To empower, EDUCATE and inspire women of all ages to find their place in the hunting community. The Women of Outdoors panel is your next step in hunting.
Great Outdoors Stage | Hall 1 | Thursday, March 16 2017
Don't miss The Women of Outdoors panel
Emily Sandford Brown - THE SHOOTER
Emily started shooting at the Peel Gun Club, in Brampton, at the age of 12 (44 years ago if anyone is counting) when her family moved to the grounds to manage the facility. While she tried several shooting disciplines Emily settled pretty quickly on shotgun sports, particularly trapshooting. She found the moving targets and ever changing shooting conditions both exhilarating and challenging. To bring her shotgun skills to the field, Emily participated in upland game hunting while living in Alberta.
Emily currently sits as a Director on the board of the Ontario Provincial Trapshooting Association, the Canadian Trapshooting Association and as a member on the Ontario Council of Shooters.
She is responsible for supporting a new and youth shooter mandate for the province, and manages communication on the organization’s website, Facebook page and twitter account, keeping people up to date with event schedules, results, photos and videos. She enjoys personally introducing people to the sport of trapshooting.
Emily has competed across Canada and internationally, earning a few honours along the way.
There are over sixty clubs across the province where you can try the sport, and Emily is just an email away to help introduce you to one near you.
Shannan Haviland - THE HUNTER
Shannan grew up in Wiarton, ON salmon fishing on Georgian Bay with her dad since she could walk. Shanna took a couple years off and started her Nursing program in 2016.
Shannan started hunting with her dad at a young age starting with moose and bear hunting in Northern Ontario and more recent on the Bruce Peninsula for deer. Shannan shot her first deer in November 2014 of rifle season with her 7mm-08.
Shannan has two dogs Skoal and Chief.
Shannan continues her love for fishing and hunting with her boyfriend and running her dogs on birds and tracking deer. She loves the outdoors for the beauty and for being able to provide her family with hormone free venison. Shannan aspires to ensure her future children will love hunting and fishing as much as her significant other and her do.
Becky Gardhouse - THE ANGLER
I've been an avid angler for as long as I can remember. I still have my first fishing rod that my Dad gave me on my 4th birthday hanging on the wall. I used to sneak away from chores just to throw a line in the river that ran through the back of our farm. I sure didn't catch any trophies in that little stream, but oh oh...I was hooked.
Years later, after fishing in & around southern Ontario, I had the opportunity to move to Minnesota. While there I was able to truly experience some world class Walleye, Bass & Pike fishing. I was lucky enough to be able to be on the water or ice 4-5 times a week, 10 months out of the year! When I moved back, I brought with me a wealth of knowledge from so many wonderful people I met along the way. Two years ago I started tournament fishing but 2012 was my rookie season competing in the CSFL BM100 division. My true passion is bass fishing. As far as I'm concerned, there's no better way to spend a day then flippin' & pulling big bucketmouths out the weeds! When I'm not chasing bass, I am out on the water chasing trophy Walleye, Pike & Musky!
I love to talk fishing. I come from a family of Auctioneers, so I guess thats where I get my gift of gab. The outdoors is my passion, I love to share my stories with everyone I meet. I look forward to sharing stories and meeting new people along the way.
Kathleen Ball - THE TRAPPER
Trapper Representative for Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance Katie Ball hails from Thunder Bay. She has been trapping alongside her father ever since she could carry a trap. Her love of animals and her understanding of the balance of nature and the intricate relationship between humans and the natural world were taught to her by her father by spending time on the trap line. Katie has a deep respect for the laws of conservation for all fur bearer species and she learned to take this to the next level in the subsequent care and handling of the valuable pelts. This is where her trapping roots began.
Katie is very active outdoors on her father’s trap line. As a “#2” trapper on the line, she’s his full time assistant. She also helps him operate a bear management area, guiding and outfitting for bear hunters. She also assists her father with his commercial baitfish business. And she does all this when she’s not fishing or hunting herself, or managing her own fur garment business called “Silver Cedar Studio.” What has really truly helped develop her as a trapper was sitting on the local board as a director for the Northwestern Fur Trappers Association (NWFTA) and learning from elder Trappers. Trapping is not about the individual, it is about the community. Katie also was recently appointed as an assistant director for her district with the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) In 2016 Katie was awarded the distinguished title of “Sportswoman of the Year” as awarded to her by the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance (NOSA).
Katie truly has become a key player in her northern outdoors community. She has learned and exemplifies that no matter how you enjoy the outdoors, we are all in this together. That is why Katie is here today. She notes that NOSA has been there for her family time and time again, always fighting for our outdoor rights and she is proud to represent and advocate on their behalf. Having these groups believe in Katie as a trapper, has helped her believe not only in herself as a representative for our community, but also to demonstrate how important it is that we stand united together as a whole. This is why Katie is proud to be a trapper.