Peterborough, ON:  Shimano Canada and the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus of Canada have announced the recipients of ten (10) $3000 scholarships for post-secondary students committed to advancing their education in fish and wildlife management and research science.

For the second year in a row, the Shimano Canada / Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus Scholarship saw submissions from post-secondary students across Canada.

The recipients were announced on December 9 in Ottawa by Gudie Hutchings, MP, Long Range Mountains and Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, along with Phil Morlock, Vice President, Government Affairs/Advocacy for Shimano North American Holding Inc. and Shimano Canada Ltd.

“These ten post‐secondary students have shown tremendous dedication to advancing their education in fish and wildlife management,” stated Morlock. “It was a difficult choice because there were excellent candidates. We want to thank everybody for submitting applications.”

Supported by Government and Shimano Canada

Both Shimano and the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus are dedicated to supporting scientifically sound conservation efforts in Canada.

“In my role as Co-Chair of Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, I make it a priority to encourage conservation and responsible stewardship of the environment and all species,” said MP Hutchings. “These scholarship recipients know the value of conservation, and, as a fellow angler, I am proud to support these students in their pursuit of a formal education and career in the fish and wildlife sector.”

Moving into the future, there will be a need to fill important positions in natural resource management. Qualified individuals who understand the practical aspects of angling, sustainable use and harvest of fish and wildlife, and who have a passion for sport fishing, will be invaluable.

According to the judging committee, the future of wildlife conservation in Canada is looking promising if this year’s applicants are any indication.

“This year’s recipients have shown tremendous dedication to the field of fish and wildlife management,” commented MP Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish next. Congratulations once again!”

The recipients of the 2019/2020 Shimano North America Fishing / Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus Scholarship are:

Kaitlyn Zinn, University of British Columbia

Connor Elliott, Queen’s University

Georgia Dixon, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Alexander Row, Queen’s University

Peter Holder, Carleton University

Ayden Ricker-Held, Trent University

Riley Lafferty, Vancouver Island University

Monica Bartha, Lethbridge College

Abigale Culberson, University of New Brunswick

Roald Stander, University of Manitoba