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National Animal Welfare Conference

Call for Abstracts

2015 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

Building a Humane Canada

April 16-19, 2016 Eaton Chelsea 33 Gerrard Street West Toronto, ON

About the Conference

The 2016 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the preeminent venue for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning. The conference brings together Canada’s animal welfare community, which works with, cares for and advocates on behalf of our nation’s animal population. Conference attendees passionately embrace the need to promote respect and humane treatment of all animals.

Conference Themes

The program committee is currently accepting abstracts for sessions at the 2016 conference. The conference will explore the following areas:

  • Animal Welfare: initiatives that improve the lives of farm, companion, wild, captive and laboratory animals, as well as emerging issues and trends in animal welfare science;
  • Sheltering: important or Innovative aspects of animal shelters, including design, management and programs;
  • Animal Cruelty: leading techniques and approaches to the enforcement and prosecution of animal cruelty, the violence link and legislative change;
  • Leadership: skill and technique development, executive and change management, governance, fundraising and human resources;
  • Community Engagement: advocacy campaigns, innovative events, communicating about animal welfare, improving stakeholder and media relationships;
  • CFHS will also consider any other important animal welfare topics that are relevant to Canada but are not covered in the topics above.

Guidelines for Presentations

The committee is looking specifically for a focus on recent programs, projects, interventions or other
ideas that have been applied in the field to directly advance the welfare and well-being of animals. The committee encourages submissions that explore innovative and creative responses to animal welfare issues. In order to provide a comprehensive learning experience for the conference participants, the committee is interested in both successful and unsuccessful initiatives

The committee welcomes submissions for 90-minute presentations in the following formats

  • Presentation
  • Workshop
  • Panel discussion

Sessions can be delivered using a digital format or as an interactive, hands-on workshop within the allotted time. All sessions must allow for a 10-minute question period.

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

Abstracts should be one single-spaced page in Times New Roman (12 point) with 1-inch margins. All abstracts (and presentations) must be in English and should not include tables or diagrams.

Please include:

  • The full title of your presentation
  • Names of the primary presenter and any co-presenters, including job title and organization • A short bio for each presenter
  • A short 250-500 word description of the presentation
  • The 3 key learnings attendees can expect to take away from the presentation

Submit abstracts to

The closing date for receiving abstracts is Wednesday, September 30 2015

Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference program committee, and selected speakers will be notified by November 13, 2015. If your abstract is chosen, your registration fee for the conference will be waived. Presenters will be required to cover their own accommodation, travel and some food expenses.

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