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About Us

Our Governance

Since 1887, we have been governed and led by a number of voluntary and passionate individuals, committed to helping animals, improving their welfare and building a more humane society. Over the course of our history, we have seen many different projects, programs, facilities and initiatives, but one thing has remained the same – the desire and drive of our Board of Directors, to help animals.

 

Our passion needs structure and guidance to ensure the best results and at our organization, we remain governed by a skilled, and passionate Board of Directors, in the same democratic way we were governed in 1887. Supporting and outlining our operational mandate, are our organizational By-Laws which legally outline our governance practices.

 

Our Board is made up of 15 Directors who volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to guide, lead and govern our organization. Our Board of Directors meet monthly as a group to discuss, vote and address items related to our strategic plan and direction, while ensuring that our organization continues to move forward and Improve the Lives of Animals.

Meet our Board

Officers

President: Josh Shanahan

Chair: Krista Bulmer

Vice-President: Nabila Tisha

Treasurer: Damian Creber

Secretary: Gary Milakovic

Directors at Large

Julie Barac

Malcolm Bernstein

David Bronskill

Jennifer Dernek

Mark Dilworth

Yussef Hafez

Charissa Lai

Adrienne Macdonald

Peter Newell

Alexandre Rochtchine

Board Committees

To support the Board, our governance structure also includes many committees that work to address more specific areas including reviewing, debating and discussing topics and items essential to our on-going work. As well, committees make recommendations and provide direction and support back to the Board as a whole. Committee membership is generally made up of Board Directors who have a passion and specific skill set that benefits the focus of each committee, with work additionally supported by staff.

The Animal Welfare Committee is a standing Committee of Toronto Humane Society’s Board of Directors, constituted for the purpose of ensuring active engagement of the Board in animal welfare matters, in keeping with the objects of our organization.

Committee Chair: Adrienne Macdonald – Board Director

Committee Members:

  • Josh Shanahan – President 
  • Nabila Tisha  – Vice President
  • Krista Bulmer – Chair
  • Damian Creber – Treasurer
  • Jennifer Dernek – Board Director
  • Mark Dilworth – Board Director
  • Elizabeth Everett – Member at Large

The Audit & Finance Committee is responsible for the oversight and reporting to Toronto Humane Society Board of Directors with respect to pertinent areas of finance and administration of the organization and ensures that Toronto Humane Society remains fiscally responsible, compliant and exercises strong and sound financial practices.

Chair: Damian Creber – Treasurer 

Members:

  • Alexandre Rochtine – Board Director
  • Adrienne Macdonald – Board Director
  • Phil Nichols – Staff Member 

The Development Committee is a standing Committee of Toronto Humane Society’s Board of Directors constituted for the purpose of ensuring active engagement of the Board in monitoring policy for, and directly supporting ongoing fundraising activities of Toronto Humane Society.

Chair: Nabila Tisha – Vice President 

Members:

  • Yussef Hafez – Board Director
  • Josh Shanahan – President of the Board
  • Damian Creber – Treasurer
  • Tegan Buckingham – Staff

The Governance Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Toronto Humane Society’s Board of Directors on all governance and strategic issues. It also has a responsibility to stay abreast of best governance practices and implement these where appropriate with respect to the organization’s affairs.

Chair: Martin Buckle – Chair of the Board

Members:

  • Krista Bulmer – Board Director
  • Bronwen Morgan –Board Director
  • Malcolm Bernstein – Board Director
  • Yussef Hafez – Vice President of the Board
  • Peter Newell – Board Director
  • David Bronskill – Board Director
  • Nicholas Kanhai – Secretary of the Board 

The HR Committee is a sub-committee of the Governance Committee.
 

Members:

  • Yussef Hafez (Chair) – Vice President of the Board
  • Malcolm Bernstein – Board Director 

The Facilities Committee is responsible for ensuring that the owned physical property of Toronto Humane Society is being soundly managed and maintained. The facilities committee also makes recommendations to Toronto Humane Society’s Board of Directors on all property and facility matters related to the strategic direction of the organization.

