Ted Tai, one of the senior goldfish fanciers and mentors to many in North America, has been raising goldfish for over 35 years. He has kept virtually all colors and breeds of goldfish. Ted currently keeps Tosakin, Jikin, Wakin, Oranda, Side-View Ranchu, Lionhead, Celestial, Bubble-Eye, Bristol Shubunkin, Crown Pearlscale and Ryukin 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. He is currently Vice President of Operations at The Second Cup Ltd. and has also held various senior positions over the past twenty years at Tim Hortons Inc.
Ted has been a member of The Goldfish Society of America, the American Goldfish Association, the Goldfish Society of Great Britain and, most recently, joined the Board of Directors of The Goldfish Council as Director for Canada. It is not uncommon for Ted to fly to goldfish shows all over North America, generously sharing his decades of knowledge and experience on all things goldfish.
In his spare time, Ted and his wife enjoy traveling and cruises and are huge foodies. Ted also enjoys fishing, as well as online gaming with his two beautiful daughters.