The National Animal Welfare Conference

by Humane Canada

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The 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference is in the beautiful city of Montreal
April 14-15, 2019
Deep Dive Training Day on April 16
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal



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

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the humane movement in Canada and this country’s first SPCA: Montreal SPCA. Join us at #NAWC2019 in the beautiful city of Montreal to celebrate with 70+ conference sessions and activities, world-class speakers, daily networking opportunities, knowledge pods for quick takeaways, amazing exhibitors & prizes, shelter tours of Montreal SPCA, a brand-new delegate recharge station 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.

While you’re in town, be sure to come out to the 2019 Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Awards to cheer on the heroes of Canadian animal welfare. You can also extend your conference experience and deepen your learning by diving into a day-long workshop on your topic of choice at the 2019 Deep Dive Training Day on April 16.

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

This two-day event 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. In 2019, there will be more content on animal sheltering, humane education and leadership best practices than ever before.

Who Attends?

Do you work with, care for or advocate for Canada’s animals? Then the National Animal Welfare 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.

Languages at #NAWC2019

For the first time in 2019, we will be offering simultaneous English-to-French translation of our plenaries and a selection of our concurrent sessions, making the event even more accessible to our community across Canada.

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

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Niki Vlooswyk-Steele, NAWC2018 delegate"This year, I cried, I laughed, I met new people and saw familiar faces. Thanks so much for your hard work in putting it all together."
– Niki Vlooswyk-Steele CMA, Controller, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and NAWC2018 delegate



Karen McGeean, NAWC2018 delegate"I can’t say enough about the professionalism of the Humane Canada conference. Right from the get-go, my days were filled with inspiring conversations with those inside and outside my field. I gained valuable information on resource development and was excited to be surrounded by positive, uplifting and progressive people who all had the attitude of “We can do that!” The team at Humane Canada always raises the bar and challenge themselves to be better as individuals and as an organization – to reach outside the comfort zone and make the participants think outside the box. This is what I find so inspiring and motivating to continue the work that Humane Canada is doing!"
– Karen McGeean, Director of Marketing and Development, Fredericton SPCA and NAWC2018 delegate


Sofia Gonzalez, Adoption and Foster Coordinator, SPCA Montreal"Attending NAWC gave us the opportunity to network with other animal welfare professionals and learn from sheltering and welfare experts. We would absolutely encourage people to attend the conference. It takes organizations to the next level of development."
– Sofia Gonzalez, Adoption and Foster Coordinator, SPCA Montreal and NAWC2017 delegate



Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada"We are proud to support the National Animal Welfare Conference because those in attendance share our unparalleled commitment to pet well-being. At Hill’s, we’re about more than just pet food. We are about connecting pets to people and the conference ensures we can help enhance the special relationship between people and their pets across Canada." -Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada, NAWC2018 Sponsor


PetSmart Charities of Canada "PetSmart Charities of Canada has been a proud sponsor of Humane Canada's National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC) since its inception. We believe by bringing the best and brightest minds in animal welfare together, Humane Canada is ensuring the organizations in attendance at this premier conference in Canada are staying at the forefront of animal welfare issues, best practices and future directions while fostering a culture of collaboration across our industry. The conference also provides a great opportunity to meet and inform our Canadian colleagues about the mission and granting priorities of PetSmart Charities of Canada." - Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada, Presenting Sponsor since 2014

Elise Desaulniers"Montreal SPCA is honoured to be the City Host Sponsor for the 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference. It’s an opportunity to put our support behind this important gathering of Canada’s animal welfare sector, which significantly advances our professionalism, knowledge and skills. 2019 marks the first time this annual conference has taken place in Québec, and the timing couldn’t be better: next year, we’ll be celebrating our organization’s 150th anniversary – and the start of the Canadian humane movement – in the company of our colleagues from coast to coast." - Élise Desaulniers, Executive Director, Montreal SPCA


 Interested in seeing what you missed at #NAWC2018?

    #NAWC2018 Exhibitors!