Our Mission

Animal Justice is Canada’s only national animal law advocacy organization.

We believe that animals need lawyers, and our legal team works to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world, and our mission is to overhaul the legal system to better reflect our country’s values of compassion and justice for all.

Whether animals are used for food, fashion, experiments, entertainment, or in the pet trade, our lawyers fight for the legal protections that these animals desperately need and deserve.

Positions

Camille Labchuk

Executive Director

Camille is one of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers, and has worked to protect animals for over a decade. As a lawyer, Camille seeks out cases that enhance the legal interests of animals, expose hidden animal suffering, and result in meaningful policy changes. As an advocate, Camille’s work includes documenting the commercial seal kill on Canada’s East Coast, exposing cruelty in farming, protecting the free speech rights of animal advocates, and campaigns against trophy hunting, circuses, zoos, aquariums, shark finning, puppy mills, and more. Camille is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Mount Allison University. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on animal law issues. Camille lives in Toronto with cat, Cecily.

Kaitlyn Mitchell

Staff Lawyer

Kaitlyn has over a decade of experience using the law to protect animals and the environment. She has an extensive history of going to court to fight for environmental justice, as well as working to strengthen Canadian environmental laws, and uses this expertise to enforce and strengthen Canada’s animal laws. She has appeared before
numerous courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kaitlyn graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2007 after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg. She now lives in Winnipeg with her family, including her two children, two cats, and her rescued dog Luka.

Scott Tinney

Staff Lawyer

Scott is a passionate advocate for animal rights and welfare with a variety of legal experience across numerous practice areas. Prior to joining Animal Justice, Scott was an associate at a large national firm in downtown Toronto, where he developed a pragmatic skill-set and honed his abilities as a researcher, writer, and orator. He is eager to apply his expertise to enforce and advance animal protections across Canada. Scott graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2018 after completing his undergraduate degree in Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2015. Scott is affiliated with and supports various animal advocacy initiatives and organizations in Toronto and nationally.

Shannon Riley Nickerson

Communications & Development Manager

Shannon is a long-time animal advocate and content creator for the animals. While completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, Shannon obtained critical communication skills that propelled her on the path to becoming a multifaceted digital storyteller. Shannon lives in Ottawa and is passionate about using her talents to be a voice for animals, and is a fan of plant-based food exploration, simple pleasures, and good design.

Dan Howe

Digital Marketing Manager

Dan is a digital marketing expert who uses his skills to advocate for animal rights. For over a decade he has worked with leading animal protection groups internationally on high-profile campaigns, promoting vegan living and championing meaningful change for animals. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck, University of London. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Kimberly Carroll

Animal Justice Academy Director, Campaigns Strategist & Board of Directors

Kimberly brings her strategic and bridge-building skills as a coach for changemakers and extensive media background from her career as a television host and producer to advocating for animal rights. She co-created the original “Why love one but eat the other?” transit ad campaign in Canada and was one of the founders of Mercy For Animals Canada — helping bring the first undercover farmed animal investigations to Canadian television. She’s also a director for the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. As a coach/teacher, Kimberly has help empower thousands of activists and counselled those in high-stress activist positions like undercover investigators. She’s also passionate about environmental activism, democratic reform, and amplifying the voices of Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities. Kimberly grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and now lives in Toronto.

Angeline Ico

Board of Directors

Angeline Ico is the National Technology Leader at JLL Canada, where she advises clients and prospects on technology solutions that enable strategic growth. Angeline is a bridge builder – connecting people, innovative ideas and bold approaches to help her clients, colleagues and community succeed. She has been working at the intersection of technology, strategy and innovation for over 15 years, with domain expertise that includes strategic planning development and technology-based solution selling, as well as innovation program and product & services management. She lives in Toronto with her partner, young daughter and two rescued dachshunds.

Anthony Johnson

Board of Directors

Anthony Johson has worked in animal welfare and animal rights both as a volunteer and staff for over a decade. He is a passionate fundraiser who believes in connecting donors with the animal cause. He is dedicated to ending speciesism, promoting healthy plant based diets, and building a world with a holistic approach to all speaking and non-speaking animals.

Olena Stevenson

Financial Administrator

Olena graduated from the University of Ottawa with a major in Accounting and earned her professional accounting designation as a Chartered Accountant. She is a passionate advocate for environmental and animal causes and is the founder of Planet Save Foundation. Olena lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Sarah Janson

Events Manager

Sarah is a devoted advocate for animal rights, inspiring individuals and organizations to thrive consciously and compassionately through her business, Little by Little IC. During her career as a senior manager in the private club sector of the hospitality industry, Sarah developed expertise in event planning, sales, leadership, relationship building and working with culinary teams. Now certified in vegan nutrition, Sarah has merged her expertise with her purpose and is a professional ambassador of change, all on behalf of the animals. Sarah lives in Burlington and adores sheep, hiking, and playing with her two dogs.