We are accountable to a volunteer board of directors. The Board focuses on policy and governance, setting goals and strategies for the organization, and monitoring its performance. They provide independent and objective oversight of our operations, ensuring our best long-term interests. Please see our Governance page to learn more about our board of directors.
We are led across our organizations on a day to day basis by a committed team of staff at multiple levels throughout our organization, across different functional area’s. Below is a short list of some of our many individuals who ensure that our mission is moving forward each and every day.
Dillon Dodson (creds)
Senior Manager, Social Worker
First, Last Name
Dr. Jacques Messier, DVM, MBAChief Executive Officer
Dr. Karen Ward, DVMChief Veterinary Officer
Phil Nichols, CAWA, RVTChief Operations Officer
Tegan Buckingham, CFRE, MSADirector, Integrated Marketing and Development
Carol Boulding, CHRLDirector, Human Resources
Catherine Anne MacDonaldController
Jacklyn Ellis, MRes, PhD, CAABDirector, Behaviour
Greg RatelleSenior Manager, Client Care and Partnerships
As an organization, we are working to overcome many challenges standing in the way of a more humane community. In order to best combat the issues and improve the lives of animals we take a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure we are moving our mission forward. Below you will meet our leaders who are dedicated to achieving this mission and leading our team of volunteers, foster parents and staff forward.
Melissa Shupak, CPDT – Division Manager, Shelter ProgramsLauren McIntyre, RVT – Assistant Manager, Shelter Veterinary CareChristopher Sadowsky – Assistant Manager, Shelter Animal CareJoy OBrien – Assistant Manager, Admissions and Rehoming
Lauralee Dorst, RVT – Division Manager, Public Veterinary ServicesAlison Campbell, RVT – Assistant Manager, Public Veterinary Services
Linda Jacobson BVSc, MMedVet(Med), PhD, Senior Manager, Shelter Medicine Advancement
Kerry Gibson – Division Manager, FundraisingAlisha Uglow – Assistant Manager, FundraisingJessica Harwood – Assistant Manager, Marketing
Azeem Haider – Senior Manager, ITMathew Casullo – Manager, FacilitiesJose Rodriguez – Manager, Procurement and Logistics
Brittney Stratuik – Coordinator, Human Resources
Shubham Maini – DEI Coordinator