Guest Speakers
Jill MacLeod

Jill MacLeod lives in High River, Alberta, Canada with her husband Art and two daughters, Rachel and Emma. The family has been involved in the Alpaca industry since 1991, when the MacLeods began their breeding operation, Aztec Alpacas. Jill has served as a past director of the Canadian Alpaca Association and also has extensive experience with Alpaca show organization. She spends much of her time traveling as an alpaca halter and fleece judge and holds international training credentials and is also a senior judge and judge trainer for the American association, AOBA. Jill has been fortunate to judge across North America as well as Germany, France, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Jill has had a lifelong interest in textiles and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Textiles in 1987 from the University of Alberta. She is interested in the development of the alpaca fibre industry and spent several years working with the Canadian fibre cooperative to achieve the volumes required to move Canadian alpaca to a wider market. She is a certified Camelid fibre classer and devoted many hours at the co-op each year classing the Canadian clip for the co-op.
Jill readily agrees that it was her interest in what the alpacas grow on their backs that initially lead her into the industry and she has a keen interest in seeing this valuable product earn it's rightful place in the luxury natural fibre marketplace.