About Us

Since our beginning in 1922, Calgary Humane Society has been more than a shelter. We are proud to be Calgary’s first and most robust animal welfare organization.

Yellow one-eyed labrador on a leash

What Do We Do?

We are a hub for all animals in need—any animal, under any circumstances. Beyond adoptions, we support animal welfare in Calgary though education, outreach, emergency vet services for surrendered animals, behaviour training for those in need, and our unique ability to enforce the Animal Protection Act.

We act as a gateway for more meaningful lives. By connecting people and animals, we help animals live healthy and happy lives with the right caretaker. And we help those caretakers reach the feelings of fulfilment and companionship that come with caring for an animal.

What is our Vision?

We dream of a community where all animals are valued, humanely treated, and live enriched lives. Calgary Humane Society is committed to creating a better tomorrow through education and collaboration.

 

Meet Our Team

Meet our Calgary Humane Society team members. These dedicated staff show compassion and dedication in their work toward animal welfare every day.

Carrie Fritz

Executive Director

Carrie Fritz was appointed Executive Director of Calgary Humane Society in 2014. Carrie is a CGA-CPA, who was drawn to a career in animal welfare and the not-for-profit sector from the start.

Carrie attended the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, obtaining her accounting designation in 1996. She worked at a public accounting firm focusing on Audit and Assurance.

After returning to Calgary from a five-year contract in Boca Raton, Florida, Carrie was delighted to accept the position of Controller at Calgary Humane Society in 2007.

Since taking on the role of Executive Director, Carrie has focused on building a professional, highly skilled team to further all aspects of animal welfare.

Growing up in a family of teachers, she understands the importance of education and uses this to develop her team, so they can be successful in inspiring the community to take on the challenges of animal welfare and be responsible pet owners.

Carrie lives just south of Calgary, where she shares her home with her daughter, her two dogs, Daisy and Lacey, as well as her two rescue rabbits, Winter and Autumn.

Dayna Burghall

Director of Finance (Mat Leave) 

Dayna has been with CHS since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and earned her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2014. During her articling period in public practice, she gained extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations.

Trish Riccio

Director of Finance

Trish is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and worked in the energy industry for two decades following a banking career at Royal Bank. She recently assumed the role of Senior Manager, Finance to cover a staff maternity leave. Trish has also been a dedicated volunteer at CHS for almost 20 years. In addition to assisting and teaching behaviour classes, she served on the CHS Board from 2009 – 2020 and most recently stepped down from the Audit & Finance Committee to assume a term role with the organization.

Brad Nichols

Director of Operations and enforcement

Brad Nichols graduated from Mount Royal University in 2003, obtaining a degree in Justice Studies. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Calgary Humane Society’s Animal Protection and Investigation team as a field officer, incorporating his love for animals and his interest in advocating for vulnerable victims. Over the past 17+ years, he has worked his way up the organization in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently to Director of Operations and Enforcement. He has investigated thousands of animal cruelty files and oversees an internationally recognized animal protection program.

Melaina Slater

Director of Human Resources

Melaina is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and holds her certificate in Human Resource Management through the University of Calgary. She has been involved in the animal welfare industry since 2004 and started her career at CHS in 2006. She is a firm believer in lifelong personal and professional development with a keen interest in human rights, leadership development, employment legislation, and psychological health and safety in the workplace. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her spouse, their dogs Jasmine and Terry, two birds Eddie and Chuck, and their cat Gary Van Meowski, who retired from his residency as CHS Office Cat and made his home with the Slaters.

Weston Jacques, MAPC

Director of Communications

Weston is a communications and branding expert hired to share Calgary Humane Society’s vision and brand while sharing stories that inspire stakeholders, donors and future adopters. He has experience in non-profit and corporate environments, focusing on the arts, science, health, and technology. He designs messaging to drive conversations, campaigns to inspire stakeholders, and branding to leave an impression.

Weston joined the team at Calgary Humane Society at the end of 2021 and is excited to celebrate the 100 year legacy of CHS in 2022!

Miriam Carey, PhD

Director of Philanthropy 

Miriam is the past Board Chair of Calgary Humane Society. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Miriam is retiring from her role at Mount Royal University after the 2022 school year and joining CHS full time as the Senior Manager, Fund Development.

After completing her first two degrees in Political Science at the University of Calgary, she earned her doctorate of politics from Edinburgh University in 1988, returning to Calgary in 2000. She has been at Mount Royal University since 2001 and was tenured in the Department of Policy Studies in 2005. Miriam decided to join the Calgary Humane Society board in 2011 because of her love of animals and the contributions CHS makes to the community through animal protection, adoptions, behavioural consultation, and training. Miriam shares her home with her husband Errol, an accomplished artist, and their adopted fur kids including Ch’i, a male ragdoll cat; Gogo, a doodle; Rafe, a male standard goldendoodle; and a variety of birds, all of whom were adopted from Calgary Humane Society.

