TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Dr. Dave Bjolin, Veterinarian, Canada Task Force 2/Olds College
Bonnie Lewin, Business Continuity & Recovery Planner - ESS Planner, The City of Calgary
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is a coordinating body that collaborates with more than 60 Agency members to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and disasters. CEMA manages Canada Task Force 2 (CAN-TF2), which is one of five national all-hazard disaster response teams, as well as Calgary’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) program. CAN-TF2 and ESS will discuss the importance of building relationships with partners (internal, external and governmental) and the importance of working as a team when a disaster or emergency strikes.
- See how your organization fits within the emergency management system during a response.
- Some challenges and opportunities when developing your emergency response plans.
- How to work with multiple levels of government when disaster hits.
Dr. Dave Bjolin graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1994 and has worked as a veterinarian on Vancouver Island and in Calgary. Dave has been a faculty member at Olds College since 2007. He volunteers with Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force, including a recent involvement as part of the response to the Fort McMurray Wildfires. Dave joined Canada Task Force 2, Alberta’s Disaster Response Team, in 2016 and works with the Canine as well as Search teams.
Bonnie Lewin is a Registered Social Worker in Alberta and the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Planner for The City of Calgary. She has been involved in emergency planning for more than ten years and participated in five ESS activations, including the 2013 Alberta South Floods. Bonnie incorporates citizen, internal and external partner perspectives in the ESS plan to ensure the impacted individuals' needs are met in a safe and welcoming environment. Her social work background enhances the delivery of services as she focuses on building citizen and staff capacity to recover from a disaster or emergency. Bonnie meets with her ESS colleagues from other Alberta municipalities regularly to assist in creating best practices for the delivery of ESS in Alberta. She has delivered presentations to Emergency Management personnel in British Columbia and Alberta.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Geeta Seshamani, Senior Wildlife Conservationist and Co-Founding Director, Wildlife SOS
Known for the landmark conservation success of ending the brutal dancing bear trade in India through the rescue of 628 dancing bears and the rehabilitation of the Kalandar community that depended on the bears, Wildlife SOS has established itself as a premier conservation organization in India.
Wildlife SOS was started in 1995 as an offshoot of Geeta Seshamani’s existing helpline for domestic animals in distress in the National Capital Region, and has since grown from a local 24-hour rescue helpline for wildlife to a country-wide organization, running more than 40 projects and 11 rescue centres with the aim of enabling coexistence of human beings and wildlife. Today, the organization runs three 24-hour rescue helplines in major cities in India (including the national capital of Delhi), which rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife caught in urban settings.
With exploding populations and rapid urbanization, forests continue to shrink as anthropogenic stress destroys natural habitats, diverts water channels and depletes prey bases for indigenous wildlife, forcing them into human habitation on the periphery of former forested areas. A natural result of this is human-wildlife conflict, a fast growing and extremely critical conservation concern for the 21st century.
In response to this growing threat to wildlife, Wildlife SOS runs conflict mitigation projects in Maharashtra for leopards, in Kashmir for Asiatic Black Bears and Himalayan Brown Bears, and in Chhattisgarh for the Asian elephant. The projects work closely with local affected communities and stakeholders to provide solutions to conflict that are inclusive and hence sustainable, relying on increased tolerance and compassion on the parts of local people inculcated in them through training programs, awareness drives and mitigation workshops by the organization. Wildlife SOS also works on human-primate conflict mitigation in the city of Agra, running a humane population control project through scientific immuno-sterilisation that also helps reduce inter and intra-specific territorial aggression and conflict.
- There’s no going back, only learning to move forward: Populations are growing, and will continue to grow unchecked for a long time, and anthropogenic pressure on the environment cannot always be reduced or eliminated. In situations like this, dwelling on the difficulty of the situation and wishing we could undo the problems we have created for wildlife will not work – the need of the hour is to find a way to move forward sustainably by creating oases of sanctuary for these animals, and helping people learn to co-exist with the wildlife they share their landscapes with.
