Awards Dinner

Join us for a celebration of the heroes of Canadian animal welfare!

Canada's animal welfare heroes deserve national recognition. On April 22, join us at the Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Awards Dinner to cheer them on and celebrate important advances for animals. 18+.

The 2018 CFHS Leadership and Innovation in Animal Welfare Awards Dinner

Sunday, April 22
The Imperial Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Calgary

Hosted by Petsecure

Sponsored by Petsecure


Award Sponsors:

PetSmart Charities of Canada website

Petplan website


Table Sponsors:

PetSmart Charities of Canada website

Royal Canin website

BC SPCA website

Calgary Humane Society website

The festivities will kick off at 6:30pm, giving you a chance to walk the red carpet, mix and mingle with award winners from across the country, bid on our fabulous silent auction items and grab an end-of-the-day cocktail before we sit down for a delectable 3-course dinner. The awards program will include an address by the inspiring Jo-Anne McArthur of the We Animals project, entitled We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation. Jo-Anne will also be signing books that night and is donating one of her beautiful pieces to our silent auction!


Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe for fifteen years. Thousands of these images are made available for free to anyone helping animals at McArthur is the author of two books, We Animals, published in 2014, and Captive, published in 2017. McArthur’s newest endeavour, The Unbound Project, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical. McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings. In 2017, the We Animals team launched the We Animals Archive, a free database of thousands of high-resolution photos available for free to anyone helping animals. We Animals images have been hundreds of organizations, publishers, and academics to advocate for animals. Jo-Anne is a sought-after speaker and regularly speaks around the world.

Topic: When Jo-Anne McArthur shifted her focus from photography towards animal rights photojournalism fifteen years ago, few professional photographers were documenting The Invisible animals, as McArthur calls them. Those we eat, wear, conduct research upon, as well as use for work and entertainment. Fewer still were examining the constructs of factory farming, fur farming, laboratories, and the lives of the animals who live there. McArthur's work has taken her to over fifty countries around the globe, and taught her valuable lessons about storytelling and the ways forward for animal rights photojournalism.

We're excited to announce that CTV Calgary's Tara Nelson will be emceeing this event!

CTV Calgary's Tara Nelson, emcee for our 2018 Awards Dinner

Tara Nelson is the 6pm Anchor and Executive Editor at CTV Calgary. A journalist since 1991, Tara has been a reporter, producer and anchor, covering some of Canada and the world's most interesting events. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed thousands of people from royals and world leaders, to astronauts and athletes. She has covered nearly two dozen federal, provincial and civic elections in several provinces and three countries. Before coming to Calgary, Tara was a foreign correspondent, and a national reporter. Her time with both jobs took her to numerous hot spots around the globe, fronting some of the most significant events in recent history. Tara is proudly connected to several Calgary organizations. She is a devoted volunteer at the Calgary Humane Society and is also humbled to help Discovery House and Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, Tara and her husband love to travel. They share their home with a very bossy but very cute Wheaten Terrier named Ruckus.

A two-day pass includes one ticket to this exciting event. You can also buy stand-alone tickets to the awards dinner by clicking the button below.