Pierre Barnoti, President
Pierre Barnoti has been a dedicated animal activist for over 20 years. Now retired, he served as the executive director of the Canadian SPCA for twelve years. During Pierre’s tenure there, CSPCA grew into the leading animal shelter in Quebec and Canada. Under Pierre’s management, CSPCA reduced euthanasia rates drastically, radically increased adoption rates, and built a clinic offering free spay and neutering to every adopted animal. Pierre also pioneered an extensive foster family program that allowed sick animals to be treated outside the shelter by volunteers; ensuring that healthy animals in the shelter stayed healthy. Pierre founded SPCA International in 2006 and has served in a volunteer role as president of the Board of Directors since. During his tenure on the board, SPCA International has received recognition and accolades including the Pedigree Certificate of Recognition honoring Operation Baghdad Pups and the Top Rated Great Non-Profits Award for years 2013- 2016. (Full Bio)
Howard Sholzberg, Treasurer
Howard is passionate about animals of every kind. He worked as the Executive Vice President of Finance for Riviera, a large clothing manufacturing company, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2008. He has been involved in animal welfare for over twenty years as a volunteer at his local SPCA and with SPCAI. He has served on numerous boards and holds the distinction of being a founding member of SPCAI. Howard has three cats, is an active caretaker for a number of cat colonies and regularly saves, rehabilitates and homes injured and abandoned cats.
Jean-Pierre Robillard, Secretary
Jean-Pierre Robillard is the owner and lead attorney at Robillard Avocates, a Montreal, Quebec based law firm specializing in criminal and juvenile defense. A graduate from McGill University, Jean-Pierre attended law school at Ottawa University. Jean-Pierre practiced law for 5-years as a public defender before opening his own law firm in 1988, where he still practices today. Being very involved in his community, Jean-Pierre has been active on many non-profit boards serving youth, low-income families, and the elderly for the past 25 years. Jean-Pierre joined the SPCA International board in 2015.
Michel brings over 25 years of experience to SPCA International’s board. Before retiring, he enjoyed a rewarding career as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Crown Life. He also served as the President of the Board at CSPCA for many years and has lent his expertise as a board member of SPCAI for over 10 years. Michel has tirelessly advocated for animals through SPCAI and helped build and strengthen the organization’s programs since it’s inception as a founding member. A lifelong animal lover, Michel and his wife have three cats and one horse.