctioneering championships were held in conjunction with the LMAC event. 

After the competition a barbeque was held at the Red Barn and some of the auctioneers showcased their karaoke talents for the crowd.

Saturday opened with the business meeting.  The general meeting consisted of financial reports and reports from various committees.
In the general business meeting an election was held to fill three of the open directors at large positions on the Board of Directors.  The membership was given the opportunity to nominate. Myles Masson from Ste. Rose, Manitoba; Brock Taylor from Melita Manitoba; Steve Spratt from Ottawa, Rick Wright from Manitoba and Bryan Danard from Calgary were nominated. After three rounds of voting by the membership, Rick Wright, Bryan Danard and Brock Taylor were elected to the board of directors for a 2 year term.  Rick Wright was approved and appointed by the membership to position of Executive Secretary.

In the educational session Joe Jackson of JGL livestock gave a very positive presentation on the cattle futures and his outlook for the fall and spring prices.   Veronica McGuire, Executive Director for Program, Regulatory and Trade Policy with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the audience a review of the regulatory process and how organizations such as LMAC can make their suggestions and concerns known.  Mr. Eric Aubin, of CFIA discussed proposed regulatory changes that will have an affect on the livestock-marketing sector.  Both speakers addressed questions from the floor.  Various members expressed concern over the CFIA’s wish to scan individual animals at auction markets and buying stations.  Pat Hayes from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Assoc. and Dr. Pat Burrage, chairman, of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency both spoke in support of LMAC on this issue.
Other presentations were given by Mr. Ted Powers from Veiwtrak and Yves Gervais from Reference
Systems, on software technology that may assist markets with movement reporting requirements in the future.

In the afternoon a large delegation toured the RCMP training depot in Regina. That evening was the awards banquet.  After a video presentation of the auctioneers, and some candid shots of many of the conventioneers the awards were presented after supper.
 
In the open auctioneering event Shawn Gist from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta was declared the winner and was awarded the Canadian Angus Buckle, from Brian Good as Grand Champion. Gist a long time competitor sells for the VJV network, out of Dawson Creek B.C.  Runner up was Kirk Goldsmith of Veteran Ab., who sells for the Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. Goldsmith was awarded the Canadian Hereford Buckle, by Doug Manns for Reserve Champion.  Third place was Rob Bergevin, owner operator of Foothills Auctioneers at Stavely Alberta. Bergevin was presented the Canadian Limousin  buckle by Terry Hepper.  Fourth place went all the way to Waterloo Ont., Kelvin Kuepfer who sells at the Ontario Livestock Exchange won the Canadian Simmental buckle presented by Kelly Richardson. Rounding out the top five was Garth Rogers of Rochester, Ab., he was awarded the Canadian Charolias Buckle, presented John Mielhausen .  Judges for the competition were Chance Martin from Red Deer Alberta;  Ryan Gibson of Moosejaw Sask; Brian Good from the Canadian Angus Assoc.; Myles Masson from Ste. Rose, Manitoba;  Dave Clarke from Dutton Ont; and 2013 LMAC Champion Travis Rogers from Westlock Alberta.

Danny Skeels from Rimby Ab., was selected by the competitors of the open competition as the winner of the Masters competition, edging out Ward Cutler from Virden Mb. Skeels was awarded the “green jacket” by LMS President Bob Blacklock.

LMAC Rookie of the Year Merial Canada Buckle was awarded to Gregory Weaver of Dawson Creek, B.C.

Tyler Cronkite from Moose Jaw was recognized by his peers in the competition as the most congenial auctioneer, he was awarded the Jim Raffan Memorial buckle presented by Danny Skeels on behalf o the Raffan family.

Tyler Slawinski from McCreary Manitoba won the Man/Sask championship, he was awarded the Merial Canada buckle and $1000 prize money.  Ryan Hurlburt from HLS won the Man/Sask rookie award, he was presented the Bob Wright Memorial award by members of the Wright family.

