About Alberta Chicken Producers

About Us 2017-12-14T13:12:02+00:00

Our Story

Alberta Chicken Producers is a farmer-run, not-for-profit marketing board that regulates broiler chicken production in Alberta. Our directors are Alberta broiler farmers, elected by Alberta broiler farmers and administered by our Executive Director and staff.   Our 250 certified and licensed family farms produce over 135 million kg live weight of chicken annually, with a farm gate value of over $205 million.

Our farmers are committed to the care of their birds and to providing consumers with safe, high- quality chicken.  Canada has some of the highest food safety standards in the world.  In fact, 100% of our farms are audited and certified annually under On-Farm Food Safety and Animal Care Programs. By purchasing fresh chicken, you are supporting local farmers who are committed to safe, high-quality chicken.  Our farmers are consumers as well.

Click Here to learn more about what we are doing to meet consumer needs.

Chick in Farmer's Safe Hands

Directors & Staff

2017 Board of Directors

Erna Ference
Erna FerenceChair
Jason Born
Jason BornVice Chair
Dennis Steinwand
Dennis SteinwandDirector
Martin Van Diemen
Martin Van DiemenDirector
Christian GuenterDirector

2017 Producer Representatives

Scott Van't LandCalgary South Rep
Samuel GuenterCalgary to Lacombe Rep
Arjan SpeltLacombe to Leduc
Wes NanningaLeduc North

Administration Staff

Karen Kirkwood
Karen KirkwoodExecutive Director
Karen oversees operations and serves the Board of Directors. She implements and administers the Board’s Regulations and Policies, and executes the strategic priorities of the Board. She conducts regular coaching sessions with staff and serves as a public liaison.
Karen Miller Business & Market Analyst
Karen performs statistical analysis, oversees the Grower Program, updates and communicates market information, prepares reports to support the Board and Committees, and liaises with the market information team at Chicken Farmers of Canada.
Robert Renema Producer Programs Manager
Rob oversees our team of field Auditors and coordinates the On-Farm Food Safety and Animal Care Programs. He serves as data management coordinator for the Emergency Response Team, and is coordinator of the Research Committee.
Vera WardOffice Manager
Vera manages all personnel and office requirements; provides support to the Executive Director; and oversees the administration of Board meetings and documentation. She also serves as coordinator of the Alberta Poultry Industry Emergency Management Team, and represents our organization on the Condo Board
Wendy JevneBookkeeper
Wendy is Alberta Chicken Producer’s part-time contracted Bookkeeper who administers receivables and payables; maintains financial records; prepares for the annual audit and budget; and provides Financial Statements to the Board on a monthly basis.
Twila MartinAdministrative & Communications Assistant
Twila is the primary point of contact in our office. She is in charge of reception and office administration duties, which include: general office communications, meeting arrangements, the website and supporting fellow staff members.
Laurie PowerProducer Services Coordinator
Laurie is our primary contact for producers. She updates and maintains the Grower Program, processes quota lease and reallocation (sale) requests, and manages weekly reports for Marketing and Placements by working with producers, hatcheries, and processors.
Rita CherniakProject Assistant
Rita is contracted part-time to provide assistance to office staff in the areas of administration, market information and research.
Maria BoychukMarketing & Communications Specialist

50th Anniversary

In 2016, we were excited to  celebrate 50 years of providing families with safe, nutritious and ethically raised chicken.

Key successes of the Alberta Chicken Producers:

  • ACP led the way, making Alberta the first Province in Canada to have 100% of its producers certified under the national On Farm Food Safety and Animal Care Programs
  • Significant funder and contributor to the Poultry Research Centre in Alberta Creating a market where producers and consumer families benefit
  • Supporting Albertan communities, through educational events and donations

