2017

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2017 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference
April 8-11
The Westin Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the pre-eminent venue for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning. It is 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, animal control, conservation, 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 help build a Humane Canada on behalf of our nation’s animals.


On Sunday, April 9, we held the CFHS 60th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa to celebrate the animal heroes that dedicate their lives to creating a more humane Canada. We presented individuals and organizations from across Canada with CFHS Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Awards for their work in public engagement, corporate social responsibility, farm animal welfare, humane legislation and cooperation in emergency response during the Fort McMurray animal rescue efforts. We also presented Dr. David Suzuki with the Frederic McGrand Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare Award for his decades of work for animals and the environment.

The winners of the 2017 CFHS Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Awards were:

Public Engagement:
Edmonton Humane Societies

Corporate Social Responsibility:
PetSmart Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada

Farm Animal Welfare:
Geoff Urton (BC SPCA)
Dr. Ian Duncan (University of Guelph)

Humane Legislation:
Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C.

Cooperation in Emergency Response:
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
Alberta SPCA
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
Calgary Humane Society
Central Alberta Humane Society (formerly Red Deer & District SPCA)
Edmonton Humane Society
Fort McMurray SPCA
Meika's Birdhouse
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Frederic McGrand Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare Award:
Dr. David Suzuki

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SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017

PLENARY Beyond The Violence Link: Connecting Our Collective Vulnerability to Build A Humane Canada
Barbara Cartwright, CEO of The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
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Success for Cats with Capacity for Care
Dr. Cynthia Karsten, DVM, University of California (UC) Davis
Dr. Toolika Rastogi, Policy and Research Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
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PANEL What If We Are Not Sheltering Animals Anymore?
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief Administrative Officer, PetSmart Charities
Craig Naherniak, General Manager, Humane Education, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Geoff Urton, General Manager, Strategy and Innovation, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
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Canadian Public and Producer Views on Farm Animal Welfare
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner, Animal Welfare Scientist and Consultant
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Evolving Consumer Attitudes on Animal Welfare
Mike von Massow, Associate Professor, Food Agriculture & Resource Economics, University of Guelph
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Humane Community Development: Putting Humans At the Centre of Animal Welfare Program Design
Kate Nattrass Atema, Director, Companion Animal Welfare Programme, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Slides are not available for this session.

A Critical Exploration of Attitudes Towards Dogs in First Nations Communities
Adriana Pisano Beaumont, MSc (cand), Canisius College of Buffalo, MSc Anthrozoology Graduate Research
Janice Hannah, BSc MEd, Senior Educator and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
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How to Say "Spay": A BC SPCA/UBC Research Project on Optimizing Cat Spay/Neuter Campaign Messaging
Cluny South, University of British Columbia / British Columbia SPCA
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Feline Politicians: An Advocacy Success Story
Joseph Popovitch, The Tuxedo Party of Canada
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TAGteach Or How Positive Reinforcement Is Not Only for Animals 
Patrice Robert, MCP, Director, Animal Care Services, SPCA Montreal
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Creating A Culture of Success: How to Inspire Change in Your Organization
Adrienne M. McBride, Executive Director, Guelph Humane Society 
Lisa Veit, Associate Director, Guelph Humane Society
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Farm Animal Welfare Policy in Action: Egg Laying Hen Code of Practice, Transportation Regulations and the Safe Food for Canadians Act
Dr. Ian J.H. Duncan, Professor Emeritus, Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare, Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph
Amy Morris, MPP, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Geoff Urton, General Manager, Strategy and Innovation, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
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Connections and Companionship: The Health of BC Youth with Pets
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Annie Smith, Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society
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Companion Animal Fostering for Those Fleeing Domestic Violence: When A Community Comes Together
Dayna Desmarais, Owner, AY Chihuahua!, Vice President, SafePet Ottawa
Ayala Sher, President, SafePet Ottawa
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PANEL Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives
Edward Cheskey, Senior Conservation Manager, Bird Conservation Initiatives, Nature Canada
Sarah Cooper, Strategic Planning & Communications Consultant, Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives Campaign, Nature Canada
Dr. Tyler Flockhart, Postdoctoral Research, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph
Lisa Veit, Associate Director, Guelph Humane Society
Slides are not available for this session.

Employee Engagement and Leading People Effectively
Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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PANEL Modern Farming: Advancements in Animal Welfare
James Harley, Owner & Head of Operations and Sales, Harley Farms
Roger Harley, Owner & Head of Protocol Consulting, Harley Farms
Brandy Street, MSc (Ag), Manager, SPCA Certified, British Columbia SPCA
Slides are not available for this session.

