Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marina von Keyserlingk
Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk is a Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia. Much of her research focuses on improving the lives of animals using behaviour to make inferences about the quality of life that they experience.
Nina's work is also among the first in the field of animal welfare to combine experimental, quantitative work and qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups and online town halls meetings to understanding perspectives of farm animal caregivers and the public with regards to farm animal care. Because of this work as a scientist and as an educator on farm animal care, the impact of her work can now be seen on farms around the world.
our entertainment this year...
John Beuhler won the Just for Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition, finished in the finals of the Seattle International Comedy Competition. John then went on to win the Corner Gas Comedy contest and has opened for the likes of Dennis Miller, Brent Butt, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, and Craig Ferguson to name a few. John's style has been described as, wickedly funny, fearless and poignant.
"If the TV and movie executives who audit Beuhler don't make him a star, the world will have a lot less laughter in it."
Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
"When it seemed that nothing could go right (at the Just For Laughs Gala) John Beuhler, a young, unheralded, Canuck comic took the stage. He slayed, and save the night."
Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
"I don't see why he doesn't go to school and become a doctor. He would still be funny, but this way he would also have a reliable income. Nothing says you can't be a doctor or lawyer and still do stand-up."
Gayle Beuhler - Mom
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