FTK9 Board of Directors

Fire Team K-9’s Inc. was formed by Retired Canadian Military Veterans based on this principle of partnership between dogs and their people. Fire Team K-9’s Inc. is a proud Service Dog provider for Wounded Warriors Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command.

Our name is homage to the smallest unit in the Canadian Forces, the Fire Team. A Fire Team is two soldiers who depend on each other. Our service dogs are partnered with their handler to serve as their Fire Team partner for life.

Fire Team K-9’s Inc is steered by our Board of Directors who generously volunteer their time to support this mission.


Jeff Hinch

After serving more than 20 years with the Canadian Army, that included 5 tours of duty I finally had to come to terms with physical and mental injuries. By being introduced to service dogs through training, I discovered what I was meant to do. With the support of my wife Jen and two sons, I became a certified Dog Trainer and Instructor. We established Fire team K-9’s to help veterans and first responders. I am very proud of our dogs and the impact they have had.
Vice President

Debbie Hobbs

I have been with Fire Team K-9’s since August 2019. I have witnessed the initial beginnings of the K-9 Headquarters, I have advanced my knowledge of dog training while continuing to foster and handle Service Dogs. I continue to work with the service dogs and their human partners and instruct the Polite Puppy course and the Jr K9 Confidence course with the training academy.
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Director - Service Dogs, Director - Operations

Jen Hinch

Dogs have always been a part of my life. Over the years I have received training from several instructors and studied dog behaviour, biology, and training. My husband Jeff and I established roots in the Ottawa Valley over 20 years ago and have two sons. As a military family, I understand the importance of taking care of our troops and the challenges, rewards, and pride of a military lifestyle. Service dogs make a huge impact in the lives of their handlers. After witnessing the life changing impact a service dog can have, we knew our mission was to help others. Fire Team K-9’s Inc. was established to provide service dogs to veterans and first responders to help them regain independence and purpose. As Director of Operations, I am your point of contact for applications and inquiries. I am always happy to help and only a call or a text away.
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Treasurer/ Secretary, Director - Training Academy

Anne Smith

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Director - Marketing, Director - Therapy Dogs

Kat Forder

Director of Veteran Outreach

Eric Gilbert

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Dr. Len Gignac, Ph.D. C Psych

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Mental Health Clinician

Sol Fried

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(Oct 8th 1969-Sept 22nd 2020)

Nancy Berube

Vice President, Director Of Animal Welfare and Dog Training Instructor
480 Boundary Road East Pembroke ON K8A 6L3
Mon - Sat: 9AM - 6PM

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