Staff

NFAHW Staff

Melanie Barham

Melanie Barham

NFAHW Council Executive Director

Melanie Barham

Melanie Barham

NFAHW Council Executive Director

Dr. Melanie Barham is the Executive Director of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.  She is a veterinarian, holds an MBA in Sustainable Commerce, and has a Project Management Professional designation.  Melanie joined the Council after coordinating the Ontario Animal Health Network at the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, from its inception in 2014 to 2021.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in the laboratory, equine, and business spaces, including the president of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorian's Network, Co-chair of the Equestrian Canada Health and Welfare Committee, Chair of the USAHA/AAVLD Committee for Workforce Development. Prior to 2014, Dr. Barham was in private equine practice.

 

Samantha Benattar

Samantha Benattar

NFAHW Council Executive Assistant

Samantha Benattar

Samantha Benattar

NFAHW Council Executive Assistant

Samantha has been working as secretariat to the NFAHW Council since 2011, shortly after the Council’s inception. In this role, she has also been providing support to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). Prior to this, she worked for 13 years as an instructional designer and coordinator for the Bank of Montreal at their Institute for Learning.

Samantha obtained a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in Anthropology, and having grown up in Montreal, also attended CEGEP at John Abbott’s College in the West Island of Montreal. 

 

Amy Wright

Amy Wright

CLT Program Coordinator

Amy Wright

Amy Wright

CLT Program Coordinator

Amy is the Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) program coordinator. She joined the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council in August 2020 and has successfully transitioned the CLT program and provided administrative oversight to the on-line training platform.  

Prior to this role, Amy was an award-winning marketer and project manager. In the past seven years she has specialized in promoting local food along with the producers and processors that provide it. Amy has successfully developed and executed campaigns for the Egg Farmers of Ontario, Turkey Farmers of Ontario and Veal Farmers of Ontario, which earned her two 2019 Ovation Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. 

Amy will continue to build relationships with industry partners and use her project management skills to improve and develop the CLT program.  

 

Nicole Baker

Nicole Baker

NFAHW Council Bookkeeper

Nicole Baker

Nicole Baker

NFAHW Council Bookkeeper

Nicole joined the NFAHW Council as a Senior Bookkeeper in April 2020. Nicole has over 20 years’ experience in the bookkeeping field across a variety of industries. Her role is to establish and maintain the financial records, support the work of Council and its divisions, as well as ensuring that the efficient financial processes are well documented. 

Nicole was born and raised in Victoria, Australia where she studied Business Administration. She is also a Certified Health Information Manager (CHIM). 

Nicole, her husband, Michael and 15 year old daughter Mia, have two dogs, a Shitzu/poodle cross, named Panda and an Australian Cobberdog, named Cobber (Australian slang for Best Mate). She really enjoys entertaining, watching movies, as well as travelling, hiking, tennis and cooking.