Chair: Linda Barber
Linda Barber is a retired federal public service executive who also served as a senior director in the Ottawa not-for-profit sector for seven years. She graduated from Queen’s with a B.A. in 1975 and, in 2017, attained a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. During a long public service career, Linda served in many capacities. As the first Executive Director of Health Canada’s Office of Pediatric Initiatives, she focused on health and food product safety for children as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. Prior to retirement from the public service, she served as Director General of Human Resources and Transition Management, helping staff fulfill commitments to survivors under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. From 2009 to 2016, Linda served as a Senior Director at United Way Ottawa, where she was responsible for the government’s annual workplace charitable campaign that sees federal employees and retirees generously donate more than $30 million every year to improve lives in their communities. Linda is also a dedicated volunteer, striving to improve animal protection and welfare. She served on the Board of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) for seven years and chaired the OHS Board from 2012-2014. She now teaches humane education classes for OHS in elementary schools. Linda became the Humane Canada™ Board Chair in May of 2015 and proudly represents OHS on the Board. Linda has been a devoted mom to five shelter dogs. Gully, Willow, and most recently, tiny terror Jax, continue to animate and enrich her and her husband’s lives.
Vice Chair: Miranda Jordan-Smith (Edmonton Humane Society)
As CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society, Miranda provides leadership to approximately 130 employees and 2,000 volunteers. She advances animal welfare in the Edmonton region through animal sheltering, programs and services, and community engagement. With more than 15 years of leadership experience, she has a demonstrated track record of enhancing complex organizational systems, leading efficient departments, and fostering positive relationships with stakeholders. She has led teams in newspaper production, event planning, market research and communications, and she has vast experience in business operations management. Miranda holds a BA from the University of Alberta, a public relations diploma from MacEwan University, and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate Non-Profit Management certificate through Harvard University.
Secretary: Cindy Soules
Cindy has a strong background and knowledge of animal welfare as a long-term volunteer with the BC SPCA. As past President and Board member of the BC SPCA, Cindy has a proven track record in board leadership and governance. She chaired the Governance Review Committee and the Advocacy Committee and is particularly proud of that group’s successful End Animal Cruelty campaign, which ultimately saw increased protection for abused and neglected animals through new cruelty legislation enacted by the BC government. Cindy’s background also includes leadership roles in corporate and non-profit settings, with strength in implementing strategic plans and programs and building collaborative relationships with various stakeholder groups. She currently works with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, where she manages provincial research initiatives aimed at improving health and the health system. Cindy is a dedicated champion for homeless cats, recognizing that there is still much work to do in educating society about the value of the cat as an animal companion.
Treasurer: Nadine Atkinson, CA
Nadine Atkinson is a Chartered Accountant and an Assurance and Advisory Manager at BDO Canada LLP in Ottawa. She has seven years of experience in public accounting and specializes in audit and compliance engagements for non-profit organizations. In her role at BDO, Nadine works closely with several national associations to analyze and improve internal controls and to develop efficient financial processes. Her role in public accounting has led to industry experience in a breadth of areas, including professional firms, retail and manufacturing companies, mortgage and insurance brokerages and investment corporations. Nadine graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management and a Master's of Accounting with a specialization in tax. She officially obtained her Chartered Accounting designation in 2012. Nadine has always taken an active role in her community, including environmental conservation, grant application reviews for a local foundation and contributing to tax publications. She is currently organizing an office-wide community contribution endeavour to share her fondness of volunteering with others.
Lynn Cadigan (Director-at-large)
Lynn Cadigan is the Animal Welfare Consultant with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, working under the direction of the province’s Chief Veterinary Officer in the Department of Natural Resources. She is primarily responsible for managing the enforcement of the provincial Animal Health and Protection Act. Prior to taking this position in 2012, Lynn spent 12 years with the SPCA Newfoundland and Labrador, in various positions, including Executive Board Member, Financial Director, President and Executive Director. She has also served on a number of provincial and national animal welfare committees. Lynn began her career in accounting and finance. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University and worked in business management for eleven years before directing her attention to the animal welfare movement. The animal welfare journey has been a very rewarding one that continues to be a significant part of her life.
Dr. Alice Crook (Director-at-large)
Following graduation in 1982 from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph, Dr. Alice Crook worked in small animal practice and then as an anesthetist at OVC, followed by the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island. Since 1995, Dr. Crook’s main focus has been animal welfare through her position as Coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC. She is the immediate past-president of the Board of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada. She has been affiliated with the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) since the mid-nineties, including three years as Chair of the Committee. Her particular interests are pain management in companion and farm animals, animal cruelty legislation, feral cat welfare and effective veterinary response to animal abuse. Dr. Crook wrote a bi-monthly column for many years on issues of animal health and welfare in the Canadian magazine Chatelaine. She has won several awards for her work to improve the welfare of animals, including the 2002 CVMA Humane Award, a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the 2004 Frederic A. McGrand Award for Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare from Humane Canada™, the 2009 CVMA President’s Award, the 2013 PEIVMA Leadership Award and a 2018 World Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Award.
