Me Sophie Gaillard joined the AWFC Board in April 2017. Me Gaillard joined the Montreal SPCA in 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 director of animal advocacy, she supervises the SPCA’s inspectors, as well as acting as a liaison with prosecutors and other law enforcement. Me Gaillard also 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.