Program

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

7:30AM-5:00PM
Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference
Attendance is by application only. For more information about the Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference for Crown Prosecutors and allied professionals, which takes place on December 4, go here.

7:00-9:00PM
LINK-UP SOCIAL
A relaxed night of networking for attendees of the CFHS Canadian Link Conference


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017

7:30AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30AM
Conference Welcome

9:15AM
PLENARY: The Roots of Animal Abuse and Neglect and the Connection of Such Crimes to Interpersonal and Societal Violence
Dr. Frank Ascione, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

10:45AM
Networking Break

11:15AM
Silo Busting: Reaching Across Sectoral Divides to Activate Our Work on the Violence Link
Facilitated Discussion

12:15PM
Lunch

1:15PM
TRACK A: RECOGNIZING ANIMAL ABUSE
Determining Psychological Suffering in Cases of Animal Cruelty Using Circumstantial Evidence and FEASAC
Dr. Rebecca Ledger, PhD, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Scientist

TRACK B: RECOGNIZING INTERPERSONAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Understanding Lethal Risks Associated with Domestic Violence Toward Keeping Women, Families and Pets Safer
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC 

2:15PM
TRACK A: RECOGNIZING ANIMAL ABUSE
Investigation and Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Neglect 101
Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, British Columbia SPCA
Alex Janse, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Government of British Columbia 

TRACK B: RECOGNIZING INTERPERSONAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Child Maltreatment
Speaker TBA

3:15PM
Networking Break

3:45-5:15PM
PLENARY: Animal Abuse in the Criminal Mind
Dr. Peter Collins, CD, MD, MCA, FRCPC, Operational Forensic Psychiatrist, Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit, Ontario Provincial Police

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017

7:30AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30AM
Ceremony: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC

9:15AM
PLENARY: Beyond the Violence Link
Dr. Michelle Lem, DVM, MSc, MSW Candidate, Founder and Director, Community Veterinary Outreach
Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Windsor

10:45AM
Networking Break

11:00AM
TRACK A: PREVENTION
Topic and Speaker TBA

TRACK B: INTERVENTION
Safe Housing Networks for Pets
Kia Rainbow, Executive Director, Interval House of Ottawa
Dayna Desmarais, President, SafePet Ottawa

12:00PM
TRACK A: PREVENTION
Increasing Veterinary Recognition and Reporting of Animal Crimes
Dr. Margaret Doyle, BSc MVB MSc MRCVS, Forensic Veterinarian, Horizon Veterinary Group 

TRACK B: INTERVENTION
Beyond Awareness: Tools for Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors
Julie Lalonde, Campaign Manager, Draw the Line Campaign

1:00PM
Lunch

2:00PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Who You Gonna Call? What to Do If You Suspect An Animal Is Being Abused or Neglected
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
Other panelists TBA

3:15PM
Networking Break

3:30PM
Catalyzing Action: From Problems to Solutions
Facilitated Discussion

4:30PM
Conference Close