We’re thrilled to announce that the recent Pets Canada Industry Show in Vancouver shattered attendance records, drawing a crowd from across Western Canada and even Ontario! Exhibitors filled every inch of the floor which included a new theatre, candy bar and lounge.  The introduction of our new Visitor Zone tech had attendees buzzing with excitement as they engaged in friendly competition, scanning waypoints and vying for top spots on the leaderboard.

Adding to the excitement, politicians from provincial and federal ridings attended the show to discuss business challenges and gain insight into the innovative and ethical practices within the pet sector.

We were honored to welcome Jennifer Whiteside – Minister of Mental Health and Addictions of British Columbia, Henry Yao – Member of the Legislative Assembly for Richmond South Centre, Wilson Miao – Member of Parliament – British Columbia, and Aman Singh – Member of the Legislative Assembly – Richmond-Queensborough.

Not to be outdone by human officials, canine police officers, Scout, Diesel, and Harnett from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Ragnor, a wellness dog from the Surrey Police came to stroll the aisles and snag some snacks for their swag bags.

A big thank you goes out to our three amazing show sponsors Nutram, Anipet and Pan Pacific Pet. We deeply appreciate their contribution to the show, and their efforts in speaking with others about how Pets Canada and our member network supports pet businesses across the country and why it’s vital for our industry community to work together.  Thank you to Nutram for stylishly providing the swag bags, to Anipet for lassoing us all with classy lanyards and to Pan Pacific Pet for generously sponsoring the Canadian Pet Community Awards.

The Canadian Pet Community Awards took center stage during our cocktail event on Sunday night, much to the delight of a full house of exhibitors and visitors. We couldn’t be prouder to recognize each nominee and winner as leaders in our sector. It was an evening filled with celebration and appreciation for the outstanding contributions made by individuals and businesses within the pet industry.

An additional thank you to the Public Health Agency of Canada for their education initiative.

Be sure to check out our social media reels for highlights from the show, and stay tuned for an upcoming article introducing the winners of the Canadian Pet Community Awards in Western Canada!