MONDAY, APRIL 23
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute
Unlike other countries, such as the UK, Canada lacks any national legislation specific to the animals used in science, so what protections do lab animals have, if not legal ones? The current peer-based agency that oversees the use of animals in science in Canada – The Canadian Council on Animal Care – was established in 1968. Forty years on, it’s time to reflect on the systems that we have in place to protect the welfare of lab animals, and to critically examine the governance of animal-based science. This talk will delve into the structure of Canada’s governance system for overseeing the use of animals in science and will evaluate Canada’s progress in implementing the Three Rs principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
- What legal protection do animals used in science have in Canada? If not legal protection, what other mechanisms are in place to safeguard lab animal welfare?
- What are the successes and shortcomings of the governance system for animal-based science in Canada?
- What progress has been made in the Three Rs? What should the focus of future progress be?
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy is Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute, a registered Canadian charity that aims to build an ethical culture of science that respects animal life by promoting the reduction and replacement of animals in teaching, research and testing. Elisabeth brings to this role her background in Neuroscience and PhD-level expertise in animal ethics and the governance of animal-based science. She worked for the Canadian Council on Animal Care as a research fellow from 2009-2011, and subsequently sat on the Standards Committee until 2016. Elisabeth currently sits as an Advisor on the Environment and Animal Welfare committee for the Vancouver Foundation and on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Beth Gammie, Director of Field Services, RedRover
It is essential for the animal welfare community to come together and help government agencies provide temporary emergency animal sheltering for communities evacuating from natural disasters. This is an awareness-level session on what temporary emergency animal sheltering is and how to go about it. The session will include discussion on the different types of emergency shelters, how to set one up and supply and staff it, daily operations, how to maximize reunification of animals with their people, communications and demobilization.
- What is temporary emergency animal sheltering, and why is it crucial in natural disasters? Studies show that up to 40% of people will not evacuate in natural disasters if they are not able to bring their pets with them. This leads to untold human and animal suffering and loss of life. Temporary emergency animal shelters provide sheltering for animals evacuated or rescued from natural disasters, and there are three different types: 1) Co-habitated: people living side-by-side with their animals; 2) Co-located: people and animals living under the same roof, but in separate living areas and 3) Stand-alone temporary shelter: only shelters animals (often nearby a Red Cross or other human shelter). We’ll discuss the pros and cons of the different shelter types.
- How to set up, supply and staff a temporary emergency animal shelter: we’ll cover issues such as how to select a sheltering site, basics on laying it out (the sections that are needed) and how to go about getting the supplies and staffing needed to run it. We’ll also cover the basics of operations, from intake to reunification.
- Reunification of animals with their people should be the North Star, guiding all your sheltering decisions. In the chaos and stress of disaster, it is easy to put reunification on the back burner. However, unless reunification is a focus for the emergency shelter from the beginning, many people and animals from the disaster will never be reunited. This is of course a tragedy for the animals, who lose their family. It is also tragic and extremely painful for people, who may have lost everything in the disaster. There are decision points all along the way: selecting a shelter site, the type of shelter, best practices on intake and communications that can facilitate reunification. We’ll discuss all of these, as well as lessons learned on reunification.
Beth Gammie is the Director of Field Services for RedRover, an American animal welfare organization headquartered in Sacramento, California. In this role, Beth leads the RedRover Responders Program, which provides emergency animal sheltering in natural disasters and large-scale cruelty seizures throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to this position, she was a volunteer with RedRover and other animal welfare groups. Beth lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is staff to her 4 cats.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director, Calgary Humane Society
Jill Gibson, Investigator, Calgary Humane Society
Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
With the seemingly growing number of natural disasters affecting heavily-populated areas, it isn’t a matter of "if" there will be another emergency situation, it is a matter of "when". In light of the floods and wildfires that have impacted Alberta in the past several years, many animal welfare organizations have started the process of preparing for a large-scale emergency response in their area.
