Our Team

The Maizex Seeds team across the board has a passion and dedication to Canadian agriculture and the seed industry. Our focus on meeting the needs of Canadian farmers crosses all areas of the business from research and development to production, agronomy, sales, customer support and administration.  

In agronomy support and sales, our team combines practical knowledge and research to better position products for your farm. We spend significant time on product and agronomy training every year as we recognize the importance of product positioning in your farming success. Talk to your local Maizex seed representative about the products and research that can make a difference on your farm.

Management Team

Dave Baute
Founder and President

Raised on a 250-acre family farm, Dave grew his first crop when he was 16 and founded Maizex with his wife, Brenda, in 1985. He has a diploma in Agricultural Production and Management from Ridgetown College, and also studied at The University of Guelph. Throughout his career, Dave has been recognized and awarded for his innovation and leadership by many industry and government groups. He is the current chairman of the Agri-food Foundation (Ridgetown Campus) and is a past-president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (now part of Seeds Canada). Dave is also active in his community and sits on the board of the Chatham Kent Community Foundation. In addition to his responsibilities as Maizex's CEO, Dave owns and manages Soiex Farms with a focus on pedigreed seed production.

Blake Ashton
General Manager

Blake joined Maizex Seeds in 2016 as Controller and now oversees day-to-day operations of the business in his role as General Manager. Blake grew up on a cash crop farm located near Clachan, ON where he continues to be involved in the family farm operation. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Maizex, he worked in public accounting with exposure and experience in financial and strategic management in a range of industries. His passion for agriculture and his business acumen have been key assets for Maizex, as demonstrated in his involvement in the formation of the successful joint venture between Maizex and Sollio Agriculture.

Stephen Denys
Director of Market and Product Development

Born on a field and vegetable crop farm near Chatham, ON, Stephen’s goal from his earliest memory was to farm and be involved in agri-business. He has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and an MBA focused on corporate strategy and strategic marketing from the University of Windsor. Stephen started his professional career in crop protection before focusing on strategic marketing consulting. From there he was given the challenge and opportunity to lead a competitor national seed brand. He is a recognized leader in the seed industry for his efforts in business development and importantly, contributions to several industry issues and initiatives. He is a past-president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (now part of Seeds Canada). Stephen also operates a family cash crop farm operation where he practices what he preaches through on-farm research and use of the genetics and seed technologies used by Maizex customers. 

Mike Vanderlip
Director of Operations

Mike joined Maizex Seeds in 2019 and oversees corn and soybean seed production at both our Tilbury and Blenheim locations. Mike graduated from the University of Guelph with a diploma in agriculture, and also holds a diploma from Conestoga College. He is a CFIA-accredited grader and licensed Operator of an Approved Conditioner/Bulk Storage Facility. Mike has worked in the seed industry for more than 20 years with experience in production, research, and supply chain management. Mike grew up in Chatham-Kent and currently lives near Blenheim with his family.

Shane Jantzi
National Sales Manager

Shane grew up working on a dairy cash crop farm in Haldimand County, ON. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Science), and the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Education). His experience includes sales positions with Cargill and Dow AgroSciences prior to joining Maizex in 2001 as a District Sales Manager. Shane assumed his current role in 2012 and leads our expanding team of Territory Managers across the country. Shane is an active supporter of local Soil and Crop Associations and has his Certified Crop Advisor designation.

Product Development and Management Team

Shawn Winter
Product Development Manager - Corn

Shawn grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario and continues to produce corn and soybeans on his family farm, growing genetics tested through his program. He is a University of Guelph graduate, with an M.Sc. (Plant Breeding and Genetics) and B.Sc. (Agronomy). Shawn is recognized within the industry for his expertise in corn genetics and product positioning and leads one of the largest corn testing and development programs in the country, working in maturity ranges from 68 to 112 days. Shawn also maintains his Certified Crop Advisor designation, is a recognized Plant Breeder by the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association and is a past chair of the Ontario Corn Committee. 

Jeremy Visser
Product Development Manager - Soybeans

Jeremy was born in Berwick, NS, and grew up on dairy farms in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. He received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from what is now the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture. After graduation, Jeremy moved back to Ontario to work as a research technician with Pioneer Hi-bred in Tavistock for 11 years prior to joining Maizex in 2016 as a research technician. In 2020, Jeremy’s experience and knowledge led to his promotion to Soybean Product Manager. Additionally, Jeremy attained his CCA accreditation. Jeremy leads our soybean testing efforts across the country, ranging in maturity ranges from 000 to 3.0RM.

Pascal Larose
Market Development Agronomist, Quebec

Pascal is a graduate of McGill University in agronomy. A member of the Order of Agronomists of Quebec since 1995, he has held various positions within the Sollio Agriculture network leading to his role as market development agronomist for Maizex Seeds in Quebec. In addition to providing product positioning and agronomy support to sales representatives and growers in the region, Pascal plays a key role in the positioning of our products as they are commercialized to ensure the best positioning for growers in the region. Pascal is also a corn and soybean producer on his own farm, testing and growing products he has worked with.