The Canadian Angus “Stockyards of the Year” award was presented to Perlich Bros. of Lethbridge Alberta.  Brian Good made the presentation to Ken Perlich.

The 2014 LMAC Hall of Fame inductee was Rick Wright from Manitoba. Nominated by Scott Anderson and Brock Taylor, Wright has been involved with LMAC for over 30 years continues to represent LMAC on a number of national committees.  Mike Fleury from Saskatoon made the presentation and referred to Wright as the face of the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Assoc. across Canada.  Wright is a past President of LMAC and has served on the board of director for over 25 years. Other nominees for the Hall of Fame award were Blair Vold from Ponoka Ab.; Larry Witzel from Waterloo Ont.; and Terry Schetzsle from Veteran Ab.
At the end of the awards night, President Ken Perlich thanked the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan for hosting the 2014 event and announced that Manitoba Livestock Marketing Assoc. would host  the 2015 convention and competition in Winnipeg.

Convention Report 2013

Guest speaker Steve Kay's presentation. (click here)

Livestock Markets Association of Canada held it’s 16th successful Convention and Auctioneer Championship in Calgary and Strathmore Alberta from June 6 – June 9, 2013

Twenty Auctioneers from across Canada vied for the coveted title of Canadian Auctioneer Champion. Travis Rogers, representing Nilsson Bros.Auction Market in Clyde Alberta ,topped the field to win the 2013 Championship. Travis , was presented the Championship Buckle by John Mielhausen, representing the Canadian Charolais Association.

Cliff Pahl from the Calgary Stockyards, Calgary Alberta was awarded the Reserve Champion and Brian Good presented the Canadian Angus Association Buckle . Third place, sponsored by the Canadian Hereford Association ,was presented to Rob Bergevin of Stavely Stockyards, Stavely, Alberta, by Brad Debeau. . Fourth place was won by Shawn Gist of VJV Dawson Creek Auction and was awarded the Canadian Limousin Association Buckle presented by  Lynn Combest. Brian Holmquist ,representing the Canadian Simmental Association ,presented the fifth place buckle to Rhett Parks from the Whitewood Livestock Sales, Whitewood SK .

The Merial Canada Rookie of the Year Buckle was won by Ryan Hurlburt from Heartland,SK, and Eric Clouatre from the Ste. Hyacinhe Market, QC won the Jim Raffan Memorial Most Congenial Auctioneer Buckle.

Rounding out the ten top Auctioneers were:Frederick Bodnarus, from the Meadow Lake Stockyards, SK;Tyler Slawinski, Gladstone/Ashern Markets, MB: Ryan Hurlburt from the Heartland Market, Saskatoon : Farron Ward from the Candiac Auction, SK and Kirk Goldsmith representing the Dryland Cattle Co.,Vetran, AB.

Jim Wideman from Kitchener, ON was inducted into the LMAC Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Jim joins Ralph Vold,Roy Rutledge and Ken Hurlburt, the inductees from 2010, 2011 and 2012respectively. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the livestock industry, LMAC, their Provincial Associations and the larger community.

Jim became involved in the Auction business in 1972. He was reponsible for designing and overseeing construction of Ontario Livestock Auction Market which opened in 1975. Jim was a founding member of LMAC and has served as President of both LMAC and Ontario Livestock Auction Market Association. Jim has been involved with LMAC for 45 years. He has served his community for 24 years in local politics

Jim is a leader in his community and has been a visionary in the livestock industry, he has been recognized as a world leader in developing electronic auction systems which he marketed around the world. LMAC salutes Jim Wideman for his leadership and vision.

The delegates heard an excellent presentation from Steve Kay, Editor & Publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly. Mr. Kay is recognized as an authoritative and impartial observer of the North American Meat & Livestock Industry. Steve addressed issues relating to the potential cattle shortage and the effects on the demand and prices in the future. He also informed the members about the proposed COOL regulations and the impact on the Canadian Market. He talked about the implications of JBS moving into the Canadian Market and he presented anexcellent outlook for the beef industry over the next three years. A copy of Steve’s complete presentation can be found on the LMAC website.

