Board of Directors

Jennifer Ogeer, DVM, MSC. MBA -- Chair

Jennifer has been a veterinarian for 21 years and has spent several years in academic teaching, research, clinical practice and administration as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

Most recently she has worked as a consultant for Novartis Animal Health Inc. and has consulted with various veterinary and non-veterinary corporations through her company, Veterinary Medical Solutions. Jennifer is currently the Medical Affairs/Professional Services Veterinary Manager for IDEXX Laboratories Canada Inc. Jennifer has collaborated with many not-for-profit organizations like the Saskatoon Humane Society, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She is an advocate of animal welfare and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Oakville-Milton Humane Society. She is also serving as the Chair of the Finance Committee on the Executive Board of Directors of the OVC Pet Trust. Jennifer is a strong advocate of leadership for sustainability, global networking and generating environmental awareness through science, engagement, corporate social responsibility and collaboration.

Pete Mosney, Vice-Chair

Pete has been a business leader for the last 20+ years and has broad-based operations and general management experience, six years military (Navy) experience traveling in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, US, Canada. He also has 16 years experience in Healthcare Medical Imaging service and management as well as Industrial Service across Canada, 11 years management experience in the Veterinary market at IDEXX as General Manager for Canadian businesses.

Brendan Delehanty, LL.B., PHD -- Treasurer

Brendan Delehanty joined the board in 2019. He has a Masters degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Toronto. Brendan has worked as a wildlife biologist in Yukon, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, and done field work in Alberta and Manitoba, as well. He also earned a law degree and practised as a lawyer in Saskatchewan for 7 years before moving to Guelph, Ontario where he is a stay-at-home parent who still occasionally dabbles in ecological contract work. Brendan is enthusiastic about his role in VWB/VSF, and considers his interests in indigenous/northern communities and international work to be a good fit with the organization.

Claire Card, DVM, PHD

Claire has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian in research, teaching and clinical service in animal reproduction (theriogenology). She is the past president of the American College of Theriogenologists, the veterinary specialists in reproductive medicine, and past board member of the Society for Theriogenology and the Theriogenology Foundation.

Claire is known for her advocacy and was the first woman to chair the University Council, the academic governing body at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been active in advancing One Health through international interdisciplinary programs, work in Northern Saskatchewan and through Vets without Borders. She has directed a VWB project in rural Uganda since 2007 helping HIV-AIDS affected families improve their livlihoods. She is a past VWB Volunteer of the Year.

Dominique Charron, DVM, PH.D

Dominique Charron has been an active supporter of VWB/VSF since its formation. She joined the board in September, 2018.  Dominique is Vice President, Programs and Partnerships at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa.  Prior to her role as vice-president, Dominique was the director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program. She supervised research focused on increasing agricultural productivity and food security, reducing vulnerability to climate change, and protecting the public against infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases. Dominique joined the Centre in 2006 as head of the Ecosystems and Human Health program. Previously, she managed research programs at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dominique holds a PhD in epidemiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.

Emily J. Denstedt, DVM, MPH

Emily is a Veterinarian (OVC 2014) and Public Health Specialist with a well-rounded background in companion animal medicine, aquatic and wildlife medicine, public health, and One Health initiatives. Emily’s passion resides in applying One Health solutions at the human-domestic animal-wildlife interface. While she was completing a Master of Public Health degree (University of Guelph 2018), she began her work with Docs4GreatApes and Gorilla Doctors in Rwanda. She headed a One Health initiative to improve the health of the community surrounding the national park by building capacity in frontline healthcare workers. Emily was recognized in 2017 by the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health with the Ron de Burger Award for quality work in analyzing an emerging public health issue.

Mouhamadou K. Diaw, DVM

Mouhamadou became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Dakar School of Veterinary Medicine, Dakar, Senegal and has been certified in Europe, the US and Canada. Now based in Montreal, he is an Associate professor in Theriogenology at the University of Montreal – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Mouhamadou has a keen interest in international cooperation and collaboration. He is involved in a project to increase veterinary expertise in French-speaking countries in Africa.

Sonia Fèvre, MSC

Sonia Fèvre is a Franco-British international development and campaigns specialist who has worked for international NGOs in the field of community health and development, volunteer mobilisation and environmental campaigning. She led Vets without Borders-Canada’s work in Southeast Asia as Regional Director from 2009-15, establishing sustainable community farming and animal health worker programmes in Laos and Cambodia, as well as developing regional capacity building in Ecohealth practice and research.

Jolene Giacinti, DVM

Jolene is a veterinarian (OVC 2016) and researcher working at the intersection of animal, human and environmental interaction. She has volunteered as a vet with local and international organizations that provide veterinary services for the pets of homeless, marginally housed and underserved populations. Jolene was a member of the planning committee for the 2012-2014 Animal Welfare Forums and the 2014 Global Development Symposium. She is a veterinary consultant for a research project led by Canadian Wildlife Services, accountable for training field biologists on venipuncture technique and overseeing successful field work in Northern Quebec and Ontario. She coordinated experiential education opportunities for university students first in Bolivia to live with the Dow indigenous community in São Gabriel da Cachoeira and then with the Tacana Indigenous community in San Miguel de Bala.

Anna MacKay, DMV, M.SC.

Dr Anna MacKay is a 1985 graduate of the University of Montreal (DVM) in veterinary medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology and Pathology (M.Sc.) from the University of Montreal (1995). She worked as a private practitioner with small animals at the beginning of her career and then joined the federal government in 1992 as a meat hygienist for the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

Dale Smith, DVM, DVSC

Dr. Dale Smith is a veterinarian and a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph which is located in Guelph, Ontario. After completing her veterinary degree she spent three years in a combined clinical medicine and pathology program shared between the Toronto Zoo and the University of Guelph.

Thea Sommerdyk, BSc

Having a BSc in biology, Thea started her career working in the Ontario government, protecting areas of scientific interest. Since 1996 Thea has worked for Ericsson Canada fulfilling a variety of roles but is now Site Operations Manager where she leads, guides and develops local teams responsible for innovation, talent development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, local advisory board, and customer engagement. Thea has always maintained a passion for animal health and welfare and has been following VWB since she became aware of it when she moved to Ottawa about four years ago.

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