Board of Directors


The Board of Directors oversees the activities of the CCAC. Each director holds office for a term of three years except for the Chair and Vice-Chair who serve two consecutive two-year terms as Vice-Chair and then Chair.


Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright, Chair
Doctor Eileen Denovan-Wright

Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright is a professor of pharmacology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University and has an active research program. She served on the Dalhousie University Committee on Laboratory Animals from 2003 to 2012, and as Chair from 2008-2012.

Additional Involvement
Member, Finance Committee (2018)
Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee (2015-2017)
Co-Chair, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Chair, Three Rs Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Three Rs Committee (2010-2012)

Dr. Christopher R.J. Kennedy, Vice-Chair
Doctor Christopher R.J. Kennedy

Dr. Christopher Kennedy is a senior scientist within the Chronic Disease Program and the Kidney Research Centre at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and a full professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine's Department of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's research program is a productive training environment for undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates and is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Kennedy has served as chair and scientific officer of the CIHR Hematology Digestive Diseases and Kidney open operating grant peer review committee and is a board member of the CIHR's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. He served as the CCAC representative for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada from 2015 until his nomination to the CCAC Board of Directors in 2017, and, for more than 10 years, has served on the University of Ottawa's animal care committee. He is also chair of the Kidney Foundation of Canada's Biomedical Research Grants Committee and a member of the CIHR College of Reviewers.

Additional Involvement
Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee (2018)
Member, Finance Committee (2018)
Member, Standards Committee (2016-2017)

Ms. Catherine Rushton, Treasurer
Ms. Catherine Rushton

Ms. Catherine Rushton has a CPA CA and an MBA from the University of Manitoba, as well as an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. She has over 35 years of progressive experience as a senior financial executive in the post-secondary and not-for-profit sector.

She was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. She also spent 16 years as the Vice President, Finance and Administration, at Red River College in Winnipeg Manitoba. This period included eight months as Interim President. Her other employers have included the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation, the Ontario SPCA, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Ms. Rushton is an active volunteer and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Hastings & Prince Edward County. She is also a member of the Board of the United Church of Canada Foundation and the Belleville Inclusion Committee. Past volunteer experience includes the United Way of Winnipeg, and serving as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Animal Blood Bank in Winnipeg. She was awarded a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba (FCPA).

Additional Involvement
Chair, Finance Committee (2018)

Dr. Denna M. Benn
Doctor Denna M. Benn

Dr. Denna M. Benn received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College and subsequently obtained her Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and her Masters of Science degree at the University of Guelph. Dr. Benn's career has focused on the use of animals in research and teaching, serving as the clinical veterinarian and director of animal care services at the University of Guelph for over 31 years. She currently works as the chief veterinary inspector of the Animals for Research Act in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Dr. Benn has had continuous involvement in professional and community-based organizations, including: the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science; the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine; the Association for Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Science (currently an ad hoc consultant); the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science, and the Guelph Humane Society.

Additional Involvement
Member, Public Affairs and Communications Committee (2013-2018)
Chair, Planning and Finance Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Planning and Finance Committee (2011-2012)

Dr. Michael Czubryt
Doctor Michael Czubryt

Dr. Michael Czubryt is a principal investigator at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, and a full professor in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. His research program focuses on the underlying mechanisms of gene regulation in heart failure, with a focus on cardiac fibrosis, and the translation of these discoveries to novel therapeutic interventions in the clinic. He has published over 60 research articles and chapters, and his work has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Czubryt has an extensive record of service in the animal ethics community at the local, national, and international level, including seven years on animal protocol review committees, and six years on the University of Manitoba animal care committee. He has served as a reviewer, scientific officer, and chair for numerous peer review committees, and has held leadership roles in professional organizations such as the American Physiological Society and the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Czubryt also maintains an active training program that encompasses high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, with more than 40 trainees mentored to date.

Mr. Shawn Eccles
Mister Shawn Eccles

Mr. Shawn Eccles has dedicated his career to ensuring the welfare of animals throughout Canada. Having worked with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) for 35 years, Mr. Eccles is currently the senior manager of cruelty investigation for the organization. He also manages the Cruelty Investigations Department as well as the BCSPCA call centre.

In addition to his ongoing work at the BCSPCA, Mr. Eccles has served as a community member on the University of British Columbia's animal care committee from 2005-2011. He has also been a member on CCAC's assessment panels since 2003, and was the representative for one of CCAC's member organizations, the Canadian Federation of Human Societies, from 2011-2014.