- The larger the animal, the larger the problem: With larger animals, particularly carnivores, who force themselves to adapt to urban environments, the problem is exacerbated by an acute intolerance founded on baseless fear, misunderstanding and a lack of awareness. In most instances, unrealistic demands for culling, capture and relocation cannot be met due to their significant detrimental impact on the environment and wild populations of critical species – and innovative solutions are required to solve the problem.
- The key is in community: In instances where local communities, particularly poor farming communities residing on the fringes of society are the most affected by conflict, legal, political and governmental solutions are rarely as effective as community-based solutions that seek to involve local stakeholders and affected persons by engaging with them to increase awareness, and involving them as active participants in the conservation of the species through mitigation of conflict.
Geeta Seshamani started working in 1979 with an animal welfare organization called Friendicoes SECA in New Delhi. Her passion is Wildlife Conservation and Research. Geeta has been a Member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Central Zoo Authority, Government of India and has received several life time achievement awards and felicitations for her work in the field. Geeta established Wildlife SOS, India (wildlifesos.org) in 1995 with Kartick Satyanarayan that runs several projects to support Bear conservation in India including the largest rehabilitation center in the world for sloth bears. She is known for her work in bringing an end to the ‘dancing bear’ problem in India while rehabilitating the Kalandar communities through education and alternate livelihoods. She is now focused on tackling Bear conservation issues through biodiversity conservation, protecting sloth bear and black bear habitat and creating bear conservation and education programs to mitigate bear human conflict in India, wherever there is an increase in human-bear conflict.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
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, The Calgary Foundation
This session will outline the ins and outs of how different funders can work together to help you realize your programming and capital campaign goals, write a great funding plan, measure impact and report back in ways that meet expectations and maintain positive relationships with your funders. Each speaker represents a different funder perspective and how funding organization are collaborating to make a difference in our communities.
- How foundation, corporate and private partners can come together to fund your projects.
- Addressing community needs with multiple partners working together rather than working apart.
- Communicating results and ensuring funder satisfaction.
Derek deLouche has devoted his career to making positive change in the world in the area of children and youth and, now, animal welfare. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is the immediate Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ottawa Chapter. He has received multiple awards during his professional career, including the United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award in 2016 and AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 2004. Derek’s personal passions include volunteering and social media, and he has a love of dining out. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Derek and his husband Brad moved to Ottawa in 2010, and they live in Barrhaven with their rescue dog Turbo. Derek volunteers as a presenter with United Way Ottawa’s Community Builder Awards, on the board of the Youville Centre and is a past board member of the Ten Oaks Projects.
Don MacIntosh leads Royal Canin’s Professional Division, which works closely with many shelters across Canada. The Professional Division is dedicated to nutrition, providing education & sharing best practices between shelter partners across Canada and beyond. Don is an experienced marketing leader with proven results across several businesses and campaigns in Canada and the USA over the past decade. Don was awarded the Global "Make The Difference" Award for Mars in 2016 for his leadership on the launch of a large charitable partnership (Red Nose Day, USA), which has successfully raised $100 million since 2015. Don is passionate about spending time with his family and their dog Jerry. Together, they enjoy road trips, hiking, skiing and (of course) the Blue Jays!
With a deep passion for issues related to animal welfare, the environment, and social justice, Dani Mailing believes in the power of charities to address the challenges of our time. Dani is the Regional Relationship Manager for PetSmart Charities of Canada. She volunteers her time as a board member of the Sustainability Network, and as treasurer for Be Good Be Social, a free social media conference for non-profits. Dani lives in Toronto and spends her free time hiking (and eating ice cream) with her senior dog Clementine.
