MONDAY, APRIL 23
Dr. Charu Chandrasekera, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods / Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, University of Windsor
Animal experimentation has been the foundation of biomedical research and product safety testing to date. Despite the wealth of knowledge obtained over a century of extensive animal research conducted at enormous expense, mechanisms still remain unclear and effective treatments remain elusive and a failure-prone endeavour for even the most prevalent diseases today – many breakthroughs in research labs do not make it into our clinics. Similarly, for chemical safety risk assessment, the legacy animal-based methods are not sufficiently reliable to accurately predict adverse outcomes on human health and the environment.
From the Americas to the Far East, countries across the globe boast alternatives centres, but Canada had lagged behind, until now: the first Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM), and its subsidiary, the Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (CCVAM) were officially launched at the University of Windsor in October 2017. This presentation will provide a historical overview and the current state of affairs in animal experimentation as well as animal replacement efforts and future perspectives on why we must use Homo sapiens as the gold standard for 21st century biomedical research, education and regulatory testing.
Furthermore, it will include an overview of CCAAM/CaCVAM, with the vision to promote the replacement of animals in Canadian biomedical research, education and regulatory testing through 21st century science, innovation and ethics. Through our multifaceted interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships among national and international academic, industry, government and public sectors, we will enhance the Canadian replacement landscape while contributing to global replacement efforts in a uniquely Canadian way.
- Historical overview and the current state of animal experimentation.
- Animal replacement efforts and future perspectives on humans serving as the gold standard in medical research and toxicity testing.
- Overarching vision of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods to shift away from animal testing in Canada.
Dr. Charu Chandrasekera is the primary architect responsible for designing and developing the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods from a back-of-the-envelope idea to reality. She is an internationally-established professional with expertise in human-based biomedical research, science policy and ethics of animal experimentation. She received her PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan Medical School and Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan. During her research endeavours in heart failure and diabetes, which involved both in vitro cellular models and in vivo animal models, Dr. Chandrasekera experienced first-hand the limitations that render animals ineffective as "models" for human disease. With this realization, Dr. Chandrasekera left conventional academic research in 2013 and joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as their Director of Laboratory Science to promote alternatives. Her recent work has been published in various peer-reviewed scientific journals, and she has been invited to present her work and provide expertise at national and international conferences, symposia and workshops.
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MONDAY, APRIL 23
Dr. Jackie Parr, BScH DVM MSc Dip ACVN, Scientific Affairs Manager and Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist, Royal Canin Canada
Dr. Parr will describe her tips for feeding surrendered cats. Her tips will cover not only what to feed, but how to feed, which can often be overlooked. She will focus on underweight cats, overweight cats and cats with upper respiratory disease. Each cat is unique and deserves the best possible nutrition! Let's make it happen together!
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Dr. Jackie Parr, an Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) 2009 graduate, is a veterinary clinical nutritionist with Royal Canin Canada and adjunct faculty at the OVC. Dr. Parr completed her internship and residency at Angell Animal Medical Centre in Boston and a Master's in biochemical and molecular nutrition at Tufts University. During her internship, Dr. Parr was awarded the Dr. Sharon Drellich Memorial Award for professionalism, collegiality and compassion. Dr. Parr returned to OVC in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2015 and is one of five board-certified veterinary nutritionists in Canada. She was awarded the OVC Young Alumnus Award in 2016. She continues to offer nutrition case consultations at Royal Canin Canada and has begun volunteering for Community Veterinary Outreach. She rebuilt the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition’s website in 2017 as part of her volunteer work with the organization (www.aavn.org). Her passions are teaching and social media. Dr. Parr has given numerous continuing education lectures at conferences and veterinary schools across Canada. She is known as the Kibble Queen on social media and blogs for Dr. Andy Roark through her personal company, On Parr Nutrition Inc. Dr. Parr enjoys watching hockey, lifting weights and spending time with her beloved Boston Terrier.
The 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference featured North America's most sought-after thought leaders on emerging animal welfare science, best practices in animal sheltering, leadership and community engagement practices in an animal welfare context, animal welfare advocacy, and stakeholder relations techniques.