Lisa Olund

associate director of operations

Lisa is a project management professional (PMP) with 20 years of management experience in oil and gas, legislative compliance, and healthcare. She started as volunteer at CHS in 2015 and was then hired on as an Animal Care Attendant in 2016. In early 2017, she joined the Animal Health team as an Animal Health Assistant until moving into her current role in January 2018. Lisa was drawn to CHS because of her love for animals which started at a young age. She is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel and attends spin class whenever she can. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs, Baxter and Miles, who are Cairn/Westie crosses, as well as three cats—Kit, Betty, and Leonard, who are all CHS Alumni.

Sally Johnston

Manager, Animal Operations

Sally started with the Calgary Humane Society in 2016 as the sole Foster Facilitator. Over the next two years, Sally focused on expanding the foster program through increased recruitment and placement of animals. In 2018, Sally stepped into the new role as Foster Team Lead, and hired a second Foster Facilitator as a result of the program expansion. Following the retirement of the Admissions Team Lead in 2019, Sally absorbed Admissions into her portfolio as Team Lead, aligning Foster and Admissions into one cohesive team to improve animal flow. And finally, in January of 2021, Sally became Manager, Animal Operations, overseeing the back of house operational teams, and overseeing animal flow at large.

Anna-Lee Fitzsimmons

Manager, Community Support & Engagement

Anna-Lee has been with the Calgary Humane Society since 2015. Her previous roles within the organization include Foster, Animal Care, Adoptions, and Volunteer Resources. Anna-Lee is passionate about helping connect others to the rewarding work of animal welfare and holds her certificate in Volunteer Management and Leadership through Humber College.

 

board of directors

Meet our Calgary Humane Society Board of Directors. Our generous Board guides us in our decision making and supports us in accomplishing the essential work we do in animal welfare.

Andrew Wilson

board chair

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Laws from Cambridge University. He was an associate at Bennett Jones LLP for 9 years. He was Litigation Counsel – Enforcement at the Alberta Securities Commission for four years before becoming a Partner at JSS Barristers in 2015.

Andrew was inspired to join the board of directors due to his love of animals and his legal experience, which focuses in part on corporate governance. Andrew also volunteers as a foster parent for Beagle Paws and volunteers with Calgary Legal Guidance. Andrew’s hobbies include soccer, running, travel, and home brewing beer. He shares his home with his wife and their beagles, Darwin and Winston.

Maggie Crowley

Vice Chair

Maggie is the Vice President, Operations & Human Resources with Lane Quinn Benefit Consultants Ltd. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, her Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR), her Workplace Mental Health Leadership certificate through Queens University, and maintains her Life and A&S licenses through the Alberta Insurance Council.

Maggie joined the Board of Directors at Calgary Humane Society to make a positive impact on the lives of animals. Maggie and her husband Ryan have three senior rescues—Lucy, Minnie, and Bailey—one of whom comes from a high-kill shelter in California. The pup took a while to appreciate our Alberta winters but has settled in quite nicely now.

Maggie enjoys reading, gardening, making arts and crafts with her daughter, exploring the Rocky Mountains, and is a lover of all things Disney—she’s been to DisneyWorld over 15 times! When she doesn’t have her nose in a thriller book, she loves to spend time with her family at their community lake or enjoying a nice leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood with their three pups. Her daughter inspires her to be the best person she can be. She hopes to teach her the importance of giving back to the community and sharing one’s passions and skills with others.

Yvette Steiner

Treasurer

Yvette is Chief Financial Officer and Development Partner at THYYC Inc. & TH Chestermere Ltd. Prior to her current role, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for 23 years (1994-2017). For ten of those years, she was a partner at PwC in the Assurance practice. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a BComm from the University of Saskatchewan. Yvette enjoys staying active by kickboxing, golfing, and lake activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking. She also loves to travel.

Yvette joined the Board of Directors of Calgary Humane Society to bring her passion for animals together with her desire to give back to the community. Yvette shares her home with her husband Andrew and their two dogs, Monty and Sadie.

Elyce Harris

Secretary

Elyce Harris is a Financial Advisor at Cornerstone Financial Group. She loves travelling, hiking, snowboarding, and baking.

She’s been lucky enough to have grown up with pets and seen how much love they can give and how much they brighten people’s lives—so it’s a natural fit to spend her time advocating for animals.

