Welcome, everybody, to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, the 51st meeting.
You'll notice that the chair has become remarkably better looking since our last meeting. I think it's just a statement of truth. I don't think Mr. Albrecht would fight me on this.
Welcome to our witnesses. Thank you very much for being here today.
My name is Megan Leslie. I'm the MP for Halifax and the vice-chair of this committee. As you know, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), we're doing a study on licensed hunting and trapping in Canada. So we welcome you all.
There will be questions in French and English.
With us today, from North American Fur Auctions, we have Robert Cahill. Welcome.
We have three witnesses with us here in Ottawa from the Fur Institute of Canada: Gregory Thompson and Jim Gibb, and joining us by video conference, Dion Dakins. Welcome.
Coming to us via video from Richmond Hill, we have Nancy Daigneault from the International Fur Federation, and we're also joined by Michael Howie from The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Welcome to all of you.
We'll begin with 10-minute presentations from each group. I believe the members from the Fur Institute will be sharing their time.
Mr. Cahill, we'll start with you. You have 10 minutes.