Shaping the Future

Supporting proactive discovery is an important part of research efforts
Lyne Robichaud, Egg Farmers of Canada
Friday, 07 November 2014
By Lyne Robichaud, Egg Farmers of Canada
Dr. Tina Widowski’s work focuses on hen  welfare and health, and best practices for the  management of housing systems.
Dr. Tina Widowski’s work focuses on hen welfare and health, and best practices for the management of housing systems.


As part of its commitment toward building a sustainable egg industry, Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) puts a lot of weight behind research and development. By investing in research conducted at universities across the country, EFC, on behalf of egg farmers, address issues of great importance to the industry and consumers alike.

With a focus on egg production, poultry science, animal and human nutrition, and environmental technologies and techniques, Egg Farmers of Canada funds research in areas that will shape the future of egg farming in Canada. To this end, we have launched a research chair program focused on the egg industry.  

“Supporting proactive discovery is such an important part of our research efforts and working with Maurice and Tina makes it possible for us to shape the future of egg farming,” explains Peter Clarke, Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Our chairholders are thought leaders in their fields, who were selected for their commitment to research excellence. We are very proud to be working with them.”

Investing in Tomorrow
EFC is dedicated to looking forward and nurturing the next generation of researchers and industry experts. “Our philosophy towards research is simple: in order to be at the forefront of social change we must drive innovation by investing in tomorrow’s industry experts,” adds Peter Clarke.

Current chairholders
Dr. Maurice Doyon, Egg Industry Economic Research Chair at Université Laval in Quebec City
Dr. Doyon’s research focuses on the economic implications of the Canadian egg industry and supply management. Dr. Doyon and his team are developing a variety of projects on the economics of egg production that promote growth and innovation in the sector.

Their projects include the development of a quota trading system between farmers, an examination of the implications of international trade on the system of supply management, an evaluation of consumers’ willingness to pay for specialty eggs and the development of a model of egg producers’ behaviour in situations of economic risk.

Dr. Tina Widowski, Poultry Welfare Research Chair at the University of Guelph
Dr. Widowski’s work focuses on hen welfare and health, and best practices for the management of housing systems. The first project she will complete in this area examines the ways in which different pullet rearing systems affect hens’ behaviour, bone health and egg production.  

Dr. Widowski’s research team is developing projects on the development of flight and locomotion in different breeds of laying hens in aviary systems, the causes and prevention of feather pecking and the effects of ammonia outputs from manure in alternative housing systems.

Looking ahead
Egg Farmers of Canada are dedicated to making sure we invest in innovative technology and practices for years to come, assuring the sustainability of the Canadian egg industry.

“We look forward to continuing our work with our research chairs, as well as our broader network of researchers across the country,” says Clarke. “It is important to work together to mobilizing this new knowledge for the benefit of our farms, farmers and stakeholders in Canada and with partners around the world.”

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