Allison Schulz is a seasoned fundraising professional with 20 years of experience in planning and integrating comprehensive development strategies. As the Agency Development Associate, Allison collaborates with team members to assist charitable organizations optimize the multiple benefits of having a relationship with the Calgary Foundation. This proactive relationship management approach assists organizations to build long-term revenue generation strategies to support working capital requirements through diversified funding streams. As an active member of her community, Allison dedicates her time to the parent advisory council at her son’s school, is a coach for a local cross-country running group, and is a dedicated volunteer for organizations working with housing insecure or homeless single parents. Allison, together with her husband and son, enjoy spending their spare time in the great outdoors on skis or their mountain bikes.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Education is a key component of any First Nations dog management program that aims to be part of long-term community change by shifting attitudes and ultimately, behaviour. Dogs are a valued part of community, both traditionally and today, and healthy dogs are an important part of building healthy communities. Living in a Good Way with Dogs: Our Stories is a new educational resource developed by First Nations curriculum specialists specifically for First Nations’ learners. This resource brings together traditional culture and relationships with dogs that highlight respect, empathy and responsibility from the experiences of those who matter – the storytellers. Stories from Elders and community role models form the foundation of the materials, bringing to life their real world experiences and wisdom, which can help dog owners, both youth and adult, to build healthy and safe relationships with their four leggeds.
Living in a Good Way with Dogs: Our Stories is made up of 6 units, which delve into different content on dogs: Our Ancestors and Our Dogs; Dogs as Friends and Family; What Our Dogs Need; Living with Dogs in Our Community; Working Dogs – Traditional and Today; and A Dog’s Life: From Puppy to Elder Dog. Each unit is founded on multiple stories (audio) and includes a student activity book, a lesson guide for leaders, and a poster that highlights the content in a visual way.
Come learn about culturally-relevant educational materials for First Nations learners and witness the power that these dog-specific resources have in shifting the way people feel and think about their dogs.
- Understand the background to Aboriginal Education and Culturally-Responsive Aboriginal Education.
- Understand the educational resource Living in a Good Way with Dogs: Our Stories – and how the materials are useful in the community.
- Be able to use the education resource in the communities in which you live or work.
In her dual role as Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, Janice Hannah is responsible for developing, monitoring and evaluating the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s companion animal projects in Canada and providing guidance for IFAW’s education initiatives both in Canada and internationally. In her twenty years at IFAW, Jan has worked in numerous program areas, including marine mammal science and education, Animal Action Education, emergency relief, policy and wildlife trade.
Jan’s focus on companion animal welfare merges her long-term interest in working with animals and communities with the objective of building humane and sustainable programs that improve the health and welfare of animals through education and community engagement. Outreach, advice, community development and service provision are cornerstones to IFAW’s work, which provides contextual and culturally-relevant solutions to local issues.
Jan develops and manages community projects on the ground, as well as advising and working on companion animal policy, programming and issues internationally. During the past few years, she has worked on IFAW companion animal population management and rabies eradication projects, as well as in-community animal welfare capacity development around the world.
Jan holds an Honours BSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph, and a Master's in Education and Teaching Certificate from Niagara University.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Amy Morris MPP, Manager, Public Policy and Outreach, British Columbia (BC SPCA)
This session will take participants through old issues and troubling trends in the connections between science, public policies and enforcement strategies in agriculture and farm animal welfare. Identified issues include: science funding, lack of enforcement, limited communication methods, the impact of employment policies and wages, product differentiation and conflicts between social movements competing for resources.
Funding for science often comes from a specific industry researching a specific problem. Having science driven by industry can be meaningful, but it can also limit big picture thinking in animal welfare research. Who are the players involved and what can be done differently to see better outcomes for animals?
Government legislation is often written with the ideal enforcement scenario in mind, but enforcement is rarely tied to the legislation itself, resulting in low enforcement and low compliance. What can be changed to address enforcement issues?
Communication includes industry mail-outs, local newspapers, and government updates, with in person sessions that have low attendance. Farmers have little time available. How can this communication gap be addressed?
Participants will work in groups to discuss these issues and trends and identify working solutions.
- Learn about the most prevalent systemic issues around Canadian animal farming.
- An appreciation for the nuances of developing policy.