On Saturday afternoon the delegates traveled to Spruce Meadows and were treated to memorable experience : front row seats to watch the Nationals. It was exciting to see some of our Canadian icons, such as Ian Miller competing on this international stage.

Ken Perlich, Lethbridge, AB. was elected as President, Scott Campbell, Winnipeg MB 1st Vice President & Stewart Stone, Regina SK. 2nd Vice President and Jim Abel, AB. Past President, Directors elected are Tom Vicars BC, Rob Bergevin AB, Bob Blaclock, SK, Rick Wright MB, Larry Witzel ON, Steve Spratt ON.

 

 

 

Guest Speaker: Cassie Campbell's Bio

Cassie

Convention Report 2012

Kitchener, Ontario, June 4, 2012-Livestock Markets Association of Canada held a very successful Convention and Auctioneer Championship in Calgary and Stavely Alberta from May 31 – June 3, 2012

Twenty-five Auctioneers from across Canada vied for the coveted title of Canadian Auctioneer Champion. Justin Gattey representing VJV Auction Market in Ponoka Alberta topped the field to win the 2012 Championship. Justin who has been selling for five years, was presented the Champion Buckle by Darryl Snider representing the Canadian Simmental Association.

Travis Rogers of Nilsson Bros. in Clyde, Alberta was the Reserve Champion and awarded the Canadian Charolais Association Buckle presented by John Meilhausen. Third place sponsored by the Canadian Angus Association was presented by Brian Good to Frederick Bodnarus, of Meadowlake Stockyards. Fourth place was won by Faron Ward of Candiac Auction and was awarded the Canadian Hereford Association Buckle presented by Jim Abel. Anne Burgess representing the Canadian Limousin Association presented the fifth place buckle to the host for the weekend, Rob Bergevin from the VJV market in Stavely.

The Merial Canada Rookie of the Year Buckle was won by Tyler Slawinski, and Rob Bergevin won the Jim Raffan Memorial most congenial Auctioneer Buckle.
Ty Rosehill and Patrick Cassidy from the Olds Auction Mart, Rhett Parks of Whitewood Livestock Sales and Brock Taylor from Taylor Auctions rounded out the top ten Auctioneers.

Ken Hurlburt from Fort MacLeod Alberta was inducted into the LMAC Hall of Fame on Friday evening. Ken joins Ralph Vold and Roy Rutledge, inductees from 2010 and 2011respectively. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the livestock industry, LMAC, their Provincial Associations and the larger community.

Ken built the Fort MacLeod market in 1960. The Highwood Market was build in 1983.Ken served as President of the Alberta Markets Association and served on the National Markets Association. He was an auctioneer and an MP for 6 ½ years. Ken was also the Mayor of Fort MacLeod.

Ken Hurlburt is a leader in the community and in the Alberta livestock industry. LMAC salutes Ken Hurlburt for his leadership, vision and tenacity.

The delegates heard presentations on three topics. Rick Wright made a presentation on traceability and the assessment study that is being proposed by Government. He gave a good update on the current state of traceability.
 
CCA Executive Vice President Dennis Laycraft gave a presentation on BIX’s. The Beef Information Exchange was established by CCA to provide better information from birth to the plate. LMAC members have had a concern that this system may morph into a online selling system. Dennis assured the members that this is not the intention of the system and that CCA would do everything in it’s power to not let that happen.

LIS did an online demonstration of the Movement Document ( Manifest ) that is currently being used in Alberta and is being proposed across Canada to report group movement instead of individual animal reading.

The final session was a roundtable discussion by LMAC members to determine the top five issues facing our membership. There was a vigorous discussion of issues. The ideas generated will be fine tuned and a strategy will be developed to deliver formal training for our members around the five issues.

