Face-2-Face or Online: Community Engagement and Tough Conversations in Animal Welfare


Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
Becky Taylor MA RVT, Instructor, AHT/VMR/VTA Programs, Olds College



Sage Pullen McIntosh joined Calgary Humane Society in February 2015. Previously, Sage spent 16 years working in both radio and television news as a reporter, anchor and producer. Her most recent role was at CTV Calgary as a news reporter and Senior Producer for CTV Morning Live. Sage holds a diploma in Broadcasting from Mount Royal University and a Master's of Arts in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University. Sage's passion involves strategic and crisis communications and helping organizations create effective communication strategies both internally and externally.

Becky Taylor has been active in her career as a Registered Animal Health Technologist (AHT) in Alberta for more than 20 years. She graduated from Fairview College in 1993 and worked in a mixed animal practice for more than six years. In 1999, Becky joined the teaching team at Olds College in the AHT Program. Along with her teaching role, she is currently the coordinator of the following programs: Animal Health Technology (AHT), Veterinary Medical Receptionist (VMR) and Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA). Becky holds a certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management and has completed extensive training in leadership and communication. Becky's passion for working with people has led to her devoting much of her professional development to learning and teaching communication skills in an applied manner.