Agronomy Support and Research Team

Greg Stewart
Maizex Agronomy Lead

Greg Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Peterborough, ON. He attended the University of Guelph and completed an M.Sc which focused on tillage and soil compaction. He worked eight years as a research associate at the university on projects involving tillage, crop rotations, corn planter performance, and fertility management. Greg farmed and worked in the farm equipment industry for four years before joining OMAFRA as its Corn Specialist in 1998. With OMAFRA, Greg participated extensively in corn research and demonstration projects across the province. He has been particularly active in investigating nitrogen strategies that are environmentally and economically sustainable. Greg joined the Maizex team in 2015 in his role of Lead Agronomist and leads our agronomy research and support efforts aimed at helping our customers fine tune their production programs for higher yields and profitability. 

Pascal Larose
Market Development Agronomist, Quebec

Pascal is a graduate of McGill University in agronomy. A member of the Order of Agronomists of Quebec since 1995, he has held various positions within the Sollio Agriculture network leading to his role as market development agronomist for Maizex Seeds in Quebec. In addition to providing product positioning and agronomy support to sales representatives and growers in the region, Pascal plays a key role in the positioning of our products as they are commercialized to ensure the best positioning for growers in the region. Pascal is also a corn and soybean producer on his own farm, testing and growing products he has worked with.

Chuck Belanger
Market Development Agronomist, Western Ontario

Chuck grew up on a farm near Pain Court, ON and continues to reside in the family farmstead house. He served in the Canadian Navy and in dispatch with the Ontario Provincial Police prior to returning to his roots in agriculture. He worked as a retail agronomist prior to joining Maizex as a corn specialist, which led to his current role. Chuck is a recognized specialist in crop management and agronomy and puts his experience to work through ongoing research and agronomy efforts with farmers across the region.

Production Team

Edward Grant
Field Production Coordinator

Chad Faubert
Maizex Quality Assurance

Vince Bourassa
Maizex - Field Production and Inventory

Patrick Le Heiget
Western Research Technician

Patrick grew up on a mixed livestock farm outside of St. Claude, MB. In 2020, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in agronomy at the University of Manitoba and began his Master of Science Degree which he is currently working to complete. 

During his time at university, Patrick studied abroad for a summer where he learned about European agricultural systems and worked as a research technician on projects that focused on crop production and forage quality factors. These projects included harvest and quality testing of corn-legume intercrops, methane production based on diet formulations, suitability of shoulder-season intercrops for grazing cattle, and his thesis which focuses on nitrogen management strategies in perennial grain systems. 

Hayley Adey
Research Technician

Hayley was born and raised in Chatham, ON and spent seven years as a season worker in the research department at another seed company before joining Maizex in 2019. She enjoys being part of a dynamic team dedicated to developing seed corn and soybean seed to meet the needs of growers from coast to coast.

Administrative Team

Sharmeen Kukkadi
Accounting and Customer Service Manager

Sharmeen spent her childhood in the culturally rich province of Kerala in South India. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Mangalore. She further pursued  her education in Canada and is a certified general accountant (CPA, CGA).

Sharmeen joined the Maizex team in early 2020 as an accounting associate and currently leads the accounting and administration team as the accounting manager. Prior to joining Maizex, she worked in various capacities in the United Kingdom and in other provinces of Canada.

She resides in Chatham with her family. 

Carlie Creed
Maizex Logistics and Customer Support

Carrie Myers
Accounting Support

Leigh Pepper
Accounting and Customer Support

Eve Stokes
Accounting and customer support

Sales and Field Agronomy Territory Management

Ontario

Chadd Taylor
Maizex Territory Manager - Central Ontario to Kingston

Chadd was raised on a dairy, beef, and cash crop operation in Northumberland County where he and his wife and son reside today. He received his degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph and gained experience in the farm supply industry working both in agronomy and sales positions. Chadd is actively involved in promoting the importance of 4-H Canada and is a member of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair committee. Chadd looks forward to meeting the needs of producers in Central Ontario. 

Henry Prinzen
Maizex Territory Manager – Western Ontario South

Henry established his roots in agriculture on his family cash crop and farrow to finish farm operation located near Jarvis, ON, where he is still involved today. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph where he graduated with distinction with a Crop Science Major. Henry is also a Certified Crop Advisor and is well-respected for his agronomic insight and product positioning. 

Adam Parker
Maizex Territory Manager - Western Ontario North

Adam has a strong agricultural background with excellent agronomic skills. Adam brings to Maizex his education and expertise, which includes a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, and is a Certified Crop Advisor. Prior to joining Maizex he served as a sales agronomist at Sharpe’s Farm Supply. Adam also operates a sheep and cash crop farm with his family near Guelph, ON. 