Dr. Roger Haston on trends and innovation in animal welfare
As the Chief of Analytics at PetSmart Charities, Dr. Haston has a deep level of knowledge about trends and innovation in the animal welfare industry, how the industry is currently changing and what the new data says about where this is leading us. At the 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference on April 22, Dr. Haston presented Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together. Read our interview with him here to read up on some of the insights he shared!
Rob Laidlaw on the current Canadian landscape for wildlife in captivity
Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist, award-winning author of nine children’s books and Executive Director of the wildlife protection charity Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him around the world and has involved almost every kind of advocacy initiative from lobbying governments to rescuing animals, including many successful initiatives to change laws, policies and practices and to improve conditions for wildlife in captivity. He joined us at the 2018 National Animal Welfare Conference to present Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity as part of our Wildlife Welfare learning track. Read our interview with him here.
Janice Hannah on working with indigenous communities on dog management
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. She presented three thematically-linked sessions on dog management in indigenous communities as part of the 2018 Deep Dive Training Day. Read our interview with her here.
Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist, award-winning author of nine children’s books and Executive Director of the wildlife protection charity Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him around the world and has involved almost every kind of advocacy initiative from lobbying governments to rescuing animals, including many successful initiatives to change laws, policies and practices and to improve conditions for wildlife in captivity. He will be joining us at the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference to present Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity as part of our Wildlife Welfare learning track. We reached him at his office in Toronto.
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS): We’re thrilled to have a whole learning track on wildlife welfare at the National Animal Welfare Conference this year, and we wanted to talk to you about some of the issues at play for captive wildlife in Canada. But, before we get into that, can you talk to us about how you decided to focus your advocacy work on wildlife in captivity?
Rob Laidlaw: Well, I’ve been doing animal advocacy work for 39 years. Back in the early 1980s, after I left a group I helped start that focused on raising public awareness about a variety of animal welfare issues, I was looking for an issue to work on that would allow me to achieve something more tangible and measurable, more than just "educating the public". Around that time, I just happened to come across a zoo in southern Ontario about 2 hours from Toronto. I stopped in and was appalled at the conditions, so I made a complaint to the Ontario SPCA. I found out very quickly that no one was really looking at zoos and that nobody even knew how many zoos were in the province or what animals they kept. Most surprising to me however, was that there were no laws governing zoos in Ontario at all. It was basically the wild west – anybody could go out and start a zoo and do pretty much whatever they wanted. So that led me to conduct my own investigation to determine how many zoos there were in the province, what animals they were keeping and in what conditions. Back then, it took a lot of detective work just to find them as there was no internet. I soon started a program of site visits to six of the zoos I found, which I believed were a representative sampling of what was in the province. I went to each zoo between 6 and 10 times to document conditions and to get a realistic picture of how they operated, instead of just the snapshot glimpse that I’d get with a single visit. That investigation led to a report and, eventually, the more formal creation of Zoocheck in 1988.
CFHS: Amazing that it’s been 30 years since Zoocheck was founded.
RL: When I first started, after making my complaint to the Ontario SPCA, the CEO of the organization told me that no one was going to deal with the zoo issue unless I did. So I said, 'Okay, I’ll deal with it.' Little did I know what I was getting into and that more than three decades later I’d still be at it. I had originally envisioned that the entire zoo project would take 18 months.
CFHS: What’s your organizational focus now?
RL: We deal with all different areas of wildlife in captivity. Not only issues associated with zoos and zoo type exhibits but also aquariums, other kinds of menageries – both private and public – as well as the exotic animal pet trade. We've also expanded beyond Canadian borders and have worked in the United States, Mexico, Japan and, to a certain extent, other parts of Asia and Africa. A lot of people still don’t realize we also work to protect wildlife in the wild, such as elephants, bears, cormorants and wild horses, and that we place some emphasis on trying to change wildlife management practices. So while we've been trying to change the wildlife in captivity paradigm, we've also been trying to shift the wildlife management paradigm away from what it is today, which I believe can be destructive, pseudo-scientific and biased against wildlife at times, to something more science-based, holistic and humane.
