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. René St-Arnaud is the Director of Research and Senior Investigator at Shriners Hospital for Children in Montréal, QC. He also holds cross-appointments as a tenured Full Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Human Genetics at McGill University.
Dr. St-Arnaud was awarded the Fuller-Albright Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Outstanding Investigator Award in the Bone Field from the International Bone and Calcium Institute, and the Excellence Award from the Foundation for Research on Children’s Diseases. He has also published over 115 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters and conference proceedings.
Dr. St-Arnaud currently sits on the editorial boards of the journals Gene and Bone. He was Director of the Network for Oral and Bone Health Research (2008-2012), and President of Advances in Mineral Metabolism (2011-2013).
Chair, Governance and Nominations (2013-2015)
Member, Assessment and Certification Committee (2010-2016)
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.
Chair, Governance and Nominations (2015-2017)
Co-Chair, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Chair, Three Rs Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Three Rs Committee (2010-2012)
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 Center (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 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 (currently a director); the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (and serves as its representative on CCAC Council); 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.
Member, Public Affairs and Communications Committee (2013-2016)
Chair, Planning and Finance Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Planning and Finance Committee (2011-2012)
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.
Member, Governance and Nominations (2015-2016)
Member, Assessment and Certification Committee (2010-2016)
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 and obtained a civil law degree from the Université de Montréal in 2010. During his studies in Québec, he worked within the legal department at Axa Insurance. Additionally, he served as treasurer and board member for a student newspaper.
In 2011, he joined the law firm of Lecours, Hébert Lawyers as an articled student and was later admitted to the Québec Bar in 2012 and to the Paris Bar in 2015. He practices in several fields, with a keen emphasis on corporate law, intellectual property, contracts, labour law, as well as commercial and civil litigation.
Member, Governance and Nominations (2015-2016)
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 the 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, to be offered starting in 2016 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.
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.
Dr. Patricia Turner is a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Program Leader of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Guelph, teaching comparative medicine and pathology, toxicologic pathology, and animal welfare to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. She also manages the university laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core and provides consultative laboratory animal medicine and pathology services. Her research interests include impact of environment on affective behavior and disease susceptibility, infectious diseases of laboratory animals, and anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia.
She holds a BSc (McMaster University), an MSc (Dalhousie University), a DVM (Ontario Veterinary College), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences degree in Comparative Pathology (University of Guelph). Following post-doctoral work at McGill University, 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.
She returned to the University of Guelph to develop post-graduate training programs in laboratory animal science and animal welfare and has a keen interest in elearning and simulation training for medical professional and post-graduate education. She 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 (specializing in Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law), and is the 2014 recipient of the CVMA Humane Award for her national and international efforts in improving the health and welfare of laboratory animals.
Chair, Standards Committee (2015-2016)
Member, Standards Committee (2013-2015)
Member, Guidelines Committee (2010-2013)
Ex Officio, Non-voting
Dr. Louise Desjardins is currently the Executive Director for the Canadian Council on Animal Care (in science). Her most significant past contributions were made as the Government of Canada’s team lead for key projects that resulted in the Royal Assent of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act and the creation of the organization, and as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for over five years.
Her other past roles include the inaugural Assistant Scientific Director for CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Manager of Business Development for the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network, Program Manager for the Networks of Centres of Excellence and Research, and Associate at the National Research Council of Canada. She has represented some of these organizations on over 25 national and international policy, planning, and review committees.
Dr. Desjardins obtained her BSc Honours in marine biology from Dalhousie University, MSc in nutritional sciences from the University of Guelph, PhD in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and MBA from the University of Ottawa. She also held a post-doctoral Fellowship for a term at the University of Ottawa.
She is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards including the Deputy Minister of Health Team Award of Excellence, the Medical Research Council President’s Team Award of Excellence, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council President’s Team Award of Excellence.