Kirk Van Will
Maizex Territory Manager – South Central North Ontario

Kirk grew up near Norwood, ON and now resides in Strathroy. Farm customers recognize Kirk as a specialist in providing crop management, agronomy and marketing solutions. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Agronomy, from the University of Guelph and is a recognized CCA in Ontario. 

Laura Johnston
Maizex Territory Manager – South Central South Ontario

Laura grew up on a family farm near Dutton, ON and now lives in the Port Stanley area with her husband and children. She’s a graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in Agronomy. Her career includes being a Precision Ag Specialist at Laresco and Agronomist at Cargill prior to joining Maizex. Laura is a Certified Crop Advisor and is respected for her agronomy knowledge and straightforward recommendations. 

Dave Emery
Maizex Territory Manager - Southwestern Ontario

Dave grew up on a farm in Chatham-Kent, ON and graduated from the University of Guelph with an Environmental Management Diploma and an Agriculture Diploma. He continued on to receive his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Olds College in Alberta. Dave has been involved in grain and seed production since 1999 and is well-regarded for his positioning of corn hybrids and soybean varieties and support agronomy on farms across the region. He also owns and operates a cash crop farm in Dover Township.  

Quebec; Eastern Ontario and the Maritimes

Philippe Defoy
Regional Sales Manager – Quebec, Eastern Ontario and the Maritimes

Philippe was born and raised in Quebec City and it was on his grandparents' farm in Mauricie that his passion for agriculture developed. He graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy and has spent his career working in corn and soybean seed sales and agronomy support focused in regions of Quebec. He now lives in St-Boniface, QC.

Steve Letendre
Maizex Territory Manager – North Shore and Eastern Quebec

Steve grew up on the family dairy farm and then cash crop farm near Drummondville, QC. He worked for several years in the crop inputs business in the Montérégie and Central Quebec regions while living on the family farm with his wife and family. Prior to joining the Maizex team, he worked for SIGA Informatics as a sales representative and then as general manager. His desire to see farmers succeed and prosper, together with his analytical spirit make Steve an excellent support person for the farmers and sales representatives he works with.  

Stéphane Larose
Maizex Territory Manager – South and Eastern Quebec

Stéphane was raised in Marieville in the region of Montérégie; there he found his passion for agriculture while working on his grandfather’s dairy/cash crop operation as a teenager. He continues to reside in Marieville with his wife and family. He received his degree in Agriculture at ITAA in Québec and went on to achieve his teaching degree, specializing in agriculture. Prior to joining Maizex, Stéphane worked with Ceresco, specializing in seed sales and agronomic support. Stéphane's diverse background brings specialized insight and expertise to providing farm solutions to his customers and sales representatives.

Leigh Hudson
Maizex Territory Manager - East Ontario Kingston to Cornwall

Leigh was raised, and remains active, on her family’s 200 sow farrow-to-finish, cash crop, and market garden operation west of Ottawa. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and also attained her Certified Crop Advisor designation. She has had extensive sales and agronomy experience working directly with growers across Ontario through previous agronomist roles at Sharpe Farm Supplies in Guelph, and at Parrish and Heimbecker near Kincardine. Leigh is well-respected in Eastern Ontario by dealers and customers for her forthright agronomic skills. 

Klay Ansems
Maizex Territory Manager – Atlantic Canada

Klay was raised on a vegetable and cash crop farm located near Canning, NS, where he also operates a farm today. Klay has extensive experience in positioning corn, soybean and forage varieties both as a Maizex Seeds dealer and now as Territory Manager for the region.

Western Canada

Danielle MacCallum
Maizex Territory Manager – Alberta, Western Saskatchewan, British Columbia

Danielle grew up on a pedigreed seed farm near Vulcan, AB. She attended Lethbridge Community College and the University of Lethbridge where she received her B.Sc. in Agriculture Studies. She also holds a Certified Crop Advisor and Professional Agrologist designations. Some of her previous work experience includes roles as an agronomist with Cargill and a territory account manager for Monsanto in southern Alberta. Currently, Danielle and her husband farm and ranch near Del Bonita, AB where she also grows grazing corn. 

Stephan Chabbert
Territory Manager, Manitoba/Eastern Saskatchewan South

Steph grew up on a family farm near Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes in Manitoba, and still resides in this area. He holds a degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and is a Fellow of the Manitoba Institute of Agronomy. Steph has a wealth of experience in the agricultural field, having worked in research, distribution, and sales in the co-op system before joining the Maizex team. He is passionate about the seed industry and is eager to better understand and help his customers grow their farming businesses.

Jarret Geisel
Maizex Territory Manager – Manitoba/Eastern Saskatchewan North

Jarret grew up on a family farm near Gladstone, MB where he continues to live with his family. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Agronomy from the University of Manitoba. He has also obtained his Certified Crop Advisor and Professional Agrologist designations. Jarret has been working in the agriculture industry in agronomy, sales, and management positions before coming to Maizex. He looks forward to meeting you and discussing your crop and seed requirements.