The Saturday morning educational program wrapped up with an inspiring talk at the convention luncheon by Cassie Campbell-Pascall . Cassie is a six time World Champion who lead Canada to two Olympic Gold Medals. Cassie talked to the delegates on the topic of Consistent Leadership drawing on her own experience as Captain of Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team.

Jim Abel, Stettler AB. was reelected as President, Ken Perlich,Lethbridge, AB 1st Vice President & Scott Campbell, Winnipeg MB 2nd Vice President. Directors reelected are Tom Vicars BC, Bob Perlich AB, Stewart Stone SK, Rhett Parks SK, Rick Wright MB, Larry Witzel ON, Steve Spratt ON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on the 2011 LMAC Convention

The 2011 Convention was hosted by Ontario Livestock Exchange in Waterloo Ontario with more than 200 attending over the 3 day event.

Larry Witzel the chair of the event welcomed everyone on Thursday evening to some tasty smoked Ontario Corn Fed Striploin steaks and a large variety of local food items.

On Friday morning at the LMAC annual meeting the following Officers and Directors were elected to the LMAC Board.

            President:             Jim Abel
            1st Vice President: Ken Perlich
            2nd Vice President: Scott Anderson
Directors: Larry Witzel, ON Steve Spratt, ON Rick Wright, MB Mike Fleury, SK                 
                  Stewart Stone,SK Rhett Parks,SK Bob Perlich, AL Tom Vicars, BC
Executive Director: Jim Wideman

Later on Friday the Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Championship was held at the Ontario Livestock Exchange.  Twenty Two Auctioneers from across Canada including one from Australia , making this truly an International event, were vying for the coveted title of  Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion. For the full results of this years Championship please go to the Auctioneer Championship tab.

This years judging panel brought together a broad range of experience and industry knowledge.

Mario Maciocia who is a major buyer of sheep and veal in Quebec. He is actively involved with the Auction Mart in Ste. Hyacinthe, Mario was instrumental in bringing the LMAC competition to Quebec City in 2009. Mario is a partner in the Reseau Encans markets in Quebec.

Dave DeNure operates the Community Livestock Exchange in Campbellford, Ontario. Dave is a second generation family member to operate this Market. Dave has been a long time member and is a Past President of Ontario Livestock Auction Market Association. Dave has attended many championships in the past. He is very active on his local Cattlemen’s Association and has been a leader in traceability at his Market.

Dave Williams is a long time cattle buyer for St. Helens Meat Packers in Toronto. Dave has attended several Auctioneers Championships in the past as a buyer. Dave is well known and respected in the cattle industry.

Stewart Stone from Regina Saskatchewan is the General Manager for Heartland Livestock Services. This group of 15 Auction Markets is owned and operated by Nilsson Bros. Inc. of Clyde Alberta. He has judged many competitions but this is his first selection to the LMAC panel.

Ken Perlich along with his brother Bob operate the highly successful Perlich Bros. Auction Mart at Lethbridge Alberta. Ken is a Director at large with LMAC. This is the first time he has been selected as a judge in this competition.

Scott Anderson is an order buyer with Anderson-Butler Livestock in Winnipeg. He is also very active in the day to day operations of the Winnipeg Livestock Sales. Scott is President of the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association.

On Friday evening the awards banquet was attended by over 200 Market operators Auctioneers, spouses, guests and other industry personal. The guests feasted on Ontario beef tenderlion and Atlantic salmon prepared to perfection by the chefs at St. Georges Hall.

The second annual Hall of Fame award was one of the highlights of the evening. This years winner was Roy Rutledge from Assiniboia Sask. Full details of this award can be found on the Hall of Fame tab on the LMAC website.

The evening was rounded out with the awards to the winning auctioneers details are on the Auctioneer Championship tab.

On Saturday Morning there was a three hour business session and panel discussion on traceability. The complete transcript for that meeting can be found on the link on this page.

The 2011 LMAC Convention and Auctioneer Championship was considered a huge success with a good mix of business and opportunity to mix and mingle thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors. You can view theirs logos under our sponsors tab on the website.

