OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of Canada has selected Christine Carrière as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 29. Carrière brings more than 20 years of public administration, research and crisis communication experience to her new role.

Carrière will succeed Stéphanie Girard, PIJAC Canada’s previous president and chief executive officer.

“Christine is coming on board as PIJAC Canada embarks on a new strategic plan,” said Craig Brummell, board chairman for PIJAC Canada and president and chief executive officer of Essex Topcrop Sales Limited. “She will begin collaboration on a long-term vision for continuing the advancement and development of our dynamic pet industry and for the well-being of pets and their families. There are great challenges and opportunities ahead and we know the experience and leadership that she brings will help PIJAC continue to bring teamwork between all stakeholders of the pet industry.”

Throughout her career, Carrière has served as director of emergency management, environmental services and telecommunications for Bruyère Continuing Care. She managed a seven-person leadership team and 125 union and non-union employees in various services during her tenure with Bruyère Continuing Care.

“I am thrilled to be joining PIJAC Canada as president and CEO and look forward to getting to know the PIJAC Canada team, our partners, members, and the program participants who are essential for our success,” Carrière said. “I am honored to lead a respected organization that plays a leadership role in providing critical resources, training and growth opportunities to pet business owners across Canada and in turn, positively impact the lives of pets across the country.”

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