HUMANE CANADA TEAM
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.
Tara Hellewell, Director, Donor Relations & National Engagement
Tara has been a strong advocate for the welfare of animals for many years through her role as Executive Director of Central Alberta Humane Society for ten years and former Humane Canada Board Director from 2015-2020. Her long career in the charitable sector specializing in fund development, marketing, and management has spanned over 20 years, actively furthering the missions of the central Alberta charitable sector in domestic violence, seniors long term care, and animal welfare.
During that time, Tara received recognition for her dedication as a Red Deer Women of Excellence and through a Humane Canada Animal Welfare Leadership Award in 2020. Tara now supports the work of Humane Canada on the staff team as Director, Donor Relations and National Engagement. Tara proudly supports Women for a Humane Canada as a founding member and is a strong advocate for the recognition of women in leadership in our sector.
Along with partner Jaret and fur-kids Harlee and Bandit, she divides her time between their homes on the mountain in the Crowsnest Pass, AB, and their off-grid cabin on the shores of Kootenay Lake just outside of Nelson, BC. At home, they relish the freedom of nature, the beauty of the environment, and the wildlife that frequently visit both properties.
Kathy Duncan, Director, National Programs
Kathy has dedicated over 30 years to animal welfare in the province of Ontario. Her background includes working in the not-for-profit and municipal government sectors and leading open admission animal shelters for municipalities, SPCA’s and humane societies in Ontario.
Kathy is a strong proponent of collaboration across the industry and has chaired the Board of Directors for the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario (AASAO) for 12 of the 17 years she was on the Board. She currently sits on the Government Relations Committee for the AASAO. She has been a strong member of the Provincial Animal Welfare Task Force and the Programming Committee for Humane Canada’s 2021 National Animal Welfare Conference. She currently sits on the National Violence Link Coalition and is a member of its steering committee. Kathy has also been named an International Ambassador for the Human Animal Support Services project and sits as a Director on the Board, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for One Health Partners.
She is happily supported by her partner Paul and two children, as well as three Bouvier des Flandres, Morgan, Tori and Tucker.
Mallory Lloyd, Events Manager
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 Program
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.
Jasmine Ferreira, Manager, ACT Program
Jasmine Ferreira is a Registered Social Worker and has worked in a variety of non-profit settings over the past 10+ years. Her professional experience has intersected with gender-based violence across roles in crisis intervention, residential program delivery, health care policy, youth unemployment, communications, and education.
Jasmine holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at York University where her research focuses on animals, nature, and mental health in social work practice. She is happiest outside walking any trail with her two Samoyeds, Rufus and Rey.
Shelby Pearson, Manager, Finance & Operations
Shelby has a long history of volunteering in animal welfare, holding various roles from dog walker to Board Treasurer both locally and internationally. After working abroad for over 15 years in offshore investment and pension funds, Shelby returned to Canada and joined the non-profit workforce, marking the start of her career in animal welfare at the Guelph Humane Society in 2018. Combining her passion for animal welfare and accounting has proven to be an extremely rewarding path, both personally and professionally.
Shelby graduated from Conestoga College with a degree in Business Administration – Accounting, is a QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor, and is formally educated in Equine Massage Therapy, receiving the Academic Award of Excellence upon graduation.
In her spare time, Shelby is an avid horse rider and enjoys hiking with her dog Loki.
Shannon Ingram, Events Coordinator
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.
Kristina Koehn, Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Kristina has always had a deep love for animals and became a devoted pet parent by the age of six to a stray cat. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “one cat just leads to another.” She has had many four-legged friends throughout her life and is very passionate about the humane treatment of all animals.
As Humane Canada’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Kristina is responsible for the organization’s content creation and media relations, among other responsibilities.
Kristina is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College’s Public Relations program. When she is not hard at work, Kristina can be found walking a nature trail, exploring Toronto, or spending time with her family and sweet cat, Patches.
Melissa Devlin, Coordinator, Donor Engagement and Development
Melissa has been involved with Humane Canada since 2016 as one of the founding members of Women for Humane Canada. She has worked in the animal welfare non-profit sector for 8 years with a range of experience including fundraising, events, humane education, marketing & more.
She has diplomas in both Veterinary Technician & Broadcast Journalism programs, and is passionate about fundraising to help give animals in Canada a better future. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors & camping in the warmer months and hibernating inside with Netflix in the winter.
Melissa has been an avid animal lover her whole life and at home has 2 rescue cats & a rescue dog, as well as 2 toddlers who all keep her busy.
Mélanie Sayoto-Poulin – Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
As a previous volunteer at Animal Care Zone’s organization, Mélanie always had a love for animals. She learnt a lot about the challenges that affect shelters and animal welfare, as well as the inescapable suffering that many go through. This inevitably turned her into a woman on a mission; a mission of bettering the lives of animals. She truly believes that we hold a responsibility towards the care of sentient beings.
Mélanie is a recent Marketing graduate, from Concordia University, and will be representing Humane Canada as its newest Marketing Coordinator (contract). She merges her social media and marketing expertise with her purpose of advocating for animal welfare, in hopes of inspiring others to implement meaningful day-to-day habits of choosing, consuming and wasting mindfully.
