Humane Canada's National Animal Welfare Conference #NAWC2020

The 2020 National Animal Welfare Conference is in the beautiful city of Victoria, BC
March 28-30, 2020
Deep Dive Training Day on March 31st

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Humane Canada's National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC) is an annual professional development and community-building event for anyone who works with, cares for or advocates for animals. It is the biggest and best-attended animal welfare conference in Canada.

Join us at #NAWC2020 in the beautiful city of Victoria to celebrate with engaging conference sessions and activities, world-class speakers, daily networking opportunities, lightning sessions for quick takeaways, amazing exhibitors & prizes, local shelter tours, a brand-new recharge area for fun and networking, and chances to converse and collaborate with thought leaders to gain insights into emerging animal welfare trends. Our more than 400 annual attendees already know this is a can’t miss event.

As the convenor of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, Humane Canada's National Animal Welfare Conference will help you connect with the best and brightest thinkers in animal welfare today, learn cutting-edge practices and build a network of support that stretches from coast to coast.

About the Event

Humane Canada's two-day National Animal Welfare Conference takes place in a different major Canadian city each year and includes presentations, workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions on new animal welfare initiatives, emerging animal welfare research, best practices in animal sheltering, leadership practices in an animal welfare context, animal welfare community engagement, advocacy and stakeholder relations techniques.

Who Attends #NAWC?

Do you work with, care for or advocate for Canada’s animals? Then this Conference is the learning and networking hub for you. Learn cutting-edge practices, collaborate, forge new partnerships and access the best and brightest thinkers in animal welfare today.

This event welcomes students in any discipline, veterinarians and vet techs, academics, researchers and scientists, animal enforcement personnel, animal care professionals who work with companion animals, farm animals or wildlife, staff from humane societies, SPCAs and animal rescues, animal welfare advocates, policy experts, humane education professionals and members of the general public who want to advance their work for animals.

Learning & Networking Opportunities

  • Learn cutting-edge practices that will help you and your organization work more effectively for Canada’s animals
  • Build professional connections while learning innovative new solutions to common animal welfare problems
  • Access practical tips and takeaways from a variety of perspectives to enrich your work and renew your commitment to advancing animal welfare
  • Network with animal welfare funders and decision-makers from across Canada
  • Forge new relationships and partnerships
  • Share your animal welfare knowledge and help to advance animal welfare in Canada
  • Gain unparalleled access to the best and brightest thinkers in animal welfare today

Come get inspired!

Sign up for our mailing list and stay in the know about the 2020 conference!

Sign up for our #NAWC2019 mailing list now!


"I was fortunate to be a recipient of one of the Royal Canin grants for the Humane Canada event held in Montreal 2019. I can’t even begin to put words to paper (or computer screen) how much I not only personally enjoyed but incredibly benefited from this event. Starting with the awards breakfast (wow, such yummy food) I had the opportunity to hear about and observe the recognition of some wonderful individuals who have dedicated their lives to the humane care and welfare of animals. WOW talk about inspirational! The conference itself was fantastic-the content of the sessions was spot on, the only downside is having to decide which sessions to attend! I’m also grateful of the nice mix of cross species and leadership speaker sessions available. The socials and SPCA walking tour was the icing on the cake- With an opportunity to share like minded ideas and stories. What a fab bunch of people! Thank you again to Humane Canada and Royal Canin- I cant begin to tell you how very much I benefited from this event. I feel as though it’s rekindled the fire in my heart." - Catherine McMillan, Winnipeg Humane Society