CFHS: What keeps you motivated in doing this work?
RL: Stubbornness? It's the sense of injustice. I've always thought animals got a raw deal. And I always seemed to know that when human interests – even the most trivial of interests – competed with animal interests, inevitably the animals lost. From a young age I knew that was wrong, so I decided early on that I was going to try to do what I could to rectify that situation. All these years later, I'm still as committed as ever and I don't think that will change. There's still too much to do. I certainly understand that there has been progress made on many issues, but I'm also cognizant of the fact that the problems animals face are still immense and that for some of them things are getting worse, so none of us can relax. Today I'm very focused on winning. I'm desperate to win and help animals. Thankfully, my colleagues and I have been winning, or at least making progress on, more issues than not these days, which is a sea change from years ago. But even if we weren't winning, I'd continue doing this work.
CFHS: Considering the sheer number of issues at play in the area of captive wildlife and the limited amount of time, how do you plan to address it all in your presentation at the National Animal Welfare Conference?
RL: What I want to do is to provide an idea of the landscape of captive wildlife issues in Canada, what the trends and challenges are, what’s occurred in various jurisdictions and what lessons we can learn from everything that's happened. I'll also be looking at some tools that are available to help enforcement personnel and how we might move forward into the future to address wildlife in captivity issues on a local and regional basis. Hopefully it'll get people's creative juices flowing.
CFHS: Sounds like this is going to dovetail really nicely with another presentation happening at the conference this year. Guelph Humane Society is speaking on how domestic animal shelters can be more helpful to wildlife.
RL: That’s great – some of what I'll be talking about can work very well for domestic animals, as well. I expect a lot of the conference sessions will be complementary to each other.
CFHS: Absolutely. There's a lot of overlap and inter-related concepts. Now, we've been seeing a lot of action in the wildlife in captivity landscape lately – especially for cetaceans, with Bill S-203 and what’s been happening in Vancouver. What do you think about Vancouver Aquarium’s recent announcement about respecting the cetacean ban introduced by the Vancouver Park Board?
RL: I'm pleased the Vancouver Aquarium announced an end to their cetacean keeping program, but I don't think this debate is over just yet. It looks like the Aquarium may be trying to keep the cetacean display door open a crack. I read that they hope to take rescued cetaceans and house them in tanks at the Aquarium, presumably on a short-term basis. That's something I am adamantly opposed to. And I believe the Aquarium vs. Park Board legal action is still in play, with Zoocheck and Animal Justice being intervenors. But I think things have gone too far for the Aquarium to turn back the clock. Soon, Marineland in Ontario will be the only facility in Canada keeping cetaceans in captivity. So, on this issue, things certainly seem to be moving in the right direction.
CFHS: We’re really looking forward to digging into these issues with you at the conference.
RL: I’m looking forward to it, as well. Whether someone is specifically interested in captive wildlife or not, my intention is to pass along information they can use in their daily animal welfare work, regardless of what animals they deal with.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
RJ Bailot, Executive Director and Co Founder, Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force
Alanna Collicutt, Dog Care and Control Program Manager, Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
While First Nations communities across Canada are dealing with many social and economic issues, dog related health and safety concerns continue to be a common and reoccurring complaint. IFAW and ASNTF have extensive experience working with First Nations communities to assist them in developing humane and sustainable dog management programs that help both individual dogs, dog populations, and community members.
Because of the differences in communities’ expectations, practices and capacity, by working alongside each partner community, IFAW and ASNTF have found ways of understanding and addressing the root causes, not just the symptoms, of dog issues. This has led IFAW/ASNTF to design pioneer programming that responds to the unique challenges experienced by each community. In this workshop, IFAW and ASNTF will share Lessons Learned and Best Practices that are paramount in assisting communities with their dog/human conflicts.
- Get a head start by learning from the lessons of two groups who have been working extensively in First Nations dog population management.
- Become familiar with best practices that lead to successful journeys in community dog management.
- Learn about effective tools and resources specific for First Nations communities, including humane animal control and First Nations’ school education.