LMAC June Conference 2010

This years LMAC Annual Convention  was hosted by Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association with more than 200 attending the Conventions events over the 3 days.
Scott Anderson and Rick Wright, co-chairs of the Convention, treated everyone on
the opening  night with the “Taste of Manitoba”: a sampling of Manitoba-grown food and
local recipes.

The 2010 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship was held on Friday and hosted by Winnipeg Livestock Sales, where 29 Auctioneers from Quebec to British Columbia met to compete for the Canadian Championship. This year’s judging panel brought together a
wealth of experience from the livestock auction business:
            Bob Perlich owns and operates Perlich Bros. Auction at Lethbridge, Albert, a
                                  Large volume market.
            Dan Skeels  the head auctioneer at VJV in Ponoka, Alberra, was LMAC’s first
                                 champion and went on to win the International Championship at the
                                 Calgary Stampede and the Worlds in Montana.
             Ross Annett is the 2004 Canadian Champion from Brooks, Alberta and is an
                                   Auctioneer for the Bow Slope Shipping Association.
             Jim Quintaine has been attending cattle sales for 30 years and is the owner/operator
                                       of P. Quintaine and Son in Brandon, Manitoba.
             Harvey Welter has helped organize both the provincial and national competitions in
                                       Saskatchewan and is a salesman for Saskatoon Livestock Sales.
            Ross McCall is an order buyer from Brussels, Ontario and McCall Livestock just
                                   opened a new state-of-the-art buying facility last year.

With a good balance between newcomers and veteran auctioneers, the judges had their work
cut out for them, as several thousand head of cattle were auctioned off to buyers from across
Canada and the US.  This years competition was also seen across the country on  Direct Livestock Marketing Systems network, who conducts live cattle sales via the internet from
Locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

 

And the winners are…..  Valley Auction’s Rodney Burnett defeated 28 other auctioneers
                                                To claim the crown as the  2010 Canadian Livestock Auctioneer
                                                Champion !!!!

2nd place goes to Brennin Jack ;from Yorktown, Saskatchewan, sponsored by Heartland
                                                       Livestock Sales of Yorktown, SK.
3rd place was Tim Dowler, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; sponsored by Winnipeg Livestock Sales
                                             of Winnipeg, MB

4th place was awarded to Travis Rogers of Clyde, Alberta ; sponsored by Nilsson Brothers Inc.
                                                                  Clyde, AB
5th place went to Rob Bergevin  of Stavely, Alberta; sponsored by VJV Foothills Livestock
                                                                        Auction, Stavely,AB.

The remaining Auctioneers in the top ten were, alphabetically,
Clayton Hawreluik, of Sheho, SK; sponsored by Heartland Livestock Sales of Yorkton, SK
Jason Penner, of Steinbach, MB; sponsored by Grunthal Auction Mart, Steinbach, MB
Kevin McArter of Brussels, ON: sponsored by Brussels Livestock Exhange, Brussels, ON.
Lyle Roberts of Cromer, MB; sponsored by Heartland Livestock, Virden, MB
Shawn Gist  of Gibbons, AB; sponsored by Vold Jones and Vold, Ponoka, AB

Rookie of the Year, awarded to an auctioneer with five or fewer years of experience was
won by Scott Campbell, from Brandon, MB. Scott was sponsored by Killarney Auction
Mart and was presented with the Ivomec Rookie Buckle.

Rob Bergevin, from Stavely, AB, was voted the most Congenial Auctioneer by his fellow
Competitors and was given the Jim Raffan Memorial Buckle, sponsored by the Raffan family.

On behalf of the breed Associations, Brian Good of the Canadian Angus Association, presented
Winnipeg Livestock Sales with a gift for hosting the competition.

The 2010 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship was considered a huge success
with a very talented field of competitors, strong cattle prices and a large  crown of buyers and
spectators in attendance.

