Sophie Gaillard joined the AWFC Board in April 2017. She joined the Montreal SPCA in September 2013, after having graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law and articling at the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions’ office in Montreal. In her role as lawyer for the Investigations and Inspections Department, Ms. Gaillard supervises the SPCA’s inspectors and provides them with legal guidance, as well as acting as a liaison with prosecutors and law enforcement. As lawyer for the Animal Advocacy Department, Ms. Gaillard works on initiatives to strengthen animal protection legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She is namely one of the instigators of the Animals are not Things manifesto which led to the adoption of a new disposition in the Civil Code of Quebec recognizing animals as sentient beings. Her two rescue dogs, Milo and Pheobe, accompany her to the office every day.