Barbara Cartwright, CEO
An award-winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education, Barbara’s work has spanned five continents and 25 years. Her extensive experience in developing and facilitating relationships with stakeholders, including governments, corporations and NGOs has led to innovative programs with dynamic results, including working with First Nations to initiate community-based companion animal welfare programs, partnering with the BC government to implement the first grizzly bear rehabilitation program, supporting east coast fishermen to protect the endangered right whale and mobilizing African communities across the continent to conserve great apes.
In 2019 Barbara secured a ban on whale and dolphin captivity in Canada, as well as ensured that abusers convicted of animal sexual assault are listed on the Sex Offender Registry.
Barbara has advised some of the top organizations in the world on animal welfare policy direction, including working with online giant eBay Inc. to end the illegal ivory trade on its site worldwide.
Today, as the CEO of Humane Canada™, Barbara leads the organization in fulfilling its mission through the successful execution of strategic and business plans.
Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication, is a published author and lecturer, and received the Governor General’s Gold Medal.
Barbara has been recognized as one of 5 “WOW Woman” in Canada (Best Health Magazine) is a member of Women’s Executive Network, the Council of Women Executives and part of the Distinctive Women Network™
Toolika Rastogi, Senior Manager, Policy and Research
Toolika has been with Humane Canada™ since 2013 and leads its research program, including the work on indicators of a humane Canada, and the national animal shelter statistics collection. Toolika represents Humane Canada™ at the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, as the animal welfare representative on the Executive Committee of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), and as the sole animal welfare member organization at the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).
Prior to joining Humane Canada™, she worked in the areas of biodiversity conservation and environmental safety, both internationally with the OECD, and in Canada with Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Her policy work in these areas allowed her to contribute to the development of international environmental agreements and drafting of federal legislation for environmental protection.
Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in Conservation Genetics and a Master’s in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy. She has published her primary research in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored Humane Canada™’s publications.
Toolika is dedicated to cultivating compassion and supports community programs in addition to her own personal development in this area.
Mallory Lloyd, Manager, Events and Corporate Partnerships
Mallory has an interest in animal welfare in Canada and internationally and has spent the last 15 years working or volunteering in the animal welfare and environmental sectors.
She is a skilled events expert and corporate partnership manager with almost ten years of experience planning events of many formats. Mallory has two degrees, one in Business with a major in Finance and the second in Environmental Practice with a focus on sustainability. She focused much of her academic research on endangered species and the sustainability of critical ecosystems around the world.
Mallory is also an inventor who owns her own business, Get Out Stay Out (GOSO), which sells a campfire grill of her own design. Through GOSO, Mallory encourages people to get outside while sharing lived experiences of her own adventures.
She is the proud caretaker of two rescued dogs, Murphy and Dakota.
Hannah Brown, Manager, Criminal Justice System Reform
Hannah is responsible for Humane Canada’s Criminal Justice System Reform Program, an initiative integrating the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty, the Canadian Violence Link Coalition and justice stakeholder training.
Hannah is originally from the UK and is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales. She draws on her 10+ years’ experience as a litigation lawyer and knowledge professional, representing clients from a wide range of sectors and creating legal resources for practising lawyers.
Prior to joining Humane Canada™ Hannah served as the Legal and Project Manager for the UK Centre for Animal Law (ALAW), providing strategic legal advice on issues such as bullfighting subsidies and puppy mills.
Hannah enjoys using her skills and experience to advocate for animals and implement initiatives which ensure their protection.
When she is not hard at work, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family (Harry the cat included) and exploring the beautiful Niagara region that she calls home.
Kundai Sibanda, Coordinator, Office & Administration
Kundai is an experienced office administrator with more than twelve years of experience supporting high-level executives and teams. She has a keen interest in animal welfare, particularly, conservation and loves using her experience to advance the cause of animal welfare.
In her part-time role with Humane Canada™, she provides accounting and clerical support and executive support to the Board of Directors. She also manages office projects as required.
Kundai holds a MSc in Strategic Management and Masters in Public Policy and Governance. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids.
Darcy Boucher, Manager, Marketing and Communications
Darcy is an entrepreneur and communications professional with twelve years of experience, including the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). In 2013 she started her own womxn-run independent agency that provides Canadian businesses, organizations, and nonprofits with creative communications solutions.
