May 2-5
River Rock Casino & Resort
Richmond, BC

Keynote and Plenary Sessions

Rewilding our hearts: Animal emotions, compassionate conservation, and the importance of individual animals
Dr. Marc Bekoff

Make it History: A Review of the Fur Industry in Canada
Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy, Montreal SPCA
Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer, BC SPCA
Lesley Fox, Executive Director, Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals

Cars, cats climate change and other neglected problems of animal welfare and conservation 
David Fraser, University of British Columbia 
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Save more Felines… Launch a Kitten Brigade! 
Ashley Britton, Manager Volunteers, Ottawa Humane Society
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Cats Count in Canada – a national update
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, CFHS
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National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, CFHS

Animal Liberation as a Social Justice Issue
Darren Chang, Direct Action Everywhere
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Inviting stakeholders’ input into the future direction of research into companion-animal overpopulation and relinquishment 
Jason Coe, Rachel O’Connor, Tyler Flockhart, Aileigh Kay, Kim Lambert
Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Can We Talk? Adoption Screening Through Conversation
Todd Cramer, Field Program Manger, PetSmart Charities, Inc.
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The Power of Working Together—the example of the PEI Companion Animal Welfare Initiative (CAWI)
Alice Crook, Coordinator, Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Atlantic Veterinary College, Chair of CAWI

How to use municipal by-laws to effect change for animals
Alanna Devine, B.A., B.C.L., LL.B., Director of Animal Advocacy, Montreal SPCA

The Need for Humane Wildlife Control Standards 
Dr. Sara Dubois, BC SPCA Chief Scientific Officer

Animals Matter – Putting Animal Welfare on the Political Agenda!
Kim Elmslie, Communications and Advocacy Manager, CFHS

A Small Wins Approach to Online Campaigns Increases Revenue
Shoni Field, Director, Fundraising Operations and Innovation, BC SPCA
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Identifying the important factors contributing to the domestic cat (Felis catus) overpopulation issue in Guelph, Ontario
Tyler Flockhart, PhD and Jason Coe, DVM PhD, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

New Developments in Animal Welfare Science 
David Fraser, University of British Columbia 
Christine Sumner, Joanna Makowska, Beth Ventura, Becca Franks, UBC Animal Welfare Program

Creating Social Media Success and Avoiding the Pitfalls
Travis Grant, Communications & Fund Development Manager, Edmonton Humane Society

The Northern Dogs Project – working with Canadian First Nations dogs and their people
Janice Hannah, Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Beyond Labels: Understanding the True Impact of Live Release Rate and Intake Policies
Roger Haston, Ph.D., Executive Director, Animal Assistance Foundation
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The Power of Protocols: Using Clinical Protocols to Improve and Streamline Medical Care in Shelters
Dr. Linda Jacobson BVSc MMedVet (Med) PhD, Deputy Director of Shelter Medicine, Toronto Humane Society 
Dr. Karen Ward DVM, Director of Shelter Medicine, Toronto Humane Society
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Implementing C4C at Your Shelter – Providing better care, more humane housing and improving outcomes!
Cynthia Karsten, DVM, Lazin Alive Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Behavioural assessments of shelter dogs
Dr. Rebecca Ledger, companion animal behaviour scientist

Paws on the street: An inter-agency approach to helping homeless and low income people and their pets 
Kim Monteith, BC SPCA manager, animal welfare, with special guest testimonials from street youth

Standards in Animal Training 
Kim Monteith, BC SPCA manager, animal welfare

Among Animals: Engaging Youth Through a Multifaceted Humane Education Program
Craig Naherniak, BC SPCA General Manager, Humane Education
Paula Neuman, BC SPCA Manager, Humane Education
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Why Animals in Science Matter
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Lecturer, UBC Animal Welfare Program and Independent Research Consultant, BC SPCA
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer, BC SPCA, and Adjunct Professor, UBC Animal Welfare Program
Shawn Eccles, Manager, Cruelty Investigations, BC SPCA, and CCAC Director of the Board

Undercover Investigations in Canada
Krista Osborne, Executive Director, Mercy For Animals Canada

Using Faith to Lead the Way for Animal Welfare in the Halal Meat Industry
Major Case Management Team
Chris Rodgers, Deputy Chief, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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Negotiating the Challenges of Shelter Work 
Kira Schabram, PhD Candidate; University of British Columbia

ASV Guidelines in Action: Improving Animal Welfare and Saving Lives – the Canadian Journey Continues…
Dr. Magdalena Smrdelj, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA
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SPCA Certified: A Third Party Farm Animal Welfare Certification System Operated by the BC SPCA
Brandy Street, Manager, SPCA Certified, BC SPCA
Tim Rempel, Rockwell Farm

Farm Animal Welfare on the Global Stage: How Canada Compares 
Sayara Thurston, Campaign Manager, Protect Farm Animals, Humane Society International/Canada 
Michael Bernard, Political Officer, Humane Society International/Canada

Catalyzing and Managing Change Towards a New Prevention Model of Animal Welfare
Geoff Urton, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, BC SPCA
Amy Morris, Policy and Outreach Officer, BC SPCA

Advancing Farm Animal Welfare in Canada through Codes and Animal Care Assessment
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)
Steve Leech, National Program Manager, Chicken Farmers of Canada
Nicole Sillett, National Program Coordinator, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Training Sessions

Entering the World of Social Enterprise
Jan Ditchfield, Fund Development Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Developing your board 
Nicholas Gilman, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA

Building the bond: Humane animal training workshop
Chirag Patel, Animal Behaviour and Training Consultant


The impact of alternatives to harmful animal use on animals, research, testing and society
Dr. Olivier Berreville, attended by Darren Chang

Cat Overpopulation: Using Dialogue to Engage Stakeholders and Get Results
Lubna Ekramoddoullah, VOKRA/Surrey Community Cat Coalition

A Scoping Review of Published Research on the Population Dynamics and Control Practices of Companion Animals
Aileigh Kay, MSc Candidate, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

What Do Animal Shelter Workers Think of the Dogs They Care For?
Leila Kullar, M.A. Anthrozoology, University of Exeter

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the proportion of dogs surrendered for dog-related and owner-related reasons
Kim Lambert, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Exploring the anticipated concerns and challenges of adopters prior to acquiring a dog or cat from an animal shelter
Rachel O’Connor, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Factors associated with companion rabbit owners’ knowledge of rabbit care and the neuter status of their companion rabbit
Tasha Welch, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph