The Champion Awards Judging Panel is made up of pet insurance and pet health & wellness professionals. Each year, the judges pick one pet owner Champion from the top five nominees in each category, plus one "Bestie" from across all categories, to be awarded $1,500 for their favourite animal charity. 

Connie Wilson, Publisher, Modern Dog and Modern Cat

Connie Wilson is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Dog and Modern Cat Media, creator of modern print magazines and digital content for dog and cat lovers.

Eric Coulson

Eric Coulson, CIP, Top Dog, Pets Plus Us

Eric Coulson is a lifelong pet lover with a passion for business development, mentoring, building strategic relationships and providing outrageous customer service.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith, CEO, Pethealth Inc.

Sean joined the Fairfax team just prior to the conclusion of the acquisition of Pethealth in November 2014.

Barbara Cartwright

Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

An award-winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education, Barbara’s work has spanned five continents and 20 years.