A tireless advocate for animal welfare, Mr. Eccles has received the BCSPCA Stu Rammage Award twice, and was the recipient of the BCSPCA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Additional Involvement
Member, Governance and Nominations Committee (2015-2018)
Member, Assessment and Certification Committee (2010-2018)

Dr. Alain Giguère
Doctor Alain Giguère

Dr. Alain Giguère has a PhD in biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke. Prior to joining Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), he conducted research in a variety of areas, including endocrinology, physiology, electrophysiology, and molecular biology. His research has focused on swine production and vitamin use in swine production, as well as the role of fatty acids and antioxidants in animal health and meat quality.

Since 2006, Dr. Giguère has held various management positions at AAFC, where he has been responsible for managing and providing scientific direction to research centres in Sherbrooke, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Guelph, Québec City, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu. Research in these centres focuses on dairy cattle, hogs, oilseeds, dryland agriculture on the Canadian Prairies, food processing, safety, and horticulture.

As Chair of AAFC's National Committee on Safety and Security of Animals, Dr. Giguère is involved in implementing the program by providing the directors of other research centres with advice and recommendations concerning the state of scientific knowledge required for implementing animal care programs.

Dr. David Hanwell
Doctor David Hanwell

Dr. David Hanwell has worked as a laboratory animal veterinarian in various capacities within the industry (private), hospital (public), and academic sectors. He is currently the University of Toronto's University Regulatory Veterinarian. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the animal ethics and care program at the University, ensuring that appropriate regulatory standards are maintained in research and teaching programs, ranging from biomedical research and basic biology to fieldwork. He is currently involved with a grant-funded animal welfare research project that aims to minimize post-operative pain/distress by evaluating the efficacy of various analgesia regimens.

Previously, Dr. Hanwell was a clinical veterinarian at the University Health Network (UHN) where he provided clinical and surgical support for research involving a range of species. Prior to joining UHN, he worked at Sanofi-Pasteur in its divisions of Research (as a doctoral student) and Quality Control (as a manager/veterinarian).

Dr. Hanwell completed both a BSc (University of Guelph) and an MSc (University of Toronto) in Biochemistry, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After a stint in private practice, he returned to the University of Guelph where he earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences in Laboratory Animal Science. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the current Chair of the CCAC subcommittee on endpoints, and has several publications, including a recent book chapter on the topic of ethical considerations of animal use in neurobehavioural science. In 2017, he received the University of Toronto Simcoe Hall Vice-President's Staff award and was nominated for the University of Toronto Chancellor's Award.

Dr. Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton
Doctor Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton

Dr. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton has been a faculty member at Western University since 2002. Throughout his career, he has combined approaches from psychology and biology to research the cognitive, neural, and hormonal mechanisms by which birds modify their behaviour in response to their environment. He has published over 100 research articles and chapters on topics including birdsong, reproductive behaviour, photoperiodism, seasonality, and neural plasticity.

In addition to his research contributions Dr. MacDougall-Shackleton has engaged in a number of leadership and administrative activities in the scientific community including editorial positions at peer-reviewed journals, and leadership in scientific societies such as the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. He routinely engages in public presentations to naturalist clubs and other community groups. He has served on numerous executive committees at Western University and is Chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research.

Additional Involvement
Member, Finance Committee (2018)
Member, Standards Committee (2018)

Ms. Adriane Porcin
Ms. Adriane Porcin

Ms. Adriane Porcin holds a Licence and Master degree in business taxation from the Université Aix-Marseille Faculty of Law, and a Master in economic law and business relationships from the Université de Perpignan Faculty of Law. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, where she teaches and researches a variety of subjects related to Canadian private law.

Before joining the University of Manitoba in 2014, Ms. Porcin was a lecturer at the John Molson School of Business for two years. While her most recent project focuses on privacy, her research interests include intellectual property, fiduciary relationships, governance, and collection management.

A board member for the St. Boniface Museum since June 2015, Ms. Porcin was also a member of its Finance Committee from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, she was appointed to the organization's Collections and Human Resources committees. She also joined the Board of the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers in April 2015.

Additional Involvement
Member, Assessment and Certification Committee (2018)
Member, Governance and Nominations Committee (2018)

Secretary, non-voting

Mr. Pierre Verreault, Executive Director
Mr. Pierre Verreault

Mr. Verreault joined the CCAC as Executive Director in 2017. With a strong background in standards and policy development, he is committed to fulfilling the CCAC's strategic goals and objectives and ensuring the long-term stability and viability of the organization.

He has nearly 20 years of experience in managing national, member-based organizations. Prior to joining the CCAC, Mr. Verreault worked for a non-profit association of food producers, developing policies and strategies to support the industry and its workforce, and spearheading the development of a professional standards and certification system. He was also responsible for reorganizing the national office and developing a new funding strategy. Mr. Verreault also worked as a management consultant for small and medium firms, and has served on the board of directors of multiple national and international organizations.

Mr. Verreault holds a Master in European Affairs, European Commercial Law and Business Administration degree from Lund University, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations degree from the Université Laval, Québec.