- An understanding of how to create a pathway forward to address farm animal welfare issues.
Amy Morris is the Manager of Public Policy and Outreach at the BC SPCA and a graduate of the Master of Public Policy program at Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about the cycle that turns welfare science into practice, improving the lives of animals of all species. She has worked on farms with cattle, goats, sheep and chickens, volunteered to rehabilitate hoarder and puppy mill pets, and now spends her free time testing the intelligence of her collie mix, Clover.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Dr. Shelley M. Alexander, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
Victoria Lukasik, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
We need to expand our compassion footprint to wild animals like coyotes. It is estimated that one coyote is killed every minute in the USA, which is a statistic echoed in Canada. For instance, in 2009 alone, approximately 70,000 coyotes were killed on a government-sponsored bounty in Saskatchewan, and untold numbers of dead coyotes dumped along borders and in landfills of adjacent provinces. The welfare implications of routine culling are ignored because coyotes are an extremely resilient species. Arguably, a lack of understanding of the emotional lives of social animals like coyotes plays into citizen requests for and management agencies compliance with the use of lethal force. Further, calls for more compassionate science and management that are based on the knowledge of animal suffering tend to dismissed considered "biased" research or "advocacy" – not science. The idea that coyotes are a menace and should be killed is supported by some citizens, and select interest groups can drive killing, even if the larger citizenship does not agree with this practice. Finally, some agencies are working to promote co-existence and no-kill strategies, but this is difficult in the face of multiple worldviews about what wild species deserve our compassion and belong in proximity to people. This talk will introduce Compassionate Conservation science and convey key findings from a decade of research on coyotes, concepts from animal geography and personal experience raising/studying orphaned coyote pups.
- The causal factors of human-coyote, coyote-pet entanglements.
- Elucidating the ecological, ethical and social pressures shaping these engagements.
- Exploring the emotional lives of coyotes as evidence of moral considerability and the need for compassion.
Dr. Shelley Alexander is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. She has more than 25 years of experience studying wild canids, specializing in wolves and coyotes in Canada, and is the Founder and Lead Scientist for the Foothills Coyote Initiative. Shelley is also a recognized specialist in geospatial analysis (GIS, Satellite imagery and statistics) for conservation and a road ecologist – studying the effects of roads on species movement patterns. Her other research collaborations include: modelling swift fox critical habitat with the Conservation Science Centre - Calgary Zoo, studying road effects on large carnivores in the Yucatan and developing species-environment models for endangered painted dogs with Painted Dog Research, Zimbabwe. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board for Project Coyotes, USA, Member of the Board for the North American Society for Conservation Biology and Science Advisor to Coyote Watch Canada.
Dr. Alexander's talk will be followed by a short presentation by Victoria Lukasik, a PhD candidate under Dr. Alexander's supervision at The University of Calgary.
Coyotes and other "resilient" (behaviourally-adaptable) species are often managed through lethal control methods, with limited consideration of ethics and social dynamics. Rural public perceptions that indiscriminate killing of coyotes and wolves helps to reduce livestock losses and "control" predator populations persist in spite of evidence to the contrary. In urban areas, perceptions of risk to human and pet safety can promote lethal removal of coyotes deemed too habituated to humans. These perceptions and actions create barriers to co-existence at municipal and regional levels. When the only vocal citizens are those in favour of shooting, trapping and poisoning "inconvenient" species, there is little incentive for wildlife managers and their agencies to strengthen regulations aimed at co-existence. These issues will be discussed with a focus on building bridges to more compassionate conservation of coyotes, wolves and cougars in Alberta and across North America.