Chair: Malcolm Bernstein – Board Director

Members:

  • Damian Creber – Treasurer 
  • David Bronskill – Board Director
  • Peter Newell – Board Director
  • Charissa Lai – Board Director 

Interested in joining the Board?

There are 15 seats on Toronto Humane Society’s Board of Directors; seven are up for election at the 2023 AGM. Consider joining our Volunteer Board of Directors. Read the Director Profile to learn what the Board does and what skills and experience are most needed. 

Visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/AGM for the nomination process including the forms. Email us at membership@torontohumanesociety.com if you have questions.

1.THS Minutes – September 26, 2023

2. THS Minutes – September 19, 203

3. THS Minutes – August 29, 2023

4. THS Minutes – June 27, 2023

5. THS Minutes – May 30, 2023

6. THS Minutes – April 25, 2023

7. THS Minutes – September 13, 2023

8. THS Minutes – March 28, 2023

9. THS Minutes – February 28, 2023

10. THS Minutes – January 31, 2023

2022:

1. THS Minutes-November 29, 2022

2. THS Minutes-October 25, 2022

3. THS Minutes-September 27, 2022

4. THS Minutes–September 20, 2022

5. THS Minutes–June 28, 2022

6. THS Minutes-May 31, 2022

7. THS Minutes-April 26, 2022

8. THS Minutes-May 31, 2022

9.THS Minutes, March 29, 2022

10. THS Minutes-January 25, 2022

2021:

1. THS Minutes–September 28, 2021

2. THS Minutes–September 21, 2021

3. THS Minutes–July 13, 2021

4. THS Minutes–June 29, 2021

5. THS Minutes–May 25, 2021

6. THS Minutes–April 27, 2021

7. THS Minutes–March 30, 2021

8. THS Minutes-January 26th, 2021

2020:

1. THS Minutes-December 15th, 2020

2. THS Minutes-November 24th, 2020

3.  THS Minutes-October 27th, 2020

4. THS Minutes-September 29, 2020

5. THS Minutes-August 29, 2020

6. THS Minutes-June 30, 2020

7. THS Minutes-May 26, 2020

8. THS Minutes-April 28, 2020

9. THS Minutes-March 31, 2020

10. THS Minutes-February 25, 2020

11.  THS Minutes-January 27, 2020

2019:

1. THS Minutes-December 3, 2019

2. THS Minutes-October 29, 2019

3. THS Minutes-September 24, 2019

4. THS Minutes-June 25, 2019

5. THS Minutes-June 11, 2019

6. THS Minutes-May 28, 2019

7. THS Minutes-May 10, 2019

8. THS Minutes-April 30, 2019

9. THS Minutes-March 26, 2019

10. THS Minutes-February 26, 2019

11. THS Minutes-January 22, 2019

2018:

1. THS Minutes-December 12, 2018

2. THS Minutes-November 27, 2018

3. THS Minutes-October 30, 2018

4. THS Minutes-September 25, 2018

5. THS Minutes-August 28, 2018

6. THS Minutes-July 14, 2018

7. THS Minutes-June 26, 2018

8.THS Minutes-May 30, 2018

9. THS Minutes-May 8, 2018

10. THS Minutes-May 1, 2018

11. THS Minutes-April 24, 2018

12. THS Minutes-March 27, 2018

13. THS Minutes-February 27, 2018

14. THS Minutes-January 23, 2018

15. THS Minutes-November 28, 2018

2017:

1.  THS Minutes-October 25, 2017

2. THS Minutes-September 26, 2017

3. THS Minutes-August 29, 2017

4. THS Minutes-July 27, 2017

5. THS Minutes-June 13, 2017

6.THS Minutes-May 16, 2017

7. THS Minutes-April 27, 2017

8. THS Minutes-January 12, 2017

9. THS Minutes-April 18, 2017

10. THS Minutes-March 9, 2017

11. THS Minutes-February 9, 2017

12. THS Minutes-January 12, 2017

2016:

1. THS Minutes-November 17, 2016

2. THS Minutes-October 6, 2016

3. THS Minutes-September 13, 2016

4. THS Minutes-August 11, 2016

5. THS Minutes-July 6, 2016

6. THS Minutes-June 13, 2016

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