During her free time, Mélanie loves to sing, run, and spend time with her friends and family, including the love of her life and founder of her numerous scratches, Raven, the cat.
Kerri Thomson, Coordinator, Criminal Justice System Reform Program
Kerri is a recent graduate of the Paralegal program at Mohawk College. After having spent a number of years in a completely different field, she had the opportunity to pursue her passion and is currently taking a Combined Honours degree program in Criminology and Policing, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Victimology.
When she is not working or studying, Kerri can be found reading as many books as she can get her hands on, as well as tending to her tabby girls Ivy and Iris, aka Princess Stinkerella and The Queen.
Sue O’Neill, Coordinator, ACT Program
Sue O’Neill has a background working in gender-based violence services, in both shelter and community-based settings. Her work in these settings resulted in supporting the development of an agency-based Safe Pet program. Her additional professional experience has been in various roles in the areas of mental health, employment, and education.
Sue holds an Honours Bachelor of Child Development and is a Master of Education candidate at Western University. Sue’s favorite role is that of caretaker to her two dogs, Hugo and Leslie.
Natalia Hanson, On Contract – Event Marketing and Communication
Natalia is a Colombian and Canadian citizen currently living between both countries.
She started her professional career as a veterinary assistant, working in that industry for 6 years. During that time, she developed a passion for animal advocacy and fundraising, and she pursued a second career in public relations. Her goal was to broaden her skillset in this field to continue working for animals’ welfare and their well-being.
Natalia joined Humane Canada in 2016 as a public relations intern and has been involved with our organization on and off since then in a variety of roles. She is currently a marketing consultant for our events team. On top of consulting for Humane Canada, Natalia runs an online business, The Life You Crave, based in the personal development industry, and provides consulting services for other non-profits. In 2019, she co-founded Humane Outreach for Latin Animals (HOLA), a non-profit that provides assistance to dogs and cats in Latin American countries through vital sterilization campaigns. Spaying and neutering domestic animals are the most humane and most effective ways of reducing the problem of pet overpopulation.
Natalia is the proud mom of a four-legged rescued pup, Sammy, a black corgi mutt. She is pictured here with her beloved doggie nephew, Elliot, also a mutt! #AdoptDontShop is one of her life’s mottos.
Christian Vulpe, Manager, Accreditation Program
Christian is a Partner at Facilitated Improvement for Corporate Success (FICS) and is responsible for oversight of the accreditation process for Humane Canada. He has worked in accreditation for over 7 years with several different organizations, and has worked on both the development and management of accreditation processes and helped to develop the Humane Canada accreditation standards and process.
Christian has a background in Not-for-Profit and charity management including financial management, learning and development, and governance support. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from McGill.
Christian oversees all components of the accreditation process for Humane Canada with his team at FICS.
Thank you to Brittany Gawley, member of Women for Humane Canada, for taking Toolika, Mallory, Natalia and Shannon’s headshots.
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.
Adrienne McBride, Vice Chair
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.
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.
Lindsay West, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Élise Desaulniers, Member Director, Montreal SPCA
Élise Desaulniers is Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. An independent researcher, she is also the author of several essays and articles on animal ethics and feminism. Before joining the Montreal SPCA, she worked in marketing, communications and information technology.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Christine Tausig Ford, Director-at-large
Christine Tausig Ford is president of the Ottawa-based consulting firm, Higher Thinking Strategies Limited. She provides consulting services to many clients at universities, non-profit associations and federal government agencies in the areas of governance, women’s leadership, higher education and research policy.
Christine is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Humane Society. She is currently a board member of the Beechwood National Cemetery and Foundation, a member of the executive of the International Women’s Forum Ottawa chapter, where she holds the governance chair and a member of the Governance Committee of the International Women’s Federation Canada.
Christine was formerly vice-president and chief operating officer of Universities Canada, the national membership organization representing Canadian universities. She has also served as interim executive director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
For her work in higher education, Christine received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to higher education. A lifelong animal lover, especially cats, Christine lives with her husband and two beloved cats, Tiger and Toby.
Andrea Dykstra, Director-at-large
Andrea is a member of the Pictou Landing First Nation, a Mi’kmaw community in Mi’kma’ki or what is currently known as Nova Scotia. Andrea is a senior policy leader with the Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Team at Health Canada where she leads work to develop and implement an anti-racism framework for the department. Prior to her time at Health Canada, Andrea has held a variety of senior posts specializing in Indigenous policy touching on conservation, carbon emissions, economic development, the legal duty to consult, and cultural safety and humility in the health care system.
She is a published, but retired, freshwater ecologist turned wildlife biologist. Andrea is also a laureate of the Indspire Awards for her previous work in political and environmental advocacy to advance the interests of the Mi’kmaq Nation and all Indigenous peoples.
Andrea is focused on finding opportunities for Indigenous ways of knowing to inform the activities and mission of Humane Canada and its member organizations.