GUELPH, ON (August 17, 2022) – The Guelph Humane Society’s (GHS) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Lisa Veit as its executive director. Veit has served as acting executive director since Adrienne McBride’s departure in March 2022.

“Lisa brings extensive experience and expertise to this leadership position,” says Meaghan Middleton, GHS board chair. “Her knowledge in animal sheltering and welfare is vital to our growth as we build on our past successes and enter this new era in GHS’s strategic development. The board is thrilled to have her at the helm.”

Veit has dedicated her career to advancing animal care and welfare.


Since joining GHS as associate director in 2015 Veit has championed significant program development, including: strengthening the GHS Cares program to preserve the human-animal bond during challenging times; advancing the organization’s nationally recognized wildlife program, one of the most innovative programs of its kind in Canada; and playing a central role in capacity planning to reimage and relocate GHS to its new location at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd.

Prior to GHS, Veit held leadership roles as a member of the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre’s management team and as Ontario SPCA’s director, animal care and wildlife services. She is a past board member of the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario and served on Humane Canada’s Accreditation/National Standards Advisory Committee.

Lisa and her guinea pig, Daisy

“This is a very exciting time for GHS as we build on our 129-year history of delivering critical services and original programs that meet the needs of the people and animals living in Guelph and Wellington County,” says Veit. “I’m passionate about the essential role animals play in our community and proud of our team’s work to advance animal welfare, promote compassion and enhance the human-animal bond.”

Veit holds a BSc in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph and a MSc in biology from Queen’s University. She lives in Guelph with her family and adopted. pets—two dogs, two cats and a guinea pig.


About the Guelph Humane Society

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more.

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Lisa Veit