Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Gary Hater is a former professional biologist with a bachelors and a master’s degree. His professional career was in the environmental field and centered
around water quality, air quality, bioremediation, research and development, and waste water treatment.
Gary started in the aquarium hobby in the mid 1960’s and moved almost exclusively into goldfish in the 1980’s after breeding livebearers, South American and African Cichlids. Over years he has bred over twenty varieties of goldfish and has maintained several rare lines for decades. These rare lines include Philadelphia Veiltails, English Veiltails, Bristol Shubunkins, and Broadtail Moors. His hobby is best described as very large with 70 - 90 indoors tanks and tubs, and numerous (>15) outdoor ponds and seasonal tubs. Gary has brought Steamed Eggs into the mainstream for feeding juvenile and adult fish.
He was the first President and founding member of The Goldfish Council, a 501(c)3 a non-profit charity. Gary was a co-chairman of the Goldfish Society of
America, (GFSA), and a member of the American Goldfish Association, (AGA). Born and still lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he continues to be a member of the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society, (GCAS). He has been a club member for over 30 years. Other interests include fishing, Chestnut farming, bee keeping, gardening and koi keeping. Gary has been retired since 2015. Married for almost 50 years.
Ted Tai, one of the senior goldfish hobbyist and mentor to many in North America, has been breeding and raising goldfish for over 40 years. He has kept virtually all colours and breeds of goldfish. Ted currently keeps tosakin, jikin, various oranda, side-view ranchu, lionhead, bubble-eye, Bristol shubunkin and crown pearlscale goldfish. Over the past few years, he has been working on creating a unique goldfish for Canadians called the “Canakin”, which is a red & white goldfish with a maple leaf shaped tail. Ted’s cousin, Billy Tai, is also among the top goldfish breeders in North America. They frequently exchange rare breeding stock between themselves and with others across Canada. Born and raised in Canada, Ted currently resides in Burlington, Ontario. He has travelled extensively across Canada and has lived in Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, Ottawa and Calgary.
Ted has been a member of the Goldfish Society of America, the American Goldfish Association and the Goldfish Society of Great Britain. In 2016, he joined The Goldfish Council as a board member representing Canada. Ted is the first Canadian to serve in the role of President at The Goldfish Council. It is not uncommon for Ted to fly to goldfish shows or events across North America, generously sharing his decades of knowledge and experience on all things goldfish.
Ted is the founder & organizer of the Canadian Goldfish Symposium event which first debuted in Breslau, Ontario Canada (hosted by Andrew Bridgemohan/The Fish Sempai) back in June 2019. Ted is also the creator & organizer of the Canadian Goldfish Virtual Competition event, an annual online goldfish show for Canadians.