Typical Behaviour; Difficult Behaviour; Dog Walking Practical; Animal Control Behaviour
Dr Rebecca Ledger is a companion animal behaviour scientist and clinical ethologist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally from the UK, Dr Ledger was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of London, her Master’s Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh (The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies) and her Doctorate in the assessment and treatment of behavioural disorders in shelter dogs from Brunel University. Rebecca completed three Post--‐Doctorate Fellowships (funded by the RSPCA, Sanofi Sante Nutrition Animale and Friskies Petcare) in the adoption, diagnosis and management of dogs with behavioural disorders, in particular, treatments involving the use of pharmaceutical interventions. Whilst holding the post of University Lecturer, Dr Ledger also studied for her MBA. See more.
Advanced Dog Behaviour; Cooperative Dog Training
An advocate for force-free, science based dog training, Bonnie Hartney brings her knowledge and experience working with shelter dogs and pet dogs into advancing other’s understanding of dog behaviour. For over 13 years, Bonnie has volunteered with the BCSPCA, helping shelter dogs become adoptable. At the University of British Columbia, Bonnie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, with a secondary focus in Animal Behaviour, Psychology and Ecology. As an educator for 34 years with the Surrey School District, she is a skilled presenter with a passion for teaching. Bonnie is a certified trainer for dogs with reactivity issues. She lives in Surrey with her family and in her spare time, enjoys doing sport scent detection with her White German Shepherd, Lily.
Dog First Aid
Kirsten Wilson is a Registered Veterinary Technologist. She graduated from the Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology program in 2001 and has worked in several small animal and emergency veterinary practices throughout the lower mainland. She is currently an instructor in the Veterinary Technology program at Douglas College, and continues to work one or two days a month in a small animal practice to keep up on her skills. She has been teaching Pet First Aid to pet owners through Coquitlam Emergency Social Services for 6 years and in 2012 started teaching the First Aid for Dogs course for Langara College. She shares her home with two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, a Pumi, and two cats.
Troy DeSouza is one of the most recognized names in local government litigation in British Columbia today. With 18 years of legal experience advising and representing local government clients throughout the Province, Troy makes regular appearances in the Provincial, Supreme and Court of Appeal Courts in British Columbia. Mr. DeSouza is also a highly sought after speaker and educator in the field of statutory compliance and enforcement. Troy was called to the Bar in 1998. He obtained his law degree from the University of Windsor and received the Whiteside Award for community service as Student President of the Law School.. In 2006, he was named the Top Lawyer Under 40 on Vancouver Island.
Troy DeSouza also serves in a federally appointed quasi-judicial role as Member of the Military Police Complaints Commission. Troy is past chair of the CBA-BC Municipal Lawyers Section, involved with multiple professional associations and most importantly, is an Honourary Member of the Licensing Inspectors and Bylaw Officer’s Association of BC. Troy is a long time resident of Victoria, B.C where he resides with his wife Kismet and two daughters, one of which he is a soccer coach to, much to the chagrin of said daughter.
With separate degrees in Animal Biology and Law, Marcie Moriarty draws on all aspects of her background and education as head of the BC SPCA's Prevention and Enforcement Department. Marcie completed her degrees at the University of British Columbia. She was called to the bar in May 2003 and went on to practise civil litigation with the firm of Quinlan Abrioux in Vancouver.
Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy soon led her to a career with the BC SPCA in 2005 as General Manager of the society's Cruelty Investigations Department. In this role, she oversaw a department of over 26 full time constables who were responsible for responding to up to 7000 animal cruelty complaints a year. During her time at the BC SPCA, Marcie has presented to numerous animal welfare and law students on the subject of animal cruelty law and is currently co-teaching an animal law class at UBC Law school.
In 2012, Marcie took on her current role leading a department that combines cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs.
Legislation; Investigation; Field Safety and Procedures; more
Pete specializes in law enforcement /regulatory enforcement training, establishing standards, design and development of course curriculum, and facilitates class learning by tailoring investigative interviewing techniques for both the criminal justice and social justice fields.
Over the past 10 years he has helped to transform Ontario SPCA (OSPCA) Investigations inspectorate with their training /operational procedures in the modernization of animal cruelty investigative techniques through the development renewed agent training, on-line learning and personal leadership areas. Pete is still a key animal welfare advocate, key facilitator for the agent training annually, has been an expert witness in criminal cases for the OSPCA, a member of the OSPCA Investigations advisory team, and was appointed by the OSPCA CEO as a member of the OSPCA Provincial allocations committee for funding from the Ontario Ministry of Corrections and Public Safety.
Pete’s recent consultant background includes work with the Saskatchewan’s Department of Justice; the Northern Institute of Social Justice at Yukon College in Whitehorse in collaboration with the Yukon Department of Justice; and with the RCMP for several areas of training.
Pete is recently retired to BC’s south Okanagan and is a contractual part time consultant, full time mountain biker, hiker, kayak-er and winter skier.
Kim has been involved in the animal care field for over 15 years in a variety of roles from direct animal care, education, emergency response and bylaw enforcement. Currently the Manager of Bylaw, Business Operations for the City of Surrey Kim’s focus is on elevating the community’s knowledge and expectations for animal services. Kim has been employed by both humane agencies and municipalities and brings a broad perspective of the field to the table. In her spare time Kim has been the regional representative of Australian Shepherd Rescue for a decade and enjoys playing dogsports and enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Sarah is currently working for the BC SPCA as their Regional Manager for the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. With over 20 years of experience in the field of animal care, Sarah oversees ten animal care facilities from Chilliwack to Squamish and Sechelt. All shelters provide services for their municipality, and some with full Animal Control contracts. Previous to her current role, Sarah was a Manager of the Corporation of Delta’s Animal Shelter for 10 years. As the Manager of the Delta Community Animal Shelter she was not only responsible for the operations of the facility, but also the enforcement of Delta’s bylaws that related to the care of animals in the community. That involves the updating of bylaws to enhance public safety and animal welfare, community engagement and education through events and social media, facilitating resolutions for animal control issues and presenting reports to municipal council. Sarah’s goal is to improve welfare for animals by increasing the engagement guardians have with their animals. She believes this will result in safer and healthier communities.
Animal Control Training Program, Professional Dog Walker Program
Sarah Bull has been the Acting Manager of the Bylaws, Licensing and Animal Services department for the City of Coquitlam since May 2016 and the Supervisor of the division since 2006, overseeing Animal Control and Bylaw Enforcement services. She has been with the City of Coquitlam since 2002, first as an Animal Shelter Attendant from 2002-2004, then as a Bylaw and Animal Services Inspector from 2004-2006. Sarah’s prior animal related work experience also includes working as a veterinary assistant, a sales associate for cat and dog products in a retail pet store chain, a dog grooming assistant and a house and pet sitter for dogs, cats, birds and horses.