PANEL One Welfare: Compassionate Options for Those Experiencing Homelessness and Their Companion Animals
Caroline Leblanc, BA Sexology, MA candidate social work, Director, Solidarité dans la rue
Dr. Michelle Lem, DVM MSc, MSW,  Founder and Director, Community Veterinary Outreach
Kia Rainbow, MSW, Executive Director, Interval House of Ottawa
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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

PLENARY PANEL Bridging Animal Welfare and Animal Rights: Creating Common Ground and Finding Solutions to Root Problems
Moderator: Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
Speakers:
Darren Chang, Queen's Animal Defence, Master’s Student at Queen's University
Camille Labchuk, Executive Director, Animal Justice
Geoff Urton, General Manager, Strategy and Innovation, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)
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The Illegal Pet Trade in Canada and Beyond: A Growing Issue of Wildlife Crime
Carolyn Rosemary Farquhar, Chair, Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada
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Changing the Captive Bird Paradigm: The Suitability of Parrots As Pets
Anthony A. Pilny, DVM, DABVP (Avian), Veterinarian, The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine
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What Does Your Shelter Sound Like?: Why Quiet Kennels Mean Happier, Healthier Pets
Michael Austin, Manager, Adoption & Resource Centre, SPCA St. John's
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Dining at the Same Table: Developing and Maintaining Successful Stakeholder Relationships
Melinda Mennie, Officer, Stakeholder Relations, British Columbia SPCA
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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigating Animal Crimes
Dr. Margaret Doyle, BSc MVB MSc MRCVS, Forensic Veterinarian, Horizon Veterinary Group
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations, Calgary Humane Society
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The BS of BSL 
Barbara Walmer, Department Head of Behaviour, Calgary Humane Society
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Jurassic CSI
Dr. Adrian Walton, DVM, Veterinarian, Dewdney Animal Hospital
Slides are not available for this session.

Embodying the Expert: You Decide the Future for Canada's Animals
Amy Morris, MPP, Policy and Outreach Officer, British Columbia SPCA
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Food for Thought in Animal Shelters: How Optimal Nutrition Can Help You Make A Difference
Emmanuel Fontaine, PRO Technical Services Veterinarian, Royal Canin Canada
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Influencing Others: Using the Psychology of Persuasion to Improve Animal Advocacy
Sheryl Fink, Director, Canadian Wildlife Campaigns, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Res Krebs, Campaigns and Communications Specialist, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
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Animal Cruelty Prosecutions: Moving Horizontally vs. Vertically
Rebeka Breder, Animal Law Lawyer, Breder Law
Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy, SPCA Montreal
Alexandra Janse, Administrative Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Government of British Columbia
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PLENARY PANEL Fort McMurray Fires: Learning from Canada's Largest Animal Disaster Response
Tara Clarke, Executive Director, Fort McMurray SPCA
Terra Johnston, Executive Director, Alberta SPCA
Jeffrey Simpkins, Animal Control Supervisor, Bylaw Services, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
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TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

Shelter Housing: Promoting Good Health and Welfare
Dr. Emilia Gordon, DVM, Senior Manager, Animal Health, BC SPCA
Slides coming soon.

What You Don't Know Can Really Hurt: Planning, Designing and Building An Animal Shelter
Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society
Sharon Miko, Director, Operations, Ottawa Humane Society
Slides coming soon.

All the Books Are Wrong: Raising Serious Money for a Serious Cause
Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society
Slides coming soon.

Shelter Medicine in the Community: Ontario Initiatives
Dr. LeeAnn Sealey, DVM, Veterinarian, Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society
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High-Volume Trap-Neuter-Return Clinics for Humane Community Cat Management
Dr. Julie K. Levy, DVM PhD ACVIM, Professor of Shelter Medicine, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida / Ontario Shelter Medicine Association
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Medical Considerations for Trap-Neuter-Return Programs
Dr. Julie K. Levy, DVM PhD ACVIM, Professor of Shelter Medicine, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida / Ontario Shelter Medicine Association
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Be An Effective Leader and Manager with Impact: Laying the Groundwork for Powerful Work
Shannon Beaton, Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development, Edmonton Humane Society
Geoff Urton, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, British Columbia SPCA
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What Strategic Thinking Can Do for Leadership and Management: Implementing Your Plan for Success
Shannon Beaton, Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development, Edmonton Humane Society
Geoff Urton, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
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Leading with Confidence through Seasons of Change: Maintaining the Momentum You've Generated
Shannon Beaton, Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development, Edmonton Humane Society
Geoff Urton, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
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