Introducing the Humane Canada team
An award-winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education, Barbara 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, on the board of the Youville Centre and is a past board member of the Ten Oaks Projects.
Luna is a communications and marketing specialist with a background in digital strategy for non-profits. She has a strong passion for storytelling, believing that stories are what spark us to learn and take action toward a better world. Before starting with Humane Canada™ in 2015, Luna’s career was focused on sexual health, LGBTQ+ advocacy and human rights. Previously a freelancer, Luna has worked with a number of progressive organizations, including End Poverty Now, Planned Parenthood and POWER. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Social Media Specialization Certificate from Algonquin College. She currently volunteers with the Community Engagement Committee of the Ten Oaks Project in support of LGBTQ+ children, youth and families. Luna lives in Ottawa with her two favourite humans and an unimaginably cute rescue puppy named Tucker.
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.
Pierre has worked extensively in the field of animal welfare, wildlife conservation and sustainable development in both Canada and the United States. Pierre is a lawyer and has led legislative and policy programs for various organizations, including Nature Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and the US Public Interest Research Group in Washington DC. His lengthy experience and deep commitment to working constructively with stakeholders, including government, industry and civil society has led to many positive outcomes. He has secured the passage of legislation, including the Federal Sustainable Development Act and key amendments to various provincial and federal regulations. Over the years, he has received Ministerial appointments to numerous government advisory bodies, including the Species at Risk Advisory Committee and the Sustainable Development Advisory Council. Pierre holds an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and practiced law in Toronto for a decade before shifting to conservation and animal welfare work.
Lydia is a life-long animal lover who has more than 15 years of experience working in the administrative field. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling, correspondence, event planning and human resources. Before coming to work at Humane Canada™, Lydia worked in the IT sector and the retirement sector. Working with or for animals has been a dream of hers for a very long time. Since starting at Humane Canada™, she has learned a lot about animal welfare and wishes to grow her learning about the legal aspects of animal welfare and protection. Law has always been a passion of Lydia’s – she even had childhood dreams of being a police officer or a lawyer. She is a pet parent to a dog named Alaska, two cats named Zena and Molson, 3 budgies named Axel, Jellybean and Gismo and one lovebird named Skittles.
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 holds an advanced diploma in business with a major in finance from Algonquin College and is in the process of completing her Bachelor's in Environmental Practice and Sustainability with Royal Roads University. She has focused much of her 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.
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