2018

Here's what you missed at #NAWC2018!

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2018 National Animal Welfare Conference
April 22-23, 2018
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Calgary, AB

The National Animal Welfare Conference is the largest animal welfare conference in Canada, known for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning. It is Canada’s only animal welfare industry event that represents the entire diversity of animal welfare leaders in Canada. Whether you work with a humane society, SPCA, animal rescue, advocacy group, animal control, conservation, an academic institution or the government – or are just interested in animal welfare, our exciting conference is the place for you! It will arm you with all the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to help build a Humane Canada on behalf of our nation’s animals.

Thank you to our #NAWC2018 sponsors  Thank you to our #NAWC2018 exhibitors

On Sunday, April 22, we held the Humane Canada Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Awards in the Imperial Ballroom of Hyatt Regency Calgary to celebrate the heroes of Canadian animal welfare who dedicate their lives to creating a more Humane Canada. We presented individuals and organizations from across Canada with awards for their work in media campaigning, wildlife programming, animal welfare science, strategic grant-making and public engagement. At the 2018 awards dinner, we also presented the inaugural Women for a Humane Canada Award Recognizing the Power of Women’s Leadership in Animal Welfare.

The winners of the 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Awards were:

Leadership and Innovation in a Media Campaign:
Edmonton Humane Society

Leadership and Innovation in Wildlife Programming:
Guelph Humane Society

Women for a Humane Canada Award Recognizing the Power of Women’s Leadership in Animal Welfare:
Laureen Harper

Leadership and Innovation in Animal Welfare Science:
University Of British Columbia Animal Welfare Program

Leadership and Innovation in Strategic Grant Making:
The Summerlee Foundation

Leadership and Innovation in Public Engagement:
Jo-Anne McArthur

See below for the full program of events from the 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference or click the download button below to download a digital version of the conference program.

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Click the links below each session to download specific speaker presentations. If the slides are not included below, it is because they are not available for download.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

11:00AM - 2:15PM: SHELTER TOURS
We offered shelter tours of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) and Calgary Humane Society as part of the 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference.

3:00PM - 5:00PM: HUMANE CANADA AGM
The Humane Canada Annual General Meeting took place April 21 from 3-5pm as part of the 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference. AGMs are open to Humane Canada member societies only.

7:00PM - 9:30PM: #NAWC2018 OPENING SOCIAL
Hosted and sponsored by Calgary Humane Society
Open to all conference attendees, this was a night of relaxed networking to get to know other delegates in preparation for a powerful two days of learning together.


SUNDAY, APRIL 22

6:30AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA

Hosted on-site at the Hyatt Regency Calgary by Calgary Humane Society

8:15AM - 10:00AM: CONFERENCE WELCOME AND OPENING PLENARY
Cats in Canada: A Five-Year Review of Cat Overpopulation
Dr. Toolika Rastogi PhD, Policy and Research Manager, Humane Canada
Download the slides here.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Applied Animal Welfare Science

Science Serving Animal Welfare: Part 1
Dr. David Fraser, Program Director, Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Manager, Scientific Programs, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Dr. Lee Niel, Assistant Professor, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner, Consultant, AGralytics / University of British Columbia (UBC)
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity
Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director, Zoocheck
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
Working Towards a Better Understanding of Equine Welfare at the Farm Level (45 minutes)
Cordelie DuBois, PhD Candidate, University of Guelph
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Equine RRSP: Retirement, Rescue, Slaughter and Public Attitudes (45 minutes)
Dr. Bettina Bobsien DVM, Veterinarian, Galiano Veterinary Services
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief Analytical Officer, PetSmart Charities
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Standards and Guidelines in a Humane Canada
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, Humane Canada
Dayna Desmarais, Owner, Dayna's Pet Sitting
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Brandy Street, Manager, SPCA Certified, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Slides are not available for this session.

12:15PM - 12:30PM: Knowledge Pod #1
Crowdsourcing Content with Big Fundraising Results
Erin Ryan, Research Coordinator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Download the slides here.

1:15PM - 1:30PM: Knowledge Pod #2
Weathering Social Media Storms
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Applied Animal Welfare Science
Science Serving Animal Welfare: Part 2
Dr. David Fraser, Program Director, Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute
Dr. Cathy Schuppli, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Download Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy's slides here. The other slides are not available for this session.

