PANEL: 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

Abstract coming soon!


Tracy Porteous is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who, for 35 years, has been actively involved in a leadership capacity developing tools, resources, programs, collaborative strategies and delivering training to many sectors related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and child abuse.

Tracy is a three-time Governor General of Canada medal recipient, the most recent in 2014 where she was honoured with the GG medal in recognition of the Persons Case for "exemplary contributions towards the equality of women in Canada".

She was a member of BC’s 2016 Domestic Violence Death Review Panel, was a member of the 2010 DV Death Review panel, and has testified in front of federal Parliamentary committees related to violence against women, the Coroner Inquest into the murders of Sunny Park and her family, and recently assisted the Canadian Chiefs of Police with the development of national best practices related to IPV.

In 2012, Tracy attended the United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York as an official delegate from Canada and spoke at a global session about prevention of violence against women.

In 2011 Tracy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Child and Youth Representative of BC, Mary Ellen Turpel LaFond, after launching the grounding breaking Be More Than A Bystander; Break the Silence on Violence Against Women campaign with the BC Lions Football Club.

Tracy is the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a Provincial Association that supports 240 anti-violence programs across BC that specialize in responding to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and stalking. She is also the Co-Chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada, the national entity that is working with the CFL on the development and implementation of its new national Violence Against Women Policy.

Tracy is regularly invited on CBC radio, CFAX, CKNW, CBC TV, CTV, Global BC TV and various other media outlets as a subject matter expert on issues related to gender-based violence.