National Farm Animal Care Conference

Achievements, challenges and future directions

October 9-10, 2013

Ottawa, ON Canada

Conference news releases

Speaker biographies

Learn about recent achievements in farm animal welfare in Canada and participate in discussion on challenges and future directions.


Welcome address
 Edouard Asnong, NFACC Chair | Audio
NFACC - a credible decision making platform  
 Susie Miller, Director General, Sector Development and Analysis Directorate, Market and Industry Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Developing Codes of Practice - scientifically informed, practical and reflective of societal expectations  | Presentation | Audio
 Ryder Lee, Manager of Federal Provincial Relations, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 
Geoff Urton, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, BC SPCA 
Tina Widowski, Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare in the Department of Animal & Poultry Science at the University of Guelph
Fred Baker, sheep producer and NFACC sheep industry representative
Building a common approach to animal care assessment
 Caroline Ramsay, Coordinator, Animal Care Assessment Framework, NFACC | Presentation | Audio
A food service perspective of animal care assessment  
 Tim Faveri, Director Sustainability and Responsibility, Tim Hortons
Implementing the dairy Code - Mooving ahead with animal care  
 Ron Maynard, dairy producer and board member, Dairy Farmers of Canada | Presentation  | Audio
When the Headline is You – Communication strategies for an animal welfare crisis  
 Jeff Ansell, media and crisis communications consultant and author | Excerpts of presentation
What Canadians really think about food and farming
 Crystal Mackay, Executive Director, Farm & Food Care Ontario | Presentation Audio
Bridging the gap - Public and producer views on animal welfare
 Jeff Spooner, PhD, Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia and consultant | Presentation  | Audio
Pain assessment and management
 Ed Pajor, Professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Production Animal Health, University of Calgary | Presentation  | Audio
Transitions in animal welfare: confinement systems
 Catherine Scovil, Associate Executive Director, Canadian Pork Council | Presentation Audio
Managing diverse views in animal welfare
 Stephani R. McCallum, Managing Director, Dialogue Partners Inc. | Presentation  | Audio
Achieving compliance through stakeholder networks Audio
 Darrell Dalton, Interim Registrar, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association | Presentation  
 Kristen Kelderman, Animal Care Coordinator, Farm & Food Care Ontario | Presentation 
NFACC future directions - seeking input  | Audio

Jackie Wepruk, General Manager, NFACC
Edouard Asnong, pork producer and NFACC Chair
Sonya Fiorini, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Loblaw Companies Limited 
David Trus, Animal Industry Division, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Geoff Urton, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, BC SPCA

Framing NFACC in a Canadian and international context  | Audio
 Dan Weary, Professor & NSERC Industrial Research Chair, Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Flexibility Fund, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.