Call for Abstracts

The 2023 Humane Canada Summit for Animals

May 2 - 4, 2023

Victoria, BC

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 8, 2022.

About Humane Canada™ Humane Canada™ (previously known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies,) is Canada’s federation of SPCAs and humane societies. We bring together organizations that work with and care for animals to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. To learn more about Humane Canada™ visit:

About the 2023 Humane Canada Summit for Animals


Application Process

To deliver education in a range of relevant topics, the program committee is seeking submissions under the following themes:

May 2 Training Day Tracks

  • Animal Welfare - Back to Basics: New to animal welfare? This deep dive one day is the opportunity to learn more about the legal animal welfare framework and the overall movement including the intricate connection to human services. Attendees will understand how national standards, including accreditation, can support their work at a local level while uniting shelters and animal welfare organizations across Canada in operations, sheltering and humane education best practice.
  • Fund Development & Marketing: Creative, cutting-edge fund development and marketing is essential to support engagement in programs and to fund operations and special projects. Whether you are a small shop or have a larger dedicated team, this one-day workshop will give participants exciting new tools and ideas to put into practice and yield results.
  • Enforcement: This deep dive into field services will help those engaged in field work to understand some basics of animal welfare enforcement, but also the differences seen across the country. Having a broad understanding of best practices occurring in many places helps to provide insight in all of your dealings with clients from residents of your community, through police and social services, all the way to crown attorneys and prosecutors.

May 2 Leadership Training (available only for AGM Attendees)

  • Leadership & HR: How is your organizational culture? Could it use a bit of a lift? Join this half day training to spend some time exploring innovative ideas to work through improving your culture with leaders who have been there, done that, and have the t-shirt!

May 3 & 4 Summit Tracks

  • Shelter Medicine & Animal Care: Grow your knowledge about sheltering best practices and innovative approaches to take back to your organization to support the animals in your care. Intended for frontline animal care and medical staff working in shelters, these sessions will highlight best practices to ensure animals receive the best possible care to help reduce length of stay and the spread of disease in shelter.
  • One Welfare: Sessions in this track will feature a One Welfare lens and focus on the interconnectedness and benefits of supporting not only both ends of the leash through community partnerships, but all animals in the community, from farmed animals to wildlife.
  • Capacity Building: From fund development & marketing to volunteer engagement, human resources and more. This track will support key learnings to build capacity for organizational success no matter your size.

Click here to view schedule format

Accepted Formats

1. Interactive session with Q&A (available in 45 & 60 min)

2. Panel discussion with moderator (max 4 panelists + moderator - available in 45 & 60 min)

3. Workshop (available in 45 & 60 min)

Note: All sessions will take place in-person.


Please complete the online application form by first creating an account. Once your account has been created, scroll down to complete the application. It is important that your abstract be comprehensive and detailed enough (within the limitations of the word count) for the program committee to be able to evaluate your proposed session, including the proposed content and why you feel it is compelling, relevant and timely.


Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee, and you will be contacted with the committee's decisions in late September to mid-October.


Speakers who are selected to speaker at the 2023 Summit for Animals will be provided with a complimentary registration for the summit. Please note that Humane Canada™ does not cover any additional speaker expenses, such as travel or accommodation expenses.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 8, 2022.


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