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2021 Change for Animals Conference - Agenda 

Join us for two days of engaging sessions and inspiring speakers!

Pre-Conference Workshop - Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The TEN Skills of the Service SUPERHERO
Louie Gravance, Former Disney Institute Facilitator, Actor, Comedian. Focused on Creating the Happiest Workplace on Earth


9:00 AM 


 Welcome and Introduction

9:00 AM


 Presentation: Service is a Superpower

9:50 AM


 Coffee and Stretch Break

9:55 AM


 Fireside Chat: Q&A with Louie Gravance

10:30 AM


 Coffee and Stretch Break

10:45 AM



12:00 PM



Change for Animals Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

9:00 AM      



10:00 AM 


Welcome Message

10:20 AM



Diversity: The Secret Power Behind High Performing Teams
Anthony McLean

11:20 AM


Networking Break

11:30 AM



Track 1: Indigenous Inclusion | Building an Inclusive Culture
Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov

Track 2:  Real Social Justice: Reconciliation through Community Run Organizations
James Evans

Track 3: Diversity & Inclusion: Getting Started
Anne-Marie Pham, MPA, SHRM-SCP

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Lunch Break & Networking

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM   Round Tables

1:15 PM 



Animal Rights in a Human World
The Honourable Murray Sinclair OM, IPC, PhD (Hon) DCL (Hon)

2:15 PM 


Networking Break 

2:30 PM



Track 1: One Welfare and Self-Care: Global Perspectives and Personal Practices
Bonita Eloise Ford, M.A., B.Sc.

Track 2: There is no such thing as animal rights...yet
Lesli Bisgould

Tract 3:  Exploring Our Relationship to Animals through K-12 Education
Mike Farley, Middle and High School Geography Teacher, University of Toronto Schools & Nandita Bajaj, Administrator, University of Toronto Schools

3:15 PM  

Networking Break

3:30 PM


Sponsor & Learning Lab Networking 

4:30 PM


End of Day One Wrap-up



Day 2 - Thursday, May 13, 2021 

9:00 AM      



10:00 AM 



Leading Through Crisis: Insights from the Non-Profit Animal Wellness Sector


  • Kevin MacKenzie, Senior Manager – Leadership Giving, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society


  • Shawn Morey, Executive Director, Peterborough Humane Society
  • Magdalena Smrdelj DVM DACVPM, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
  • Sonya Reichel, Executive Director, Georgian Triangle Humane Society
  • Stephanie Miller, CFRE, Senior Director, Community and Donor Development, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

11:00 AM


Networking Break

11:15 AM



Track 1: Preparing for the Future: Developing a Partnership Strategy
Enette Pauzé, PhD, FEA, CEO, Level 8 Leadership Institute

Track 2: Safe to Soar: The Secret Ingredient to Fulfilled, High Performing Teams
Josh Vaisman, CCFP, MAPPCP, CoFounder and Lead Consultant, Flourish Veterinary Consulting

Track 3: It’s time to pivot; is your brand ready?
Alison Cross, Senior Director, Marketing & Communication, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

12:00 PM


Lunch Break & Networking

12:45 PM 


Sponsor & Learning Lab Networking

1:45 PM


Networking Break

2:00 PM 



Uncharitable: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong, a Fireside Chat
Dan Pallotta, Activist, Humanitarian, Author, and Builder of Movements

3:00 PM


Networking Break

3:15 PM


Track 1: Future Trends in Volunteerism
Faiza Venzant, CVA  Executive Director, Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration   

Track 2: Virtual Philanthropy: Optimizing Your Fundraising in a Post-COVID World
Tim Kachuriak, Founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer, NextAfter

Track 3:  The Evolution of Virtual Veterinary Care in Canada - where are we, where are we headed, and what does it all mean?
Dr. Sharon Quinn, veterinarian & practice owner, Chief Medical Officer (Smart.Vet) and Co-founder of the Canadian Veterinary Virtual Care Association (CVVCA)

4:00 PM 


Change for Animals Wrap-up 

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