Seminars

George Elekes has won World Championships and has also received National Breakthrough Best of Show for two years in a row. He is well known in the industry for his carving abilities.

George will be showing techniques for  mounting a raccoon. 

3pm Room 104
Friday March 18th, 2020

Seminar Information 

Seminars are free for CTA members! Non-members are required to pay $20.00 per seminar. You may register in person at the CTA booth in the hunting hall of the Toronto Sportsman Show or you can pre-register by emailing Patty and Arnold Wright at apwright@xplornet.ca or call 613-924-1840. You can check out free demonstrations of various taxidermy techniques at the CTA booth in the Hunting Hall.

Meet the Judges

 

I have Best of show awards 3 times, 1 with deer head, 1 with fish and 1 with mammal.

I have won awards for Mckenzie Best Whitetail 12 times, 7 Mckenzie Best Fish, and 2 of the Mckenzie Best Mammal. I have won the Polytranspor Awards 5 times, 3 Wasco

awards and 3 of the Van Dyke Awards. As well as other awards such as People’s Choice and UTA award.

 

I reached the level of Division of Excellence for deer head in 2009, for cold-water fish in 2013 and for warm water fish in 2015. I have had the chance to compete 5 times at the World Taxidermy Show and 1 time at Nationals.

 

This will be my fifth time judging and I so look forward to seeing everyone at the 2022 Convention.

Royal Robillard

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Hello, my name is Royal Robillard and I live in Gatineau (Québec). I started taxidermy in 1976 with my father and have been doing it full-time since 1998. I began competing in 1998 and feel fortunate to have won several awards since then.

 

Royal Robillard

Kevin Hockley

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I have gained over 45 years of experience in all aspects of taxidermy.

My fascination with the art began as a young teen with a saw-whet owl I found outside my home near Collingwood, ON. This newfound interest led me to secure a part-time job in a commercial studio that primarily focused on fish taxidermy.

My formative years led to a career as the senior taxidermist in Exhibit Design Services at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ontario; acting as lead taxidermist for the Gallery of Birds. Over the years, I have retained a lasting relationship with the ROM while expanding my international clientele including commissions from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Ontario Parks, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service. I perfected my craft by creating taxidermy mounts and dioramas for several gallery projects. I am known for fabricating speciality props for the film industry as well as producing works for advertising agencies and private collectors across North America.

I periodically offer courses through community colleges and provide private mentorship

opportunities. Subjects have included mounting birds, big-game heads, fish, and hide

tanning. Me, and my wife Sharon, reside on a small hobby farm near Maynooth, Ontario where I operate my business, Hockley Studios.

 

I am happy to be judging the 2022 CTA competition and convention, and can’t wait to

meet everyone.

Kevin Hockley