About Us

The creation of the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) follows the recommendation of a report commissioned by the Canadian Agri-food Research Council and the Canada Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association. This report assessed the needs and resources of Canada’s poultry sector with respect to research, education and technology transfer. It also documented the rapid erosion of both human and physical resources and the loss of federal funding for poultry research.

In response to the concerns and recommendations outlined, the four national feather boards and the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council (CPEPC) met to discuss the need for a national organization devoted to addressing national poultry research concerns. Ultimately, in November 2001, the CPRC was formally established.

CPRC’s mission is to address its Members’ needs through dynamic leadership in the creation and implementation of programs for poultry research in Canada, which may also include societal concerns.

This mission focuses on:

  • The coordination and enhancement of a more efficient Canadian poultry research effort
  • Securing additional and matching funding
  • Facilitating the establishment of national poultry research priorities


Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP)

Canadian Hatching Egg Producers

Founded in 1986 the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) represents nearly 300 farmers for British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. CHEP finances its activities through levies collected from the members. The broiler hatching egg industry is a highly specialized industry that is at the foundation of Canada’s chicken industry. Our members produce $200 million worth of hatching eggs supplying the hatchery sector with roughly 80% of Canada’s requirements.

Egg Farmers of Canada

Egg Farmers of Canada

The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) represents 1,130 regulated egg producers in all provinces and the northwest territories providing Canadians with 492 million dozen eggs a year. EFC’s mission is to meet customer and producer requirements by optimizing the supply of eggs to new and traditional markets while ensuring a fair return to producers. We promote eggs by emphasizing their wholesome nature, their natural goodness and their versatility in meal preparation. EFC operates an Industrial Products program whereby eggs are sold to breakers for use in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

 Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council

Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council

The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council (CPEPC) is a national trade organization representing the interests of more than 170 Canadian poultry processors, egg processors and hatcheries. Our member companies process approximately 90% of Canada’s chicken, turkey, eggs and hatching eggs. This economic activity generates approximately $4.5 billion and directly employs 20,000 Canadian workers.

Turkey Farmers of Canada

Turkey Farmers of Canada

Turkey Farmers of Canada’s (TFC) mission is to develop and strengthen the Canadian turkey market through an effective supply management system that stimulates growth and profitability for economic stakeholders. TFC’s Board includes 8 provincial producer members, 2 primary turkey processing members and 1 further processing member. TFC administers the quota system and plays a pivotal role in the development of the domestic turkey industry.

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Chicken Farmers of Canada

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is a national farmer-run organization and is completely funded through levies the farmers pay according to the amount of chicken marketed. The main responsibility of the CFC is to ensure that Canada’s 2,800 farmers produce enough chicken to meet the needs of the market place. The system is commonly known as supply management. CFC was established in 1978 under the Farmer Products Agencies Act through an agreement of the federal government, provincial agriculture ministers and chicken farmers in member provinces.

2021 Board of Directors

Dr. Helen Anne Hudson

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.

Ray Nickel

Representing Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC)

Ray is currently a director on the B.C. Chicken Marketing Board and an alternate representing B.C. with Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC). He represents CFC with the Canadian Poultry Research Council and has more than 20 years of experience as a producer, director on many different committees and boards, mostly in the agriculture arena, but also diversifying into church and community.

Erica Charlton

Representing 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.

Steve Eaddie

CPRC's Vice-chair and representing Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC)

Jeff Notenbomer

Representing the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) and is chair of 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

Bruce 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

CPRC’s Research Administrator

Sandra worked in the public sector for several years, after which she returned to school to study business administration. Upon graduation, Sandra accepted the Research Administration position with CPRC.

Caroline Wilson

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.

Annual Reports

Please click the images below for PDF versions of CPRC’s Annual Reports:

CPRC 2010 Annual Report

CPRC 2011 Annual Report

CPRC 2012 Annual Report

CPRC 2012 Annual Report

CPRC 2014 Annual Report

CPRC 2015 Annual Report

CPRC 2016 Annual Report

CPRC 2017 Annual Report

CPRC 2018 Annual Report