The View From South of the Border: Link Lessons Learned and Moving Forward in Canada

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Ballroom

Phil Arkow, Coordinator, The National Link Coalition
Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada

The National Link Coalition in the U.S. has had a 10-year head start on our Canadian colleagues. What have we learned about Link advocacy, programs, public and professional awareness, and academic research that can help our Northern neighbors? What can we learn from you? More important, where are all these exciting Link developments taking us and how can we develop them further to help abused people and animals?


  1. Participants will gain the perspective of 10 years of experience by the National Link Coalition and its work in showcasing innovative programs, conducting multidisciplinary training, promoting academic research and public awareness, and advocating for Link-based legislation.
  2. Participants will explore ongoing and emerging challenges to The Link and consider strategies to overcome these obstacles.
  3. Participants will see Canada's Link work in a global context as part of an emerging worldwide movement that parallels One Health/One Welfare.


Internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and educator Phil Arkow is coordinator of the National LINK Coalition – the National Resource Center on The LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence – and edits the monthly LINK-Letter. He chairs the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project. He teaches at the University of Florida, Harcum College and Camden County College. He has presented over 250 times in 17 countries, 38 states and 9 Canadian provinces, and has authored over 80 key reference works on human-animal interactions and violence prevention. He co-founded the National Link Coalition, the National Animal Control Association, and the Colorado and New Jersey humane federations. He has served with the AVMA, the ASPCA, American Humane, the Delta Society, the Animals & Society Institute, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the National District Attorneys Association, the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New Jersey Child Assault Prevention.