 

Brian Nilsson addresses the LMAC Membership

Nilsson Brothers. Inc. is a very influential part of the Canadian cattle industry , with  major investments in the Canadian marketing, feeding and processing business . LMAC was
honoured to have one of the co-owners, Brian Nilsson, address the Membership on Saturday
morning. Here are some highlights:
                         
 Brian gave a very inspiring and insightful  presentation on the state of the industry from his very broad personal  perspective. Brian is very bullish on the market and believes that we have worked through many hurdles, which will move the industry  into a cycle of record-high
prices.He  further stated that it is his belief that live finished cattle will  reach   1.20/lb in the next couple of years, moving us into a period wherein Canadian producers will be profitable.

Relative to short term predictions, Brian believes that yearlings will remain where they are now and finished cattle will stay strong all summer, with the calf market having a strong undertone
this fall. He shared a truism  with the audience,( or as he referred to it “ a rule” )
                                When things get bad…SELL !!!
He talked briefly about age verification and traceability: while he does not disagree with age
verification, the difference it makes on price is very small and it is not an economic driver.
Brian told the audience  that he does not believe that traceability is  a food safety issue, and that the government should ‘come clean’ on what their agenda is. He stated that we need to seriously slow down: how can the government impose a system on an industry that cannot and will not achieve the desired results ?. Furthermore, he believes that the government’s true agenda is to track all the cattle as a ‘passport system’
Brian was asked to comment on his view of electronic action systems: he replied by starting that electronic auction systems are not incompatible with live auction markets. Currently electronic Auction systems sell only  15% of the volume. They may reach 25%,  but they will not become a replacement for the live system.
He closed by stating: “ there is no more efficient way of selling  a group of cattle, sorted and presented, than the auction market system”.

LMAC wished to thank Brian Nilsson for his positive and informative insight into the future of the Canadian Livestock business.


LMAC Annual Convention and Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Championship
May 28-31, 2009


Brooks, Alberta

This years convention will be held in Brooks, Alberta and is hosted by the Alberta Auction Market Association. The hosting Market is Bow Slope Shipping Association. Convention headquarters is the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Center, in Brooks.
This years marks the 12th Annual Convention and will be as exciting as ever: Brooks and the surrounding community hold many points of interest. It has a strong agricultural base and is home to Canada's largest feedlot. The Brooks area is also home to very high quality ranch cattle and of course- great Canadian beef !


The Auctioneer Championship will be held on Friday, May 29 at Bow Slope Shipping Association, followed in the evening by the Awards Banquet at the Heritage Inn & Suites.

Saturday morning will begin with a breakfast buffet, followed by the Annual Business Meeting. This years' theme is Value Added for our Customers with Steve Primrose and Rick Wright providing an update on Traceability

Our second speakers' topic is The Value of Traceability: Who, What, Where and How?

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a Trap Shooting Competition and a tour to the Dinosaur Provincial Park.This park is world famous and the trip there will take you through another world of hoodoos, pinnacles, coulees and buttes.
There will be a BBQ and live music on Saturday evening at the Brooks Clays and Feathers Club.

 

 

 

The Livestock Auction Markets Association of Canada held it's Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship in Quebec City, Quebec, in June of 2008 , hosted by Reseau Encans Quebec, M. Edoardo Maciocia and M. Real Sage, Owners.

Over 200 registrants, comprised of Market Operators, Livestock Dealers, personnel, Auctioneers and guests stayed at the historic Fairmont The Chateau Frontenac, just a stone's throw from Old Quebec City, where they were able to enjoy the shops and restaurants, before boarding buses and heading out to the Auctioneer Championship, hosted by St-Isadore Auction Market in St-Isadore, Quebec.

