2019

The 2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference

NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019
CHELSEA HOTEL TORONTO
Organized and hosted by Humane Canada

Download the final report for the 2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference - Coming soon.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference! #LINK2019 was an innovative, ground-breaking conference that examined the link between violence against human beings and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intersect. We brought together 205 professionals from 10 key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of violence. This is the first time a national conference of this kind has happened in Canada, and it has kick-started much-needed action on violence.

 

Download our 2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference attendee list here.

To view photos from the 2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference - here.

 

2019 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 20th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference*
Location: Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge 

Enforcement Day Pre-Conference**
Location: Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium

VIEW ENFORCEMENT DAY PRE-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE HERE

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Court

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Link-Up Social
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Court // Sponsored by VCA Animal Hospitals


Thursday, November 21st

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM : Breakfast & Registration

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM : 
Welcome & Conference Opening

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM :
The Connection Between Animal Cruelty & Societal Violence and Vulnerability: The Link
Dr. Melinda Merck, Veterinary Forensic Consulting, LLC
No slides available for download

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM :
Violence Link Panel Discussion
Arif Virani, MP., Parkdale-High Park
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MP., Beaches-East York
Moderator: Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada
No slides available for download

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM : Networking Break // Sponsored by Red Rover

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Integrating Across Agencies: A Cross-Sectoral Discussion
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada
No slides available for download

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM : Lunch & Open Discussion for Individual Sectors

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM :
Criminal Offences that Capture Harm Related To The Violence Link
Mandy MacLeod, Family Protection Prosecutor, Alberta Crown Prosecution Service
No slides available for download

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM : Plenary Session
Link Between Child Sexual Assault and Animal Sexual Assault
Debra Danco, Associate Counsel, Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.
Monique St. Germain, General Counsel, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Slides available here

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM : Networking Break // Sponsored by The Body Shop

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM :
Social Work & The Violence Link
Dr. Lynda M. Ashbourne, Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
Ranjana Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University
Sarah Bernardi, Registered Social Worker, Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre
Dr. Andrea Breen, Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
Moderator: Erin Whitmore, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of Canada
Slides available Sarah Bernardi, Lynda Ashbourne & Andrea Breen, Ranjana Basu

4:15 PM - 4:35 PM: Closing Remarks


Friday, November 22nd

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM : Breakfast & Registration

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM :

The State of Housing Pets of Intimate Partner Violence
Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, PhD. Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Windsor
Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO, Red Rover
Slides available here

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM :
Solutions to Pet Safe Keeping in Situations of Domestic & Interpersonal Violence  // Sponsored by Ontario Veterinary College
Sammy Cisek, Community Engagement Worker, Interval House of Ottawa
Dayna Desmarais, President, SafePet Ottawa
Doug Raven, CEO, OVMA with Hayley Glaholt, Executive Director, Link Coalition Toronto
Leanne Sillers, Animal Safekeeping Coordinator, Saskatchewan SPCA
Slides available Sammy Cisek, Doug Raven, Dayna Desmarais, & Leanne Sillers.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM :
Investigating "Link Crimes" in Toronto: Collaboration, Communication and Best Practices
Maureen Bellmore, Counsel, Director of Crown Operations, Ministry of the Attorney General
Dr. Margaret Doyle, Veterinarian, Riverbend Hospital
Det. Ann-Marie Tupling, Specialized Criminal Investigations, Sex Crimes-Domestic Violence / Child Abuse Coordinator
Moderator: Hayley Glaholt, Executive Director, Link Coalition Toronto
No slides available for download

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM : Lunch & Open Discussion for Provinces

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM :
Systemic Approach to Responding to Animal Cruelty
Laura Meyer, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
Lavita Nadkarni, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
Courtney Brown, MSW, Senior Community Projects Manager, Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
Slides available here

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM :
Animal Cruelty Crime Incidents in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS): how it initiated and where it is now
Dr. Mary Lou Randour, Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute
Slides available here

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM :
The View From South of the Border: link lessons learned and moving forward in Canada
Phil Arkow, Coordinator, The National Link Coalition
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada
No slides available for download

4:30 PM : Adjourned