Our team of trusted pet industry advisors

Advisory Board

OUR ADVISORS

As part of our commitment to work closely with professionals in the pet health industry, Petsecure's Veterinary Advisory Board includes some of Canada’s most respected, trusted, award-winning veterinarians, with over 200 years of combined experience and expertise. Similarly, we stay informed by our Shelter Advisory Board, which is made up of leaders from some of the largest SPCAs and humane societies across the country.


Dr. Berney Pukay

Dr. Berney Pukay

Board Chair

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Dr. Berney Pukay is a well-known and highly-respected veterinarian who, until recently, was the President and CEO of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa.

Dr. Pukay has been active within the veterinary profession for almost 40 years and brings with him a knowledge and understanding of both veterinary medicine and the veterinary community.  He's past-president, co-founder and life member of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, recipient of multiple awards, and executive producer and host of the popular Pet Connection television series.

Dr. Jayne Takahashi

Dr. Jayne Takahashi

Board Member

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Dr. Takahashi is a communications professional in the pet health industry and has held a number of positions including companion animal veterinarian, pet nutrition counselor and educator, national marketing manager in the pet food industry and Vice President of Communications for Canada’s largest network of veterinary practices.

She is currently a communication consultant and coach for veterinary practices through her company, Communication Leads.  During her diverse career, she has been awarded with the Meritorious Service award by the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists and was recognized with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Communication Award and the Urban Animal Strategies Summit Award for Communication.

Dr. Lynn Webster

Dr. Lynn Webster

Board Member

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Dr. Lynn Webster graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) in 1966 and practiced Veterinary Medicine along a path from private practice to directing the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Webster influenced industry as a past president of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association, a past president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and as a director or senior executive of numerous businesses and agencies.

Dr. Webster continues to be involved as an industry advisor and in the ownership/management of clinical practices in Winnipeg. 

Dr. Jean Gauvin

Dr. Jean Gauvin

Board Member

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The grandson of a pioneer in Canada's veterinary profession, Dr. Gauvin graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal in 1980. Thanks to his expertise in both official languages, he is frequently called upon to give lectures across Canada. Dr. Gauvin taught in universities and colleges for several years (1985-1996) before devoting himself exclusively to private practice and media.

Dr. Gauvin has over 20 years experience in the field of electronic (radio, television) and written media. For five years he hosted the popular TV show Pas Si Bête Que Ça!  on the TQS network. More recently, he joined the team of the TV show  Libre Service  aired on MAtv.

Dr. Lesley Steele

Dr. Lesley Steele

Board Member

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Dr. Steele graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1997, practiced dairy/mixed practice in southern Ontario, and then made her way to Northern Ontario for a year. She then headed home to the Maritimes with her husband John to purchase the Eastern Passage Village Veterinary Hospital in 1999.

Dr. Steele is also part owner of the metro SPCA Veterinary Clinic in Halifax as well as a partner in CBS Animal Hospital in Newfoundland. She's a founding partner in the Vet Alliances (Atlantic, Central and Western) with currently over 800 members, thereby gaining  the status of  largest affiliate buyers group in North America and Europe.

Dr. Jennifer Willans

Dr. Jennifer Willans

Board Member

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Dr. Jennifer Willans graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1998. She became board certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline practice in 2004 and was re-certified in 2014.

Dr. Willans has served on numerous committees and boards including the Companion Animal Committee, chair of the Practice Inspection Practice Standards (PIPS) committee, and as the past president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

In 2013, she founded Tails of Help, a registered charity that provides financial support to cover the cost of veterinary care for pets belonging to Albertans with demonstrated financial need.



SHELTER ADVISORY BOARD


Our Shelter Advisory Board’s goal is to engage senior leaders in the animal welfare community to strengthen the partnerships between Petsecure and Canadian animal shelters. The board is made up of experts from within that community who have held senior positions at some of Canada’s top shelters and SPCAs.


Mark Takhar

Mark Takhar

COO, BC SPCA

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Mark joined the BC SPCA as Chief Operations Officer in November 2013. Prior to becoming the COO, Mark held the position of Executive Director at the Calgary Humane Society. Mark’s nine years of prior experience at the BC SPCA included several strategic positions, such as General Manager, Branch Services. Mark also held the position of District Operations Manager at the Livermore Animal Medical Clinic where he worked for seven years.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Director of Development, Montreal SPCA

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Heading the Montreal SPCA development team since November 2010, Anthony’s wealth of experience in marketing and communications -- as well as his volunteer experience with animals -- allows him to oversee SPCA activities including fundraising campaigns, meeting donors, and direct marketing.

Barbra Cartwright

Barbra Cartwright

CEO, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

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As Chief Executive for the CFHS, Canada’s national representative of humane societies and SPCAs, Barbra brings over 20 years of experience as a professional advocate for animal welfare, conservation, and humane education. Her award-winning work has spanned over Africa, Australia, North America and Europe.



Dr. Berney Pukay

Dr. Berney Pukay

Veterinarian Expert

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Dr. Berney Pukay is a well-known and highly-respected veterinarian who, until recently, was the President and CEO of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa. Dr. Pukay has been active within the veterinary profession for almost 40 years and brings with him a knowledge and understanding of both veterinary medicine and the veterinary community. He’s perhaps best known as the executive producer and host of the popular Pet Connection television series.

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy

CEO, Nova Scotia SPCA

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Elizabeth began her position as CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA in September of 2013. In addition to her management, fund development and communication skills, Murphy has a love for animals and is committed to working hard building on the solid foundation of the NS SPCA alongside its great team of volunteers and staff.

Dr. Jacques Messier

Dr. Jacques Messier

CEO, Toronto Humane Society



Elizabeth Murphy

Nicholas Gilman

Honorary Board Member, Montreal SPCA

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Nicholas served as Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA for five years and remains active with the SPCA’s fight against breed-specific legislation as an Honorary Board Member.



INDUSTRY-LEADING PARTNERS


  • THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SPCA Nova Soctia Toronto Humane Society Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Ducks Unlimited Canada
    The National Retriever Club of Canada Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals The Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Tails of Help Calgary Humane Society
    The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Petidco The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association London Humane Society Naphia
  • Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Canadian Animal Blood Bank Calgary Animal Services Cambridge Humane Society Cat Healthy
    D'Arcy's ARC - Animal Rescue Center The Farley Foundation Just Paws Animal Rescue Langley Animal Protection Society Meow Foundation
    Misty Creek Dog Rescue Ninth LifeOttawa Humane Society Petland Toronto Cat Rescue
  • ABC Insurance ATB FinancialATI Insurance Bridge Financial Comité d'Aide et de Secours pour les Chats Abandonnés
    Delta Community Animal Shelter Medicine Hat SPCA City of Thunder Bay Vet Alliance

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