Sunday, April 22

6:30AM - 7:00AM: CAT YOGA
Hosted on-site by Calgary Humane Society

7:30AM - 8:30AM: BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION

8:30AM - 9:15AM: CONFERENCE WELCOME

9:15AM - 10:00AM: OPENING PLENARY

Cats in Canada: A Five-Year Review of Cat Overpopulation
Dr. Toolika Rastogi PhD, Policy and Research Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)

10:00AM - 10:30AM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING BREAK

10:30AM - 12:00PM: MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS

TRACK A: Applied Animal Science
Speaker and Topic TBA
Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity
Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director, Zoocheck

TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
Working Towards a Better Understanding of Equine Welfare at the Farm Level (45 minutes)
Cordelie DuBois, PhD Candidate, University of Guelph

Equine RRSP: Retirement, Rescue, Slaughter and Public Attitudes (45 minutes)
Dr. Bettina Bobsien DVM, Veterinarian, Galiano Veterinary Services 

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together
Dr. Roger Haston, Chief Analytical Officer, PetSmart Charities

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Standards and Guidelines in a Humane Canada
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
Dayna Desmarais, Owner, Dayna's Pet Sitting
Kathy Powelson, Paws for Hope Foundation
Brandy Street, Manager, SPCA Certified, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)

12:00PM - 1:30PM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING LUNCH

12:15PM - 12:30PM: Knowledge Pod #1
Crowdsourcing Content with Big Fundraising Results
Erin Ryan, Research Coordinator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)

1:15PM - 1:30PM: Knowledge Pod #2
Weathering Social Media Storms
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society

1:30PM - 3:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSION #1

TRACK A: Applied Animal Science
Speaker and Topic TBA

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
How a "Domestic" Animal Shelter Can Help Save Wild Lives
Sarah Dykeman, Animal Care Attendant, Guelph Humane Society 
June Yang, Adoption Program Coordinator, Guelph Humane Society

TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
Supporting Sustainability: Meeting the Demand for Plant-Based Options (45 minutes)
Julie W. MacInnes, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International Canada

Speaker and Topic TBA (45 minutes)

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
How Shelters and Rescues Can Collaborate to Improve Animal Welfare (45 minutes)
Stefanie Martin BSc, Supervisor of Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton Humane Society
Deanna Thompson, Executive Director, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)

Building Relationships Between Shelters and Municipalities (45 minutes)
Ron Gabruck, Director, Animal Care & Control Centre, City of Edmonton
Corey Mowles, Director of Operations, Edmonton Humane Society

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Code Public Comment Periods: Is YOUR Voice Being Heard? (45 minutes)
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)
Dr. Jeffrey Spooner PhD, Animal Welfare Scientist and Consultant, Model Care Inc. / University of British Columbia (UBC)

Animal Kind: A Better Approach to Wildlife and Rodent Control (45 minutes)
Dr. Sara Dubois, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Manager, Scientific Programs, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Nicole Fenwick, Manager, Research and Standards, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)
Erin Ryan, Research Coordinator, British Columbia SPCA (BC SPCA)

3:00PM - 3:30PM: EXHIBITORS & NETWORKING BREAK

3:30PM - 5:00PM: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSION #2

TRACK A: Applied Animal Science
Speaker and Topic TBA

TRACK B: Wildlife Welfare
PANEL
Pointless, Cruel and Dangerous: Predator Poisoning and Wolf Culls
Moderator: Julie W. MacInnes, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International Canada
Sheryl Fink, Director of Wildlife Campaigns, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Tommy Knowles, Executive Director, Wildlife Defense League
Paul Paquet, Ecological and Behavioural Biologist
Sadie Parr, Executive Director, Wolf Awareness

TRACK C: Farm Animal Welfare 
Speaker and Topic TBA

TRACK D: Sheltering for Change
The Art and Science of Animal Sheltering
Barbara Walmer, Department Head of Behaviour, Calgary Humane Society

TRACK E: Standards, Guidelines and Certification
Developing New Ethical Standards for Horses in Competitive Sports (45 minutes)
Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

Humane Canada Standards of Practice (45 minutes)
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)

5:00PM: END OF CONFERENCE DAY

6:30PM - 10:30PM: CFHS LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION AWARDS DINNER
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