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Frequently Asked Questions

Speakers & Schedule
Hotel & Travel

When and where is the conference? 

The Summit for Animals is an annual event in a different location each year. In 2024, the Summit is heading to the Atlantic Coast for the first time. The conference will be held at the NEW Halifax Convention Centre May 5-7, 2024*, in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
*Optional Learning Labs on May 5th, additional cost applies. Summit dates: May 6th and 7th.   

What are the registration rates and are there any discounts? 

Registration is available until April 24, 2024, at midnight Eastern Time.


We are thrilled to offer exceptional savings this year, including but not limited to, early bird rates and group discounts. To stay up to date with all discounts available, consider joining our email list.

Are there any additional costs to attend the conference? 

Aside from registration, accommodation, travel, and meals not covered in your registration, there are two other optional costs that you should be aware of:

  • Learning Labs on May 5th.
  • Night Owls Social on May 5th.

Do you have any wording and graphics to promote the Summit?

Yes! We have a collection of graphics and verbiage available in our social media toolkit to help you get started.

Where can I learn more about the event organizer, Humane Canada? 

To learn more about Humane Canada visit our website. If you have additional questions please reach out to

Who should I reach out to if I have questions about the conference? 

Please email for any questions or concerns. 

When does conference registration open and the schedule become available? 

Registration is set to open in fall 2023 with can’t-miss early bird rates! The schedule will be available in the fall as well. It is worth the wait – trust us! 

I am interested in speaking, what should I do? 

The call for speakers has closed as of September 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET. For additional questions, please

What can I expect to learn at the Summit for Animals? 

  • A 2-day conference with 5 educational topics to choose from: 
    • Companion animals 
    • Wild and farmed animals 
    • Access to care 
    • Build and innovate 
    • Outreach and integration 


  • Optional Learning Labs (additional cost) with 5 educational topics to choose from: 
    • Leadership 
    • Animal care and behaviour 
    • Enforcement 
    • Tackling Fatigue & Building Resilience    
    • Volunteer Management and Engagement  


  • A trade show with 20+ relevant can’t-miss exhibitors. 
  • Plenty of opportunities to network with other attendees and build long-lasting professional connections. 
  • Additional, optional fun activities! – more details to come soon. 

What kind of content was offered during past events? 

Humane Canada’s Summit for Animals has strived to stay at the forefront of the latest animal welfare trends. Past educational topics have included: 

  • Cats in Canada 
  • Animal law and enforcement 
  • Sheltering in the 21st century 
  • Alternatives to animal use in research and testing 
  • Operational best practices (governance, fundraising, finance and change management) 
  • Farmed animal welfare 
  • Sheltering for change 
  • Advocacy and building humane communities 
  • One health, one welfare 
  • Applied animal welfare science 
  • Wildlife welfare 
  • Standards, guidelines and certification 
  • Protecting vulnerable animals 
  • Advocacy and education 
  • Animal ethics 
  • Communications and fund development 
  • Leadership and organizational strength 
  • Animal welfare and COVID-19 
  • Canine sheltering and community 
  • Animals and the law 
  • Education and advocacy 
  • Science and research 
  • Canine welfare and behaviour 
  • Challenges to effective legal protection for animals 
  • Diversity, inclusion and reconciliation 
  • Community-supported animal sheltering 
  • Feline welfare and behaviour 
  • The future of sheltering 
  • New developments in animal welfare 
  • Animal sentience 
  • Action, advocacy and government relations 
  • Leadership and management 
  • Animal welfare and human behavioural intersections 
  • Fund development and marketing 
  • Enforcement 
  • Shelter medicine and animal care 
  • Outreach and engagement 

Are there travel grants available? 

Yes! This year we offered grants sponsored by the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada and Humane Canada. We also offered Golden Tickets, sponsored by the conference's exhibitors and sponsors.

Where do I find information on hotels? 

The conference hotel is the BRAND-NEW Sutton Place Hotel which is directly across from the Halifax Convention Centre. The group rate is $209/night. Hotel reservations will be made directly through a reservation link, which will be included in the registration confirmation. To secure Humane Canada’s special group hotel rate, your hotel reservation must be booked by April 1, 2024.

Is there a discount program for conference delegates from local business?

Yes! Destination Halifax has a "Show Your Badge" program that offers attendees the opportunity to participate in their conference delegate appreciation program. To redeem attendees would need to show their badge at participating local businesses to unlock special offers. For more information visit:  

Do you have any tips and tricks for travel and getting around while in Halifax?

Destination Halifax has kindly outlined how to best get to Halifax and for getting around as well as other resources such as extending your stay and their visitor guide. For more inforamtion visit:

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