Now that we have learned how to build relationships with multiple levels of government and interested stakeholders and the importance of working as a team, Calgary Humane Society will share its experience during several recent disasters and will provide key takeaways for animal welfare organizations so they can be better prepared to provide an appropriate animal response when disaster strikes.
Based on our experience with the Slave Lake fire in 2011, the Calgary/High River Flood in 2013, and the Fort McMurray Wildfires in 2016, Calgary Humane Society will lead an interactive discussion on how they were able to offer support to affected areas during these times of crisis, with a specific focus on communication strategies, internal operations and logistical support for teams on the ground.
- What you need to prepare as an animal welfare organization in order to be responsive and be able to offer the necessary support to save animal lives. We will examine this from both an internal perspective (dealing with emergency situations within a shelter environment, such as disease outbreak, mass intake, etc.) and from an external perspective (dealing with natural disasters, such as fire and flood).
- What crisis communication strategies need to be employed to ensure key stakeholders receive consistent and effective communication to avoid potential confusion and misinformation.
- What does this support look like: from providing people, equipment, supplies and other resources to actual "boots on the ground" support. We will discuss the challenges faced and the improvements that have been made to increase effectiveness of this effort.
Carrie Fritz is the Executive Director of Calgary Humane Society and is a CGA-CPA, who attended the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, obtaining her accounting designation in 1996. Since taking on the role of Executive Director, Carrie has focused on building a professional, highly-skilled team in order to further all aspects of animal welfare, inspiring the community to take on the challenges of animal welfare and teach them to be responsible pet owners. Carrie currently lives just south of Calgary, where she shares her home with her daughter, her three dogs and two rescue rabbits.
Jillian Gibson, a graduate of Lethbridge College's Criminology program, joined Calgary Humane Society's Protection and Investigations department in 2011. Since then, she has investigated thousands of animal cruelty files, most notably the high profile Willow Park muzzling (Camardi) case and the Riverfront Aquariums case, both of which, upon conviction, were given record-setting sentences.
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. Sage holds her Master of Arts in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University in Victoria and has a passion for crisis communications and media relations. When not at work, Sage can be found camping with her family, walking her giant English Mastiff (Thor) or at the soccer field, dojo or gym with at least one of her very active kids.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Dr. Dave Bjolin, Canada Task Force 2/Olds College
Bonnie Lewin, Business Continuity & Recovery Planner - ESS Planner, The City of Calgary
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is a coordinating body that collaborates with more than 60 Agency members to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and disasters. CEMA manages Canada Task Force 2 (CAN-TF2), which is one of five national all-hazard disaster response teams, as well as Calgary’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) program. CAN-TF2 and ESS will discuss the importance of building relationships with partners (internal, external and governmental) and the importance of working as a team when a disaster or emergency strikes.
- See how your organization fits within the emergency management system during a response.
- Some challenges and opportunities when developing your emergency response plans.
- How to work with multiple levels of government when disaster hits.
Dr. Dave Bjolin graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1994 and has worked as a veterinarian on Vancouver Island and in Calgary. Dave has been a faculty member at Olds College since 2007. He volunteers with Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force, including a recent involvement as part of the response to the Fort McMurray Wildfires. Dave joined Canada Task Force 2, Alberta’s Disaster Response Team, in 2016 and works with the Canine as well as Search teams.
Bonnie Lewin is a Registered Social Worker in Alberta and the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Planner for The City of Calgary. She has been involved in emergency planning for more than ten years and participated in five ESS activations, including the 2013 Alberta South Floods. Bonnie incorporates citizen, internal and external partner perspectives in the ESS plan to ensure the impacted individuals' needs are met in a safe and welcoming environment. Her social work background enhances the delivery of services as she focuses on building citizen and staff capacity to recover from a disaster or emergency. Bonnie meets with her ESS colleagues from other Alberta municipalities regularly to assist in creating best practices for the delivery of ESS in Alberta. She has delivered presentations to Emergency Management personnel in British Columbia and Alberta.