Bruce McBean

Bruce is the President of Triumph Tubular & Supply in Calgary. His view on volunteering is that if you are able to volunteer, then you should. Bruce enjoys golf, reading, working out five to six days per week, and keeping busy in the yard. He is an avid traveller who has travelled to (and golfed in) Spain, England, and Hawai’i. Over the last 13 years, Bruce has adopted several animals from CHS including two cats, and one miniature long-hair dachshund.

Corinne Jamieson

Biography coming soon.

Dawn Rault

Dawn is an Instructor in the Law and Society Program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. Dawn is passionate about sharing her time, energy, and expertise to help her community—the community she was born and raised in. Volunteering at the Calgary Humane Society means lending a voice to the animals who are voiceless. She is inspired by the dedication, creativity, wisdom, and professionalism demonstrated by the staff and volunteers at the CHS.

When Dawn isn’t working or volunteering, she loves spending time with her family in the mountains and soaking up everything the Rockies have to offer. She enjoys camping, mountain biking, continuing education, and watching cat videos. Dawn shares her home with two senior cats—Cleo and Swiffer.

Dawn has an embarrassingly large collection of cat pyjamas and is mildly obsessed with brewing the perfect cup of coffee. She is proud to have once had dinner with actor Brad Pitt, (having had no idea he was famous), when he was filming Legends of the Fall near Bragg Creek.

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Heather Macquarrie

Heather has a deep interest in animal care and welfare as a Veterinarian at the VCA Canada Calgary North Animal Hospital. She feels that volunteering at CHS is a way to give back to animals in ways beyond the medical care she provides daily in practice.

Inspirational quotes and listening to talks from leaders about their own paths inspire Heather to be a better version of herself and a better part of the community.

Heather loves to travel and she learned to fly small planes at age 15. She enjoys takes cooking classes while on vacation to learn more about various cuisines and cultures. When in town, she enjoys high intensity interval training, yoga, and enjoying a glass of wine while hanging out with her partner and fur family. Heather has four cats that she has adopted from CHS—Buzz, Nalu, Mya and Gus—who are her world.

Keri Smith

Keri graduated with a Bachelor of Communications from Mount Royal University in Calgary and a Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington D.C. Keri spent the early years of her career at two global consulting firms, before pivoting to work with small and medium size businesses as they look to grow and scale. Keri is an “expert generalist” and currently the Chief of Staff and Acting Head of Scale at AltaML, a leading North American applied AI company.

Keri grew up on a working farm in Longview Alberta, which is where she first discovered her love for animals. As a member of the Board, Keri is excited to support the CHS by building its awareness and capacity in the community. In addition to being passionate about animals, Keri is also passionate about Education and is a Director on the Mount Royal University Foundation Board. Outside of work and volunteering, Keri and her husband spend most of their time wrangling their 11-month-old twins, and beloved cat, Poubelle.

Kevin Natkinniemi

Kevin is a CPA/CMA and Planning Lead, Strategy & Portfolio Management at ConocoPhillips. He came to the Calgary Humane Society through his love of volunteering. He believes that through volunteering, one can make a positive impact on the lives of others, providing hope and confidence with the reminder there are people around that care. Kevin is inspired by humanitarianism, kindness, and people that are public-spirited.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys home improvement projects and reading—everything from biographies to John Grisham novels. He enjoys hitting the walking trails and loves the sport of curling. Kevin adopted his dog, Gordie, when he was 12 and shared six good years with him until Gordie passed in 2020.

Lisa Kindree

Board of Directors 

Lisa has been working in the non-profit sector since 2001 in various capacities. She is the Co-Executive Director of Youth Central, a non-profit dedicated to providing leadership and volunteer opportunities to young people. She has degrees in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from York University. Lisa enjoys helping others and working with those who may need help or, in the case of animals, are unable to help themselves. Lisa adopted her first dog from Calgary Humane Society in 2001. A lover of travel, cooking, reading, skiing, and hiking, Lisa shares her home with her husband, son, their dog Tucker, and highly dangerous goldfish named Sharky.

Sage Pullen-McIntosh

Sage Pullen-McIntosh is the Communications Director at Calgary Co-op. She holds a Masters of Arts in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University.

As the former Senior Manager of Communications and Public Relations at CHS, she’s beyond thrilled to continue her legacy and support animal welfare as a board member of CHS. Her English Mastiff, Thor, and three cats, Jinx, Jade, and Leo, help to strengthen her tie to CHS.

Sage is thrilled to watch her kids attend CHS volunteer opportunities, carrying on the family connection.

Scott Cressman

Media Contact

For media inquiries and to view media releases from the Calgary Humane Society archive, contact Weston Jacques.

Media Contact

Weston Jacques
Director, Communications & Public Relations
weston.jacques@calgaryhumane.ca
Cell: (403) 836-2635
Desk: (403) 723-6033