OTTAWA : November 27, 2017 – Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) today announced the appointment of current Calgary Zoo Senior Director Lindsey Galloway as the next President of its 31 member organization. Effective immediately, Galloway will succeed Clint Wright who served as CAZA President since 2015.
“At a time when this planet is losing three species a day, there has never been a more important time for accredited zoos and aquariums,” said Galloway. “With about 12 million annual visitors, CAZA institutions are uniquely positioned to make a difference in protecting and saving endangered wildlife. We have the infrastructure and expertise to play a leading role in species conservation, medical and scientific research, rescue and rehabilitation and learning, and to facilitate the transformative power of connecting millions of people to nature.”
In his 30 year career, Galloway has worked with some of Canada’s most iconic brands, including the Calgary Stampede, RBC Financial Group, and Canadian Airlines. Joining the Zoo’s senior leadership team in 2012, he is responsible for responsible for marketing, communications, event sales, education and customer experience at the Calgary Zoo. Galloway has sat on CAZA’s Board of Directors since 2015, including serving as Chair of the Ethics and Compliance Committee.
In recent years, CAZA has renewed and modernized its commitment to animal welfare through the continuous development of its standards, accreditation program, and commitment to bridging the scientific and ethical demands of keeping animal in captivity for the purpose of species conservation and education.
“Lindsey’s contributions have been invaluable ensuring the credibility of CAZA’s accreditation program is protected through the application of the standards when faced with ethical matters,” said CAZA’s Executive Director, Dr. Susan Shafer. “On behalf of our organization I would like to thank outgoing President, Clint Wright for his service, look forward to CAZA’s future under Lindsey’s leadership.”
As CAZA’s President, Galloway will lead the Board in setting CAZA’s strategic direction and guiding the management team in conducting the organization’s operations and programs. CAZA and its 31 members strive to be recognized as Canada’s leaders in animal welfare, species conservation, and educating Canadians about action that can protect and save wildlife.
CAZA’s Board of Directors is also pleased to announce the following appointments to CAZA’s Executive Committee and Ethics and Compliance Committee:
Vice President: Paul Gosselin, Executive Director, Zoo de Granby
Secretary Treasurer: Bernard Gallant, Animal Care Service Foreman, Magnetic Hill Zoo
Chair, Ethics and Compliance Committee: Andrew Lentini, Curator of Amphibians & Reptiles, Toronto Zoo
Founded in 1975, CAZA is the leading animal welfare standards development organization in Canada. Its standards development process includes expert opinion from researchers, biologists, and academia to ensure that our standards reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s standards bridge the ethical concerns regarding zoos and aquariums, and are currently the only pan-Canada set of standards mandating zoological facilities in the country. Out of hundreds of zoos in Canada, only 31 have received CAZA accreditation through independent inspection.
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