Health and Welfare Committee
The health and welfare of horses in Canada is of the highest priority for Equine Canada, its members, the Canadian equine industry and the Canadian equestrian community. The EC Board of Directors mandated the establishment of an Equine Canada Health and Welfare Committee as a committee of the Board to serve as a resource to the EC Board, and to provide expertise, feedback and guidance on the development of policy positions related to issues of equine health and welfare.
It is essential for Equine Canada that the Health and Welfare Committee has a solid structure that will address this core responsibility efficiently, effectively, seamlessly and with longevity. It is the opinion of the Committee members that this can best be achieved if the Health and Welfare Committee works with the EC Board of Directors to identify and eliminate gaps in our information and to improve communications within the organization related to issues of equine health and welfare.
The purpose of the Equine Health and Welfare Committee is to assist Equine Canada in its endeavours to protect the health and welfare of every horse in Canada. Terms of Reference have been established, to define the mandate, composition, terms of service and general responsibilities for Committee members. The Terms of Reference have been adopted and included in the current Governance Policy Manual for Equine Canada.
The mandate and responsibilities for the Equine Canada Health and Welfare Committee include:
The Health and Welfare Committee includes:
In addition to the core committee membership, additional committee members can be added that provide expertise which compliments the committee’s core membership in dealing with current (or impending) problems and issues. The Chair of the Committee is designated through a process identified by the Equine Canada Board of Directors.