About the Conference

About the Conference

The 2017 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is happening at the Westin Ottawa April 8-11, 2017. Join us in the nation's capital to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and Canada's 150th!


The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the pre-eminent venue for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning – and Canada’s only animal welfare industry event that represents the entire diversity of animal welfare leaders in Canada. Whether you work with a humane society, SPCA, animal rescue, advocacy group, in animal control, conservation, with an academic institution or the government – or are just interested in animal welfare, our exciting conference is the place for you! It will arm you with all the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to work on behalf of our nation’s animals and help to build a Humane Canada.

The 2017 National Animal Welfare Conference happens April 8-11 at the Westin Ottawa, and it's all about celebration! We'll be marking the 60th birthday of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Canada’s 150th and celebrating our collective power as a community. In keeping with the celebratory theme, we will be presenting NATIONAL AWARDS for innovation and leadership in the fight for animal welfare.

The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference features dozens of different welfare topics and sets the agenda for Canada’s humane movement for the year to come. The 2017 conference will be the largest one yet, creating an opportunity to share, learn, connect and network with the full spectrum of the animal welfare community in Canada. Learn, celebrate and get inspired at #NAWC2017!

"My take-away from this conference is more hope. I like that the sessions offer strategic thinking, initiatives, ideas that are outside the box. I wanted to see sessions that I could put into practice."
-Cheryl Albuquerque, artist and independent delegate at NAWC2016

“This was my first year at NAWC, and what interested me about attending the conference was the sense of community, which is not something I have back home. I’m part of the pre-veterinary community at my university but, as for animal welfare specifically, there’s really no one I could turn to at the moment. I broadened my horizons and made connections with other people who are interested in the same things that I am."
-Taylor Nimchonok, Farm Animal Compassion Committee, Winnipeg Humane Society and NAWC2016 delegate

To find out more about the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, visit our main site here.

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