Tara Hellewell (Member Director, Central Alberta Humane Society)
Tara was appointed to the role of Executive Director for the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHS), formerly the Red Deer & District SPCA, in August 2011. This position saw her come full circle after a volunteer position on the Central Alberta Humane Society Board of Directors in 2001 led to a subsequent career in Fund Development. Tara could see that her sales and marketing background combined with her outspoken passion would be a benefit to the charitable sector and would offer her a very rewarding career choice. For more than 14 years, Tara has contributed to the fundraising success of three charities in her community. Tara continues to provide focused leadership to the CAHS as it grows into its new $4 million, 12,000 square foot facility, completed in 2010. An aggressive strategy to enhance the profile of the shelter, along with the introduction of community outreach programs – such as the K9 Companion Pet Therapy Program, which supports volunteer therapeutic visits to hospitals, long-term care homes and seniors' homes – have truly established a new connection to the community. This type of people-focused programming has opened opportunities for increased funding and given the CAHS an enviable reputation as a leader in both human and animal services. Tara hopes that her support of Humane Canada™ at a board level will help to bring the voice of Albertans to the table and equally bring awareness of important issues to the communities in that province – in particular, the issues of farm animal and companion animal welfare. Tara lives in Sylvan Lake, Alberta with Jaret and her two dogs, Harlee and Bandit. She enjoys spending any spare time constructing their off-grid log cabin on the shores of Kootenay Lake outside of Nelson, BC, where they can enjoy the freedom of nature and the wildlife that frequently visit the property.
Adrienne McBride (Member Director, Guelph Humane Society)
Adrienne McBride is the Executive Director of the Guelph Humane Society (GHS). She is a lawyer whose passion for animals led her to a career path in animal sheltering and advocacy. She brings more than 10 years of experience in animal welfare to the role, as well as a keen understanding of the not-for-profit sector and community partnerships. Adrienne joined the GHS during a transitioning phase – a time when employee morale was low and shelter productivity was down. Her can-do attitude and unique approach to motivating her team has been crucial to the GHS’ continued success – building a better, brighter future for both the staff and the animals in their community. Adrienne thoroughly enjoys animal advocacy and believes strongly that we can create policies and partnerships that benefit both animals and people alike. Adrienne completed an Honours degree in Media Studies and a diploma in Journalism through the University of Guelph-Humber, graduating with distinction. She earned her law degree (LL.B.) at the University of Ottawa in 2010. While studying law, she held internships with the Ontario Racing Commission and Humane Canada™ and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011. Prior to joining the Guelph Humane Society, Adrienne worked for Smith Valeriote Law Firm in Guelph. Originally from Toronto, she, along with her husband, their 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats, now call Fergus, Ontario home.
Marcie Moriarty (Member Director, BC SPCA)
Marcie Moriarty is the Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer with the BC SPCA. After obtaining degrees in Animal Biology and Law from the University of British Columbia, Marcie was called the bar in 2003. Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy led her to a career with the BC SPCA starting in 2005.
In her current role, Marcie leads a department that combines cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs. Some of the BC SPCA Prevention and Enforcement Department successes she is most proud of are the strengthening of the provincial animal cruelty laws, including increasing penalties and the incorporation of various codes of practice.
Marcie was also a key contributor to the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty. In recognition of her work with NCPAC, she was presented with a 2016 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award by Humane Canada in 2016.
Dave Rogers (Member Director, Greater Moncton SPCA)
Dave Rogers has always had a passion for animals from the time he was a child. After working as a manager for NAV Canada and Transport Canada for 30 years, he retired early and took a part-time job as an Animal Control Officer at the Greater Moncton SPCA as a way to give back. While lying in the mud under a shed one day, trying to convince a rain-soaked, scared cat that he only wanted to help, it hit him that life is about giving to others and animals need our help the most. When the position of Executive Director of Greater Moncton SPCA became available, he applied and the board hired him to run the shelter.
Since then, he has made changes to the operation to better serve the community. He has set up an animal control system that is affordable to small communities and provides them with much-needed, trained Animal Control Officers. Under his direction, the adoption procedure has changed to shorten the time required to adopt a pet, with the goal of improving the flow of animals through the shelter. Dave served for two years as a shelter representative on the board of the New Brunswick SPCA and most recently joined the board at Humane Canada.
Rob Rosenfeld (Director-at-large)
Rob Rosenfeld is the Vice President, National Capital Region, for Morneau Shepell. He works with a wide variety of clients to help increase the quality of mental health and wellness support offered to their employees. Prior to joining Morneau Shepell, he worked for the Government of Canada, where he held senior posts in the offices of the Ministers of Science and Veterans Affairs. He has years of experience working in advocacy and public affairs, including on behalf of research universities, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and telecommunications and high-tech firms. Rob is passionate about working to improve understanding and support for those impacted by mental health issues and is proud to work with Humane Canada on the intersection between animal welfare and mental health.
Anne Sutherland (Director-at-large)
Anne Sutherland is a strategist, team facilitator and thinking skills instructor. She started her career in advertising, where she discovered her passion for human behaviour. Her 30 years in research and strategy were driven by her curiosity to uncover insights and make them actionable for companies like Bell Canada, lavalife, Unilever, Hudson’s Bay Companies, and Volkswagen. Anne taught Creative Problem Solving, Strategy and Innovation for 13 years at OCAD University. In 2014, she founded the independent school Thinking U – the critical thinking and creative problem solving studio where you learn to put best practices into practice. Whether through her consulting on new thinking or her volunteer work, Anne’s life passion is to help people and organizations imagine and then work towards a better world. She co-founded a movement called Citizen Capitalism that inspires individuals to do their part to change the world by living their values and acting on them every day. She supports Evergreen’s goal of creating a sustainable world by enabling flourishing cities. Her love of animals led to becoming a Board Member with Humane Canada™ in 2015. Anne lives in Toronto with her three best friends: husband Andy, son Garrett and golden retriever Finn.