Executive Director and Co-founder
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy

A UK native, Elisabeth holds an undergraduate honours degree in Neuroscience, and a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, both from the University of Edinburgh. She graduated her PhD in 2012 from the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and has since completed a SSHRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship (2012-2014). Elisabeth was also a research fellow in Animal Policy Development for the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) from 2009-2011: the CCAC is the national agency that sets and maintains standards for the care and use of animals in science.

Elisabeth’s background in science and animal behaviour/welfare/ethics has driven her passion to critically evaluate the role that animals play in science and to promote the replacement of animals in research, testing and teaching as best scientific practice. She has presented her work internationally through many different speaking engagements, as well as through published academic papers and book chapters.

In addition to her role as Executive Director, Elisabeth is an instructor at UBC and teaches the following courses: Animals and Society, Animals and Global Issues, and Ethical Issues in Science. She currently volunteers for the Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS) program offered through BC’s Science World, and sits on the Environment and Animal Welfare Committee of the Vancouver Foundation, and the Categories of Invasiveness sub-committee of the CCAC. Elisabeth is also an Advisor for both the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) and the Humane Education Coalition, and a peer-reviewer for Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA) journal.

Elisabeth, also a certified yoga instructor, lives in a Vancouver laneway house with her partner, Oliver: together they are exploring low impact, zero waste living and they have plans for a tiny house in the near future.

Board of Directors

SaraPresident and Co-founder
Dr. Sara Dubois

Sara has worked as a wildlife biologist within the humane movement since 2001, after being inspired by volunteer experiences wildlife rehabilitation starting in 1998. She was the manager of the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre from 2004-2008 and continues today to provide top-level oversight to the facility today as the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s Chief Scientific Officer.

As CSO, Sara works at the BC SPCA Provincial Office to direct province-wide welfare science operations, education and advocacy projects. Her area of expertise is in wildlife welfare and human dimensions, but her role also aims to develop relationships with academia and advocate for animals used in science. She works on diverse issues from wildlife rehabilitation and oil spill response, to captive wild animal management, exotic pets, urban wildlife conflict, and compassionate conservation and assists in wildlife cruelty investigations.

Originally from Victoria, Sara completed a Biology BSc (Coop) at the University of Victoria, and Animal Science MSc and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Sara now serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of British Columbia Applied Biology Department and as an Associate Academic at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is a Registered Professional Biologist, former board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC (2004-2010) and Past President of the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC (2007-2012).

Vice President

Nicole Fenwick

Nicole is an animal welfare professional currently working to develop standards for wildlife and rodent control in her role Manager, Research & Standards at the BC SPCA. An MSc graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program, Nicole worked previously as an independent research consultant on a variety of Canadian animal welfare projects. This included policy research and development to further the Three Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement) in Canadian animal-based science, and examinations of rodent glue trapping and beef cattle welfare. Prior to entering graduate school, Nicole worked for 8 years as an analytical chemist in pharmaceutical research and development.

marcy-potterTreasurer/Secretary and Co-founder
Marcy Potter

Marcy works at The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals as Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator. She is a former wildlife rehabilitator and worked at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC from 2003-2013.

Marcy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Central Washington University, Washington State. After working in journalism upon graduating, she gradually moved on to work with wildlife. She has completed all International Wildlife Rehabilitator Council training courses. She completed one week of extensive bat training in 2009. She also passed the “IS-00100.a” course, “Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100”, and attended Noah’s Wish Disaster Training.

Trained in oiled wildlife response, Marcy was part of the team that rescued and rehabilitated wildlife impacted by the 2006 oil spills in BC, as well as cleaned and rehabilitated various oiled wildlife throughout her rehabilitation career. Marcy was the Board Secretary for the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC from 2008-2013 and has served as Treasurer and Membership Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of BC since 2008.

lesley-foxCo-founder and Director-at-large
Lesley Fox

Lesley has been involved in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, and graduated with honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Non-Profit Management.

Her recent achievements include working with the BC Ministry of Education to have animal issues included in school curriculum. Lesley was the founder of the “Frogs are Cool” website, which provided education about the non-animal alternatives to high school frog dissection.

Picture1_Holly v1 copyDirector-at-large

Dr. Holly Longstaff

Dr. Holly Longstaff specializes in applied ethics and policy analysis from a social science perspective and has over 10 years’ experience in this field. Holly is the Ethicist for the UBC BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board and served as the Interim Associate Director for the Office of Research Ethics at Simon Fraser University for the past two years. Holly is a former board Member of the Canadian Bioethics Society and is a partner at Engage Associates Consulting Group.

Holly received her doctorate from The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC in 2009. Her graduate work in ethics and health research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through their Ethics of Health Research and Policy Training Program and the CIHR Institute of Genetics. Her Postdoctoral Research was supported by the Canadian Stem Cell Network. Holly has presented her research in ethics at conferences across North America and has published her work in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Reports Stem Cells, Cell Stem Cell, the Journal of Environmental Science & Policy, Public Understanding of Science, and Trends in Neurosciences. Some of Holly’s clients include Health Canada, The CIHR Ethics Office, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.