Darcy has always been an animal lover and advocate, and lives in Ottawa with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
Liz Wheeler, Coordinator, Resource Development and Events
Liz is an animal welfare advocate dedicated to improving the lives of animals everywhere. She has worked on the ground level of animal welfare in shelter work and clinical practice for several years before joining the team at Humane Canada™.
Liz currently volunteers as a rabbit foster mom with the Ottawa Rabbit Rescue. When she’s not helping animals, she enjoys creating delicious vegan meals, gardening, napping in her hammock, and reading at home with her husband and cats.
Shannon Ingram, Coordinator, Events
Shannon has always had a strong love for animals being surrounded by a variety animals from a very young age. She has been a non-profit volunteer since the age of 12 and volunteered as an Events Intern with Humane Canada™ before joining the team full-time as the Events Coordinator in the fall of 2019.
Shannon is a graduate of the Algonquin College Event Management program as well as of the Advanced Diploma – Business Administration Program with a major in Marketing. When she is not hard at work, she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her two dogs, Jasper & Denver.
Garett Grittner, Coordinator, Policy & Research
Garett has a background in Canadian public policy research with specializations in the areas of Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Prior to joining Humane Canada™ he has been conducting research on the use of animals for scientific purposes in the Canadian context, a project for which he has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Garett lives in British Columbia with his wife and their cat, Patches.
Natalia Hanson, Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Natalia has been involved with Humane Canada™ for over four years. She first joined the team as a Public Relations intern in the winter of 2016, and also worked as an events coordinator for one of our members, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA.
As Humane Canada’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Natalia is responsible for overseeing the organization’s social media strategy, among other responsibilities.
Natalia is a strong animal advocate, particularly when it comes to spaying and neutering dogs and cats to help stop pet overpopulation concerns. It was this passion that led her to co-found “Humane Outreach for Latin Animals (HOLA)”, a non-profit organization that provides free spay/neuter surgeries to dogs and cats in need in Latin America, with a strong focus on Colombia, her home country.
She is also a volunteer with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and Veterinarians Without Borders. Natalia has had the opportunity to travel to remote areas within Canada, such as Kuujjuaq, in northern Quebec, and Bella Coola, in northern B.C., and to countries as far as Kenya, while volunteering with these organizations.
#AdoptDontShop is Natalia’s motto.
Thank you to Brittany Gawley, member of Women for Humane Canada, for taking most of the staff headshots (Toolika, Mallory, Natalia, Liz and Shannon’s).
Marcie Moriarty, Chair
Marcie Moriarty is the Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer with the BC SPCA. After obtaining degrees in Animal Biology and Law from the University of British Columbia, Marcie was called to the bar in 2003. Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy led her to a career with the BC SPCA starting in 2005.
In her current role, Marcie leads a department that combines cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs. Some of the BC SPCA Prevention and Enforcement Department successes she is most proud of are the strengthening of the provincial animal cruelty laws, including increasing penalties and the incorporation of various codes of practice. Marcie was also a key contributor to the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). In recognition of her work with NCPAC, she was presented with a 2016 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award by Humane Canada in 2016.
A firm believer in the change-making power that a group of committed, talented and diverse women can have, Marcie is pleased to join Women for Humane Canada. It is her hope that her experience being a vocal advocate for animal issues will be an asset to the group and will help secure lasting and impactful improvements for animals in Canada.
Alice Crook, Board Secretary
Following graduation in 1982 from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph, Dr. Alice Crook worked in small animal practice and then as an anesthetist at OVC and, subsequently, at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island.
From 1995 until her recent retirement, Dr. Crook’s main focus has been animal welfare through her position as Coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC. She was affiliated with the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for many years, including three years as Chair of the Committee, and is a past-president of the Board of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada. Her particular interests are pain management in companion and farm animals, animal cruelty legislation, feral cat welfare and effective veterinary response to animal abuse.
Dr. Crook wrote a bi-monthly column for many years on issues of animal health and welfare in the Canadian magazine Chatelaine. She has won several awards for her work to improve the welfare of animals, including the 2002 CVMA Humane Award, a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the 2004 Frederic A. McGrand Award for Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare from Humane Canada™, the 2009 CVMA President’s Award, the 2013 PEIVMA Leadership Award and a 2018 World Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Award.
