Barbara Cartwright

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™