Wednesday, November 20th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference*
Location: Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge 
*Attendance by application only and only open to Crown Prosecutors and allied professionals  - contact for more information. Space Limited.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Enforcement Day Pre-Conference**
Location: Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium
**Open to Police Officers (Municipal, Provincial and Federal), By-Law Officials, Animal Law Enforcement, and Government Representatives (overseeing animal law enforcement) - contact for more information.


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pick up your conference badge here, also available to answer any questions or inquiries.
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Court

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Link-Up Social
Join us for a relaxed evening of networking and activities that is open to all conference delegates.
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Court // Sponsored by VCA Animal Hospitals

Thursday, November 21st

All sessions on this date will be located at the Chelsea Hotel in the Churchill Ballroom.

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, DVM, Veterinary Forensic Consulting, LLC

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM :
Canadian Violence Link Coalition Panel Discussion
Panel Facilitator: Barbara Cartwright

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM : Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Integrating Across Agencies: A Cross-Sectoral Discussion
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada

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

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM :
Crime-Spotting: Violence Link Offences
Mandy MacLeod, Alberta Crown Prosecutor

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 
Panel Facilitator: Barbara Cartwright

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM : Networking Break

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
Dr. Ranjana Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University
Sarah Bernadi, Registered Social Worker, Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Center
Dr. Andrea Breen, Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
Panel Moderator: Erin Whitmore, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of Canada

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

Friday, November 22nd

*All sessions on this date will be located at the Chelsea Hotel in the Churchill Ballroom.

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

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM :

The State of Housing Pets of Intimate Partner Violence and Safe Pet Keeping Programs
Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, PhD. Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Windsor
Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO, Red Rover

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

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
Panel Moderator: Hayley Glaholt, Executive Director, Link Coalition Toronto

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 Mayer, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Psychology, University of Denver
Lavita Nadkarn, 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

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

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM :
The View From South of the Border: Link Lessons Learned
Phil Arkow, Coordinator, The National Link Coalition
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada

4:30 PM : Adjourned