BC SPCA Canadian Animal Policy Symposium
3020 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8T, Canada
The Canadian Animal Policy Symposium brings together provincial policymakers to share best practices in animal policy development. Join us at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Victoria as we discuss current and future changes in the complex landscape of animal policy with legislative and scientific leaders from across Canada.
The symposium will be opened by the Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Saanich South.
Following opening remarks from the Minister, the symposium will proceed with a multidisciplinary panel: How changing social attitudes to animal welfare influence policy development. We are happy to welcome the following panelists to lead this conversation:
Dr. Jane Pritchard, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer, Government of British Columbia
Dr. Dan Weary, PhD, co-founder of UBC's Animal Welfare Program
Dr. LeeAnn Forsythe, DVM, Disease Surveillance Veterinarian, Government of Saskatchewan
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council
Following the remarks of our opening panel, the symposium will hear from the following speakers:
Team from the Ministry of Agriculture, British Columbia: Presenting British Columbia’s collaborative approach to animal welfare policy, which considers immediate and long-term actions through extensive consultation and facilitation with stakeholders
Dr. LeeAnn Forsythe, DVM, Disease Surveillance Veterinarian, Saskatchewan: Speaking on the Government of Saskatchewan's Interagency and Animal Welfare Task Team, addressing the link between distress in animals and underlying human health conditions
Dr. Glenna McGregor, DVM, Veterinary Pathologist, British Columbia: Discussing policy options to prevent disease transmission between domestic and wild sheep populations in BC
Dwight Thompson, Legislative and Regulatory Specialist, Prince Edward Island: Presenting on the development of PEI's 2017 Animal Welfare Act, addressing the reason for change, the stakeholder consultation process, regulation development and impact to date
Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council: Sharing NFACC's development process for Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals, including challenges with implementing the Codes and insights into growing trends among provinces to incorporate the Codes
For further details on each speaker and their presentation, please review our conference program.
Additional presentations at the symposium will be led by two Master of Public Administration students exploring policy changes impacting wild animal conservation and welfare. The symposium will close with final remarks on the future of provincial animal policymaking in Canada.
If you have an interest in learning about and advancing evidence-driven practices in animal policy development, we hope you will join us for this unique event!
For more information, please visit our website spca.bc.ca/caps2019 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission and online tickets are now available! General admission tickets include lunch.
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