Presenter Biographies (2016)

Randy Bagg
Graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1979. Practiced large animal (bovine) veterinary medicine for fifteen years in Ontario. Have been an employee of Elanco Canada Animal Health, Guelph, ON for the last 23 years. Current position is Director of Regulatory Affairs. 

Mike Blair
Dr. Mike Blair received his B.S. in Animal Sciences from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Poultry Nutrition from Virginia Tech specializing in turkey nutrition under Dr. Larry Potter.  Mike has worked for Central Soya Company, Evonik, Adisseo, in broiler integration as a nutritionist for Pilgrim’s and currently holds the position of Director, Global Antimicrobials for Phibro Animal Health Corporation.

Chris Blosfeld
Has 20 years of experience working closely with the Poultry and Swine Industries on every continent to deliver innovative and powerful software solutions for tracking, tracing and improving production.  Also has partnered with industry suppliers including veterinary services, feed mills, hatcheries, processing plants and growers to identify and analyse performance across the entire supply-chain through collaboration and data sharing. 

Michelle Coombe 
Michelle Coombe is a veterinarian who has been working with the BC ministry of agriculture on the avian influenza sediment surveillance project since January 2015. She is currently back in school at the University of British Columbia, for her masters of science in the school of population and public health.

Louis Coulombe
Dr. Louis Coulombe received his veterinary degree (D.V.M.) from the University of Montreal in 1983. After graduation, he practiced and was a co-owner of a mixed practice clinic, practicing mainly bovine and companion animal medicine for 12 years. In 1995, Dr. Coulombe began his career in the pharmaceutical industry by joining Pharmacia & Upjohn Animal Health. During his tenure there, he earned a post-graduate degree (S.S.D.) in Drug Development, Clinical Research Segment from the University of Montreal’s Post-Graduate Studies Faculty (Pharmacy). Then in 2001, Dr. Coulombe began working with Schering-Plough Animal Health Canada, where he expanded upon his expertise in porcine and avian medicine. Dr. Coulombe joined Merial Canada Inc. in June 2007 as Technical Service Veterinarian.  Dr Coulombe provides support to internal & external customers related to the bovine, swine, and poultry products and services. Dr Coulombe lives in St Jean sur Richelieu near the northern portion of Champlain Lake, Quebec.

Bill Cox
After graduating from WCVM, I spent several years working variably in general veterinary practice, graduate studies at OVC, and with the animal health industry.  I then moved to the Fraser Valley to concentrate on poultry health which later led me to join the Animal Health Centre from which I retired last year.  I now mostly take life easy but still do some consulting with the Fraser Valley poultry industry.  

Blake Gibson
Blake Gibson joined Jones-Hamilton Co. in 1994 as the Territory Manager for the southeastern U.S. and Mexico, and currently serves as the Business Development Manager for Jones-Hamilton. During his 22 years with the company, Blake has become known as the litter management expert among his peers and colleagues. He has conducted extensive field work on litter management and water quality with a focus on the dynamic changes in poultry bedding for multi-cycle use. He works with integrators and producers in the U.S., South and Central America, and Asia to develop critical control points for litter management through proper water line management and ventilation techniques for longer utilization of poultry bedding.  Blake holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Clemson University. Before joining Jones-Hamilton he worked as a Field Service Representative for Perdue Farms. 

Ben Green
Ben Green began his career at Cobb-Vantress, Inc. in 1999.  He has worked in numerous roles throughout his tenure at Cobb which include. Hatchery manager for two different GP hatchery facilities in Georgia. Live production manager in Kentucky. Director of Cobb internal hatcheries in Arkansas with responsibility over 9 hatcheries and technical support to Cobb Grandparent hatcheries in Europe. In 2014 he began working in the World Technical group at Cobb as the North American hatchery specialist serving customers across the North American continent in a customer service role.

April Levy
April Waguespack Levy is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she attended Louisiana State University and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal and Dairy Sciences with a concentration in poultry and swine nutrition. In 2014 she joined DSM as a Technical Support Manager for Poultry where her primary focus is vitamins and enzymes.

Melissa McLaws
Melissa McLaws has been working at the BC Centre for Disease Control since August.  She trained at the Western College for Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan and did further studies in epidemiology at the University of Guelph.  Before her current job at the BCCDC, she was based in Italy working as a consultant for the FAO on foot and mouth disease, and she is very pleased to be back and based in beautiful British Columbia

Martin Rishoj
30 years of experience with poultry from farm work to R&D.
Working as independent consultant for poultry integrators and equipment suppliers with focus on production optimization.

Babak Sanei
From 2003- 2011, Dr. Sanei worked as the Extension Poultry Veterinarian in Ontario for 8 years, directly supporting and interacting with the Ontario poultry industry. In 2011, Dr. Sanei moved to Scotland and joined Aviagen UK and its veterinary department team. Since 2013, Babak has been providing technical supports to poultry veterinarians and feed clients across Canada at Zoetis as Manager of Poultry Veterinary Services and is in charge of all technical aspects of poultry vaccines and Medicated Feed Additives.

Kobus van Heerden
Kobus van Heerden, originally from South Africa, graduated in Animal Nutrition from University of Pretoria in 1994, completed his Hhonnors degree in Animal Production in 1996 and MBA in 2000. He worked with a large animal veterinarian, animal feed manufacturer and joined Ceva Aninal Health in 2006. Moved to Canada in 2012 as Corporate Range Manager for the Coccidiosis vaccines, manufactured in Guelph, Ontario.