PIJAC Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Carrière asthe new President and CEO of PIJAC Canada, effective June 29, 2020.

Ms. Carrière comes to PIJAC Canada after spending more than two decades in thefields of public administration, research and crisis communication.

Christine held the multifaceted role as Director of Emergency Management,Environmental Services and Telecommunications for Bruyère Continuing Care. Sheis a seasoned leader, having worked with over 40 teams for one of the largestorganizations of its kind in Canada. There she managed a 7-person leadershipteam and was responsible for 125 union and non-union employees in multipleservices and operations functions. In addition to being a strong, team-focusedleader, Christine has a deep passion for animal rights and will be a strongadvocate for PIJAC Canada. Her combined experience in the non-profit sectorand in community initiatives brings a renewed commitment to strengthen thevibrant and growing pet industry.

“I am thrilled to be joining PIJAC Canada as President & CEO and look forwardto getting to know the PIJAC Canada team, our partners, members, and theprogram participants who are essential for our success,” says Ms. Carrière. “Iam honoured to lead a respected organization that plays a leadership role inproviding critical resources, training and growth opportunities to petbusiness owners across Canada and in turn, positively impact the lives of petsacross the country.” She added.

PIJAC Canada’s search for a successor centered around candidates with a visionfor the future of the rapidly growing association. “Christine is coming onboard as PIJAC Canada embarks on a new strategic plan. She will begincollaboration on a long-term vision for continuing the advancement anddevelopment of our dynamic pet industry and for the well-being of pets andtheir families” added Craig Brummell, Board Chairman and President & CEO ofEssex Topcrop Sales Limited. “There are great challenges and opportunitiesahead and we know the experience and leadership that she brings will helpPIJAC continue to bring teamwork between all stakeholders of the petindustry.”

Ms. Carrière is joining the organization during a time of major global changedue to the COVID-19 health crisis. “We have together faced an unprecedentedglobal public health crisis and as a result, the landscape for Canadian non-profit organizations will change rapidly. PIJAC Canada is ready for this nextphase. The work of the association at home and around the world will continueto focus on promoting the highest level of pet care, something that has neverbeen more relevant and essential.”, says Carrière

Carrière will assume the position in late June 2020, as the previous President& CEO, Stephanie Girard, passes the torch to her successor.

About PIJAC Canada – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canadaprovides leadership and communication between all sectors of the pet industry.Their job is to offer guidance and resources to pet businesses and helpadvance the wellbeing of Canada’s animals. As a not for profit, member-basedorganization they believe working together is the key to positive petexperiences and successful pet businesses. PIJAC Canada represents 1400members from coast-to-coast.

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