Our team has years of animal advocacy, activist, and political experience. Learn more about who we are.

Our Team

Party Leader – Liz White

Liz White is a long time resident of Toronto, Ontario.  Liz began her career as a registered nurse and has spent all her working life advocating for a fair and just world. She has spent over 30 years as a community activist, and has worked on issues including advocating for the disadvantaged, animal protection and aboriginal land settlements.

In 1987, Liz began working with the Toronto Humane Society, an experience that redefined her activism.  She is a founding member of Animal Alliance of Canada and has remained with the organization for over 25 years.

In 2005, Liz became the leader of the Animal Protection Party of Canada (formerly the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada).

Liz has devoted herself to practical measures that result in substantive improvements for animals and the environment.

Liz can be reached at 416-462-9541 ext: 23 or liz@animalprotectionparty.ca.

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Chief Agent – Stephen Best

Stephen Best’s involvement in the environmental and animal protection movement began in the early 1970s after the making of Seal Song, a documentary about the Canadian seal hunt he produced for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Stephen served various organizations since then including the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the International Wildlife Coalition, Care for the Wild (UK), and the Toronto Humane Society as an executive and/or director.  He has represented these organizations in various international diplomatic and academic forays.  He co-founded the International Wildlife Coalition (US), Environment Voters ( Canada), and the Animal Protection Party of Canada (Formerly AAEV).

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General Manager – Barry MacKay

Barry MacKay has devoted his life and career to the study of natural history and the protection of birds and other wildlife.  He has maintained a thirty-year relationship with the Born Free USA United with The Animal Protection Institute, based in Sacramento, California, doing animal protection work, and is currently the organization’s Canadian representative.  He is also a founding director of Animal Alliance of Canada and a director of Zoocheck Canada; a life member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and an honorary life member of the Second Marsh Defense Association, a member of the Toronto Ornithological Club and a member of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

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Officer – Dr. Olivier Berreville

Dr. Olivier Berreville holds a PhD in Biology from Dalhousie University, and has been involved with various non-profit animal protection organizations for more than 15 years.  He is the Scientific Advisor for Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals and has been the Canadian National Contact for the International Network for Humane Education since 2003, assisting life science students learn in their chosen field without harming animals.  Originally from France, Olivier spent much of his childhood around farm animals, witnessing not only the complexity of the animals’ lives but also the reality of their exploitation at the hands of humans.  Olivier has since conducted dozens of investigations across Canada with a focus on on-farm conditions.  His field experience, together with his scientific background, allow him to advocate for animals from a unique perspective.

Dr. Berreville does not work out of our main office but can be reached through his e-mail: olivier@animalprotectionparty.ca.

 

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Treasurer – Lia Laskaris

Lia Laskaris is a long time resident of Toronto, Ontario and has spent the majority of her working life with Animal Alliance of Canada and the Animal Protection Party of Canada.  She is responsible for the daily administrative duties and general office management of both.

Lia graduated with an Honours degree in English and Philosophy, applying both to her work in the animal protection and environmental movement.

Lia assists on campaigns as required, including canvassing during elections and sharing her home with foster animals.

For donation and receipt-related inquiries, Lia can be reached at 416-462-9541 ext: 24 or lia@animalprotectionparty.ca.

Membership Officer

Harvey Rotenberg

Harvey Rotenberg was born and educated in Toronto where his undergraduate studies were in Mathematics, Social Sciences and Philosophy.  He worked as an actuarial student and then attended the College of Education where his program also included Art Education.  He pursued the latter with studies in England and on returning completed a Master’s degree at Harvard in this field.  As well as some teaching and business experience, he has done much volunteering.

A vegetarian from 1973 and vegan from 1985, he worked on vegan outreach and became progressively more involved with animal rights activities.  Latterly he has assisted and supported Animal Alliance and the Animal Protection Party of Canada.

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West Coast Campaign Officer – Jordan Reichert

Born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Jordan is an animal advocate, activist, and vegan community organizer in his home town.  In the fall of 2015, he ran in the federal election in Victoria for Animal Alliance Environment Voters (now the Animal Protection Party of Canada).  He is the founder of the Victoria Horse Alliance and runs a number of organizations including the Vancouver Island Vegan Association, Island Animal Liberation, and Victoria Animal News.  He has been employed at Victoria Island Health Authority for the past 7 years helping people experiencing mental health and addiction issues through their recovery.

In 2014, Jordan graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a double major in Sociology and Philosophy.  He has written numerous papers, blogs, and given public presentations on the integration and struggles between animals and society.  As well, he regularly volunteers his videography, photography, graphic design, and editing skills to local environmental, social justice, and animal advocacy organizations in need of pro-bono support.

Jordan can be reached at his Victoria office at jordan@animalprotectionparty.ca.