RJ Bailot is a recipient of the International Fund for Animal Welfare Outstanding Personal Commitment Award. RJ has travelled nationally and internationally to many animal protection groups’ home bases in order to study, accumulate knowledge and ideas to better accommodate groups in animal rescue, protection and education. RJ is a co-founder of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force.
Alanna Collicutt has worn many hats at the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force in the last 6 years including general volunteer, Vice President, and Clinic Operations Manager. However, she has found her strength and passion in the development and management of the ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program. Alanna has been focused on the Dog Care and Control Program for the last 1.5 yrs and has brought experience, skills and diligence to this new program.
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.
Read our interview with Janice Hannah here.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
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
Humane education has the power to increase empathy, change attitudes and foster ethical citizenship, yet it is alarmingly absent from our provincial education curricula. Instead of existing within formal settings, humane education in Canada is primarily practiced through a patchwork of programs and initiatives that are offered independently by humane societies, animal shelters and other like-minded organizations. This diversity of voices, which come in a variety of models and frameworks, all strive to fulfill Canada's great need for humane education.
This panel will present a snapshot of three different humane education programs that have, at their core, the same mission: promoting empathy and compassion in order to advance the welfare of both humans and animals alike. Each organization will share its story – its successes and challenges – in the hopes of initiating a national conversation on humane education.
- ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education will present itself as case study of an alternative model for humane education, which operates independently of any one animal shelter.
- The Alberta SPCA will introduce AnimalTales, a program that consists of picture books and classroom materials that focus on a variety of animal topics, including responsible care and the human-animal bond.
- Calgary Humane Society will deliver a personal narrative that tells of the dizzying highs, terrifying lows and the creamy middles of running Calgary Humane Society’s Humane Education Department.
- The successes and challenges of a non-shelter-affiliated humane education model.
- Picture books as tools for the promotion of empathy towards animals.
- Safety first, then fun, then education: learning through inquiry, personal connections and relevance, while avoiding judgment, shame and fear.
Philip Fulton started his career with Calgary Humane Society in 2008 as an Adoption Counselor, helping families and animals find their best possible match. His experiences working with a diversity of families and animals gave him the insight and skills to further help the community when he later moved into the role of Department Head of Humane Education, overseeing youth programing in the shelter. Now, as Manager of Community Outreach, Philip continues to oversee the Humane Education Department, as well as extend that education to all ages in the community through outreach events and individual interaction. Philip is passionate about youth engagement, which stems from his background teaching drama and working professionally in theatre for young audiences around the world. His particular areas of interest lay in educating both young and not-so-young people on responsible pet guardianship, canine body language and how to better understand animals to promote safer, more meaningful interactions. He believes educating children on empathetic and humane treatment of animals will lead to healthier, more caring individuals and communities.
Melissa Logan is an educator who has worked in the Alberta SPCA Education Department for the past decade. Engaging with teachers and other organizations, she has developed curriculum-relevant humane education programs and resources for Alberta teachers to inspire empathy and compassion and enhance animal welfare across the province. She holds a BSc, BEd and is currently working toward a MSc in International Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.
Emelie Luciani is the Co-Director of ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education. Prior to this, she worked as the animal welfare educator at the Montreal SPCA, Québec’s largest and busiest animal shelter. She was also the organization’s Adoption and Foster Program Coordinator with over seven years’ experience. Emelie’s involvement in animal welfare education integrates her two passions: animals and working with youth. Emelie holds a BA in Sociology.
Colleen Ovenden is the Co-Director of ENGAGE: Animal Welfare Education, an organization that brings together her commitment to animal welfare, youth empowerment and social justice. Prior to ENGAGE, she was the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Montreal SPCA. Colleen holds an MA in Cultural Studies and a PhD (ABD) in Communication Studies.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Michelle Yez, Manager of Humane Education, Training and Retail, Edmonton Humane Society
Finding the balance between generating revenue and keeping social impact as the primary intent can be tricky. Figuring out how to do both at the same time can feel like you are working with polar opposite philosophies. Learn how the application of social enterprise principles not only embraces the entrepreneurial spirit in finding new and exciting ways to generate alternate sources of income, but also helps you look beyond the traditional means of raising funds.
