CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN!

We are now accepting applications to present at the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference in Calgary, April 21-24, 2018! Share your cutting-edge animal welfare knowledge, build your professional network and help others work more effectively for Canada’s animals at the CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference. Download the call for abstracts and the submission form by clicking the button below.

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The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is an annual professional development and community-building event for Canada’s animal welfare sector. This four-day conference includes presentations, workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions on new animal welfare initiatives, emerging animal welfare science, best practices in animal sheltering, leadership practices in an animal welfare context, making the link between animal cruelty and other crimes, advocacy and stakeholder relations techniques and animal welfare community engagement. The 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, April 21-24, 2018. As part of each annual conference, CFHS hosts an awards dinner to honour animal welfare leaders who have made significant contributions to the sector. The 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Awards will be presented on April 22.

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Who should attend?

Do you work with, care for or advocate for Canada’s animals? Then the CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the community hub for you. As the convenor of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies will help you connect with the best and brightest thinkers in animal welfare today. Learn cutting-edge practices and build a network of support that stretches from coast to coast. Get inspired to do more and be more effective for Canada’s animals!

This event is open to students in any discipline, veterinarians and vet techs, academics, animal enforcement personnel, animal care professionals, staff from humane societies, SPCAs and animal rescues, animal welfare advocates, Crown prosecutors and other legal professionals and members of the general public who want to advance their work for animals.

Travel & Hotel

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Hyatt Regency Calgary

Hotel reservations now available! CFHS has reserved blocks of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Calgary for Conference participants, book today!

Experience the Urban Sophistication of Downtown Calgary!

Located next to the Calgary TELUS Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Calgary offer easy access to many downtown attractions, including the theatre district, historic buildings, restaurants, pubs, galleries, and luxury shopping.

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2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS

Grant Timelines:
January 10, 2018: Applications open
February 23, 2018: Deadline for applications
March 5, 2017: Applications reviewed and decisions made
March 12, 2017: Notifications sent to applicants

Note: Grant timelines are subject to change

2018 CFHS Animal Welfarist Travel Grant

CFHS is excited to announce we will once again offer the Animal Welfarist Travel Grant in 2018, thanks to a major donor who kindly stepped forward in 2015 and committed $100,000 over the next 10 years to ensure people dedicated to improving animal welfare in Canada have the opportunity to attend the CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference. By attending the conference, successful candidates who are currently making a determined effort to create a Humane Canada will be able to further develop their skills and knowledge. Any individual who passionately embraces the need to promote respect and humane treatment toward all animals is welcome to apply. In 2017, this grant provided more than $10,000 in funding to delegates. It is expected that a large number of candidates will apply again this year.

Overview
This grant will cover up to 75% of the cost of transportation to and from the conference, which will vary depending on location of the grantee. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their conference registration (at the early bird rate) and accommodation while at the conference. Participants must register for the full 2018 conference, which will take place April 21-24, 2018 in Calgary. Conference registration fees include access to conference events, breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Participants are not required to stay at the conference hotel if they are able to find discounted accommodation elsewhere.

Eligibility
This grant is open to all Canadians over the age of 18. You are welcome to apply for more than one grant (see information on the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada grant and McGrand grant below), however, grantees will only be awarded funds from only one grant. The grant committee will determine which applicants receive which grants.

Requirements
Completed application process

Potential grantees will need to submit a proposal to CFHS, outlining the following:

  • A brief outline of their role in an animal welfare agency or other organization/institution

  • Three things that they have done in the past year to improve animal welfare

  • An outline of why they are in need of the travel grant

  • An overview of which sessions from the 2018 conference program they want to participate in and why

  • A description of how they believe their participation in the conference will facilitate their ability to advance animal welfare

  • An overview of their projected travel costs (note: please demonstrate that you are using the most economical travel possible)

Grantee Commitments
Upon approval of the grant, grantees commit to:

  • At the end of the conference, submit in writing their three key learnings from the conference and how they will apply their conference experience to improving animal welfare in the next 12 months

  • By Friday, Nov 2, 2018, submit in writing how they have applied their experience to improving animal welfare

Reimbursement
Successful candidates will be asked to bring their travel receipts (airfare, train, bus) to the conference and complete an expense form. The form will be submitted to CFHS. If you are unable to cover the upfront costs associated with your travel, please contact the CFHS office (see Contact page here). Reimbursement will be completed within 45 days.

