Deadline to submit: October 31, 2019
We are only accepting proposals for sessions that are 45 minutes in length and lunchtime lightning talk 15 minute sessions at this time.
Themes for Conference Sessions
Humane Canada's National Animal Welfare Conference is the premier professional development event for the Canadian animal welfare sector, and our program committee needs your expertise and ideas. The committee is looking specifically for a focus on recent programs, projects, interventions or research and 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.
We’re currently accepting abstracts on the following topics for our 2020 conference:
- Animal protection and enforcement: The shifting landscape for protecting vulnerable animals. This year we want to look closer at how cruelty investigations go beyond animals in distress to include vulnerable people and animals. Topics may include new approaches in investigative work; partnerships with social service agencies; creative approaches to providing support for vulnerable animals and people; managing cruelty cases through the courts.
- Sheltering and community: Improving canine welfare in shelters and the community. This year a priority focus will be dogs. Areas we are looking for include: the role of genetics and socialization in shaping the canine mind; best practices in dog rehabilitation in a shelter environment; strengths and weaknesses of temperament assessments; impacts of rescue dogs on the Canadian dog population; supporting pet owners with education on animal behaviour; shelter medicine and impacts in both the shelter and community.
- Advocacy: Mobilizing action on animal welfare issues. Engaging the public to change attitudes and behaviours on animal welfare issues is a challenge we all face. This year we are looking for best practices or case studies on delivering innovative advocacy campaigns; developing a stakeholder and government relations strategy; using social media to build your support base; moral and ethical approaches to animal use; lobbying for an active and engaged government; cultivating a committed public; and partnerships with Indigenous communities.
- The intersection of animal welfare and climate change. This year we want to include ways in which animals are affected by climate change including planning for natural disasters (both for shelters and for aiding affected communities); and climate change and the effects on urban wildlife and human conflict issues. Other issues include the movement of wildlife to human-populated areas and the need to deal with these situations humanely. What role do widespread adoption of plant-based eating habits and less intensive agricultural systems play in mitigating climate change?
- Animal welfare science. The application of new developments in animal welfare science can help us provide animals with a life worth living. We want to hear about the latest trends in animal welfare science that have practical application in sheltering; relationships with companion animals; on farms; in science; and animals in captivity. How can we use animal welfare research findings to improve handling practices and housing, and provide a good quality of life? How to implement animal-based measures and animal welfare indicators in standards of care.
- Welfare of animals used for food. What are recent trends and innovation in farm animal welfare, including best practices for working with industry, raising animals in urban neighbourhoods and municipal bylaws.
- Humane education: Inspiring a humane generation. This year, we want to discuss how to create more support and interest in humane education with stakeholders, including schools and at humane societies; ways to inspire teen advocacy; mobilizing younger audiences; empowering students to seek alternatives to animal dissection in the classroom.
- Increasing fundraising capacity. Finally, we want to hear about emerging trends and innovative concepts in building funding capacity. Topics could include digital acquisition and stewardship; marketing and strategies for fundraising; best practices in media and social media engagement; new tools or technologies; and strategies for achieving a greater share of revenue; case for support and donor stewardship; foundation funding, social enterprise and corporate partnerships; planned giving; utilizing volunteers in fundraising programs; forming partnerships for fundraising success.
- Lightning Talks. Lightning talks are 15 minute sessions that happen during the lunch break on Sunday March 29 and Monday March 30. Lightning talk sessions normally gather a crowd of 15-40 people and are designed to be a quick knowledge transfer with takeaways for attendees. Topics could include, but are not limited to social media, event planning, media, grant writing, lessons learned, enriching the work of employees and volunteers, etc.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference program committee, and we will contact you with the committee's decisions between the end of November and early December.
If your abstract is chosen, you (and any co-presenters for your session) will receive a complimentary conference pass on the day you’re presenting and be offered a special speaker rate to register for all other days/events.