Victoria Lukasik is completing her PhD in the Canid Lab, in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Shelley Alexander. Through this research, Victoria examines lethal carnivore management in western Canada and identifies barriers to more effective and compassionate wildlife management approaches. She previously studied urban coyote diet and human-coyote interactions in Calgary during her Master of Science research, and holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in Wildlife Biology. Her research interests center around human-wildlife coexistence, carnivore ecology, and conservation. She has worked on numerous research and conservation projects studying birds, mammals and amphibians in academia, government, NGO and industry. She also has experience in environmental education and is passionate about sharing science with public groups.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founding Director and CEO, Wildlife SOS
This talk will describe in detail the challenges of wildlife welfare and protection in a developing nation and how the challenges include working with the local communities to decrease dependency on exploitation of animals and providing local people with alternative livelihoods. The session will give examples of how we worked for nearly twenty long years to eradicate the brutal and illegal practice of dancing bears across India and have now embarked on the protection of elephants. The talk will include inspiring examples of how what is often perceived as impossible (like rescuing elephants from a hostile mob of animal abusers) is definitely possible if one has a plan and a strategy and is committed to the cause.
- Nothing is impossible.
- Leap and a net shall appear.
- If you are committed to the cause, nothing can stop you from helping animals.
Kartick Satyanarayan is known for his work to end the dancing bear problem in India (view his TED talk). He is now focused on tackling bear conservation issues through biodiversity conservation, protecting habitat and creating bear conservation and education programs to mitigate bear/human conflict in India. He founded the charity Wildlife SOS India with Geeta Seshamani, which runs several projects to support bear conservation in India, including the largest rehabilitation center in the world for sloth bears. Wildlife SOS works with indigenous communities and in partnership with the Indian government to tackle the increasing bear/human conflict through awareness. Kartick is a Honorary Wildlife Warden of Delhi, member of the state wildlife advisory board for the Government of Uttar Pradesh, Member - Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Member - Central Zoo Authority, and a Member of the Leopard Conflict committee of the National Tiger Conservation Authority of India.
The Past, Present and Future of Dogs in First Nations: Full Circle Plenary on the Role of Dogs in First Nation Communities
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Josh Littlechild, Tribal Law Officer, Ermineskin Cree Nation
***PLEASE NOTE THAT DYAN BREAKER IS NO LONGER ABLE TO PRESENT AS PART OF THIS PLENARY DUE TO A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY***
We regret to inform our attendees that Dyan Breaker, Justice Senior Manager of Siksika Nation, can no longer speak at the conference due to flooding in her Nation. Our thoughts are with her and her community at this difficult time.
First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada face challenges and work to address concerns with companion animal populations in their communities, often reaching out to partner with animal welfare organizations to assist. It is an issue that is gathering much-needed recognition and support. However, unless you are working closely with a First Nation, it is rare to hear directly from a community on what the issues are and what solutions are possible. In fact, often the issues and concerns can be misunderstood or mischaracterized by media and people unfamiliar with the context each community experiences and, therefore, long-lasting solutions may not evolve. In this plenary, two First Nation community leaders from Alberta will present on their community’s experience with free-roaming dog populations, community responses and what makes an effective partnership for them.
With a degree from the University of Alberta in Native Studies and a certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnerships, Josh Littlechild is excited to share information about the history of dogs in First Nations (First Nation cosmology of dogs and relations) and the legal framework that governs companion animals in First Nation communities.
As IFAW’s Humane Indigenous Communities lead, Janice Hannah works with Indigenous communities and NGOs in North America to build humane and sustainable programs that improve the health and welfare of both animals (particularly dogs) and their people. Jan’s focus on companion animal welfare merges her long-term interest of working with animals and communities in culturally applicable, empowering and creative ways. Community partnerships, along with tools such as education, capacity building and service provision, are cornerstones to IFAW’s work that prioritizes on-the-ground solutions that focus on each community’s unique set of challenges and opportunities. Janice holds an Honours BSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a Master's in Education and Teaching Certificate from Niagara University. She is presenting three thematically-linked sessions on dog management in indigenous communities as part of the 2018 Deep Dive Training Day. We reached Jan at her home in Caledon, Ontario.
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS): Before we talk about your sessions at this year's National Animal Welfare Conference, can you tell me how you got into this work? What was your path into animal welfare and this specialization of working with indigenous communities on dog welfare?
