2019

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2019 National Animal Welfare Conference
April 14-15, 2019
Hotel Bonaventure
Montreal, QC

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.

  

On Sunday, April 14th, we held the Humane Canada Awards in the Montreal Ballroom of the Hotel Bonaventure 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.

The winners of the 2019 Humane Canada Awards were:

Spca de Montréal
RECOGNIZING THE HISTORIC FOUNDING OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE MOVEMENT IN CANADA

Dr. Charu Chandrasekera
WOMEN FOR A HUMANE CANADA AWARD

Furry Hobos N Hiway Hero’s
FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION IN BRINGING PETS HOME AND RECONNECTING FAMILIES

Zachary’s Paws for Healing
FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION IN PROGRAMMING FOR THRIVING PETS, THRIVING FAMILIES AND THRIVING COMMUNITIES

Kevin Strooband, Lincoln County Humane Society
FOR INDIVIDUAL STAFF AND ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION IN PROGRAMMING

Donner Canadian Foundation
FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION IN STRATEGIC POLICY RESEARCH AND APPLICATION INVOLVING ANIMALS AND THE LAW

Dr Ian J.H. Duncan
FREDERIC A. MCGRAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

See below for the full program of events from the 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference or click the download button below to download a digital version of the conference program.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2019

1:00PM-3:00PM: MONTREAL SPCA SHELTER TOUR
Attendees enjoyed a “behind-the-scenes” tour of our city host, Montreal SPCA’s facility.

7:00PM-9:30PM: #NAWC2019 OPENING SOCIAL
Attendees came out for a night of relaxed networking to get to know other delegates in preparation for a powerful two days of learning together. There were appetizers, a silent auction, live music and lots of fun. A special thank you to our City Host Sponsor, Montreal SPCA for sponsoring this event!


SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2019

6:30AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA
These morning wellness sessions were hosted on-site by Montreal SPCA. Classes combined cats and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience.

8:00AM - 10:00AM: HUMANE CANADA AWARDS BREAKFAST WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER JACKSON GALAXY

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING SESSIONS

TRACK A: Capacity Building - Sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society 
Grow Your Shelter Foster Program to Save More Lives! (90 minutes)
Katie Ayres, Manager: Animal Flow, Calgary Humane Society
Sally Johnston, Team Lead: Foster, Calgary Humane Society

TRACK B: Cats Count
DC Cat Count: Groundbreaking Collaboration to Inform the Future of Cat Population Management (90 minutes)
Tyler Flockhart, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief of Analytics, PetSmart Charities

TRACK C: Animal Ethics
The Montreal SPCA's Fight Against Breed-Specific Legislation (90 minutes)
Sophie Gaillard, Director of Animal Advocacy, Montreal SPCA

TRACK D: Vulnerable Animals
Compassionate Care at the Montreal SPCA: Solutions for At-Risk Animals (90 minutes)
Francine Charron,Team Lead: Annexe, Montreal SPCA
Dr. Jessica Nichol, Volunteer, Montreal SPCA
Tammie Benoit, Special Placements Manager, Montreal SPCA

12:00PM - 1:30PM: LIGHTNING SESSIONS

Lightning Session 12:10PM - 12:25PM
Post-Adoption Peace of Mind
Brandon Zweerman, Outreach Manager, VCA Canada

Lightning Session 12:35PM - 12:50PM
PR Made Easy: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Sharing Your Story with the Media
Carrie Trembinski, Senior PR Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada

Lightning Session 1:00PM - 1:15PM
Enhancing Access to Quality Rental Housing for Pet Owners
Taryn M. Graham, Research Associate, York University

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON SESSION #1

TRACK A: Capacity Building - Sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society
Improving Volunteer Programs to Help Shelter Dogs (45 minutes)
Amélie Martel, Animal Welfare Director, Montreal SPCA

Adventures in Transport (45 minutes)
Dr. Karen Ward, Chief Veterinary Officer, Toronto Humane Society
Larissa Nagelberg, Manager: Foster Care, Toronto Humane Society

