Tim Keet is CPRC’s Chairman representing Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC).Tim was raised on a mixed farm in Quebec. He knew early on in life his drive was to be a chicken producer, so that set the stage focusing his education towards animal and poultry science at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University under Dr. Roger Buckland in ‘81. Tim farmed in Quebec until 1988 then moved to Saskatchewan with wife Catherine and 4 kids (one more on the way). Tim raised broiler breeders for 11 years then changed to roasters. Tim’s brothers have all been producers and now it’s the next generation building up their farm sites including son and daughter-in-law (Ryan & Tatyana). Animal behaviour and welfare has always been a key interest in Tim’s life. Tim is a director for Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan and has been involved in poultry research through that organization.
Dr. Helen Anne Hudson is CPRC’s Vice-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.
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.
Brian Ricker represents the Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC). He is a fifth generation farmer in Dunnville, Ontario. A graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Brian returned to the farm upon graduation to crop farm and work in tile drainage with his father and brother. In 1987, he began chicken farming and in 1992, he bought a turkey farm. His farming operation has expanded over the years and today he farms independently, cropping and maintaining both chickens and turkeys. In 2004, he began serving as a board member for the Turkey Farmers of Ontario. Brian currently holds the position of vice-chair and represents Ontario at the Turkey Farmers of Canada. Brian is a volunteer firefighter, active in his church, and serves on the board at his children’s school. He and his wife MayLynne are parents to eight children—three biological and five adoptees born in China.
Murray Klassen represents 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.
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.