Jan Hannah: I’ve always loved animals, and I always wanted to be a wildlife biologist. I intended to go to the University of Guelph, and I knew I was going to take wildlife biology - and I did! I got a contract working with the International Marine Mammal Association (IMMA) to do research for a paper on captivity of cetaceans – survivorship of whales and dolphins in captivity. I worked on marine mammal issues for the first 12 years of my career. Then IMMA was taken over by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which is when I moved on to the Northern Dogs Project. I took it as a mat leave – actually, it was Barbara Cartwright’s mat leave!
CFHS: Really? Wow! Animal welfare is such a small world. Did you have a particular interest in dogs when you moved into that position? That’s a huge shift.
JH: Yeah, I did. I have always had a soft spot for marine mammals and wildlife, and I still do. But this position brought together two different interests for me, working with dogs and working with indigenous communities. It was serendipity.
CFHS: How did that overlap for you?
JH: I’ve always felt a deep draw and had much respect for Indigenous culture in Canada and feel strongly about autonomy and agency for First People. For dogs…I was never able to have a dog until I was an adult but always wanted one – I tell mother now that if they had just allowed me one dog, I wouldn’t have to have 6 now! And I love the North. I have always had a connection to Canada’s wilderness and landscape. I feel like we all have these moments in life that are a 90-degree turn – and this one was a really positive one for me.
CFHS: So you got into this position and started working with indigenous communities on dog management, and you’ve obviously gained some wisdom about how to best do this work along the way. Can you share some of that knowledge with us?
JH: We all come from where we come from – we really can get stuck in our own culture and norms. But you need to learn how to be open to do this work. It’s a lot of listening and watching and figuring out ways to be with people at the place where they are. Hearing what they’re saying, how they’re living and watching and figuring out the best ways to be helpful…for them, not for you. Know your biases, try to let them go, be nonjudgmental and be respectful.
CFHS: Did you learn all of that through trial and error?
JH: Oh, it was time. For sure. Dog management issues in other communities and cultures are not for us to fix. We can certainly help and have valid information and experience to add, but a lot of what is happening on the ground exists in a context that is different from the one we experience every day. Every community is unique. Again, our place is not to fix somebody else’s challenges but to add value and insight to the journey.
CFHS: So it’s key to try not to lead the process but rather take a back seat to what the community needs.
JH: I feel that’s paramount. When you set up an expectation that you’re going to come in and solve someone else’s problem, you’re not in true partnership with the community. Fixing something for someone else doesn’t include that person in the solution.
CFHS: It’s disempowering.
JH: It is. Yes. And it doesn’t give agency to the people who you’re working with. We all need agency. We need to feel empowered to make changes that are relevant and contextual for us.
CFHS: In some of your previous presentations at the National Animal Welfare Conference, you’ve talked about the importance of having a decolonizing approach to this work with indigenous communities. Is that something that you’re going to bring into the First Nations and Dogs training sessions you’re teaching as part of the Deep Dive Training Day on April 24th?
JH: I hope so. I expect so because it’s a central philosophy for me. The relationship that non-indigenous people have with indigenous people in Canada is complicated. So, for me, even if I don’t understand how each individual person is experiencing colonialism, I am always very aware of the fact that I could be construed as part of that. It’s paramount that the relationship is based on truth, shared responsibility, partnership, honesty and authenticity.
CFHS: You’re teaching three different sessions this year at the National Animal Welfare Conference as part of the training day. Can you tell us what you hope to pass along to participants?
JH: Well, the first session of the day is really fascinating to me because it's based on attitudinal research where we did interviews with community members – they weren’t necessarily dog lovers, they were different stakeholders in each of the communities. So the first session is looking back at what community members had to say about whatever dog management programming is happening in their community – using their words to assess how successful they feel dog programming is in their community.
CFHS: And that kind of process increases the effectiveness and integrity of program planning in a community?
