Introducing the Humane Canada team
An award-winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education, Barbara Cartwright has extensive experience in developing and facilitating relationships with governments, corporations and NGOs. She has established community-based companion animal welfare programs, created BC’s first grizzly bear rehabilitation program and contributed to the protection of the endangered right whale. Barbara has drafted, consulted on and secured amendments to provincial and federal legislation, including updates to the Criminal Code, the Migratory Bird Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Barbara has advised some of the top organizations in the world on animal welfare policy and is consulted by all political parties on animal welfare issues. As the CEO of Humane Canada™, also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Barbara convenes and represents the largest animal welfare community in Canada, working to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. Since taking on this role in 2011, Barbara has launched the annual National Animal Welfare Conference and the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty and spearheaded the first empirical sector-wide research project on humane societies and SPCAs in Canada.
Derek deLouche has devoted his career to making positive change in the world in the area of children and youth and, now, animal welfare. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is the immediate Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ottawa Chapter. He has received multiple awards during his professional career, including the United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award in 2016 and AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 2004. Derek’s personal passions include volunteering and social media, and he has a love of dining out. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Derek and his husband Brad moved to Ottawa in 2010, and they live in Barrhaven with their rescue dog Turbo. Derek volunteers as a presenter with United Way Ottawa’s Community Builder Awards and is a past board member of the Youville Centre and the Ten Oaks Project.
Toolika Rastogi leads the Humane Canada™ research program, including the national shelter statistics program and various animal welfare research projects. She also provides policy analysis and represents Humane Canada™ on the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in Conservation Genetics and a Master’s in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy. Prior to joining Humane Canada™, she worked in the areas of biodiversity conservation and environmental safety, both internationally with the OECD, and in Canada with Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Her policy work in these areas has allowed her to contribute to the development of international environmental agreements and drafting of federal legislation for environmental protection.
Mallory Lloyd has a strong interest in animal welfare in Canada and internationally and has spent the last 15 years working or volunteering in the animal welfare and environmental sectors. She is a skilled event manager with almost ten years of experience planning events, specializing in conferences, award dinners, galas and other special events for non-profits. Mallory has two degrees, one in Business with a major in Finance and the second in Environmental Practice with a focus on sustainability. She has focused much of her academic research on endangered species in the Arctic and other critical ecosystems around the world. Mallory enjoys travelling, back country camping, spending time outdoors, reading and spending time with her family and two rescue dogs, Dakota and Murphy.
Liz Wheeler is passionate about improving the lives of animals both in her community and on a national level. She has worked on the ground level of animal welfare in shelter work and clinical practice for several years before joining the team at Humane Canada. Liz has a keen interest in neonatal kitten care and feline behaviour and has fostered over 150 cats in the past five years. She volunteers as the Logistics Manager with Ottawa Paw Pantry and also as the Fundraising Coordinator with The Avery Foundation. When she’s not out helping animals in the community, she enjoys playing board games and reading at home with her husband and cats.
Dayna has been a life-long animal lover and advocate. She believes in a humane Canada. Her life has been dedicated to working with animals in numerous capacities. She began working with animals by fostering for rescues in 2009. In 2012 she opened a pet sitting company focused on providing the highest standards of care to all animals in the Ottawa area. Shortly after that, she began an apprenticeship studying canine behaviour science in a more hands-on approach. While making great personal accomplishments in those fields, she also completed courses from Duke University in Canine Emotion Cognition as well as from the University of Edinburgh in Animal Welfare and Behaviour.
2013 sparked the beginning of Dayna's involvement with SafePet Ottawa, where she sat on the board as their Vice President for 3 years before being voted in as their President in 2017. It was through this young non-profit organization that she learned more about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. It became apparent to her that more needed to be done to raise attention and awareness to the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.