Shackelton Auctions now into the third generation with five auctioneers and a large staff of extended family and friends, the Shackelton’s have seen many changes over the years. Technology and progress have led us to live internet bidding being available for auctions and this family business continues to grow with the industry and technology while remembering and focusing on family values and customer service.




Company Founder

In 1956 Les started in the auction business as a clerk.    The auctioneer at the time was late getting started and Les said “if you don’t hurry up I’m going to start the sale”  the auctioneer replied “that’s a good idea, I will sell the first half and you can sell the second half of the sale”.  Well that’s all it took and within 6 months Les was auctioning 4 livestock auctions per week.   It did not take long and farmers were entrusting Les to conduct their farm equipment sales.  It wasn’t until 1958 that Les decided to make the journey to Indiana to become properly qualified at the Reppert School of Auctioneering.  After graduating Les continued doing livestock, farm equipment & real estate auctions, some times selling 6 to 8 auctions per week.  In the early 1960’s Les and his brother Ken started Ontarios first farm equipment consignment auction, that auction was held on Les’s farm.  That auction grew rapidly and by the second year had over 80 tractors in the auction.  In the late 1960’s Les was doing some antique and furniture auctions as well and decided it was time to have his own building and yard to conduct the annual farm equipment consignment auctions as well to house the furniture auctions.  He purchased the Martin school house and began holding auctions there.   Auctions were not the only thing Les had on the go, he had livestock, farmed the land as well as trucking livestock to and from the livestock auctions that he was selling at.   None of this could have been accomplished without the constant support of his late wife, Dorothy.  Today at 88 years old Les still stops at the office almost daily to see what is new, and rarely misses an auction.  As you can imagine being an auctioneer for almost 60 years Les has several stories, he will tell you one of his favourite things in life are people.  Les is a proud man, he takes a lot of pride in the business he started and that his family continues his legacy.

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Company CEO #1

In 1971 John attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1971, the same school his father had attended.  John followed in his fathers footsteps selling several livestock auctions per week as well as numerous farm equipment, real estate, & furniture auctions.  John was in high demand, often being contracted by other auction companies to conduct farm equipment auctions as well as other business closures such as Mothers Restuarants, Woolco and selling equipment for the city of Toronto.  John was also active, sitting on the board of directors for the Auctioneers Association of Ontario for many years.

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Company CEO

In 1995 Mike started full time with the family business and attended  the same Indiana auction school that his father and grandfather attended. Not forgetting his roots, Mike continues the family auction traditions, but also auctions autombiles for Toyota, Chrysler & GM and other car manufactures, as well as  numerous collector car auction all over North America.  He is also one of the lead auctioneers for Hahn Farms yearly equipment auction.  In 2003 Mike entered the auctioneers competition against 22 other  auctioneers and was named the Ontario Grand Champion, since that he has judged the competition 5 times.  Mike has also been asked to instruct on bid calling at the Reppert School of Auctioneering.

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