The 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference will feature North America's most sought-after thought leaders on emerging animal welfare science, best practices in animal sheltering, leadership and community engagement practices in an animal welfare context, animal welfare advocacy, and stakeholder relations techniques. Check back often for new interviews with this year's incredible speakers!
Dr. Roger Haston on trends and innovation in animal welfare
As the Chief of Analytics at PetSmart Charities, Dr. Haston has a deep level of knowledge about trends and innovation in the animal welfare industry, how the industry is currently changing and what the new data says about where this is leading us. At the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference on April 22, Dr. Haston will be presenting Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together. Read our interview with him here to get a sneak peek into some of the insights he'll be sharing!
Rob Laidlaw on the current Canadian landscape for wildlife in captivity
Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist, award-winning author of nine children’s books and Executive Director of the wildlife protection charity Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him around the world and has involved almost every kind of advocacy initiative from lobbying governments to rescuing animals, including many successful initiatives to change laws, policies and practices and to improve conditions for wildlife in captivity. He will be joining us at the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference to present Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity as part of our Wildlife Welfare learning track. Read our interview with him here.
Janice Hannah on working with indigenous communities on dog management
As IFAW’s Humane Indigenous Communities lead, Janice Hannah works with indigenous communities and NGOs in North America to build humane and sustainable programs that improve the health and welfare of both animals (particularly dogs) and their people. Jan’s focus on companion animal welfare merges her long-term interest of working with animals and communities in culturally applicable, empowering and creative ways. She is presenting three thematically-linked sessions on dog management in indigenous communities as part of the 2018 Deep Dive Training Day. Read our interview with her here.
Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist, award-winning author of nine children’s books and Executive Director of the wildlife protection charity Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him around the world and has involved almost every kind of advocacy initiative from lobbying governments to rescuing animals, including many successful initiatives to change laws, policies and practices and to improve conditions for wildlife in captivity. He will be joining us at the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference to present Nature in a Box: A Primer on Wildlife in Captivity as part of our Wildlife Welfare learning track. We reached him at his office in Toronto.
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS): We’re thrilled to have a whole learning track on wildlife welfare at the National Animal Welfare Conference this year, and we wanted to talk to you about some of the issues at play for captive wildlife in Canada. But, before we get into that, can you talk to us about how you decided to focus your advocacy work on wildlife in captivity?
Rob Laidlaw: Well, I’ve been doing animal advocacy work for 39 years. Back in the early 1980s, after I left a group I helped start that focused on raising public awareness about a variety of animal welfare issues, I was looking for an issue to work on that would allow me to achieve something more tangible and measurable, more than just "educating the public". Around that time, I just happened to come across a zoo in southern Ontario about 2 hours from Toronto. I stopped in and was appalled at the conditions, so I made a complaint to the Ontario SPCA. I found out very quickly that no one was really looking at zoos and that nobody even knew how many zoos were in the province or what animals they kept. Most surprising to me however, was that there were no laws governing zoos in Ontario at all. It was basically the wild west – anybody could go out and start a zoo and do pretty much whatever they wanted. So that led me to conduct my own investigation to determine how many zoos there were in the province, what animals they were keeping and in what conditions. Back then, it took a lot of detective work just to find them as there was no internet. I soon started a program of site visits to six of the zoos I found, which I believed were a representative sampling of what was in the province. I went to each zoo between 6 and 10 times to document conditions and to get a realistic picture of how they operated, instead of just the snapshot glimpse that I’d get with a single visit. That investigation led to a report and, eventually, the more formal creation of Zoocheck in 1988.
CFHS: Amazing that it’s been 30 years since Zoocheck was founded.
RL: When I first started, after making my complaint to the Ontario SPCA, the CEO of the organization told me that no one was going to deal with the zoo issue unless I did. So I said, 'Okay, I’ll deal with it.' Little did I know what I was getting into and that more than three decades later I’d still be at it. I had originally envisioned that the entire zoo project would take 18 months.