Carrie Fritz, Treasurer
Carrie Fritz is the Executive Director of Calgary Humane Society, a position she has held since 2014 when she was promoted from the position of Controller. Carrie is a CGA-CPA, who attended the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, obtaining her accounting designation in 1996. She worked at a public accounting firm focusing on audit, assurance and business advisory services before making the leap from public practice to the not-for-profit sector, and finally landing at Calgary Humane Society in 2007.
This was the perfect role for Carrie; one where she could bring her lifelong love of animals, along with her extensive not-for-profit experience, to an animal welfare organization she already had a long relationship with in a community she had grown up in.
Since taking on the role of Executive Director, Carrie has focused on reshaping the culture to one which embodies an open, inclusive and supportive environment to aid in the Society’s mission of helping as many animals as we can. She has worked to build a highly professional, highly skilled team, capable of successfully supporting staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders through a period of transition and organizational change in order to better meet the needs of the animals in our care and the community we serve.
Carrie lives just south of Calgary where she shares her home with her daughter, her two dogs, Daisy and Lacey, as well as her rescue rabbit , Winter.
Adrienne McBride Member Director, Guelph Humane Society
Adrienne McBride is the Executive Director of the Guelph Humane Society (GHS). She is a lawyer whose passion for animals led her to a career path in animal sheltering and advocacy. She brings more than 10 years of experience in animal welfare to the role, as well as a keen understanding of the not-for-profit sector and community partnerships.
Adrienne joined the GHS during a transitioning phase – a time when employee morale was low and shelter productivity was down. Her can-do attitude and unique approach to motivating her team has been crucial to the GHS’ continued success – building a better, brighter future for both the staff and the animals in their community. Adrienne thoroughly enjoys animal advocacy and believes strongly that we can create policies and partnerships that benefit both animals and people alike.
Adrienne completed an Honours degree in Media Studies and a diploma in Journalism through the University of Guelph-Humber, graduating with distinction. She earned her law degree (LL.B.) at the University of Ottawa in 2010. While studying law, she held internships with the Ontario Racing Commission and Humane Canada™ and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011.
Prior to joining the Guelph Humane Society, Adrienne worked for Smith Valeriote Law Firm in Guelph. Originally from Toronto, she, along with her husband, their 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats, now call Fergus, Ontario home.
Cindy Soules, Director-at-large
Cindy has a strong background and knowledge of animal welfare as a long-term volunteer with the BC SPCA. As past President and Board member of the BC SPCA, Cindy has a proven track record in board leadership and governance. She chaired the Governance Review Committee and the Advocacy Committee and is particularly proud of that group’s successful End Animal Cruelty campaign, which ultimately saw increased protection for abused and neglected animals through new cruelty legislation enacted by the BC government.
Cindy’s background also includes leadership roles in corporate and non-profit settings, with strength in implementing strategic plans and programs and building collaborative relationships with various stakeholder groups.
Cindy recently retired and lives in Nanaimo with her two cats Lily and Jasper. She volunteers with the Nanaimo BC SPCA on their fundraising committee. Cindy is a dedicated champion for homeless cats, recognizing that there is still much work to do in educating society about the value of the cat as an animal companion.
Rob Rosenfeld, Director-at-large
Rob Rosenfeld, Vice President – National Capital Region and Corporate Communications for Morneau Shepell works with a wide variety of clients to help increase the quality of mental health and wellness support offered to their employees.
Prior to joining Morneau Shepell, he worked for the Government of Canada, where he held senior posts in the offices of the Ministers of Science and Veterans Affairs. He has years of experience working in advocacy and public affairs, including on behalf of research universities, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and telecommunications and high-tech firms.
Rob is passionate about working to improve understanding and support for those impacted by mental health issues and is proud to work with Humane Canada™ on the intersection between animal welfare and mental health.
Anne Sutherland, Director-at-large
Anne Sutherland is a marketer, strategist, team facilitator and thinking coach who helps teams think better together. The focus of her consultancy new thinking is to help leadership teams become more innovative, productive, and effective.