TRACK B: Cats Count 
Is it Possible to Herd Cats? (45 minutes)
Amy Morris, Manger: Policy and Companion Animals, BC SPCA
Marieke van der Velden, Outreach Specialist, BC SPCA

PAL: Prevent Another Litter (45 minutes)
Tracy Marcotullio, Manager, Oromocto and Area SPCA

TRACK C: Animal Ethics 
PANEL: Animal Welfare Organizations: Responding to Ethical Challenges (45 minutes)
Élise Desaulniers, Executive Director, Montreal SPCA
Valéry Giroux, Coordinator Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ), Université de Montréal
Kristen Voigt, Assistant Professor, McGill University

Adopters Welcome: How Open Adoptions Benefit People and Animals (45 minutes)
Ewa Demianowicz, Senior Campaign Manager, Humane Society International/Canada

TRACK D: Vulnerable Animals 
PANEL: Mission Focused: Keeping People and Pets Together (45 minutes)
Donna Jenkins, Founder/President, Zachary's Paws For Healing
Marion Emo, President and CEO, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA
Charlotte McInnis, Animal Attendant, Oromocto and Area SPCA

Co-Sheltering Companion Animals in Emergency Women's Shelters: From Model to Practice & Solutions (45 minutes)
Sarah May Lindsay, BES MA PhD Candidate (ABD) PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, McMaster University

3:30PM - 5:00PM: AFTERNOON SESSION #2

TRACK A: Capacity Building - Sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society 
Mental Health in the Workplace: Beyond Compassion Fatigue (45 minutes)
Melaina Slater, Manager: Human Resources, Calgary Humane Society
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director, Calgary Humane Society
*simultaneous English-to-French translation

Exploring the Impact of Scheduled Intake as Part of Capacity for Care (45 minutes)
Samantha Hobson, Graduate Student, University of Guelph

TRACK B: Cats Count
Setting Cats Up For Success: Effective Weight Loss Strategies for Shelters (45 minutes)
Dr. Jackie Parr, Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist / Scientific Affairs Manager, Royal Canin Canada

Young and Hungry: Our 2019 Shelter Guide on Neonatology (45 minutes)
Dr. Allan Corber, Technical Services Veterinarian, Royal Canin Canada

TRACK C: Animal Ethics 
PANEL: Ending Declawing in North America: Past, Present, and Future (90 minutes)
Dr. Alice Crook, Coordinator: Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of PEI
Dr. Hugh Chisholm, Atlantic Canada Director, Paw Project
Dr. Jennifer Conrad, Director and Founder, Paw Project
Dr. Odette Girard, Veterinarian, Clinique Veterinare de la Promenade

TRACK D: Vulnerable Animals 
Providing Veterinary Care for Low-Income Communities: New Solutions (45 minutes)
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief of Analytics, PetSmart Charities

CSI Animal: Veterinary Forensics in Practice (45 minutes)
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager: Animal Cruelty Investigations, Calgary Humane Society
Dr. Margaret Doyle, Forensic Veterinarian, Horizon Veterinary Group

5:00PM - 6:30PM: END OF DAY SOCIAL MIXER HOSTED BY PETHEALTH INC.

6:30PM - 8:30PM: WOMEN FOR A HUMANE CANADA FORUM & DINNER 


MONDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2019

6:30AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA
These morning wellness sessions were hosted on-site by Montreal SPCA. Classes combined cats and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience.