CFHS: What’s your organizational focus now?
RL: We deal with all different areas of wildlife in captivity. Not only issues associated with zoos and zoo type exhibits but also aquariums, other kinds of menageries – both private and public – as well as the exotic animal pet trade. We've also expanded beyond Canadian borders and have worked in the United States, Mexico, Japan and, to a certain extent, other parts of Asia and Africa. A lot of people still don’t realize we also work to protect wildlife in the wild, such as elephants, bears, cormorants and wild horses, and that we place some emphasis on trying to change wildlife management practices. So while we've been trying to change the wildlife in captivity paradigm, we've also been trying to shift the wildlife management paradigm away from what it is today, which I believe can be destructive, pseudo-scientific and biased against wildlife at times, to something more science-based, holistic and humane.
CFHS: What keeps you motivated in doing this work?
RL: Stubbornness? It's the sense of injustice. I've always thought animals got a raw deal. And I always seemed to know that when human interests – even the most trivial of interests – competed with animal interests, inevitably the animals lost. From a young age I knew that was wrong, so I decided early on that I was going to try to do what I could to rectify that situation. All these years later, I'm still as committed as ever and I don't think that will change. There's still too much to do. I certainly understand that there has been progress made on many issues, but I'm also cognizant of the fact that the problems animals face are still immense and that for some of them things are getting worse, so none of us can relax. Today I'm very focused on winning. I'm desperate to win and help animals. Thankfully, my colleagues and I have been winning, or at least making progress on, more issues than not these days, which is a sea change from years ago. But even if we weren't winning, I'd continue doing this work.
CFHS: Considering the sheer number of issues at play in the area of captive wildlife and the limited amount of time, how do you plan to address it all in your presentation at the National Animal Welfare Conference?
RL: What I want to do is to provide an idea of the landscape of captive wildlife issues in Canada, what the trends and challenges are, what’s occurred in various jurisdictions and what lessons we can learn from everything that's happened. I'll also be looking at some tools that are available to help enforcement personnel and how we might move forward into the future to address wildlife in captivity issues on a local and regional basis. Hopefully it'll get people's creative juices flowing.
CFHS: Sounds like this is going to dovetail really nicely with another presentation happening at the conference this year. Guelph Humane Society is speaking on how domestic animal shelters can be more helpful to wildlife.
RL: That’s great – some of what I'll be talking about can work very well for domestic animals, as well. I expect a lot of the conference sessions will be complementary to each other.
CFHS: Absolutely. There's a lot of overlap and inter-related concepts. Now, we've been seeing a lot of action in the wildlife in captivity landscape lately – especially for cetaceans, with Bill S-203 and what’s been happening in Vancouver. What do you think about Vancouver Aquarium’s recent announcement about respecting the cetacean ban introduced by the Vancouver Park Board?
RL: I'm pleased the Vancouver Aquarium announced an end to their cetacean keeping program, but I don't think this debate is over just yet. It looks like the Aquarium may be trying to keep the cetacean display door open a crack. I read that they hope to take rescued cetaceans and house them in tanks at the Aquarium, presumably on a short-term basis. That's something I am adamantly opposed to. And I believe the Aquarium vs. Park Board legal action is still in play, with Zoocheck and Animal Justice being intervenors. But I think things have gone too far for the Aquarium to turn back the clock. Soon, Marineland in Ontario will be the only facility in Canada keeping cetaceans in captivity. So, on this issue, things certainly seem to be moving in the right direction.
CFHS: We’re really looking forward to digging into these issues with you at the conference.
RL: I’m looking forward to it, as well. Whether someone is specifically interested in captive wildlife or not, my intention is to pass along information they can use in their daily animal welfare work, regardless of what animals they deal with.
