Aquaticon 2019



A Tropical and Marine Aquarium Fair and Exposition

HOSTED BY:

THE CALGARY AQUARIUM SOCIETY (2016) (CAS)

Fish, Plants, Corals, Invertebrates and Amphibians along with
 the equipment and the information necessary to maintain them

 

The Calgary Aquarium Society second annual tradeshow – Aquaticon Calgary 2019 – A Tropical and Marine Fair and Exposition – took place on March 2, 2019, at the Thorncliffe Community Association, 5600 Centre Street North Calgary, and was open to the public between Noon and 5:00 pm. 

Sixteen different vendors and sponsors were represented, four free public presentations were given and activities included aquarium-themed face painting for children and a large silent auction; attendance is estimated at over 1,500 as 1,400 door prize tickets were distributed prior to 4:00 pm. Many vendor booths had line-ups in front for the first three hours.

We would like to especially thank our event sponsors:

Gold Level – Coomara Aquatics, R&L Aquariums, Pisces Pet Emporium, J&J Marine,

Silver Level – LH Aquatics, Common Sense Aquatics,

Bronze Level – Fin Gallery, Quick Grow

We had planned to present free public presentations by internationally-known guest speakers Eric Bodrock and Regina Spotti. Unfortunately, they were unable to attend due to a last minute emergency. Club members can look forward to seeing their presentations at a future event.

New speakers were found in the last week and we are very grateful for their participation.

Grade 5 students from Edgemont Elementary, who are involved in the club’s, “Aquariums in Schools Program”,  gave a presentation on how having a fish tank in their classroom has impacted their learning and increased their sense of responsibility.

Paul Belanger from the Aquarium Club of Edmonton gave a talk on his experiences with the genus Corydoras, Jordan Somers gave a presentation on Axolotl and Fred Guy presented a talk on getting started with Killifish.

The Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association Hall proved to be a very suitable location for the event and we would like to thank Kevin Kromm and the staff at the Hall for their participation which contributed to a smooth set up – making this an easy event to execute.

In addition the organizing committee would like to thank the following volunteers:

Poster and other design – Claire Pomeroy

Silent auction – Gord Derhak, Mary Guy 

Welcome and entry control – Keith Storm, Matt Wutzke

Members Table – Stephen Snow

School Program – Vishal Dalal

Aquaticon Committee members for the event included, Mike Ghosn – Treasurer, Len Hagbladd – Facility Liasion and Site Design, Birgir Kamprath – Speaker Liaison, Justin Pomeroy – Vendor Recruitment, Advertising and Publicity, and Fred Guy – Committee Chairman. Over the past year Committee membership also included, Catherine Forbes, Jim Hendricks, Daniel Kosolofski, Paul Price, who among other things led the logo design, and Rick Zemp.

 If you would like to be a vendor at the Aquaticon 2020 in March 2020 please contact:

 Fred Guy – fguy26@telus.net, 586-284-1056