Anne shared her expertise teaching innovation and design thinking for 13 years at OCAD University. She is the co-author of Kidfluence: why kids today mean business, which examined the importance and impact of Generation Y and was published in Canada, US and China.
Anne lives in Toronto and donates her time to causes that are focused on creating a better Canada.
Karen McGeean Member Director, Fredericton SPCA
Karen McGeean is the Director of Marketing & Development for the Fredericton SPCA in Fredericton, NB. Karen has known since she was young that animals were her passion, and after graduating from University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, she pursued her love of animals by volunteering and being employed in the Animal Welfare community for over 28 years. Her roles ranged from fundraising, newsletter writing, volunteering, Board experience, fostering and being an adoptive mom to a variety of special needs cats.
Karen has served as a Board member on two animal welfare organizations in the capacity of Vice-President, which allowed her to see both sides of the animal business. She has also worked in the customer service industry for over 30 years, including working as the Deployment Co-ordinator at the Military Family Resource Center in Toronto where she led programs that helped families of deployed members with the separation and stresses of a military lifestyle.
Currently, she is working to increase awareness of companion animal issues and cat overpopulation, while seeking out new creative ways to raise money in a tight economy in Atlantic Canada. Karen lives outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick with her husband Steve and a plethora of special needs cats on their rural property where they enjoy the wildlife that visits their backyard.
Elizabeth Murphy Member Director, Nova Scotia SPCA
Before being named CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA in September of 2013, Elizabeth built her career in the not-for-profit industry. Her professional focus was guiding organizational leadership to create and strengthen strategic partnerships, enabling them to become self-sustaining and thus, ensuring that their vital programs would continue to be offered in the communities they serve. Elizabeth’s strengths lay in identifying and developing unique revenue streams and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders to see them securely established.
It has always been important to Elizabeth that her profession leave a positive lasting impact on communities. Over the past 20 years her work has focused on improving the lives of people and animals in need – her passion for animals was likely derived from her childhood experiences being raised on the back of a horse by her equestrian coach Mum.
Since joining the Nova Scotia SPCA, Elizabeth has facilitated the merge of 11 independent SPCA Societies, combining them into one provincial organization which oversees the complete operation of six animal shelters. Elizabeth has built the business of the Nova Scotia SPCA to include: two veterinary hospitals, two veterinary clinics, four thrift stores, a windmill farm, and a professional inspectorate responsible to enforce the Provincial Animal Protection Act.
While Elizabeth has lived on both coasts and spent a few years working at the PEI Humane Society, she currently resides in Hubbards, NS with her husband, twin 16-year-old girls, dog, Hughie and two cats named Ruby & Max.
Elizabeth describes herself as: 1 part Executive, 1 part Entrepreneur, 2 parts cat lady and 2 parts Mum.
Kevin Toyne, Director-at-large
Kevin is an experienced civil litigation lawyer at Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP in Winnipeg. He has practiced law in Ontario and Manitoba for over 15 years and his practice includes the growing field of animal law. In 2012 and 2013, Kevin successfully represented the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary pro bono before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in proceedings involving “Darwin the IKEA Monkey”.
He served as the Vice-Chair of the Animal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association in 2014-2015 and regularly appears as a media commentator on animal law issues. He is the Chair of the Winnipeg Humane Society’s Animal Protection Committee and serves on the Board of Directors. Kevin teaches Civil Procedure at Robson Hall Law School at the University of Manitoba and is a Presiding Member of Manitoba’s Co-operative Housing Appeal Tribunal. In 2017, he obtained his Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall at York University.
Each November, Kevin volunteers at Isla Animal’s Rancho Viejo Spay and Neuter Clinic in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Most importantly, he is the proud father of two vegan toddlers.
Lindsay West, Member Director, Regina Humane Society
Lindsay West is the Director of Operations at the Regina Humane Society. After spending a decade working in roles throughout the Society, she recognizes that working together with other individuals and organizations is what truly drives the improvement of animal welfare.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Veterinary Technology diploma and is fiercely committed to improving the well-being of animals. She is excited to be a part of Humane Canada™ and its spirit of partnership and innovation. It is her hope that her membership on the Board will help positively shape a world in which all animals can lead a humane life.