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Guelph Equine Public Policy Group


The University of Guelph has periodically called together Canada’s horse community to forge a consensus on our shared priorities. The most recent gathering created the Guelph Equine Public Policy Group, to press those priorities forward with Canada’s governments and public institutions.

The Group’s mandate is to develop and champion 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, receives no public funding, and operates independently of the university.



Equine Public Policy Group

Guelph Equine Public Policy Group
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Group Members

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.

Julia Alebrand
» University Guelph, BBRM student

Al de Jong
» Green Party, Former Officer

Cheri DiNovo
» NDP, Former Member of Provincial Parliament

Vel Evans
» Strategic Equine Consulting, Senior Consultant

Sonja Gagnon
» Saddlefit for Life, Global Education Coordinator

Dolly Kruger
» Penticton Indian Band, Free-Roaming Horses Project Co-Coordinator

Akaash Maharaj
» Chair

Kerri McGregor
» Canadian Equestrian Team, Former Team Leader and Chef de Mission

Dennis Mills
» Liberal Party, Former Member of Parliament

Dominic Morrissey
» Conservative Party, Former Candidate

Roly Owers
» World Horse Welfare, CEO

Ian Russell
» Greenhawk Inc, CEO

Beth Underhill
» Canadian Equestrian Team, Jump Athlete



Rex Bellorum

Rex Bellorum
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Background Documents

The Group was created by the University of Guelph Equine Industry Symposia. The documents below describe the Group’s genesis, objectives, and means of public accountability.

» Official Announcement
15 March 2019
Public launch of the Group

» Consolidated Terms of Reference
06 March 2019
The Group’s mandate and accountability mechanisms

» Equine Industry Symposium Presentations
27 October 2018
Presentations leading to the Group’s creation

» Horse Sport Magazine Article
01 May 2018
Overview of the equine sector’s key economic and demographic pubic policy dimensions



FEI Vaulting

Equestrian Vaulting
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Decisions and Findings

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
March 2019
We will review the outcomes of the Equine Industry Symposia and public contributions, to identify priority issues.

» Public Consultations
Beginning February 2019
We will consult with the equestrian community and subject matter experts, to develop public policy proposals to advance each priority.

» Policy Positions
Beginning September 2019
We will meet with governments and public services, to press forward our public policy proposals.

» Assessment and Reporting
Beginning October 2019
We will report to the Canadian equestrian community on the measurable progress of our public policy proposals.



Governor General's Horse Guards

Governor General’s Horse Guards
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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



Horses at the plough

Working Farm Horses
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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

Horse Sport Magazine
» Magazine: Growing Together or Diminishing Apart
My comment article, about the equine sector’s contribution to Canadian employment and GDP, and the demographic crisis that looms over it

The Wellington Advertiser
» Newspaper: Equine industry youth engagement
A news article, reporting on the winter 2018 Equine Industry Symposium, which led to the creation of the Equine Public Policy Group



Combined Driving

Combined Driving
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We encourage everyone who would like to participate in our work through social media to use and follow our (admittedly, somewhat unwieldy) hashtag #EquinePublicPolicy.

» YouTube
» Periscope

» Facebook
» Instagram
» Twitter

» LinkedIn
» Tumblr


Privacy Policy

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Remembering Desmond Tutu


My article in the Globe and Mail

Television appearances

TVOntario’s The Agenda

Reflecting on the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Radio interviews

United Nations

My address in the UN General Assembly Chamber

Published articles

Testifying at Parliament

My testimony on regulation of social media.

iTunes Podcast
My YouTube Channel
My Twitter Tweets
My Facebook Profile
My Instagram Gallery
My Clubhouse Profile
My Flickr Photo Album
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