8:30AM - 10:00AM: MORNING PLENARY 
PANEL: The Rise of the Animal Welfare Professional: Supporting Growth and Change in the Animal Welfare Sector
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada (Moderator)
Elizabeth Murphy, CEO, Nova Scotia SPCA
Kathrina Loeffler, Executive Director, Facilitated Improvement for Corporate Success
Tara Hellewell, Executive Director, Central Alberta Humane Society

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING SESSION

TRACK A: Sheltering for Change
Mobility Matters: Making Physical Rehabilitation Happen to Increase Adoptability (90 Minutes)
Christina Giordmaina RVT, CCRP, Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician, Toronto Humane Society
Jenna Cook, RVT, CCRP, CCMT, Lead Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician, SOAR Veterinary Services

TRACK B: Cat Behaviour 
Cat Behavior: What People Don't Know But Should (90 Minutes)
Daniel Filion, Président, L'éduCHATeur

TRACK C: Advocacy 
Social Capital: A New Framework for Animal Welfare (90 Minutes)
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief of Analytics, PetSmart Charities of Canada

TRACK D: Education 
Are We Making A Difference? (90 Minutes)
Craig Naherniak, General Manager: Humane Education, BC SPCA

TRACK E: Development and Strategies 
Election Strategies: Collaborating to Get Animal Welfare on the Agenda!
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada

12:00PM - 1:30PM: LIGHTNING SESSIONS

Lightning Session 12:10PM - 12:25PM
Networking and the Fredericton Flood Relief
Karen McGeean, Director of Marketing & Development, Fredericton SPCA

Lightning Session 12:35PM - 12:50PM
Planning an Easy and Effective Event with Limited Resources
Leah Johnson, Donor Engagement Advisor, Calgary Humane Society
Maja Krol, Donor Engagement Coordinator, Calgary Humane Society

Lightning Session 1:00PM - 1:15PM
No Place Like Home: Intake Diversion Works
Karen Reicheld, Manager: Animal Care and Adoptions, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON SESSION #1

TRACK A: Sheltering for Change 
How the Ottawa Humane Society Took Spay/Neuter Mobile (45 minutes)
Amber Corby, Manager: Community Programs, Ottawa Humane Society

Veterinary Clinics Run by a Humane Society: Is That Possible? (45 minutes)
Kevin Strooband, Executive Director, Lincoln County Humane Society

TRACK B: Cat Behaviour 
Raising Super Cats: The Importance of Kitten Socialization (45 minutes)
Rebecca Lohnes, MS CDBC, ACCBC Behaviour and Training Manager, Lollypop Farm / The Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Managing Feline Behaviour Problems in Animal Shelters (45 minutes)
Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, Manager: Feline Behaviour, Enrichment and Rehabilitation, Toronto Humane Society

TRACK C: Advocacy 
PANEL: Protecting Exotic Animal Welfare by Regulation and Education (90 Minutes)
Cass Koenen, Head of Wildlife Campaigns, Exotic Pets, World Animal Protection
Melissa Matlow, Campaign Director, World Animal Protection
Michèle Hamers, Campaign Manager, Zoocheck Inc.

TRACK D: Education 
Bridging the Gap: Exploring Canadian Pets and Wildlife with Newcomers (45 minutes)
Allie Holloway, Manager: Outreach, Ottawa Humane Society
Stephanie Millar, French Coordinator: Humane Education, Ottawa Humane Society

Youth, Animals, Action! The Power of Kids and Teens Today (45 minutes)
Emelie Luciani, Co-Director, ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education
Colleen Ovenden, Co-Director, ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education

TRACK E: Development and Strategies 
Growing Revenue: Running a Business Within a Charitable Model (45 Minutes)
Elizabeth Murphy, CEO, Nova Scotia SPCA

Navigating Social Media (45 Minutes)
Kylie Adams, Coordinator: Communications & Marketing, Edmonton Humane Society

3:30PM - 4:30PM: PLENARY - Room: Montreal Ballroom
The Sentient World of Fishes
Jonathan Balcombe, Author of What A Fish Knows, Pleasurable Kingdom, and Second Nature

5:30PM - 7:30PM: MONTREAL CITY WALKING TOUR WITH DOGS: THE OTHER OLD MONTRÉAL
Hosted by Montreal SPCA 

Attendees discovered another side of Old Montréal : the immigrants, the slaves, the sailors and the congregations, the encounter between the French and the First Nations. During this walking tour, L’Autre Montréal told the complex day to day life of this diverse population that was once living in a time when Old Montréal was just… Montréal. For this special tour, the guide also gave historical facts about the SPCA and focused on animal related monuments and public art. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2019 - DEEP DIVE TRAINING DAY

