Our Team

We’ve developed a team that combines practical knowledge with leading edge research to bring you products that make a difference. Our local dealers and agronomic team are just around the corner to serve your corn and soybean seed needs.

We work year round to ensure that our Maizex team delivers up-to-date agronomic insights, information and production advice. Make your Maizex Seed Specialist part of your farm management team. Our goal is to help growers prosper year after year and be your trusted seed partner.

 

 

Management Team

  • Maizex President and CEO Dave Baute
    Maizex President and CEO

    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's main campus. 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. 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 manages Soiex Farms, a 2300-acre seed farm.

    (877) 682-1720
  • Maizex CFO Brenda Baute
    Maizex Chief Financial Officer

    Brenda has been an integral part of Maizex since its infancy, co-founding the company with Dave in 1985. Originally from Smiths Falls, Ontario, Brenda attended the University of Guelph and worked in banking before turning to agriculture. As Chief Financial Officer of Maizex and Soiex Farms, she's played a pivotal role in managing the company's finances and human resources over nearly three decades of growth.

    (877) 682-1720
  • Stephen Denys
    Maizex Director of Business Management

    Born on a field and vegetable crop farm near Chatham, Ontario, 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 expanded his business training with an MBA from the University of Windsor, where he focused on corporate strategy and strategic marketing.  Stephen started his professional career in the crop protection sector 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 given not only his efforts in business development, but contributions to several industry issues and initiatives through the Canadian Seed Trade Association where he is a Past President.

    Stephen’s passion for modern agriculture starts at home where he operates a family farm.  It is here that he practices what he preaches both through on-farm research and use of the genetics and technologies used by Maizex customers. 

    (877) 682-1720
  • Maizex National Sales Manager Shane Jantzi
    Maizex National Sales Manager

    Shane grew up working on a dairy cash crop farm in Haldimand County, Ontario. He is a graduate from The University of Guelph (Bachelor of Science), and from The University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Education). His over 15 years of industry experience includes sales positions with Cargill and Dow AgroSciences. Shane joined us in 2001 as a District Sales Manager and assumed the role of Sales Manager in 2012. Shane is an active supporter of local Soil and Crop Associations and has his Certified Crop Advisor designation.

    (519) 778-7715
  • Shawn Winter
    Maizex Product Development Manager

    Shawn grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario, and continues to produce corn and soybeans with his family. He is a University of Guelph graduate, with an M.Sc. (Plant Breeding and Genetics) and B.Sc. (Agronomy). He has spent ten years in the agricultural industry, the majority of which has been with Maizex. Shawn has his Certified Crop Advisor designation, is a recognized Plant Breeder by the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association and is the Chair for the Ontario Corn Committee.

    (877) 682-1720
  • Greg Stewart
    Maizex Agronomy Lead

    Greg Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Peterborough, Ontario.  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.

    Stewart farmed and worked in the farm equipment industry for four years before joining OMAFRA as the Corn Specialist in 1998.  With OMAFRA Stewart participated extensively in corn research and demonstration projects across the province. Greg has been particularly active in investigating nitrogen strategies that are environmentally and economically sustainable.

    Stewart joined the Maizex team on March 23, 2015 and he looks forward to working with Maizex customers to help them capitalize on a host of exciting opportunities in the years ahead. 

     

    (226) 820-2203
  • Chuck Belanger
    Market Development Agronomist, Western Ontario

    Chuck grew up on a farm in Pain Court in Dover Township and continues to reside there. Over 20 years experience in the industry has made Chuck a recognized specialist in crop management and agronomy in the Tilbury, Stoney Point and St. Joachim area. Chuck looks forward to continuing to provide whole farm solutions and superior customer service to his customers. 

    (519) 401-0715

Territory Managers

  • Dave Emery
    Maizex Territory Manager - Southwestern Ontario

    Dave grew up on a farm in Chatham-Kent 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. He’s been involved in grain and seed production since 1999, and has owned and managed his own farm since 2006. 

