Sunday April 14

All sessions at the 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference will be presented in English. We will be offering simultaneous English-to-French translation for all plenaries and a number of concurrent sessions. Note that all simultaneously-translated sessions are marked with “ST” in the schedule.

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6:00AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA, Room: Montreal 8
These morning wellness sessions will be hosted on-site by Montreal SPCA. If you like to get moving on your mat in the early morning, Meow-ga is a great way to do it! It combines cats and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience.  Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat if possible. Classes are 60 minutes long and suitable for all levels. Water and towels will be provided. All #NAWC2019 attendees welcome.

7:00AM - 8:00AM: REGISTRATION

7:00AM - 7:50AM: JACKSON GALAXY VIP MEET AND GREET
Mix and mingle with our keynote speaker, Jackson Galaxy, at an exclusive VIP meet and greet.  Only available if you are registered for the conference. You'll have the opportunity to get a photo with Galaxy and signed book. The VIP Meet & Greet will take place Sunday April 14th from 7am-7:50am followed by the Humane Canada Awards Breakfast and Keynote presentation by Jackson Galaxy from 8am-10am. Tickets are $100 and are on sale now: https://nawc19.eventbrite.ca *Conference Attendees Only. 

8:00AM - 10:00AM: HUMANE CANADA AWARDS BREAKFAST WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER JACKSON GALAXY
*simultaneous English-to-French translation

10:00AM - 10:30AM: RECHARGE BREAK AND EXHIBITORS

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING SESSIONS

TRACK A: Capacity Building - Sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society - Room: Montreal 6-7
Grow Your Shelter Foster Program to Save More Lives! (90 minutes)
Katie Ayres, Coordinator: Communications & Marketing, Calgary Humane Society
Sally Johnston, Team Lead: Foster, Calgary Humane Society
*simultaneous English-to-French translation

TRACK B: Cats Count - Room: St Laurent 6
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 - Room: St Laurent 7
The Montreal SPCA's Fight Against Breed-Specific Legislation (90 minutes)
Sophie Gaillard, Director of Animal Advocacy, Montreal SPCA

TRACK D: Vulnerable Animals - Room: St Laurent 8
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 Coordinator, Montreal SPCA

12:00PM - 1:30PM: LUNCH, EXHIBITORS AND 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 - Room: Montreal 6-7
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 - Room: St Laurent 6
Is it Possible to Herd Cats? (45 minutes)
Amy Morris, Manger: Policy and Outreach, BC SPCA
Marieke van der Velden, Outreach Specialist, BC SPCA
*simultaneous English-to-French translation

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

TRACK C: Animal Ethics - Room: St Laurent 7
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 - Room: St Laurent 8
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

3:00PM - 3:30PM: RECHARGE BREAK AND EXHIBITORS

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

TRACK A: Capacity Building - Sponsored by Edmonton Humane Society - Room: Montreal 6-7
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 - Room: St Laurent 6
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 - Room: St Laurent 7
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 - Room: St Laurent 8
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.
Open to all attendees. Room: Salon Ville-Marie. 

6:30PM - 8:30PM: WOMEN FOR A HUMANE CANADA FORUM & DINNER 
By invitation only. Please contact Derek deLouche for more information at derekdelouche@humanecanada.ca

Schedule subject to change.