Certification and Advisory Board



The Pets Can Stay Advisory Board is composed of senior representatives within the hospitality, travel, pet, veterinary and equine fields. Advisory Board members are recruited based on their shared desire to support travelling with pets across North America, and their ability to utilize their industry expertise and experience to assist in the growth of the Pets Can Stay program. The purpose of the Pets Can Stay advisory board as a whole, is to draw from the considerable knowledge base of its members and use their feedback to address strategic and operational issues for Pets Can Stay, and establish direction for the program's future development.

Patricia Harrington, President
Canadian International Relocation Network

Patricia Harrington, President Canadian International Relocation NetworkAbout Ms. Harrington: As President of Orbis International Inc. Patricia’s 20 year background as an entrepreneur spans both the travel industry and relocation. She specialized in Incentive Travel and developed Special Interest Tours for a large travel agency in Toronto as well as created a… Read more >



Shelagh MacDonald , Program Director
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Shelagh MacDonald , Program Director Canadian Federation of Humane SocietiesAbout Ms. MacDonald: Shelagh has worked as Program Director for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) since 1992. She thoroughly enjoys the everyday challenges and rewards of her job, which involves communications, program management, government relations and… Read more >



Louis McCann, Executive Director
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of Canada

Louis McCann, Executive Director Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of CanadaAbout Mr. McCann: As PIJAC's Executive Director, Mr. McCann represents all facets of the Canadian pet industry to the various levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal), in the capacity of spokesperson and negotiator… Read more >



Joss Penny, Special Projects Manager
BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association

About Mr. Penny: Joss currently manages the day-to-day operations of several key contracts and is involved in developing revenue diversification for the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association. Projects include the Canada Select Accommodation Rating Program… Read more >



Anthony P. Pollard, President
Hotel Association of Canada

Anthony P. Pollard, President Hotel Association of CanadaAbout Mr. Pollard: Since assuming his present responsibility, the Hotel Association of Canada has undergone major expansion. Mr. Pollard has overseen initiatives advancing the hotel industry which include the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, Access Canada, and various industry publications… Read more >



Ronald van der Weegen, Managing Director
Canada Select Nova Scotia

Ronald van der Weegen, Managing Director Canada Select Nova ScotiaAbout Mr. van der Weegen: Originally from Halsteren, The Netherlands, Ronald graduated from the Universite d'Interpretes in Mons, Belgium, and has been the Managing Director for Canada Select Nova Scotia, a national accommodation rating program, since 1998… Read more >