Melissa is thrilled to be a co-chair of VegFest! She is a lawyer and a sessional professor at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. Classed as property, animals have no legal voice, so she advocates for improving the welfare of animals through education and the law. Melissa also works to develop awareness of animal suffering among the legal profession and the general public. She believes that each of us is capable of transforming society in monumental ways and a shift towards a plant based lifestyle helps combat world hunger and the impacts of climate change, while promoting the humane treatment of animals.