Board of Directors

Top from L to R: Phil MacLean, Jean-François Morin, Gerrit Wensink

Middle from L to R: Jean Bissonnette, Mariette Gagnon, Eric Iversen

Bottom from L to R: Richard Lagacé, Curtis McNeil, Tom Pasco, Jim Ross


Semex is pleased to announce that Phil MacLean (EastGen) has been appointed as President & Chairman of the Board for 2020-2021, succeeding Gary Bowers (CIAQ). Assisting Semex’s new President is Jean-François Morin (CIAQ) as Vice President and Gerrit Wensink (EastGen) as Executive Member of the Board.


Semex President Phil MacLean first joined the Semex Board in 2017, serving on the Audit & Risk Committee from 2017-2020. Representing Semex Partner Owner EastGen, he joined their board in 2016, and was elected Vice President in 2019 and 2020. A native of Newfoundland, Phil’s farm spans 1300 acres and is a robot operation, now focused on developing an A2A2 herd following the dispersal of his 300-head registered herd, Headline Holsteins. Active in the dairy industry, Phil has served on the boards of the Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Dairy Farmers of Canada. Phil and his wife Pauline Duivenvoorden also operate Barn Fine Eggs, a 7800-laying hen operation as well as Farm Fine Brood, a 25,000-bird broiler operation. Extremely successful, they were awarded the Outstanding Young Farmers Atlantic Canada Award in 1999.


Also serving on the Semex Board of Directors are: Jean Bissonnette (CIAQ), Mariette Gagnon (CIAQ), Eric Iversen (WestGen), Richard Lagacé (CIAQ), Curtis McNeil (EastGen), Tom Pasco (EastGen) and James Ross (WestGen).


Semex is comprised of three Partner Owners: WestGen, CIAQ (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec) and EastGen. As a leading global genetic company, Semex is focused on providing our clients with the solutions, innovations and technologies that positively impact their lives, as well as the lives of the animals on their operations and within our global community. This is Genetics for Life, our guiding compass.