As one of the world’s foremost centres for equine research and study, the University of Guelph is the one institution that has had the standing necessary to periodically call together Canada’s often-fractious horse community, to forge a consensus on our shared priorities, and to help us achieve together the higher objectives that none of us can achieve apart.
Guelph created the Equine Public Policy Group to press those priorities forward with Canada’s governments and public institutions. The Group’s mandate is to develop and make the case for public policies that will enable the Canadian horse sector to be: humane, accessible, and professional; economically, environmentally, and inter-generationally sustainable; and integrated into coherent policy frameworks for education, employment, and culture.
The Group is composed entirely of volunteers, and receives no public funding and no budget from the university. This is my personal page about my involvement in the Group; the official page is at the Guelph Horse Portal.
Equine Public Policy Group Click emblem for member biographies
Each member was selected for personal experience and expertise, and is part of the Group as an individual, not as a representative of an organisation or constituency. I am immensely grateful to my colleagues for donating their talents, time, and service to our work.
We will conduct most of our deliberations virtually, rather than through physical meetings. To maintain transparency and accountability, we will post timely reports on our activities, decisions, and findings.
» Key Priorities
We will review the outcomes of the Equine Industry Symposia and the public contributions at our online discussion forum, to identify priority issues.
» Public Consultations
Beginning April 2019
We will consult with the equestrian community and subject matter experts, to develop public policy proposals to advance each priority.
» Policy Positions
Beginning May 2019
We will meet with governments and public services, to press forward our public policy proposals.
» Assessment and Reporting
Beginning June 2019
We will report to the Canadian equestrian community on the measurable progress of our public policy proposals.
Governor General’s Horse Guards Click image for past symposia
Meetings with Policy Makers
Our meetings with elected representatives and members of the public service will be matters of public record. We will publish a calendar of upcoming meetings, and a record of the proceedings of completed meetings, using the standard format below.
Name and Role of Official
» Link to pro-memoria or aide-mémoire
» Link to video, audio, or photographs, if applicable
» Summary of next steps
Working Farm Horses Click image for webcasts
Broadcasts and Articles
We will post webcasts, podcasts, and articles, to keep the Canadian equestrian community involved in our work and to inform Canadians at large about the community’s contributions to the public good.
TV Ontario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin » TV: Ontario SPCA at a Crossroads
A panel discussion on animal welfare policy, in light of a recent court ruling that the powers of the Ontario SPCA are unconstitutional