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Call for Speakers: 2024 SaskSPCA Gathering


November 27, 2023

The deadline to submit presentation proposals is December 15, 2023.

Gathering event details:

  • Date: April 12th & 13th, 2024
  • Where: Dakota Dunes Resort, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, SK

Presentation Themes:

The SaskSPCA is seeking engaging speaker proposals for our 2024 Gathering! This year, presentation themes include:

Access to Care & Community Outreach:

  • Addressing barriers and needs of under-resourced communities; increasing access to care; community outreach and pet-retention initiatives; animal health and population management with First Nations; Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage; shelter medicine.

Human-Animal Bond:

  • Human-animal bond; the violence link; animal-assisted therapy or interventions; One Health and One Welfare initiatives; co-sheltering or safekeeping initiatives.

Interprofessional Practice:

  • Interprofessional collaboration initiatives; the violence link; cross-reporting, data sharing, and communication; roles and responsibilities of different agencies.

Capacity Building Post-Pandemic:

  • Capacity to care; shelter medicine; staff retention; navigating human resource shortages; facility design; communication strategies; boundaries and burnout; emerging trends post-pandemic; fundraising and financial stability.

Promising Best Practices:

  • What is needed next, upcoming best practices, industry trends and emerging data, non-profit board governance and operational excellence; animal behaviour; facility design; shelter medicine; innovative research; One Health and Welfare initiatives.

Please note these are only examples included under each theme heading, and is NOT an exhaustive list of possible topics.


The Gathering planning committee will review all applications after this date, and we will be in touch early January 2024 to confirm our speaker list! Selected speakers will also be provided with a Presenter Contract at that time.


As a thank you, presentations that are selected for our 2024 Gathering will receive one complimentary 2-day registration, which includes all meals and refreshment breaks available during the Gathering. Please note the SaskSPCA does not cover any additional speaker expenses, such as travel or accommodations.

If you have any questions, please email laura@saskspca.ca or call our office at 1-306-382-7722.

Submit your proposal: https://forms.gle/9W1eULjpAdeVpTjPA