Presenter Biographies

Mueez Ahmad

Dr. Mueez Ahmad had been involved with poultry industry since 1983. Dr. Ahmad provided technical services to US industry during last 30 years.  His areas of expertise are Broiler, breeder, hatchery and commercial farming. Dr Ahmad specialized in poultry health, food safety and key performance indicator management.  Dr. Ahmad has developed successful antibiotic free and Organic production programs during last 10 years.

Ken Bafundo

Dr. Ken Bafundo received his Ph.D. in poultry nutrition from the University of Illinois where he investigated the effects of coccidial infection on the trace metal status of the growing broiler. In subsequent years, he has been employed by Elanco Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Heath and Phibro Animal Health where he led research programs leading to the approval of several anticoccidials now used in the worldwide poultry industry. He has also been involved in a number of projects dealing with anticoccidials and antimicrobials and has participated in technical services activities throughout North and South America. Dr. Bafundo has published numerous articles on coccidiosis, anticoccidials, antimicrobials and their effects on avian health and nutrition. He is Adjunct Professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center at the University of Georgia, and serves as Associate Editor for Poultry Science and other international poultry publications.  

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. 

Danielle Botting

Dr. Danielle Botting, DVM, MPH has been working as a Technical Services Veterinarian for Hy-Line North America since graduating from veterinary school in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa and spends the majority of her time traveling throughout North America providing veterinary support for commercial layer customers and oversight of production and animal welfare of parent stock flocks and hatchery operations.  

Shawn Carlton

Shawn Carlton began his career at Cobb-Vantress, Inc. in 1994.  He has worked in numerous roles throughout his tenure at Cobb which include.  In 1995 building and managing Sweet Water Research Farm conducting Cobb’s broiler and Breeder Trials.  In 1997 Bear Hollow Pedigree Farm Assistant Manager over seeing Brooding, Pullets and Farm Crews.  In 1999 building and managing Grand Meadows Pedigree Farm.  In 2002 Breeder Specialist World Tech Support managing new products.  In 2004 to current in North American Tech Service serving customers in multiple territories including Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Pacific Northwest, Texas,  Australia/New Zealand and Western Canada.   

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.

Luc Ledoux

Luc Ledoux started his poultry career at Petersime incubators (Belgium) as  Sales Manager for  Europe, Africa and the Middle East. After 5 years, he worked for GSI/Cumberland as Managing Director Europe, N. Africa and Middle East. He joined CID LINES 18 years ago as Business Unit Manager Americas, Africa and Europe. Working experience in 72 countries on 5 continents. Luc has spoken at 34 poultry seminars around the globe and has written 48 articles on biosecurity. Being a member of the European Poultry Club (EPC) and the International Poultry Council (IPC), Luc’s passion is enhancing prevention and biosecurity in the poultry industry by networking world-wide.

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

Marie-Anne Paradis

Dr. Marie-Anne Paradis obtained her DVM degree from St-Hyacinthe Veterinary College in 1981. She practiced swine veterinary medicine during 2 years with an integrated company in Quebec. In 1983, she joined Elanco Animal Health in a R&D and Technical Service Role. During the first 25 years her responsibilities were focused on both poultry and swine for the Eastern Canada region. Since 2010, she is now responsible for poultry R&D and technical service across Canada.   

Martin Rishøj Jensen

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

Tony Redford

Tony is originally from Kamloops, BC, where he completed his BSc in Animal Biology at Thompson Rivers University. He then headed out to Saskatchewan to complete the DVM program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and followed that up with graduate studies in anatomic pathology at the WCVM. During his time at the WCVM, he spent five summers studying and working at the Animal Health Centre, until he became an avian pathologist at the AHC this past September

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

Roberto Soares

Dr Roberto Soares, DVM, MAM, ACPV.  Dr Soares is currently the Technical Services Manager of Ceva Animal Health Canada. Roberto is originally from Brazil where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Santa Maria Federal University (UFSM). He started his professional life as Poultry Veterinarian working for Sadia (BRF). A couple years later, he was accepted in the MAM program at Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS). He worked for 7 year for Ross Breeders in Brazil, as Veterinarian in charge of Biosecurity program in the Grandparent (GP), Great-grandparent (GGP) and Pedigree farms, and also as Production manager of GP and Pedigree operations. Roberto worked with Vetech Laboratories in Canada as Technical Manager and with Aviagen Inc as Poultry Veterinarian for North and Latin America. Before joining Ceva AH Canada, Dr Soares held the position as Head of Veterinary Services in Ceva AH Asia, based in Malaysia.

Sean Steinhagen

Sean has been a Technical Service Specialist in the Livestock and Poultry Division of IDEXX for the past three years and is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Biochemistry.

Brad Turner

Brad Turner is veterinarian based out of Athens, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a DVM and MAM. He worked for Aviagen as a technical support vet for three years before joining DSM Nutritional Products as a technical support manager in 2010. His primary responsibility is supporting poultry customers in US and Canada.

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.




(The speakers above include current and past speakers. Thanks to all the speakers and their organizations for the support for the annual BC Poultry Symposium in Abbotsford, BC)