Board of Directors

Serge Lariviere PhD – Chairman, Independent Director

Serge Lariviere lives in Saint – Apollinaire in Quebec and is a second generation trapper alongside his father. Serge is a trained biologist with a Ph.D. in the ecology, management, and conservation of fur-bearing animals. Throughout his career, he has served on various boards dealing with animal care issues, humane trap research and development and furbearer conservation in Canada and the U.S.

As a certified provincial trapping instructor for the province of Quebec and Affiliate Professor in Biology at the University of Quebec in Rimouski, Serge is always striving to teach others about trapping and hunting and fishing. He is the Director –General for the Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board, an organization that helps to ensure that hunting and trapping is a viable way of life for the Cree people of James Bay, Quebec.

 Jim Gibb – 1st Vice-Chairman, Director, Canada Region 1

I started trapping at 14 years old with my best friend, his father, and uncle. I have trapped in the Timmins area for the last 35 years – having had a registered trap line 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 FHA for twenty years sitting on the Board of Directors and worked as the Director of Public relations for 8 years. I am an active board member of the Fur Institute of Canada, presently 2nd vice chair and an active member of the TRDC (trap research and development committee). I was also the first trapper to chair the TRDC committee.

Andrew Hyde –  2nd Vice-Chairman, Director, United States Region D

Andrew Hyde is a dedicated trapper living in Pennsylvania and, throughout his trapping career has worked hard to promote and teach the fine art of trapping to young people interested in pursuing trapping as a career. He teaches at the Pennsylvania District Trapper’s Training school and is regularly called upon to teach children and adults about trapping, traps and the fur trade.

Andrew is also the owner of a small farm and you can sometimes find him at the NAFA booth conducting demonstrations at trapping conventions throughout the year. He is one of the founding directors of the WFSC.

Greg Spaulding – Secretary/Treasurer, Director United States Region B

I have been a trapper, fur buyer, and writer, enforced trapping regulations, instructed youth trappers and been involved with the fur trade for most of my 62 years.

I have a B.S. in wildlife science and a M.A in biology, am a recently retired Minnesota Conservation Officer from Northern Minnesota, a founding member of the WFSC, a proud member of the Minnesota Trappers Association, Colorado Trappers Association, and the National Rifle Association. My furs were sold through NAFA and Dominion/Soudack for decades where I received numerous top lot awards. For me, the enjoyment of putting up fur is as rewarding as trapping the furbearers.
I would like to put my experience and education to work for Region B’s fur harvesting constituents.

Kirby Burtt – Director, Canada Region 3

Kirby Burtt lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick and has been a licensed trapper for over 30 years. He’s been involved with the WFSC since its inception and a supporter of all trapper-related associations locally along with the National Trappers Association.

Kirby is a graduate of the Maritime Forest Ranger School in New Brunswick and recently retired as a Parks Officer with the Provincial Department of Tourism, Parks Branch and the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was also instrumental in developing a trapper’s workshop in conjunction with the New Brunswick Trappers Conventions. He owns and operates a small trapping supply and fur buying business and is a nuisance wildlife control operator.

Yvan Charlebois – Director, Canada Region 4

I have been trapping for more than forty years and make use of NAFA’s services every year; I am also a founding member of the WFSC. Other trappers from my region and I were instrumental in setting up the Association des trappeurs de Montréal, Laval, Montérégie (Montreal, Laval and Montérégie Trappers Association), of which I was Treasurer for several years. I am a member of the Fédération des trappeurs gestionnaires de Québec (F.T.G.Q.) (Trapper-managers federation of Quebec).

I am also an instructor at the P.G.A.F. (furbearer trapping and management courses) and give demonstrations on how to prepare furs and explain trapping techniques. In recent years, I have participated in efforts to control rabies in raccoons in the Montérégie and the Eastern Townships areas.

Conrad Lanham –  Director, United States Region A

Conrad Lanham was born in Kentucky, where he learned to trap at a young age. His first trapping memories are of catching nuisance raccoons on the family farm. Conrad has been shipping to NAFA for over a decade. He has done extensive research on wildlife law and law enforcement and holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Conrad is employed by the largest municipal police department in Kentucky. He currently works in the Research and Development Unit, where he writes policy and conducts special research projects for the department.

Conrad is involved in local and national trapping organizations and traps many areas of his home state during the trapping season. During the summer months, he enjoys spending his time working on the farm.

Pete Wise – Director, Canada Region 2

Pete Wise lives in Coldstream BC. Pete has always had a passion for trapping and has over 50 years of experience in the field. Besides owning and operating a very busy Wildlife Control company Pete owns and runs a large wilderness remote trapline in South Central BC.

Pete is a BC Trapper Education instructor. He was one of the instructors that helped develop and instruct the BCTA Canid (wolf and coyote) trapping program in BC
Pete is very active in the community with over 40 years as a volunteer with the local Search and Rescue group and serves as the local groups President.

Arnold Groehler – Independent Director

Arnold Groehler is one of the founding members of the WFSC and a professional trapper with over 40 years experience. Throughout his trapping career, he has trapped primarily raccoons and muskrats in southern Wisconsin.

In addition to serving on the WFSC, Arnold is active with several state and national trapper organizations. He is also a Wisconsin trapping education instructor and a hunter safety instructor. He is a retired Army master sergeant. During the summer months, he works on animal damage control projects and enjoys helping out with his wife’s horses.

Phil Patterson – Independent Director

Phil Patterson lives in Carman, Manitoba and has been involved with NAFA since its early days as the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). He joined HBC in 1958 as a clerk in training. Forty one years later, Phil retired as a ‘Director’ of Fur Marketing of the North West Company, which had bought out Hudson’s Bay Company.

Throughout Phil’s career as a fur grader, buyer and trainer of wild fur grading, he has lived and travelled Canada’s north, the Northwest Territories and Yukon, with side trips into Alaska. Since retiring in 1999, he has remained in the fur industry as a private fur broker.

David Bewick – Executive Director

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba Dave began his career in the fur business with Dominion /Soudack Fur Auctions in 1972. Dave graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in science, majoring in mathematics and computer science never dreaming that a forty year career in the fur industry would follow.

Starting as a “grader in training” Dave learned the art of grading for all wild fur species as well as ranch mink. He has travelled throughout Canada and the United States representing NAFA at trapper events. He has also travelled to Italy, Spain, China and Greece visiting old and new markets promoting NAFA’s premier wild fur collection.

Dave finally received his trapping license in 2009 and plans to spend time learning more about one of North America’s oldest occupations. As Executive Director of The Wild Fur Shippers Council Dave hopes to give back to those that have provided his very rewarding career.