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CSA Staff

Bruce Holmquist

General Manager

Bruce has been a Simmental breeder and a member of the CSA since 1977 and is one of the original YCSA members. After 6 years as a CSA director, Bruce joined the CSA’s staff in the fall of 2007. Through his involvement in various industry organizations he has developed a wide network of contacts and has acquired a deep understanding of the challenges facing the various links in the beef production chain. Bruce has been honored by the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) with its Golden Book Award for his service to the organization and is only the second Canadian to have served as WSFF President.

Barb Judd

Office Manager

Barb joined the Canadian Simmental Association as Office Manager in October 2004. Along with day to day operations of the office and assistance to the General Manager and Board of Directors, Barb oversees registry and member services, administers association procedures and bylaws, member correspondence and inquiries.

Born and raised on a commercial cattle/grain farm in the Foothills of Alberta, Barb has remained true to her roots. After several years of post-school employment in the oil industry, she has dedicated her professional career exclusively to the beef industry for the past 20+ years. Barb has vast knowledge in various sectors of the purebred industry having been employed with a large purebred cattle operation where her duties included maintenance of the records with three different purebred offices, office manager of two other major purebred beef associations, management support in an A.I. facility and administrative support with two different cattle exporters and sales consultants.

Barb resides north of Calgary where she is actively involved with her family’s ranching operation.

Perry Welygan

Registration / Member Services

Perry relocated to Calgary after growing up in the northeast farming community of Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Prior to securing work in the beef industry in August 1992, Perry attained 2 diplomas from the S.I.A.S.T. - Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - with majors in both Business Administration and Data Processing. In August 1997, Perry joined the Simmental team. The skills and knowledge he attained from working with another cattle organization prepared him for the challenging position at CSA which includes registrations, data collection, lab result verification, and online website support. Perry enjoys communicating with the members of the association and appreciates the opportunity to assist them with their registry needs on a daily basis.

Laurie Macdonald

Registration / Member Services

Laurie was born and raised in the agriculture world and she has acquired a broad range of knowledge and skills working for various cattle organizations. Through those positions she has gained a tremendous amount of experience in maintaining purebred cattle records and will now be assisting CSA members to maintain theirs. Laurie and her husband Calvin reside at Crossfield, AB. where they have raised 4 wonderful children and enjoy spending time with friends, family and grandchildren.

Dallas Wise

Registration / Member Services

Dallas has worked previously in the medical, dental and the oil and gas fields. For the last eight years she was the registry and member services clerk at the Canadian Limousin Association. She is a 3rd generation purebred cattle producer and ranches with her family SE of Irricana where they run 120 purebred mother cows, existing primarily of Maine-Anjou genetics with a small herd of Simmental X Maines. She loves spending time on horseback on the ranch and in the mountains as well as gardening, bird watching, cycling and just enjoying nature and making memories surrounded by her family and friends. She appreciates all breeds of cattle and looks forward to working for the Simmental membership and riding for the Simmental brand.

Devra Leavitt

Registration / Office Administration

Devra joined the Canadian Simmental Association in May 2014. Devra has two grown children and currently resides with her husband in Airdrie, AB. She enjoys watching baseball and reading.

Rita Ricioppo

Accounting

Rita has provided book-keeping services to the CSA on a contracted basis for 5 years and has had her own accounting services company since 1996. When not busy with her company she enjoys reading, cooking, and scrap booking. Rita and her husband along with their two daughters also enjoy spending time at her family’s restaurant, La Casa D’Italia.

Kelsey Manske

YCSA Coordinator

Kelsey Manske joined the Canadian Simmental Association in April 2016 as the YCSA Coordinator. Kelsey's primary responsibilities will be to work with the CSA's Young Canadian Simmental Association program as it's coordinator. Kelsey grew up on a cattle and livestock farm near Humboldt, Saskatchewan and later obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan. Since then she has worked for the Saskatchewan 4-H Council and within agriculture sales and the marketing sector. Kelsey was an active 4-H member herself and was also involved in Junior breed associations. Kelsey resides in Coronach, Saskatchewan where she and her husband run a Simmental herd.

Sue Giles

Programs Coordinator

Originally from Rosemary, Alberta; Sue grew up on her family’s purebred Simmental Cow/calf operation and later obtained a Diploma in Livestock Production at Lakeland College in Vermilion. Sue and her husband Jason now reside and assist with the operation of the family ranch just outside of Brooks, Alberta. Through her involvement with the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency during the last 10 years and many years with the 4-H programs, Sue has acquired a broad based knowledge of the Beef industry. “I look forward to working to continue to grow Simmental’s presence and success in the Canadian Beef industry” states Sue.

Rae-Lee Erickson

Administrative Assistant

Rae-Lee Erickson was born and raised on a mixed grain and commercial cattle operation outside of Calgary where she developed an interest in cattle and horses which led to her active involvement in the 4-H program for 8 years. A graduate of Olds College, Rae-Lee has been employed in the agriculture industry including time with the 4-H Foundation of Alberta and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the CSA. Rae-Lee and her husband Devon currently reside and assist with the operation of the family farm east of Balzac where they also have a small herd of purebred Simmental and Angus cows.

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