16 June 2014

Ontario SPCA Conference reaches record-breaking attendance numbers

Kate MacDonald
InfoStream Guest Author 

The Ontario SPCA Animal Welfare Educational Conference 2014 was our most successful conference to date thanks to our speakers and participants - and we thank you for attending!

Prior to the conference starting, the Ontario SPCA held its Annual General Meeting.

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors includes:

Catherine MacNeill (Chair), Kari Wilson (Vice Chair), Rita Middleton (Treasurer), Judy Decicco (Secretary), Isaac Breadner, Heather Caird, Ann Davidson, Craig Gagliano, Stewart Hill, Ron Hunt, Linda Morgan and Chris White.

With record breaking numbers of over 270 in attendance, this year’s conference was met with overwhelming contributions and experts in Animal Welfare.

The theme was “The Business of Saving Lives”. We asked a few of our delegates to share with us why they do what they do everyday. Here is a short video to see what they said: http://youtu.be/XbcVZ312MOU

We heard from close to 30 external speakers and hosted guests from over 70 agencies and organizations from all over North America; we even hosted a delegate from the RSPCA in the UK!

On Monday afternoon, delegates had the rare privilege of hearing from former FBI profiler, John Douglas and experienced a meet and greet book signing following the session. Mr. Douglas reiterated the link between animal abuse and serial killers, confirming our work is invaluable to policing across the province. We were pleased to have in attendance representation from Toronto Police Services, York Regional Police, OPP – St. Thomas, Rama Police, Niagara Regional Police, and Aylmer Police.

On Monday evening, we celebrated just a few of the many success stories from across the province. Traditionally we have profiled these successes through a video that we share with our delegates. However, this year we had so much to share we were pleased to create two videos to showcase.  We invite you to view the Celebration Videos here:


We want to thank everyone for their contributions to this year’s event! Plans are already underway for next year’s conference. With all the exciting goals being met in Animal Welfare across the province, we believe next year’s conference will be invaluable to our Communities and partners in Animal Welfare.

No comments:

Post a Comment