8:30AM - 10:00PM: MORNING SESSION #1

TRACK A: Shelter Medicine
Intake Management of Animals Entering Shelters (45 Minutes)  
Dr. Kyla Townsend, Shelter Veterinarian, Toronto Humane Society

Shelter Practices to Control Infectious Disease (45 Minutes) 
Dr. Stephanie Black, Veterinarian, Ontario Shelter Medicine Association

TRACK B: Fundraising 
WORKSHOP: Planning for Fundraising (90 Minutes)
Leah Johnson, Donor Engagement Advisor, Calgary Humane Society
Rae Fehr, Senior Manager: Fund Development, Calgary Humane Society

TRACK C: Leadership 
WORKSHOP: The Battle of Futures: Strategic Planning to Catapult Your Organization Forward (90 Minutes)
Amy Morris, Manager: Policy and Outreach, BC SPCA
Geoff Urton, General Manager: Strategy and Innovation, BC SPCA

10:15AM - 12:15PM: MORNING SESSION #2

TRACK A: Shelter Medicine 
Ideal vs Practical Solutions – Which Strategies Will Work for Your Animal Shelter in the Face of Disease? (60 Minutes)
Dr. Esther Attard, BSc DVM, Chief Veterinarian, Toronto Animal Services

Preventing URI in Cats through Stress Management: Practical Strategies (60 Minutes) 
Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, Manager, Feline Behaviour, Rehabilitation, and Enrichment Programs, Toronto Humane Society
Dr. Stephanie Black, Veterinarian, Ontario Shelter Medicine Association

TRACK B: Fundraising 
Raising Money from Foundations: Straight from the Funders Mouth (60 Minutes)
Dani LaGiglia, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada 

WORKSHOP: Connecting the Dots: Connecting with Your Community Using Multi-Platform Fundraising (60 Minutes)
Rae Fehr, Senior Manager, Fund Development, Calgary Humane Society
Sage Pullen McIntosh, Senior Manager, Communications and Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society

TRACK C: Leadership 
WORKSHOP: Putting your Strategic Plan into Action: Achieving your top Performance  (60 minutes)
Geoff Urton, General Manager, Strategy & Innovation, BC SPCA

WORKSHOP: Interpersonal Skills for Animal People: Elevating your Team’s Performance through Effective Communication  (60 minutes)
Geoff Urton, General Manager, Strategy & Innovation, BC SPCA

1:00PM - 2:30PM: AFTERNOON SESSION

TRACK A: Shelter Medicine 
FIV & FeLV: Positive Doesn't Have to be Negative (45 Minutes) 
Dr. Linda Jacobson, Senior Manager for Shelter Medicine Advancement, Toronto Humane Society / Ontario Shelter Medicine Association

WORKSHOP: We Transferred A Heartworm Dog Into Our Shelter, What Now?!  Treatment Advice from the Trenches (45 Minutes)
Dr. Karen Ward, Chief Veterinary Officer, Toronto Humane Society
Dr. Tammy Hornak, Veterinarian, Grand River Veterinary Hospital

TRACK B: Fundraising
A Hurricane of Kittens: Turning Publicity Into New Friends and Donations (90 Minutes)
Lorie Chortyk, General Manager: Communications, BC SPCA
Shoni Field, Chief Development Officer, BC SPCA

TRACK C: Leadership 
Building An Effective Team: RIGHT People, RIGHT Role! (45 Minutes) 
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director, Calgary Humane Society

Building Effective Volunteer Teams with Professionalism, Leadership & Culture (45 Minutes)
Anna-Lee Rieb, Team Lead: Support Services, Calgary Humane Society


Canadian Stakeholder Workshop on Developing Collaborative Relationships for Healthy, Safe and Wanted Cats in our Communities