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
How a "Domestic" Animal Shelter Can Help Save Wild Lives
Sarah Dykeman, Animal Care Attendant, Guelph Humane Society 
June Yang, Adoption Program Coordinator, Guelph Humane Society
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TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
Supporting Sustainability: Meeting the Demand for Plant-Based Options (45 minutes)
Julie W. MacInnes, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International Canada
Slides are not available for this session.

Canada's First Rabbit Code (45 minutes)
Meghann Cant BSc (Agroecology) MSc (Animal Welfare), Animal Welfare Educator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
How Shelters and Rescues Can Collaborate to Improve Animal Welfare (45 minutes)
Stefanie Martin BSc, Supervisor of Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton Humane Society
Deanna Thompson, Executive Director, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
Slides are not available for this session.

Building Relationships Between Shelters and Municipalities (45 minutes)
Ron Gabruck, Director, Animal Care & Control Centre, City of Edmonton
Jamey Blair, Manager, Animal Health & Protection, Edmonton Humane Society
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TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Code Public Comment Periods: Is YOUR Voice Being Heard? (45 minutes)
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner, AGralytics / University of British Columbia (UBC)
Slides are not available for this session.

AnimalKind: A Better Approach to Wildlife and Rodent Control (45 minutes)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Manager, Scientific Programs, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Nicole Fenwick, Manager, Research and Standards, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Erin Ryan, Research Coordinator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Slides are not available for this session.

3:30PM - 5:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Applied Animal Welfare Science

Compassionate Conservation: Extending Welfare Concerns to Coyotes (65 minutes)
Dr. Shelley M. Alexander, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
Slides are not available for this session.

Barriers and Bridges to Compassionate Conservation of Carnivores (25 minutes)
Victoria Lukasik, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
PANEL: Pointless, Cruel and Dangerous: Predator Poisoning and Wolf Culls
Moderator: Julie W. MacInnes, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International Canada
Sheryl Fink, Director of Canadian Wildlife Campaigns, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Tommy Knowles, Executive Director, Wildlife Defence League Society
Sadie Parr, Executive Director, Wolf Awareness
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
From Farm Animal Science to Policy to Practice: How Do We Move Forward as a Movement?
Amy Morris MPP, Manager, Public Policy and Outreach, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
The Art and Science of Animal Sheltering
Barbara Walmer, Behaviour Advisor, Department Head of Behaviour, Calgary Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Developing New Ethical Standards for Horses in Competitive Sports (45 minutes)
Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
NOTE: THIS SESSION WAS CANCELLED DUE TO A PERSONAL EMERGENCY
Slides are not available for this session.

Humane Canada Standards of Practice and Accreditation Program
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, Humane Canada
Slides are not available for this session.

5:00PM: END OF CONFERENCE DAY

6:30PM - 10:30PM: ANIMAL WELFARE LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION AWARDS DINNER

Hosted by PetSecure
Awards presented annually by Humane Canada


MONDAY, APRIL 23

6:30AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA
Hosted on-site at the Hyatt Regency Calgary by Calgary Humane Society

8:30AM - 10:00AM: CONFERENCE WELCOME AND OPENING PLENARY
The Past, Present and Future of Dogs in First Nations: Full Circle Plenary on the Role of Dogs in First Nation Communities
Dyan Breaker, Justice Senior Manager, Siksika Nation
Josh Littlechild, Tribal Law Officer, Ermineskin Cree Nation
NOTE: THIS PLENARY WAS PRESENTED BY JOSH LITTLECHILD DUE TO A FLOODING EMERGENCY IN DYAN BREAKER'S COMMUNITY
Slides are not available for this session.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Animals in Research

Beyond Animal Testing: A Canadian Vision Toward Replacement
Dr. Charu Chandrasekera, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods / Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, University of Windsor
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
Integrating Wildlife and Humane Education (45 minutes)
Sarah Cooper, Project Manager, Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives, Nature Canada
Carol Kelly, Executive Director and Founder, Medicine River Wildlife Centre
Slides are not available for this session.