6:30-7:00AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY
Room: Neilson 2
This early morning wellness session will be hosted on-site by the Calgary Humane Society. If you like to get moving on your mat in the early morning, Meow-ga is a great way to do it! It combines kittens and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience. This class is 30 minutes long and suitable for all levels.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Jaime Caza, Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise, Edmonton Humane Society
Aime Winegarden, Advancement Officer, Edmonton Humane Society
The animal welfare industry is an appealing cause for donors of all ages. But how do you make sure your donors commit to your organization and keep you top of mind with all the worthy causes they can choose to support? The emotional connection is an integral piece to ensure the donor relationship; it can be tricky to deliver on this when your donors are of all age groups.
This presentation will review the importance of a comprehensive stewardship plan and why it is also important to focus on young philanthropists. This session will help to spark ideas on how to create the connection and deliver the best possible results when resources can be challenging.
- What is stewardship and why it is so important? We will focus on the fundamentals of stewardship, why it is so important to have a plan and the tools you need to build your plan.
- How do you make your plan unique? We will deep dive into scenarios and share some unique examples of how organizations ensured success by creating a unique experience
- Bring all the pieces together. Let’s take what we learned today and build an action plan.
Jaime Caza is the Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise at the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS). Previous to EHS, she was the Director of Development with Ronald McDonald House Charities, where she was responsible for implementing strategies that led to three consecutive years of record-breaking revenue results. With 10 years’ experience in the corporate sector, Jaime brings a deep knowledge of how to attract and build corporate relationships.
Aimee Winegarden is an Advancement Officer at the Edmonton Humane Society. She spent almost 20 years leading teams and driving results in the for-profit sector before discovering a passion for fundraising and all things charitable.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Barbara A. McLean, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Karmic Media Group LLC
We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in today’s world, video speaks volumes more than just pictures do to get your message across. Learn multiple ways you can use video to communicate more effectively with donors, volunteers, adopters, staff and the public on a regular basis by sharing your stories and your expertise.
- 9 video strategies to educate, entertain and engage.
- Build your organization’s authority and credibility and increase your social media presence.
- Become the media darlings of your community, telling your stories like a pro.
BIO COMING SOON!
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Elissa Carpenter, Reporter/Producer, CBC Radio Calgary
Sage Pullen McIntosh, General Manager of Community Relations, Calgary Humane Society
In the age of digital news and social media, the traditional news organization has had to evolve to keep up with a 24 hour news cycle, shorter attention spans, multiple news options and the consumer’s immediate need for information. What was once large newsrooms stocked with editors, writers and producers has morphed into smaller, often satellite newsrooms, where the reporter, photographer and producer are now one and must work tirelessly to find, prepare and share news content among multiple platforms, meeting even tighter deadlines. What is a negative for the traditional news team can be considered an opportunity for those looking organizations looking to get some good press.
This 45-minute presentation will be two-fold. The first half will be delivered by a Communications Manager and will focus on how to create a good news pitch, including packing it for all news platforms and formatting a press release that will actually be read by an assignment editor, how to handle the media once on-site and how to shape the interview to create a news story that best reflects your organization.
The second half of the presentation will feature advice and examples from a news reporter on how your organization can work well with the media, how you can develop relationships with the media for future news opportunities and how to put your best 'organizational foot' forward.
- How to create a press release that will get a newsroom’s attention from headline to the best times of day to release it in order to increase your organization’s chances of getting you story picked up.
- How to handle the media and shape the interview to best reflect your organization even if the story they are covering may be perceived as negative. This includes how to handle the surprise question!
- How to package your story for all platforms to ensure radio, online, TV and bloggers get what they need and are more likely to work with you again in the future.
After completing her broadcasting diploma at Mount Royal University, Elissa Carpenter went to work in Lloydminster at CKSA as a reporter and videographer. She then moved to Saskatoon to work for CTV and transferred to CTV Calgary in 2000. Elissa was drawn to the news business because every day brings something new, and she loves to be the one on the street compiling and communicating the information as it happens. Elissa took a brief break from news and worked for the BC Government as a Communications Specialist but her love of news brought her back and she joined the ranks of CBC News Calgary in 2017.
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.