About CPRC

2019 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.

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.

Rick Kaptein is CPRC’s Vice-chair representing Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC). Rick is a chicken farmer from Clinton, Ontario. He represents District 2 on the Board of Directors for Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) and the Ontario alternate for CFC. Rick serves on several committees such as the Farm Innovation and Sustainability Committee (FISC), CFC and External Relations Committee (CERC), and on the Production committee for CFC. Rick was elected to the CPRC board in 2018.

Vic Redekop represents Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC).  Vic grew up on a poultry farm and became quite familiar with the challenges of poultry farming at an early age. Shortly after marriage, Judy and Vic purchased a turkey farm in Langley, BC situated in the Fraser Valley approximately 40 kilometers east of Vancouver. The farm primarily produces hens for the Vancouver market focusing on providing a continuous stream of turkeys to their processor. In 2012, Vic was elected to the BC Turkey Marketing Board and continues to serve as director. He was appointed BC’s representative to Turkey Farmers of Canada in 2015 and in 2016 he became chair of TFC’s On Farm Programs committee.

Jeff Notenbomer represents the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) and is chair CHEP’s Research Committee. Jeff is a second-generation broiler breeder owner, farming near Lethbridge, AB. He has been married to his fabulous wife, Melinda for 23 years and together they have three great kids, Tianna, Caleb and Madilyn. Jeff truly enjoys the lifestyle and the challenges that their broiler breeder operation gives to their family and workers. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golfing, travelling, camping, boating, playing guitar, watching movies and many other activities with family and friends. He also enjoys learning and using technology, computers and gadgets. Jeff is eager to help producers learn, share and innovate, making an industry that is healthy, growing and sustainable as well as strong and secure for new farmers and maybe for the 3rd generation of Notenbomer broiler breeder farmers in Alberta,


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.

Caroline Wilson is CPRC’s Research Coordinator. Caroline has worked in the poultry sector for the last 12 years since graduating from University Laval with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and completing a master’s degree in Food Science and Technology. She started in her new position in March 2019.