Twenty-two Auctioneers competed for the title of Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion and the honor of representing LMAC. Andy Carter from Amherst, Nova Scotia is the 2008 Canadian Auctioneer Champion. Andy was sponsored by Atlantic Stockyards Ltd., Truro, Nova Scotia and will represent LMAC at the International Championship in Calgary. Chance Martin, from Red Deer, Alberta, is the Reserve Champion. Chance was sponsored by Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd, Ponoka, Alberta. The title of Rookie of the Year went to Bobby Miller of Ponoka, Alberta, sponsored by Vold, Jones & Vold.

The remaining top 10 Auctioneers are ( in no particular order ):

Shawn Gist, from Westerose, Alberta, sponsored by VJV Auction Co.Ltd, Ponoka, Alberta

Tim Dowler, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, sponsored by Winnipeg Livestock Sales, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Charles Menard, from St-Sixte, Quebec, sponsored by Ottawa Livestock Exchange , Greely, Ontario

Guy Fontaine, from St.Isidore, Quebec, sponsored by Reseau Encans Quebec, St.Isidore, Quebec

Brennin Jack, from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, sponsored by Heartland Livestock Services, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Rob Bergevin, from Stavely, Alberta, sponsored by VJV Foothills Livestock Auction, Stavely, Alberta

Darren Rebalkin, from Brooks, Alberta, sponsored by Bow Slope Shipping Association, Brooks, Alberta

Leo LeBlanc, from Edmonton, Alberta, sponsored by Direct Livestock Marketing Systems, Edmonton, Alberta

Mike Fleury of Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the new President of LMAC. 1st Vice-President is Jim Abel, Stettler Auction Mart, Stetter, Alberta and Myles Mason, from St. Rose Auction Mart, St. Rose, Manitoba, is the new 2nd Vice-President.

The 2009 LMAC Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship will be held in Brooks, Alberta, hosted by Bow Slope Shipping Association.

Over 110 delegates, Market Operators, Auctioneers, Livestock Dealers and personnel gathered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 7-10, 2007, for the Livestock Markets Association of Canada's Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship. The event was hosted by Saskatchewan Livestock Markets and Order Buyers Association and the host was Saskatoon Livestock Sales Ltd.

Twenty-four Auctioneers competed for the coveted title of Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion and the honor of representing LMAC. Brad Stenberg from Kronau, Saskatchewan is the 2007 Canadian Auctioneer Champion.Brad was sponsored by Parkland Livestock Market Ltd., Leross Saskatchewan and will represent LMAC at the International Championship at the Calgary Stampede. Chance Martin is the Reserve Champion Auctioneer, from Ponoka, Alberta and sponsored by Vold, Jones and Vold. The Rookie of the Year was won by Jack Brennin from Rama, Saskatchewan.

The remaining top ten Auctioneers were:

Sheldon Nicholson from Yorkton, Saskatchewan; sponsored by Heartland Livestock Services, Yorkton, SK

Clayton Hawreliuk from Sheho, Saskatchewan; sponsored by Heartland Livestock Services, Yorkton, SK

Tim Dowler from Winnipeg, Manitoba; sponsored by Winnipeg Livestock Sales, Winnipeg, MB

Donnie Peacock from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan; sponsored by Heartland Livestock Sales, Winnipeg, MB

Shawn Gist from Westerose, Alberta; sponsored by Vold, Jones and Vold, Ponoka, AB

Chris Poley from Waldheim, Saskatchewan; sponsored by Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK

Kevin McArter from Exeter, Ontario; sponsored by Brussels Livestock , Brussels, ON

Frederick Bodnarus from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan;sponsored by Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon,SK

Tom Vicars from B.C. Livestock Producers Co-Operative, Kamloops, B.C, was re-elected President of LMAC; Mike Fleury of Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was re-elected First Vice-President; and Jim Abel from Stettler Auction Mart, Stettler, Alberta was elected 2nd Vice-President.

The 2008 LMAC Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship will be held in Quebec City, Quebec.

Over 100 delegates, Market Operators, Auctioneers, Livestock Dealers and industry personnel gathered in Kamloops, BC, on May 11-14 ,2006, for the Livestock Auction Markets Association of Canada's Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship. The event was hosted by Mountain Auction Market Association and the host Market was B.C. Livestock Producers Co-Operative.

