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

Mr. Robert Madziak, Vice-Chair
Mister Robert Madziak

Mr. Robert Madziak has been involved in the care and use of animals in research for over 40 years. He has been a member of CALAS since 1981, was certified as a registered master laboratory animal technician in 1987, and has since served as both president and executive secretary treasurer of the organization. He is currently the director of Central Animal Care Services (CACS) at the University of Manitoba, which also manages two core resource platforms, the Genetic Services Core Facility and the Small Animals and Materials Imaging Core Facility. He has been involved in their animal care and use training programs since its annual course was established in 1990, currently chairs the university's Education Sub-Committee of the Committee on Animal Care, and has participated on facility planning and design teams for four new animal facilities and numerous facility renovations and upgrades.

His previous involvement with the CCAC includes serving as the CALAS member representative on the CCAC Council, and working on the committee that established the CCAC guidelines on: Institutional Animal User Training, and the CCAC Tissue Sharing Working Group that developed the Best Practice Recommendations: Facilitating Sharing of Animals and Animal Tissues.

Additional Involvement
Member, Governance and Nominations Committee (2016-2017)

Dr. Mejid Ayroud
Doctor Mejid Ayroud

Dr. Mejid Ayroud has a BSc (Agr.) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph as well as a MVSc in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Ayroud is currently director of the Health Sciences Animal Resource Centre (HSARC) for the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. As director of the HSARC, Dr. Ayroud provides leadership to the Faculty's Vivarium and facilitates animal-based research, while maintaining high standards set by regulatory agencies. He also provides veterinary clinical leadership through diagnostic and effective treatment of all research animals, assuring the welfare and care of animals in the HSARC and university at large.

Dr. Ayroud was also involved in the design, construction, and operation of Clara Christie Centre for Mouse Genomics, a state-of-the-art transgenic mouse facility.

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 (2013-2017)
Chair, Planning and Finance Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Planning and Finance Committee (2011-2012)

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 (2015-2017)
Member, Assessment and Certification Committee (2010-2016)

Dr. Christopher R.J. Kennedy
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 served as chair and scientific officer of the CIHR Hematology Digestive Diseases and Kidney open operating grant peer review committee and was an advisory 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
Member, Standards Committee (2016-2017)

Mtre Quentin Leclercq
Maître Quentin Leclercq

Mtre Quentin Leclercq completed his Master's in Business Law at the Université du Droit et de la Santé de Lille II in France in 2005, and went on to work as in-house legal counsel within the fashion industry from 2005 to 2008. He used his work experience to detail the workings of the fashion industry in his book entitled Le secteur de la mode : l'envers du décor (The Fashion Industry: Behind the scenes).

He moved to Canada in 2008 and obtained a civil law degree from the Université de Montréal in 2010. He joined the law firm of Lecours, Hébert Lawyers in 2011, and became a partner in January 2017.

Mtre Leclercq practices in several fields, with a keen emphasis on corporate law, intellectual property, contracts, labour law, as well as commercial and civil litigation.

Additional Involvement
Member, Governance and Nominations Committee (2015-2017)

Dr. Lyne Létourneau
Doctor Lyne Létourneau

Dr. Lyne Létourneau is currently a full professor for the Department of Animal Science at the Université Laval. She has a Doctorate in Law from the University of Aberdeen, as well as Master's in Law and a Bachelor in Law from the Université de Montréal.

At Université Laval, Dr. Létourneau served on the executive committee of the Institut d'éthique appliquée (IDEA) from 2004 to 2012 and has been a member of the Comité consultatif sur les conflits d'intérêts from 2009 to 2013. She was a member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee (CBAC) from 2002 to 2007 and was also a member of the working committee on nanotechnologies in food of the Commission of Ethics of Science and Technology (CEST) from 2009 to 2011. She now serves on the Ethics and Scientific Integrity Committee of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and the panel on responsible conduct of research of the Tri-Councils. In 2014, she chaired an interdisciplinary committee to develop a new graduate interdisciplinary program on agriculture, food and society, now offered at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food of the Université Laval.

Combining her legal background with an expertise in applied ethics, Dr. Létourneau's research focuses on the interface between regulation and ethics in agricultural biotechnology and animal protection. She is the author of L'expérimentation animale: l'homme, l'éthique et la loi (1994), and editor of Bio-ingénierie et responsabilité sociale (2006), as well as several peer-reviewed papers.

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.

Dr. Patricia V. Turner
Doctor Patricia V. Turner

Dr. Patricia Turner is a laboratory animal veterinarian and pathologist, and Corporate Vice-President, Global Animal Welfare, for Charles River Laboratories. In this role, she is responsible for developing animal welfare policy and related training for the company's sites around the world. Previously, she worked as a full professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, where she was also program leader for laboratory animal science and managed the university's laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core. She conducted research in areas of both infectious disease and applied animal welfare, and she taught comparative medicine and pathology, toxicology, and animal welfare undergraduate and graduate programs.

She completed a BSc in Biochemistry (McMaster University) and an MSc in Pharmacology (Dalhousie University), prior to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After two years of mixed practice, she returned to the University of Guelph for a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences in Comparative Pathology. She worked as director of Animal Care Services and assistant professor of Pathology at Queen's University and later worked for Warner-Lambert and Pfizer as a toxicology team representative in preclinical safety testing.

Dr. Turner is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the American Board of Toxicology, and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (specialising in welfare science, ethics, and law). She is current president-elect of the World Veterinary Association, an author and co-editor of a number of chapters and books on animal welfare, laboratory animal medicine, and small mammal pathology, and the 2016 recipient of the AALAS Griffin Award.

Additional Involvement
Chair, Standards Committee (2015-2016)
Member, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Member, Guidelines Committee (2010-2013)

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.