    (519) 360-6072
  • Maizex Market Development Agronomist - 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, near Kinburn, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2011 and received her Certified Crop Advisor designation in 2013.  She has had extensive sales and agronomy experience working directly with growers across Ontario through her previous sales agronomist roles at Sharpe Farm Supplies in Guelph, and at Parrish and Heimbecker near Kincardine.  Most recently, Leigh was travelling and working in an orchard in Central Otago, New Zealand.

    In her spare time, she enjoys being active with 4H, Ontario Soil and Crop, curling and travelling.

    Leigh looks forward to helping growers with product positioning and crop planning, problem solving and overall grower and dealer interaction.

    (613) 408-7212
  • Laura Johnston
    Maizex Territory Manager - West Elgin County

    Laura grew up in Dutton on her family farm and now lives in Port Stanley with her husband and son. She’s a graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in Agronomy. Her career includes years as a Precision Ag Specialist at Laresco and years as an Agronomist at Cargill. Laura is a Certified Crop Advisor and also a CCA Marketing Committee Member. Laura looks forward to meeting you, sharing her expertise and planning your crop and seed requirements for your operation.

    (519) 476-2482
  • Stephane Larose
    Maizex Territory Manager - 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 daughter. He received his degree in Agriculture at ITAA in Québec and went on to achieve his teaching degree specializing in agriculture. Stéphane has worked in the ag industry most recently with Ceresco specializing in seed sales and agronomic support. Stéphane's diverse background brings specialized insight and expertise to provide farm solutions to his eastern Québec dealers and growers.

    (514) 606-1720
  • Maizex Territory Manager, Sam McDonell
    Maizex Territory Manager - Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec

    Sam was raised and remains active in his families Dairy Cash Crop Farm in North Lancaster, On. After obtaining his Associated Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph's Kemptville Campus, he studied Business Management at Olds College, Alberta. Before coming to Maizex, Sam worked as a Crop Input Advisor in Eastern Ontario helping growers make on farm decisions. Sam is involved in local organizations and sits as a Councillor in his Municipality of South Glengarry. 

    (450) 802-0152
  • Maizex Territory Manager 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. Most recently, he has been working for Sharpe’s Farm Supply and has also worked as a research assistant with Bayer CropScience. Adam farms with his family just outside of Guelph. He looks forward to visiting you and discussing your 2016 seed requirements.

    (226) 820-6280
  • 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 Katelyn currently reside. He received his degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph in 2006. Since then, Chadd has gained experience in 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. 

    (705) 395-1720
  • Kirk Van Will
    Maizex Territory Manager - Lambton & West Middlesex Counties

    Kirk grew up near Norwood Ontario and has made Strathroy Ontario his home. Farm customers recognize Kirk as a specialist for 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. Kirk enjoys contributing time to local agricultural organizations.

    (519) 899-3255
  • Jarret Geisel
    Maizex Territory Manager - Western Canada

    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 designation. 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. 

    (204) 841-8307
  • Kevin McCarville
    Maizex Territory Manager - Maritimes

    Kevin was raised on a mixed farm on PEI. Attended NSAC and Macdonald College of McGill University graduating with a B.Sc.(Agr) majoring in plant protection. Kevin is a member of the PEI Institute of Agrologists.

    Kevin’s early career focused on the plant protection industry in western, central and eastern Canada. He eventually moved back to his home province and worked in the potato industry in both the public and private sectors. For the past 15 years Kevin has worked with the seed and crop business in the Atlantic region for La Coop Fédérée network. With the 2018 merger of Maizex and La Coop Fédérée Kevin has taken on the role of representing Maizex in the Atlantic Region in addition to other seeds business with Elite and Solio Agriculture.

    (902) 432-0375
  • Danielle MacCallum
    Maizex Territory Manager - Western Canada

    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 designation. Some of her previous work experience include a number of years being an Agronomist with Cargill and a Territory Account Manager for Monsanto in southern Alberta. Currently, Danielle and her husband farm and ranch at Del Bonita, AB.

    (403) 715-2628
  • Henry Prinzen, Territory Manager
    Maizex Territory Manager - Southcentral Ontario

    Henry is involved in his family cash crop and farrow to finish farm operation located near Jarvis Ontario.   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, having received his certification earlier this year.

    (226) 747-6213

Administrative Team