Sixteen Auctioneers competed for the coveted title of Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion and the honor of representing LMAC. Dean Edge from Rimbey, Alberta is the 2006 Canadian Auctioneer Champion. Dean was sponsored by Vold,Jones and Vold Auction in Ponoka, Alberta and will represent LMAC at the International Championship at the Calgary Stampede. Chance Martin from Ponoka, Alberta, also sponsored by Vold,Jones and Vold , was the Reserve Champion Auctioneer. Rookie of the Year was won by Jon Radcliffe from Torrington, Alberta.

The remaining top ten Auctioneers were: Frederick Bodnarus, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, sponsored by Saskatoon Livestock Auction, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Wayne Jordan from Kamloops, British Columbia, sponsored by B.C. Livestock Producers Co-Operative, Kamloops, British Columbia; Tim Dowler from Winnipeg, Manitoba,sponsored by Winnipeg Livestock Sales, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cliff Pahl from Brooks, Alberta,sponsored by Bow Slope Shipping Association, Brooks, Alberta; Jon Radcliffe from Torrington, Alberta; Bruce Mortenson from Armstrong, British Columbia, sponsored by Valley Auctions, Armstrong, British Columbia; Shawn Gist from Red Deer, Alberta, sponsored by Burnt Lake Livestock Mart, Red Deer, Alberta; and Rob Bergevin from Stavely, Alberta, sponsored by Vold, Jones and Vold Foothills Livestock.

Tom Vicars from B.C. Livestock Producers Co-Operative, Kamloops, British Columbia, was elected President of LMAC; Mike Fleury of Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was elected First Vice-President;and Jerry Hewson from Provost Livestock Exchange, Provost, Alberta, was elected 2nd Vice-President.

The 2007 LMAC Convention and Auctioneer Championship will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the host market will be Saskatoon Livestock Sales.

Over 150 delegates, Market Operators, Auctioneers, Livestock Dealers , and other industry personnel gathered in Red Deer, Alberta on June 2-5, for the Livestock Markets Association of Canada Annual Convention and Auctioneer Championship. The hosting Market was Vold, Jones and Vold in Ponoka, Alberta. Twenty Auctioneers competed for the coveted title of Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion and the honor of representing LMAC. Ward Cutler from Virden, Manitoba is 2005 Canadian Livestock Champion. Ward was sponsored by the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Livestock Market Associations and will represent LMAC at the International Auctioneer Championship at the upcoming Calgary Stampede. Dean Edge from Rimbey, Alberta, sponsored by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co., Ponoka, Alberta, was the Reserve Champion Auctioneer. Rookie of the Year was won by Clayton Hawreluik, from Sheko, Saskatchewan. The Most Congenial Auctioneer was awarded by his peers to Eric Fazakas, from Brandon, Manitoba. The remaining top ten Auctioneers were: Chance Martin from Red Deer, Alberta, sponsored by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co., Ponoka, Alberta; Cliff Pahl from Hanna, Alberta, sponsored by Bow Slope Shipping, Brooks, Alberta; Sheldon Nicholson from Yorkton, Saskatchewan; Darren Lutz from Irvine, Alberta, sponsored by Medicine Hat Feeding Company, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Clayton Hawreluik from Sheko, Saskatchewan; Frederick Bodnarus from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, sponsored by Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Jon Radcliffe from Torrington, Alberta and Darren Shaw from Cardston, Alberta, sponsored by Fort MacLeod Auction Market, Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Gene Parks from Brandon, Manitoba, was re-elected President of LMAC at the Annual Meeting. Tom Vicars of Kamloops, British Columbia was re-elected as 1st Vict- President and Mike Fleury of Saskatoon, Saskatchewn, was re-elected as 2nd Vice-President. The 2006 LMAC Convention and Auctioneer Championship will be held in Kamloops, British Columbia.