Rob Laidlaw

Rob Laidlaw

Toronto, ON

A intense lifelong interest in animals and nature led Rob Laidlaw to a career helping animals and the environment. Since 1984, as Executive Director of Zoocheck, a national wildlife protection charity he founded, Rob has been involved in a broad range of animal issues. His work has taken him from Canada’s north to tropical Asia and has included many successful campaigns to change wildlife protection policies and laws in a variety of jurisdictions.

Rob is a Chartered Biologist, a former humane society inspector, and a past Project Manager for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. He is also the author of seven children’s books, multiple book chapters and reports.

Rob&;s books have won the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, Hackmatack Children&;s Choice Book Award and numerous others. In 2014, Rob received the prestigious Frederic A. McGrand Award for substantial contributions to animal welfare in Canada. He regularly speaks to audiences ranging from young children to adults in Canada and abroad, and is a regular voice in local, regional and national media.

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A broad range of illustrated talks are available.

Presentations may vary in length and content, but average approximately 45 minutes in length plus a 15 minute question and answer session. Most involve a slide show of images and, for kids, may include props of various kinds.

While the topics vary somewhat according to audience need, common themes can include the four things that all animals require, animal issues, stories about individual animals and discussions about how everyone, regardless of age, can become involved in making the world a better place, including ideas about how they can do that and examples of children and adults who already have.

Special Equipment:

Data projector, screen, laptop (if available), microphone (preferably a headset mike) with amplified sound for large groups.

Book Sales:

Copies of some books can be brought to talks and readings for audience members to purchase and have autographed, if requested.

Recommended levels: Not applicable

Fees: $250.00 per session. For additional sessions, rate negotiable. Travel expenses may apply outside Greater Toronto Area.