Sunday, April 22

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

7:30AM - 8:15AM: BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, 3rd floor

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, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
Cats in Canada Plenary

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

Fort McMurray website

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

TRACK A: Applied Animal Welfare Science
Science Serving Animal Welfare: Part 1
Dr. David Fraser, Professor, Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Dr. Lee Niel, Assistant Professor, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner, AGralytics / University of British Columbia (UBC)

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity
Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director, Zoocheck

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

Equine RRSP: Retirement, Rescue, Slaughter and Public Attitudes (45 minutes)
Dr. Bettina Bobsien DVM, Veterinarian, Private Practice 

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief Analytical Officer, PetSmart Charities

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Standards and Guidelines in a Humane Canada
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
Dayna Desmarais, President, SafePet Ottawa
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Brandy Street, Manager, SPCA Certified, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Dr. Doug Whiteside DVM, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

12:00PM - 1:30PM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING LUNCH
Sponsored by Central Alberta Humane Society
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, 3rd floor

Central Alberta Humane Society website

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

1:15PM - 1:30PM: Knowledge Pod #2
Weathering Social Media Storms
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSION #1

TRACK A: Applied Animal Welfare Science
Science Serving Animal Welfare: Part 2
Dr. David Fraser, Professor, 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)

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
How a "Domestic" Animal Shelter Can Help Save Wild Lives
Sarah Dykeman, Animal Care Attendant, Guelph Humane Society 
June Yang BSc MSc, Adoption Program Coordinator, Guelph Humane Society

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

Canada's First Rabbit Code (45 minutes)
Meghann Cant BSc (Agroecology) MSc (Animal Welfare), Animal Welfare Educator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)

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)

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

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Code Public Comment Periods: Is YOUR Voice Being Heard? (45 minutes)
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner, AGralytics / University of British Columbia (UBC)
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)

AnimalKind: A Better Approach to Wildlife and Rodent Control (45 minutes)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer, 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)

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

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

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

Barriers and Bridges to Compassionate Conservation of Carnivores (25 minutes)
Victoria Lukasik, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Calgary

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

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)

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
The Art and Science of Animal Sheltering
Barbara Walmer, Behaviour Advisor, Department Head of Behaviour, Calgary Humane Society

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification

Humane Canada Standards of Practice and Accreditation Program (45 minutes)
Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)

5:00PM: END OF CONFERENCE DAY

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