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A strong organization requires strong leadership. Meet those who are leading the mission to Improve the Lives of Animals.

Board of Directors

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.

Leadership Staff

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.

Dr. Karen Ward, DVM

Chief Veterinary Officer

Phil Nichols, CAWA, RVT
Chief Operations Officer

Tegan Buckingham, CFRE, MSA
Director, Integrated Marketing and Development

Carol Boulding, CHRL
Director, Human Resources

Catherine Anne MacDonald

Jacklyn Ellis, MRes, PhD, CAAB, CSB-C
Director, Behaviour

Greg Ratelle
Senior Development Officer, Annual Fund

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.

Larisa Nagelberg, PMP – Division Manager, Community Sheltering and Animal Transport

Lindsay Korotki, RVT – Assistant Manager, Community Sheltering and Animal Transport

Dillon Dodson, MSW – Senior Manager, Social Work

Azeem Haider – Senior Manager, IT
Mathew Casullo – Manager, Facilities
Jose Rodriguez – Manager, Procurement and Logistics

Greg Ratelle – Senior Development Officer, Annual Fund

Alisha Uglow – Manager, Annual Fund Office

Jessica Harwood – Manager, Marketing and Communications 

Lucas Solowey – Coordinator, Public Relations 

Jonathan Chan – Development Officer, Direct Response Fundraising

Gwynn – Development Officer, Grants and Foundations

Candice McCavitt, CFRE – Development Officer, Monthly Giving

Lauryn Weinberger – Development Officer, Signature Events and Gaming

Chris Buchner – Manager, Volunteer Services

Shubham Maini  – DEI Coordinator

Sam Jones, RVT – Division Manager, Public Programs & Services    

Neil Reilly – Program Manager, Supply, Support and Retail

Beverley McKee – Program Manager; Pet Parent Support Network and Public Training Services

Jessica Tartaglia, CPDT-KA – Assistant Manager, Public Training Services 

Lauralee Dorst, RVT – Division Manager, Public Veterinary Services
Alison Campbell, RVT – Assistant Manager, Public Veterinary Services

Linda Jacobson, BVSc, MMedVet(Med), PhD – Senior Manager, Shelter Medicine Advancement

Melissa Shupak, CSB-D, CPFT-KA – Division Manager, Shelter Programs

Lauren McIntyre, RVT, BScH – Service Manager, Shelter Veterinary Care

Rachel Fortin, RVT – Assistant Manager, Shelter Veterinary Care

Jessica Osborne – Assistant Manager, Admissions and Rehoming

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