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Toronto Humane Society

Dr. Jacques Messier

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jacques Messier is the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Humane Society.  Before he arrived at the Toronto Humane Society he was the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Saskatchewan and before that the CEO at The Semex Alliance, a partnership specializing in the development and marketing of high quality genetic technologies, products and services to benefit livestock producers around the world.  He is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Animal Health Institute’s (CAHI) Industry Leadership Award.

Jacques has expertise in a number of areas and has left a beneficial mark in all the positions he engaged in.  When one looks at the scope of contributions that veterinarians make to animal and human health, his is a reflection of one who has done it all.  He got his feet wet in mixed animal practice, he influenced animal health policy within Health Canada, and he helped expand markets of Canadian livestock genetics, leading to improved animal production around the world.  His current role as CEO of the Toronto Humane Society brings this vet’s career full circle, by promoting humane care and protection and prevention of cruelty and suffering of animals.

Dr. Messier holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.




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