About Us

Our Board Members

Dr. Duane Landals - President

Dr. Landals and Duke

A fourth generation Albertan with deep roots in the province’s pioneer history, Dr. Duane Landals graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in animal and soil science, in 1971.  In 1975, he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Dr. Landals spent 25 years working in a rural mixed veterinary practice. After leaving private veterinary practice, he served 13 years as Registrar and Secretary-Treasurer of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. He is Past-President of both the Alberta and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations and served as Vice-President of the World Veterinary Association as well as chair for the 29th World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver.

Aside from a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Landals’ commitment to improving the care and welfare of animals extends to several appointments, including Director and Vice Chair for Alberta Farm Animal Care, and Director for Veterinarians Without Borders, Canada. 

Dr. Landals lives on a small farm near Onoway with his wife Lucille. They share their life with 19 head of riding and driving horses and a joyful golden retriever. Their farm is conveniently located close to the families of their three daughters and six grandchildren.

Dr. Landals joined the Alberta SPCA Board in 2016 and was elected President in 2018.

Doug Sawyer - Vice President

Doug and his wife Carole have a beef operation near Pine Lake. Doug has over 20 years experience working within the livestock industry, as well as serving in various capacities on numerous industry-specific boards and committees, and uses a combination of skills and abilities within the boards he serves on. Doug is a producer who stays up-to-date with current industry trends and impacts. He has a strong history of identifying and implementing advanced strategic practices and policies, and has an extensive history of engaging and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders. He has proven experience within many facets of the beef production sector, including both cow/calf and small scale feedlot operations.

Doug joined the Alberta SPCA Board of Directors in 2014.

Dr. Marion Anderson - Past President

Dr. Marion Anderson is a veterinarian from the Innisfail area. She completed her veterinary training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and spent three years at Iowa State University completing an internship and residency and earning her Masters of Science in animal reproduction. After returning to Canada, Dr. Anderson worked in a large animal practice with a focus on horses, especially equine reproduction.

After nearly two decades of private practice, Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at Olds College as coordinator and instructor of the Equine Science program, and manager of the Equine Reproduction Centre, a position she still holds.

Dr. Anderson has a strong affinity for animals and takes their care and well-being very seriously. She joined the Board of Directors of the Alberta SPCA in 2011 and served as president from 2012 until 2018. She believes strongly in the mission and vision of the Alberta SPCA and in the great work our organization does. She feels it is a privilege to be able to contribute in a small way in supporting our operations.

Judy Clarke - Treasurer

Judy and Jesse

Judy Clarke is currently in her second tour of duty with the Alberta SPCA Board of Directors.  Her first tenure with the Board was from 2003 to 2013, including a term as President from 2009 to 2012.  Following a short hiatus, Judy was re-elected to the Board in spring of 2017, and was then appointed Treasurer. Outside of volunteering for the Alberta SPCA, Judy is a registered dental hygienist. Judy shares her home with one dog, Jesse, and three cats. 

Bonnie Weiss - Secretary

Bonnie Weiss was elected to the Alberta SPCA board in 2015 and appointed as Secretary, a position she currently holds. Prior to becoming involved with our society, Bonnie was a teacher and served over 35 years in that capacity. Presently, Bonnie has no pets of her own but is kept very busy with four grandchildren, three ‘grandpups’ and volunteering.

Lori Trudgeon

Lori Trudgeon has been on the Board of Directors of the Alberta SPCA since 2011. She works as a stakeholder engagement manager with the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. Lori is passionate about animal welfare and board governance. In addition to serving on the Alberta SPCA Board, she is the chapter administrator for the Edmonton Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She also volunteers with the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

Floyd Mullaney

Floyd Mullaney brings an extensive background in law enforcement and animal care to the Alberta SPCA Board. He grew up on a mixed farm in Manitoba where horses were always present. As an adult, Floyd has shown horses professionally on the Class A circuit for over 30 years, winning numerous championships along the way. His disciplines include halter, western pleasure, ranch horse and chore team competitions.

Floyd spent 23 years working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including 16 years in Major Crimes investigations. After retiring from the Mounties, Floyd spent 13 years as a senior manager in Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Floyd joined the Alberta SPCA Board of Directors in 2017.

Dr. Connie Varnhagen

Dr. Varnhagan is a professor of Psychology in the Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Alberta. As part of her work, Dr. Varnhagan studies, teaches and writes about the human-animal bond. Her educational achievements include a Masters of Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and a PhD in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1985. Dr. Varnhagan is affiliated with the Centre for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine where she began working with the organization to help low income people keep their pets.

Dr. Varnhagan joined the Alberta SPCA Board in 2017.  

Alberta SPCA News

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