JH: It’s the basis. Often, we forget to go in and find out what people know and think and perceive and live. And we build a program based on what we think needs to happen in a community. In reality, dog management is not about dog problems – it’s more about people problems. You need to understand what the people are thinking and doing and expecting in order to create a suitable program for that unique environment.
CFHS: So in that first session, you’re talking about creating a foundation, or basis of understanding, for a program. Then in the second session, you’re talking about community development and participatory methods. Does each session build on the last?
JH: They’re all different. The Humane Community Development session that you were just mentioning is based on a two-day workshop that IFAW runs in communities. It’s a facilitated workshop that brings different stakeholders together and has them look at the unique dog-related challenges their community faces. It forms the foundation from which they can start to think about what they would like to implement in their community to change how they’re living with dogs. The really great thing about this is that it brings together stakeholders who often don’t want to sit down and talk together because they may be from different ends of the spectrum. It brings them through different activities that help them to really understand what the dog issues are in their particular community and it puts everyone on the same path together.
CFHS: And you’ll be walking the training day participants through how you would run that kind of workshop in a community?
JH: Obviously I only have 90 minutes, and the process is a two-day workshop so I won’t be able to do all the activities. But certainly people will get a feel for how this brings people together and how they come out the other end of the process.
CFHS: Sounds great. Now in the third session, you’re going to talk about best practices for working on dog issues with indigenous communities. What are you going to dig into there?
JH: I’m really excited about that session, and I’m excited to do it with Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force because of the wisdom-sharing. Oftentimes, we only talk about successes. This is a real opportunity to provide those insights that we’ve had as we’ve gone through our years of working in the communities. Let’s talk about those foundation principles of how to work well with First Nations and some of the things that we have learned through experience. It won’t be a top-down presentation. I’m hoping to resonate with the individuals who are there so that they feel that we’re mirroring their journey.
CFHS: Who might benefit from these sessions?
JH: They’re for anyone who is interested in working with – or is already working with – indigenous communities and for people who have had experiences where they may not be maximizing their effectiveness or are feeling burnt out. And I’m always happy when indigenous people come to be part of the workshops. I really want people to question the things that they do – when we listen and remain open-minded and optimistic, we can do what we do better.
To learn more about the Deep Dive Training Day and Janice Hannah’s training sessions as part of the First Nations and Dogs training track in Calgary on April 24, go here. To view the full conference program, go here.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Jeff Lucier, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Aspirant Leadership Coaching and Consulting
Realize it or not, your organization has a culture. Not only is there a broader culture in action, but your department and team also operate by the written and unwritten beliefs, behaviours and rules of its culture and subculture. In this workshop, participants will explore the power of culture, not only in attracting, retaining and engaging critical talent, but also in driving organizational efficiency and effectiveness. With unique examples from a variety of organizations and powerful leadership stories, participants will learn to embrace their role in influencing and leading culture. Bringing together the entire day’s learning, participants will construct plans to actively and intentionally shape their culture in this informative, action-oriented session.
- What truly defines an organizational culture, and how culture is a both a differentiator and competitive advantage when fully leveraged.
- How leaders influence culture – intentionally and unintentionally – and the importance of trust, consistency and authenticity in leadership.
- How to uncover and shape your culture – be it the organization as a whole, or a specific division or team, with exploration and action-planning.
Jeff Lucier is the founder of Aspirant Leadership Coaching & Consulting, and is passionate about helping leaders gain the clarity and growth they need to maximize potential and deliver remarkable results. As an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Jeff partners with all levels and across multiple industries, helping leaders to navigate the challenges of today, while preparing for the opportunities of tomorrow.
Prior to Aspirant, Jeff worked as an HR Professional, supporting leaders through numerous strategic and organizational change initiatives, and leading functional teams in various roles with The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, United Way Ottawa and Walmart Canada.
Jeff is a Certified HR Leader (CHRL) through the HR Professional Association (HRPA), earned his Master's of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Post-Grad Certificate in HR Management, and is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University.