About CPRC

2018 Board of Directors

Dr. Helen Anne Hudson is CPRC’s Chair representing the Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC). Dr. Hudson earned both MSc and PhD degrees in poultry science from the University of Georgia. Her education and experience provide a strong background in laying hen rearing, housing and management Dr. Hudson is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Burnbrae Farms, one of the major commercial egg producers in Canada. Her 16-year tenure at Burnbrae involves day-to-day farm activities and management of land and properties. Dr. Hudson is Chair of a committee which leads environmental/energy awareness at Burnbrae. Dr. Hudson is actively involved with a number of organizations across Canada relating to poultry research. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Alberta Poultry Research Centre, serves on the Research Committee and HACCP Committee at EFC, is Chair of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC) in Guelph, Ontario and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Virtual Centre for Poultry Welfare at Guelph.

Murray Klassen is CPRC’s Vice-Chair representing the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP), and also chairs CHEP’s Research Committee. Murray has produced broiler hatching eggs and grain for the last 15 years with his wife, Paulette, in Blumenort, Manitoba. He has been serving as CHEP’s alternate Manitoba director since 2013. Prior to entering the broiler hatching egg industry, he produced table eggs, and also worked managing pullet and fowl movement in the western provinces and northern Ontario. Murray also holds a keen interest in aviation. He manages an aircraft Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO), and owns a King Air 200 which is used to provide air ambulance service to the north.

Erica Charlton represents the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council (CPEPC). Ms. Charlton has held the position of CPEPC Technical Director for eight years and is responsible primarily for technical files for the poultry meat processing companies, and occasionally for the egg processor companies, as required. Ms. Charlton acts as industry/government liaison and is the processor industry’s single point of contact on technical issues with CFIA and Health Canada. She is the staff lead on the Poultry Operations Technical Committee. Ms. Charlton’s exposure to technical aspects of poultry meat inspection and food safety give her a unique perspective on issues relating to the CPRC.

CPRC welcomes two new board members. Vic Redekop, represents the Turkey Farmers of Canada, and Rick Kaptein, represents the Chicken Farmers of Canada. An update will be provided soon.



Bruce Roberts, CPRC’s Executive Director, is a native of New Brunswick and has been involved with agriculture for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University, took special courses at Nova Scotia Agricultural College in preparation for completing his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph, and has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Business from the University of Illinois. Bruce interspersed his education with employment in primary agriculture, agribusiness, and agricultural banking. He ran a consulting company in Nova Scotia that provided services to agriculture and other rural businesses for ten years prior to accepting the Executive Director position with CPRC.

Sandra Quade is CPRC’s research administrator. Sandra worked in the public sector for several years. After leaving the public sector, Sandra returned to school to study business administration. Upon graduation, Sandra accepted the Research Administration position with CPRC.