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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.

Phil Nichols, CAWA, RVT
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Karen Ward, DVM 
Chief Veterinary Officer

Dr. Linda Jacobson, BVSc, MMedVet(Med), PhD
Director, Shelter Medicine Advancement 

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

Larisa Nagelberg, PMP 
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Mission Advancement 

Dillon Dodson, RSW, MSW
Director, Social Work 

Lauralee Dorst, RVT 
Director, Community Animal Welfare 

Melissa Shupak, CSB-D, CPDT-KA
Director, Animal Sheltering  

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

Carol Boulding, CHRL
Director, Human Resources

Abu Nana, CPA, CMA 
Director, Finance 

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.

Nathan Dube – Assistant Manager, Community Sheltering

Nathan Schwartz –  Coordinator, Urgent Care

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

Greg Ratelle, CAWA – Senior Officer, Strategic Partnerships 

Kerry Gibson – Senior Development Officer, Annual Fund

Candice McCavitt, CFRE – Officer, Major Gifts

Alisha Uglow – Manager, Development Administration 

Jessica Harwood – Manager, Communications and Publications

Lucas Solowey – Manager, Public Relations 

Gwynn – Development Officer, Grants and Foundations

Chris Buchner – Manager, Volunteer Services

Shubham Maini  – DEI Coordinator

Beverley McKee, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Senior Manager, Public Support Services

Neil Reilly – Program Manager, Supply, Support and Retail

Alison Campbell, RVT – Clinic Manager

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

Rachel Fortin, RVT – Assistant Manager, Shelter Veterinary Care

Aimee Homes– Assistant Manager, Shelter Training 

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