In this presentation, the Edmonton Humane Society will provide real-life examples of how the Humane Education Centre has been successful in generating revenue where the revenue derived supports the mission. This practice acknowledges humane education and training as social impact as one of their primary intents, achieved by using revenue streams to become financially sustainable in order to invest in creating even more social impact.
- What to consider when applying a social business practice.
- How to create financial sustainability.
- What success looks like, both socially and financially, as a double bottom line.
As the Manager of Humane Education, Training and Retail, Michelle Yez has been one of the driving forces behind the growth and expansion of social enterprise at the Edmonton Humane Society. New to the organization, Michelle brings with her experience in non-profit, small business and a senior role in business development within a post-secondary institution. Holding a Bachelor of Recreation Studies with certifications in contract training and program planning and various other professional development activities, Michelle has a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and superior client satisfaction while adhering to best business practices.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Marc Lavoie, Training and HR Consultant, On Purpose Training and HR Consulting Services
Deanna Thompson, Executive Director, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
There is always a workplace culture, but is it the one you want? Establishing a culture vested in well-being, accountability and performance is no easy task. In fact, it’s not a task at all, it’s a continuous journey of transformation and evolution. Vision, leadership and HR are merged into a code of conduct that defines who we choose to be as an organization and how we treat each other. Our presentation will share with you our lessons learned and provide some hands-on tools for those thinking about or looking at how to transform their workplace culture.
- A Roadmap: Essential to our journey was a plan to address concerns and vulnerabilities. More important was the creation of a process aimed at building on our strengths and placing the responsibility for maintaining culture squarely and comfortably on the shoulders of our Senior Leaders. And then on every employee and volunteer that we work with. Take Away: Essentials Roadmap.
- Investing in Relationships: It’s too easy to cross our fingers and hope it all works out. How do you invest in relationships? What does that really mean? If relationship is essentially communication, then what can communication teach us about the form and content of relationship? Your language determines how you think. Our approach involved a whole brain thinking method as the doorway to relationship building, self-leadership and performance management – our backbone to accountability. Take Away: Assessment Tool.
- Aspect of Leadership: Culture flows from the top down, and then from the bottom up. It’s difficult to transform culture if the leaders in the organization do not see themselves as vital vehicles for individual and collective growth. "A stuck leader is a stuck culture." Coaching support is essential to the leader development process. Our Executive Director will share her personal story – the challenges and opportunities that await leaders willing to make the journey to self-discovery and personal transformation. Take Away: Do’s and Don’ts Insight List.
Owner/operator of On Purpose Training & HR Consulting Services, Marc Lavoie is an independent Leadership Coach, HR Advisor and Training Specialist with a passion for organizational development and behaviour. Marc helps leaders run business more smoothly by tackling the often difficult challenges of employee relations, tough conversations, effective program design and a human approach to workplace fairness and performance management as personal growth.
With more than 20 years' experience in the human service field, Marc believes that high-involvement leadership, which values engagement, candid conversations and shared accountability offers the best approach to participative management.
"Management is first about human beings and then about becoming capable of joint performance. The future we crave so desperately can be found in the way we choose to treat and work with each other. Leadership, engagement, innovation and achievement all flow from that one simple truth. In this light, true leadership could never just be a style, a tactic or a strategy. By requisite, true leadership is a fundamental way of being."
Deanna Thompson is the Executive Director of Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). A graduate from Mount Royal College, Deanna went on to complete her Bachelor of Management Degree in 2009 at University of Lethbridge. Since 2010, Deanna has lead of one of Alberta’s fastest-growing animal welfare agencies in Alberta. As an advocate for animal welfare, she has dedicated her life to improving animal welfare through collaboration, cooperation and continuous learning.