Timelines:
January 10, 2018: Applications open
February 23, 2018: Deadline for applications
March 5, 2017: Applications reviewed and decisions made
March 12, 2017: Notifications sent to applicants 

Contact
Please submit your application to conference@cfhs.ca and include “2018 CFHS Animal Welfarist Travel Grant” in the subject line of your email.

Recognition At Conference
The grant and its criteria will be announced prior to the end of the 2018 conference to motivate individuals for the upcoming year. Successful candidates attending the 2018 conference will be recognized. 


CFHS Frederic McGrand Travel Grant – for CFHS member societies in Atlantic Canada only

This grant was created to provide travel assistance for CFHS member societies located in Atlantic Canada. Those awarded a CFHS Frederic McGrand Travel Grant will receive full conference registration and a complementary hotel room for the 2018 conference, happening April 21-24, 2018 in Calgary.

Chosen recipients will need to cover their own transportation costs to and from the conference. Recipients will not need to cover the upfront costs of their registration and hotel fees. If participants wish to remain in the city for extra time, they will do so at their own expense.

How to apply: Tell us in 500 words or less why you want to attend the 2018 conference and how you believe your conference experience will contribute to improving animal welfare. Your application can be sent digitally to conference@cfhs.ca. Please include CFHS Frederic McGrand Travel Grant in the subject line of your email.

Timelines: 
January 10, 2018: Applications open
February 23, 2018: Deadline for applications
March 5, 2017: Applications reviewed and decisions made
March 12, 2017: Notifications sent to applicants 

Restrictions: Only open to CFHS member societies based in Atlantic Canada.


$500 Travel Grant – sponsored by the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada

This grant is intended to help one participant offset their travel costs to the 2018 CFHS Animal Welfare Conference, happening April 21-24, 2018 in Calgary. Those chosen for this grant will need to pay their costs upfront and will receive a $500 cheque at the conference. How to apply: tell us in 500 words or less why you want to attend the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference and how you believe your conference experience will contribute to improving animal welfare. Information can be sent digitally to conference@cfhs.ca.

Please include Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada Travel Grant in the subject line of your email.

Timelines:
January 10, 2018: Applications open
February 23, 2018: Deadline for applications
March 5, 2017: Applications reviewed and decisions made
March 12, 2017: Notifications sent to applicants

Restrictions: Only open to residents of Canada 


Testimonials

Cheryl_-_WHC_headshot_-_small.jpg"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 NAWC2017 delegate

 

 

 

Bruce-Roney-300x226.jpg"Congratulations to the entire CFHS team on the 2017 National Animal Welfare Conference! I understand what a huge undertaking a conference of this size can be and how hard it can be to keep growing and improving. Yet, every year, the conference keeps getting better and better. All the sessions I attended were relevant and well-presented. Overall, I felt it compared favourably to the HSUS and SAWA conferences. Everything I overheard from attendees was consistently positive and I was delighted to have been a small part of it. This was a great project. Thank you!
– Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society and NAWC2017 delegate

 

SPCA-Sofia-Gonzales-e1403292365473.jpg"Attending NAWC gave us the opportunity to network with other animal welfare professionals and learn from sheltering and welfare experts. We would absolutely encourage people to attend the conference. It is important to continue to learn, and this conference always provides sessions on a diversity of subjects. It takes organizations to the next level of development."
– Sofia Gonzalez, Adoption and Foster Coordinator, SPCA Montreal and NAWC2017 delegate

 

 

20170409-SAS_5357.jpg"We are proud to support the CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference because those in attendance share our unparalleled commitment to pet well-being. At Hill’s, we’re about more than just pet food.  We are about connecting pets to people and the conference ensures we can help enhance the special relationship between people and their pets across Canada." -Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada, NAWC 2017 Sponsor

 

PetSmartCharities.jpg"PetSmart Charities of Canada has been a proud sponsor of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies’ National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC) since its inception.  We believe by bringing the best and brightest minds in animal welfare together, CHFS is ensuring the organizations in attendance at this premier conference in Canada are staying at the forefront of animal welfare issues, best practices and future directions while fostering a culture of collaboration across our industry. The conference also provides a great opportunity to meet and inform our Canadian colleagues about the mission and granting priorities of PetSmart Charities of Canada." - Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada

 

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