Monday, April 23

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

7:30AM - 8:30AM: BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, 3rd floor

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
Josh Littlechild, Tribal Law Officer, Ermineskin Cree Nation
Dogs and First Nations Plenary

10:00AM - 10:30AM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING BREAK
Exhibitor location: Grand Foyer 2 and 3
See full list of exhibitors here

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

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

Community Conservation for Conflict Mitigation (45 minutes)
Geeta Seshamani, Senior Wildlife Conservationist and Co-Founding Director, Wildlife SOS

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

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.

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

12:00PM - 1:30PM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING LUNCH
Sponsored by Pet-tek Distribution
Exhibitor location: Grand Foyer 2 and 3
See full list of exhibitors here

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12:15PM - 1:15PM: SPONSOR CONNECTION BOARDROOMS

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

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

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

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

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

Trophy Hunting in BC and the Great Bear Rainforest: What's Next? (45 minutes)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)

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

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

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
Building Volunteer Teams for Enrichment and Training (45 minutes)
Patrice Robert MCP, Owner, TAGteach en Francais

WORKSHOP: Beyond Steering: Education Pays Dividends (45 minutes)
Marion Emo, Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

TRACK E: Humane Education
Is Humane Education Enough? (45 minutes)
Darren Chang MA, Queen's University
Meneka Repka PhD, Teacher/Instructor, University of Calgary

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

3:00PM - 3:30PM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING BREAK
Exhibitor location: Grand Foyer 2 and 3
See full list of exhibitors here

3:30PM - 4:30PM: CLOSING PLENARY
Saving India's Wildlife through Compassionate Conservation
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founding Director and CEO, Wildlife SOS
Compassionate Conservation Plenary

4:30PM: END OF CONFERENCE DAY

5:00PM - 7:30PM: WOMEN FOR A HUMANE CANADA FORUM
This is a private event for members of our national leadership giving circle, Women for a Humane Canada. Please contact Derek deLouche, Director of Resource Development and Member Services at CFHS, if you would like more information at derekdelouche@cfhs.ca

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

ROOM CHANGE: The movie will now take place in the Imperial Ballroom.

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