Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Dr. Sara Dubois

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Sara Dubois grew up near Victoria, BC and always had an affinity for wildlife. She first worked on contract with the BC SPCA as a movie monitor in 2001-2003, observing the welfare of animals used in entertainment in BC. Following her Masters degree research on wildlife rehabilitation, Sara became the manager of the BC SPCA's Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC). She served in this challenging role from 2004-2008 and continues to provide top-level oversight to the facility.

As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Dubois works at the 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. As an Advisor to the Whale Sanctuary Project, Dr. Dubois assisted in the hosting of the Cetacean Captivity Workshop and Compassionate Conservation conference in July 2015 in Vancouver.

Her academic path includes a Biology BSc (UVic 2000), Animal Science MSc (UBC 2003), and Animal Science PhD (UBC 2014). Dr. Dubois serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program 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).

Dr. Dubois, along with other passionate animal welfare colleagues, founded a new national non-profit organization in 2015, the Animals in Science Policy Institute. As AiSPI Board President, she works to provide education on ethics and alternatives for animals used in teaching, testing and research in Canada.

Follow her research publications or other professional activities.

Other executive staff

Yvonne Whiting
General Manager, Human & Volunteer Resources

Geoff Urton
Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations

Mark Takhar
Chief Operations Officer

Craig Naherniak
General Manager, Humane Education

Marcie Moriarty
Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer

Dr. James Lawson
Chief Animal Health Officer

Craig Daniell
Chief Executive Officer

Rosemary Conder, CFRE
Chief Development Officer

Lorie Chortyk
General Manager, Community Relations

Robert Busch
General Manager, Facility Development

John Andrew
Chief Financial Officer

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