Under Deanna’s leadership, AARCS opened a 3,000 square foot quarantine shelter in Calgary in 2012, which resulted in dramatic growth for the organization. In 2017, the organization expanded operations to a 13,000 square foot facility, including a 3,000 square foot in-house veterinary hospital that features x-ray, diagnostics, dental and two operating suites. The organization current employs 17 staff members, including veterinary staff, behaviour staff and more than 1,400 volunteers and foster homes.
Focusing their efforts on rural areas of Alberta with limited or no animal services, AARCS rescues and adopts out approximately 2,500 cats and dogs each year, with the majority of their animals being cared for through their vast network of foster homes. With a vision of a Compassionate World for All Animals, AARCS focuses much of their work on improving animal welfare through Spay/Neuter & Disease Prevention Programs, Trap-Neuter-Return, Pet Assistance Programs, Emergency Foster Care and Humane Education.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
RJ Bailot, Executive Director, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
Alanna Collicutt, Dog Care and Control Program Manager, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
The Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) would like to share information regarding a new, innovative program: The ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program. We have created a community-based, holistic and humane approach to free-roaming dog population management. ASNTF has designed the Dog Care and Control Program based on experience, knowledge, consultation and research. Our goal is to advise communities with free-roaming dog populations (primarily Canadian First Nations Communities) on how to increase the health and safety of both the community members and the companion animals.
The ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program has 7 components, which will be described during the presentation:
- Legislation and Enforcement (Designing humane and appropriate bylaws and employment and training of animal control officers)
- Education (for all stakeholders)
- Registration and Identification (licensing is a great opportunity for collecting dog demographics)
- Holding Facilities and Re-homing Centers (constructing a building isn’t necessarily required)
- Spay/Neuter Programming (ASNTF can help with this)
- Access to Veterinary Care (especially for remote communities)
- Controlling Access to Resources (i.e. development of no dog zones, formalizing a pet food bank, etc.)
We will share the results of our pilot project, the Siksika Nation Dog Care and Control Program. Hear about our successes and lessons learned!
- How animal welfare organizations can help their target communities with dog care and control programming.
- A comprehensive dog care and control program is key to reducing human/dog conflict.
- Humane bylaws are imperative for managing dangerous dogs and for ensuring animal welfare.
RJ Bailot is a recipient of the International Fund for Animal Welfare "Outstanding Personal Commitment Award". RJ has travelled nationally and internationally to many animal protection groups’ home bases in order to study and accumulate knowledge and ideas to better accommodate groups in animal rescue, protection and education. RJ is a co-founder of the ASNTF.
Alanna Collicutt has worn many hats at the Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force in the last six years, including general volunteer, Vice President and Clinic Operations Manager. However, she has found her strength and passion in the development and management of the ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program. Alanna has been focused on the Dog Care and Control Program for the last one-and-a-half years and has brought experience, skills and diligence to this new program.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society
Aime Winegarden, Advancement Officer, Edmonton Humane Society
The animal welfare industry is an appealing cause for donors of all ages. But how do you make sure your donors commit to your organization and keep you top of mind with all the worthy causes they can choose to support? The emotional connection is an integral piece to ensure the donor relationship; it can be tricky to deliver on this when your donors are of all age groups.
This presentation will review the importance of a comprehensive stewardship plan and why it is also important to focus on young philanthropists. This session will help to spark ideas on how to create the connection and deliver the best possible results when resources can be challenging.
- What is stewardship and why it is so important? We will focus on the fundamentals of stewardship, why it is so important to have a plan and the tools you need to build your plan.
- How do you make your plan unique? We will deep dive into scenarios and share some unique examples of how organizations ensured success by creating a unique experience
- Bring all the pieces together. Let’s take what we learned today and build an action plan.
Jaime Caza is the Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise at the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS). Previous to EHS, she was the Director of Development with Ronald McDonald House Charities, where she was responsible for implementing strategies that led to three consecutive years of record-breaking revenue results. With 10 years’ experience in the corporate sector, Jaime brings a deep knowledge of how to attract and build corporate relationships.
Aimee Winegarden is an Advancement Officer at the Edmonton Humane Society. She spent almost 20 years leading teams and driving results in the for-profit sector before discovering a passion for fundraising and all things charitable.