Our Team

Veterinarians

Dr. Stewart Ritchie, BSc. (Agr), MS, DVM, Diplomate ACPV

Dr. Stewart Ritchie grew up in a family feed mill in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and was immersed in poultry premix and feed production from an early age. Stew received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia and earned his M.S. from the University of Arkansas and D.V.M. from the University of Saskatchewan. Stew is also a Diplomate in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Stew is a member of the Poultry Science Association since 1980. Stew served as President of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. Dr. Ritchie served as President of the Western Poultry Disease Conference (WPDC) and was instrumental in adding British Columbia as host to many future WPDC meetings. Dr. Ritchie established the Western Meeting of Poultry Clinicians in 1990 and the B. C. Poultry Symposium in 2012. Dr. Ritchie was appointed to Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia. Stew is President of Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd. Since 1989 and S. J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd. since 1992.

Dr. Lindsay Kehler, DVM

Dr. Lindsay Kehler completed 3 years at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. majoring in Animal Behaviour prior to earning her D.V.M. from the University of Saskatchewan. Lindsay joined Canadian Poultry Consultants’ veterinary team in 2012 and has enjoyed working with all levels & commodities of Western Canada’s poultry industry. Lindsay has a strong interest in preventative medicine and continued education for the industry.

Dr. Gigi Lin, BSc. (Agr), DVM

Dr. Gigi Lin received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia and earned her Doctor of Veterinary degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Gigi joined Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd in 2017 where she provides diagnostic, research, and field services to the poultry industry in Western Canada. She particularly enjoys disease investigation and client education. In addition to the commercial industry, Gigi is passionate in providing services for small flock, pigeon and game bird owners. Gigi has been an active member of International Toastmasters since 2012. She has been a volunteer veterinarian for the Langley Animal Protection Society since 2017.

Technical Staff

Mike McIlwee (Poultry Veterinary Technician)

Mike McIlwee began his career in 1985, gaining experience in every aspect of Hatchery Operations and Broiler Production. In 1989, he had the opportunity to be part of the team that built a brand new, state of the art hatchery, installing and operating some of the first single stage incubators hatching broiler chicks in North America, along with being first to operate a fully automated chick processing line. In 2003, he joined Canadian Poultry Consultants, to provide technical service. Mike has been a part of the Platinum Brooding® program since its inception. Mike has provided hatchery consultation in several countries, gaining valuable experience with every trip.

Administration Staff

Tricia Hensley (Financial Controller)

Tricia has over 25 years of administrative experience focusing mainly on the financial side of the business. She worked previously at CPC for 5 years and has recently returned to work as the controller. When not at work she loves being creative and enjoys spending time with her hubby, four kids and the fur babies.

Tracey Ritchie (Office Manager)

Tracey had 17 years of experience as an office manager before joining our team in 2016. Tracey enjoys working with poultry farmers and is proud to serve the local agriculture community.

Karla Ovando (Office Manager)

Karla joined our team 2 years ago, she has over 13 years of customer service experience and has changed her career. She enjoys working at CPC and learning about the poultry field. At the end of the day, she goes home to her two girls.