Community Conservation for Conflict Mitigation (45 minutes)
Geeta Seshamani, Senior Wildlife Conservationist and Co-Founding Director, Wildlife SOS
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK C: Advocacy 
PANEL: Mainstreaming Our Movement: From Special Interest to General Interest
Rebecca Aldworth, Executive Director, Humane Society International Canada
Darren Chang MA, Queen's University
Mishka Lysack PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Julie W. MacInnes, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International Canada
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
WORKSHOP: Driving the What and the How with a Meaningful WHY: Turning Passion into Practice
Dr. Cynthia Karsten, Outreach Veterinarian, University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
B.J. Rogers CAWA, Chief Operating Officer, Echo & Co.
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK E: Humane Education
Humane Education Stories: Challenges and Successes from the Field
Philip Fulton, Manager of Community Outreach, Calgary Humane Society
Download Phil Fulton's slides here.
Melissa Logan, Director of Education, Alberta SPCA
Download Melissa Logan's slides here.
Emelie Luciani, Co-Director, ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education
Colleen Ovenden, Co-Director, ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education
Download Emilie Luciani and Colleen Ovenden's slides here.

12:15PM - 12:30PM: Knowledge Pod #1
Winnipeg VegFest: Compassion for Animals and the Planet
Dr. Jason Hannan, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Communication, University of Winnipeg
Dr. Jonas Watson, Board of Directors, Winnipeg Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

1:15PM - 1:30PM: Knowledge Pod #2
Nutritional Management for Surrendered Cats
Dr. Jackie Parr, BScH DVM MSc Dip ACVN, Scientific Affairs Manager and Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist, Royal Canin Canada
Slides are not available for this session.

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Animals in Research
Understanding Reluctance to Use Non-Animal Dissection Alternatives in Secondary Education (45 minutes)
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute
Download the slides here.

Protecting Canada’s Lab Animals: A Closer Look at the Governance of Animal-Based Science (45 minutes)
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute
Download the slides here.

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
Wildlife Rehabilitation Challenges in BC and Opportunities for Professional Advancement (45 minutes)
Christina Carrieres, Vice President, Board of Directors, Wildlife Rehabilitators' Network of BC
Heather Schmitt, Board of Directors, Wildlife Rehabilitators' Network of BC
Slides are not available for this session.

Trophy Hunting in BC and the Great Bear Rainforest: What's Next? (45 minutes)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Manager, Scientific Programs, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK C: Advocacy
Face-2-Face or Online: Community Engagement and Tough Conversations in Animal Welfare (45 minutes)
Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
Becky Taylor MA RVT, Instructor, AHT/VMR/VTA Programs, Olds College
Slides are not available for this session.

Engaging the Media: How to Get Attention and Influence the Story You Want Told (45 minutes)
Elissa Carpenter, Reporter/Producer, CBC Radio/Television Calgary
Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
Building Volunteer Teams for Enrichment and Training (45 minutes)
Patrice Robert MCP, Owner, TAGteach en Francais
Slides are not available for this session.

WORKSHOP: Beyond Steering: Education Pays Dividends (45 minutes)
Marion Emo, Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA
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TRACK E: Humane Education
Is Humane Education Enough? (45 minutes)
Darren Chang MA, Queen's University
Meneka Repka PhD, Teacher/Instructor, University of Calgary
Slides are not available for this session.

Living in a Good Way with Dogs: First Nations' Educational Resources (45 minutes)
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Slides are not available for this session.

3:30PM - 4:30PM: CLOSING PLENARY
Saving India's Wildlife through Compassionate Conservation
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founding Director and CEO, Wildlife SOS
Slides are not available for this session.

4:30PM: END OF CONFERENCE DAY

5:00PM - 7:30PM: WOMEN FOR A HUMANE CANADA FORUM
This was a private event for members of our national leadership giving circle, Women for a Humane Canada.