Celebration Photo Gallery


"We were honored to have been invited. Totally enjoyed the day. Thank all of you guys for your hard work."
- Roger Lavigne
"It was a great celebration and thanks to all of you for your contribution to the days success! You too are part of our industry and we are fortunate to have you with us!"
- Sylvia Donkersgoed
"We did enjoy ourselves and we're glad we attended."
- Shannon Donkersgoed
"I did find myself reflecting on it all and those years for me were pretty special for a variety of reasons - I can see the impact of them on my life every day. Pretty grateful to have spent time with a bunch of good people around there and that is what I find myself recalling the most - the meetings pretty much all blur together, but the people... I could tell stories about the people all day!"
- Scott Wiens
"Very humbling to meet so many good down to earth people who are providing safe chicken every day for my family."
- Dave Marcynuk, Xtreme Printing
"We had a great time, it was so nice to see so many folks we spent so much of our lives with, but have not seen for a number of years. You all did an outstanding job planning and carrying it out. Please thank the board for thinking of this, and inviting us."
- Aaron and Audrey Falkenberg
"One of the things I liked about the event was the way people pulled together like a rural event would have done 50 years ago."
- Frank Robinson


2018 Regional Meetings

Lethbridge - TBA

Red Deer  - TBA

Edmonton - TBA

2018 AGM

Alberta Poultry Industry Tradeshow & Welcome Reception

February 26, 2018
Sheraton Red Deer

 Alberta Chicken Producers AGM

February 27, 2018
Sheraton Red Deer

Vision & Mission


By working together, Alberta's chicken industry is growing, creating shared value and satisfying consumers by providing safe, high-quality chicken products.


Serve Alberta's chicken producers by:

  • Creating a thriving environment for sustainable chicken production.
  • Collaboratively encouraging a competitive, consumer-focused chicken industry.

2016 - 2018 Strategic Priorities

  • Driving sustainable production
  • Creating shared value
  • Preparing producers for evolving consumer demands

Standards of Leadership:

  • Value people
  • Drive best practices
  • Strive for Continuous improvement
  • Be a good corporate citizen; behave fairly and legally
  • Be open and transparent
  • Meaningfully engage producers, industry and consumers
  • Be positive, proactive and future-focused
  • Actively create opportunities to improve and innovate within the industry


  • Grow the chicken market served by Alberta producers
  • Champion an industry culture of continuous improvement and commitment to best farming practices
  • Work collaboratively with industry partners in addressing matters of mutual interest
  • Proactively build and maintain public trust in Alberta's chicken industry
  • Be a valuable resource to Alberta producers
  • Ensure all stakeholders are meaningfully engaged and proudly contributing towards the success of the Alberta chicken industry
  • Be an innovative leader in the Canadian context

Key Success Factors:

  • Collaboration
  • Strategic Focus
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Shared Value

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Sustainable Growth Metrics
  • Flock Health and Management Metrics
  • Consumer Confidence
  • Stakeholder Satisfaction (Producers & Industry Partners)
  • Regulatory Metrics
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Board Effectiveness
  • Financial Metrics

Commitment to Excellence

Strong Stakeholder Relationships

Working closely with our industry partners, we can adapt to changes in the market and address industry issues efficiently and effectively.

100 % On-Farm Food Safety Certification

Mandatory requirement of our registered Producers’ licenses to market chicken. All registered chicken producers are certified annually under this third-party audited program.

100 % Animal Care Certification

Mandatory requirement of our registered Producers’ licenses to market chicken. All registered chicken producers are certified annually under this third-party audited program.

Emergency Preparedness

Alberta’s poultry industry has taken a lead in developing a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan. Each registered chicken Producer in Alberta has a copy of the Plan, and the plan is tested through Table-Top exercises annually.


Biosecurity is a mandatory component of the On-Farm Food Safety program, and best-practices are incorporated into our Producer Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Commitment to Research

The Alberta chicken industry is strongly committed to Research.  We support, in cooperation with the other feather Boards, the infrastructure of the Poultry Research Centre.  Alberta Chicken Producers have contributed $900,000 towards the ‘capital fund’ for the Alberta Chicken Producers Poultry Technology Centre building located at the University of Alberta.  In addition, Alberta Chicken Producers annually budgets $125,000 to be allocated to the Poultry Research Centre and research projects at the Funding Consortium table.


2015 Newsletters

Annual Reports

Click to View Reports (PDF Format)

Cover: Alberta Chicken Producers 2013 Annual Report

2013 Report

Cover: 2014 Alberta Chicken Producers Annual Report

2014 Report

Cover: 2015 Annual Report

2015 Report

Contact Us

Contact Information

2518 Ellwood Drive SW
Edmonton, AB T6X 0A9

Telephone: 780-488-2125

Toll-free: 1-877-822-4425

Fax: 780-488-3570


Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Closed between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. for lunch.