17 December 2015

2015 Emerging Leader

The Emerging Leader Scholarships were launched in 2010 to illuminate the up and coming leaders in the pet industry. The goal is to grant these emerging leaders the opportunity to network with current leaders and gain executive insight into their sector. The Emerging Leader program illuminates future leaders for the benefit of organizations who wish to hire emerging talent. The winner this year is…

Kelsey Birtch

Kelsey received a score of 7.56 or 84% to win the Emerging Leader category.

She was born in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1986. Animals formed a big part of her life until she graduated from New Westminster High School in 2004. Around this time, Kelsey volunteered with the New Westminster Police Department in their Crime Prevention Unit and started working at a doggie daycare in Burnaby where she was responsible for upwards of 40 dogs a day. Concurrently, she attended Simon Fraser University from 2004-2010 and received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminology. From there she moved onto the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as an Auxiliary Animal Care Attendant for the City of Vancouver and Maple Ridge respectively. In October 2014, Kelsey was recruited by the City of Vancouver as the first full-time Animal Services Licensing Liaison in British Columbia. Learn more about Kelsey here.

The 2015 IRED Scholarship Competition was made possible with grants from:

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