7:30PM - 9:15PM: MOVIE NIGHT
This year's free movie screening was the award-winning documentary Kedi!
Sponsored by Pet Health


TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Note that the Deep Dive Training Day is a post-conference event that takes place each year on the day that follows the National Animal Welfare Conference, and separate registration is required. The training day is not included in a two-day pass to the National Animal Welfare Conference. The Deep Dive Training Day was sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society

TRACK A: Resource Development

8:30AM - 10:00AM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #1
Future Trends in Fundraising: Collaboration and Communication (60 minutes)
Moderator: Derek deLouche, Director of Resource Development and Member Services, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
Don MacIntosh, Sales & Marketing Director of Professional Division, Royal Canin Canada
Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada
Allison Schultz, Agency Development Associate, Community Foundation of Calgary
Slides are not available for this session.

Creating a Sustainable Social Enterprise (30 minutes)
Michelle Yez, Manager of Humane Education, Training and Retail, Edmonton Humane Society
Download the slides here.
Download the social enterprise handout here.
Download a model budget here.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #2
Donor Stewardship that Builds Loyal Donors
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society
Rae Fehr, Senior Manager, Fund Development, Calgary Humane Society
Leah Johnson, Donor Engagement Advisor, Calgary Humane Society
Aimee Winegarden, Advancement Officer, Edmonton Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

1:00PM - 2:30PM: AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSION
Law of Attraction: Captivate, Cultivate and Capture Fans with Video
Barbara A. McLean, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Karmic Media Group LLC
Slides are not available for this session.

2:30PM: END OF TRAINING DAY


TRACK B: Leadership & Change Management

8:30AM - 10:00AM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #1
WORKSHOP: There Is Always An Organizational Culture, But Is It the One You Want?
Marc Lavoie, Training and HR Consultant, On Purpose Training and HR Consulting Services
Deanna Thompson, Executive Director, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
Slides are not available for this session.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #2
Making Strategy and Culture Stick!
Shannon Beaton, Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development, Edmonton Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

1:00PM - 2:30PM: AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSION
Bringing It All Together: Culture, Leadership and Action Planning
Jeff Lucier, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Aspirant Leadership Coaching and Consulting
Slides are not available for this session.

2:30PM: END OF TRAINING DAY


TRACK C: First Nations and Dogs

8:30AM - 10:00AM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #1
A Community-Based Approach to Free-Roaming Dog Population Management (45 minutes)
RJ Bailot, Executive Director, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
Alanna Collicutt, Dog Care and Control Program Manager, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
Slides are not available for this session.

Community Self-Report Cards: Using Action Research to Inform Dog Management Strategies in First Nations (45 minutes)
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Adriana Pisano Beaumont MSc, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Slides are not available for this session.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #2
WORKSHOP: Humane Indigenous Community Development: Participatory Methods for Dog Management
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Kate Nattrass Atema, Director, Global Community Animal Welfare Program, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Diana Webster, Esq. (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), President/CEO, The Native America Humane Society
NOTE: DIANA WEBSTER WAS UNABLE TO SPEAK AS PART OF THIS SESSION DUE TO A PERSONAL EMERGENCY
Slides are not available for this session.

1:00PM - 2:30PM: AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSION
Animal Welfare Organizations and First Nations Partnerships: Best Practices for Dog Population Management
RJ Bailot, Executive Director and Co Founder, Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force
Alanna Collicutt, Dog Care and Control Program Manager, Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Slides are not available for this session.

2:30PM: END OF TRAINING DAY


TRACK D: Disaster Preparedness

8:30AM - 10:00AM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #1
How to Care for Animals in Emergencies
Dr. Dave Bjolin, Veterinarian, Canada Task Force 2/Olds College 
Bonnie Lewin, Business Continuity & Recovery Planner - ESS Planner, The City of Calgary
Slides are not available for this session.

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING TRAINING SESSION #2
It Is Not “If” It Is “When”: Get Prepared to Stay Ahead of Disaster
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director, Calgary Humane Society 
Jill Gibson, Investigator, Calgary Humane Society
Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

1:00PM - 2:30PM: AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSION
Temporary Emergency Animal Sheltering in Natural Disasters
Beth Gammie, Director of Field Services, RedRover
Slides are not available for this session.

2:30PM: END OF TRAINING DAY

2:45PM - 4:45PM: NATIONAL ROUND TABLE
Effective Partnerships with First Nations & Inuit Communities
This optional event was open to all Deep Dive Training Day participants
Slides are not available for this session.