1. How does an online conference work?

We offer the conference through PheedLoop, an online platform that provides a high quality experience for speakers and attendees, with multiple opportunities for learning and engagement. Conference presentations will be available live to registrants, and available afterward for those who wish to watch later or cannot join live because of time zone challenges. Our 2020 online conference got high marks for ease-of-use and interactivity.

2. Will the conference shift to an in-person event if the pandemic subsides?

Not this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in border closures, restrictions on travel, and a ban on large gatherings—making in-person events impossible. Canadian authorities are projecting that everyone who wants a vaccine will get one by September, 2021, but there is too much uncertainty regarding what restrictions will be in place by the time the conference is set to be held. It is also unclear whether the Canadian border will be open to travellers, and under what conditions.

There is too much uncertainty to attempt to hold an in-person conference in 2021, but we sincerely hope to be together again in 2022! In the meantime, we are excited about the benefits of an online program, like increased international content and participation now that participants are freed from the constraints imposed by physical travel.

3. When does the conference take place?

The Canadian Animal Law Conference will take place online, October 1-3, 2021. Friday, October 1 is devoted to the Student Animal Law Conference, and the North American Animal Law and Policy Scholars Track.


During the live conference, you’ll be able to interact with speakers & attendees. The sessions will also be recorded and available online for registrants for 60 days after the event. You’ll be able to watch any sessions that you missed during the live program!

4. I'm a speaker. Do I still have to register?

Yes. All attendees must register at their own expense, including speakers and moderators. Registration will open in May 2021. To stay up-to-date on conference registration, please join the Animal Justice mailing list.

5. Do I need a Zoom account to participate in the conference?

No, all conference sessions will take place within our virtual conference platform, PheedLoop. All you'll need is a stable Internet connection, and access to a desktop computer or a laptop.

6. Can I view the conference from my phone, tablet, or other device?

This is not recommended, and 2020 conference attendees have experienced trouble using phones and tablets. For an optimal viewing experience, we recommend participating in the conference with a desktop computer or a laptop.

7. Can I bring my dog to the conference?

Sure! One of the benefits of an online conference is that dogs, cats, and other companion animals are welcome to join you. Bonus points if they make an appearance on-screen!

8. Can I sponsor the conference?

Yes! For information about sponsorship opportunities, please email conference@animaljustice.ca.