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In collaboration with Humane Canada, Animal Grantmakers' 25th Annual Conference will take place October 27 - 30, 2024 in beautiful Toronto, Canada. In addition to bringing together animal funders and advocates from across North America and beyond, this international gathering will highlight cross-border collaborations making a difference for animals, as well as celebrate Animal Grantmakers' quarter century legacy.

To learn more about traveling to Canada and requirements for entry, visit our Travel Information page.

If you have any questions, please email Jill Hoffman, membership and communications consultant, or Lisa Rapps, conference coordinator.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

A celebration of Animal Grantmakers' 25th anniversary, including a special reception, toasts from - and to - our founding members, and a retrospective of our key successes in advancing animal philanthropy and furthering its impact on animal wellbeing over the last quarter century. Other receptions, events, and activities (e.g., an evening of dine arounds) will offer additional chances for networking, collaboration, and mutual learning.

A panel presentation and discussion on the future of animal shelter data, a crucial tool for optimizing resource allocation, improving animal care, and boosting adoption rates, grants, and supporter donations, and more. Companion animals will also be featured in other sessions throughout the conference (e.g., in the live Community Cats Podcasts).

A series of short, inspiring, solo talks - Têd-à-Tête Talks - from scientists, advocates, academics, authors, journalists, filmmakers, and other experts on a variety of topics of interest to animal protection funders. Other "heady" sessions include a keynote from American philosopher and professor, Martha Nussbaum.

Other dynamic formats, including a workshop (on grantcraft), photographs from Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals), film clips, a gala dinner speaker, an award ceremony - the 3rd Annual Melanie Anderson LEAP Award - and Stacy LeBaron conducting interviews live from the conference floor on the normalization of TNR for her Community Cats Podcast, and more.

Sessions that highlight cross-border collaborations, such as conservation efforts that protect wildlife living along and migrating across the U.S.-Canada border, as well as international projects involving the relocation of captive wildlife, such as whales formerly confined to marine parks, to wildlife sanctuaries. Several local dignitaries, including a member of Parliament and an Indigenous Elder, will welcome the conference to Toronto, further promoting cross-border cooperation.

International, U.S., and Canadian perspectives on animal use in regulatory testing and biomedical research, and educating the next generation of scientists. There will also be a similar panel on animals used for food and progress in farmed animal protection both north and south of the border.

An indigenous panel highlighting the intersection between animal protection and wellbeing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in the U.S. and Canada.

A panel of Canadian animal law practitioners presenting on advances in legislation, case law, advocacy, and academia.

A choice of paid field trips will be offered on the Sunday prior to the start of the conference.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AUDIENCE

The Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference is limited to members of Animal Grantmakers and organizations that are primarily grantmakers. If you are interested in learning more about Animal Grantmakers and attending the conference for free as a first-time guest, please contact membership@animalgrantmakers.org. To learn more about membership and to apply, please visit the Join Us page.

All conference attendees and participants must abide by Animal Grantmakers' Conference Code of Conduct.

2024 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Barbara Cartwright, Co-Chair
Humane Canada

Mitchell Fox, Co-Chair
Summerlee Foundation

Rory Adams
PetSmart Charities

Melanie Anderson
Summerlee Foundation

Joan Casey
Summerlee Foundation

Larry Green, Board President
Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control

Tara Hellewell
Humane Canada

Jill Hoffman
Animal Grantmakers (Consultant)

Luke Klein
Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Camille Labchuk
Animal Justice

Louisa McCune
Kirkpatrick Foundation

Karine Parvin
Donner Canadian Foundation

Hilary Pickles
Lush Cosmetics

Lisa Rapps
ANTHiLL Events (Conference Coordinator)

Andrew Rowan
Wellbeing International & Edith J. Goode Trust

Melissa Rubin
Greater Good Charities

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