WestGen 2019 Board of Directors westgen
2019 Board of Directors
Eric L. Iversen
Eric and his brother own the 500-acre Innislake Dairy Farm in Olds, AB, where they have 70 milking cows and grow all their own forage. Eric joined the WestGen board in 2015. After serving as Vice President in 2016 he was elected President in 2017.
Ridley Wikkerink has farmed all of his life, and is a second-generation dairy farmer. He owns and operates Wedgwood Holsteins, a 300-acre farm in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, BC. He joined the WestGen board in 2016. Ridley was elected Treasurer for 2018.
Tim owns Detimdale Holsteins in Millet, AB. He joined the WestGen board in 1997. From 2002 to 2007 Tim served as President, and he held an Executive Director position from 2007 to 2012. In addition, Tim served as the WestGen Representative on the Semex board for many years, and is now the Chairman of the WestGen Endowment Fund Committee. Tim is also the board’s Alternate Executive Director.
Henry farms at Hiding Acres in Langley, BC. Henry joined the WestGen board in 2003, and served as Vice President from 2007 – 2012. In 2012, Henry was the board’s Treasurer, and he began serving as a WestGen representative on the Semex board in 2013.
Alternate Executive Director
Tony grew up on a farm, and has operated Tonesa Holsteins Ltd. in Chilliwack, BC since 1981. He takes great pride in running a successful business that produces a healthy product for his local community. He joined the WestGen board in 2009 and served as the board’s President from 2012 to 2017.
Tony Van Garderen
Tony farms at Kelton Holsteins in Abbotsford, B.C. He grew up on a dairy farm in Chilliwack and in 1982 started his own farm. Tony farms with his wife and son. He joined the WestGen board in 2016.
Jim farms near Grenfell, SK with his wife Laurel and daughters Erin and Michelle. In the past, Jim has been a board member for Saskatchewan Milk Producers Association, Dairy Producers Cooperative Limited, Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan and SASKMILK. He joined the Westgen board in March of 2018 as alternate executive director and is excited to be working with the Westgen Group of Companies.
Wim and his wife started their Leduc, AB dairy operation in 1992 under the Roselane prefix, and now milk 60 cows. Their family includes 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Wim was elected to the WestGen Board at the 2018 AGM and is proud to serve on both the Board and the WestGen Endowment Fund Committee.
Mike Duncan is the 5th generation to operate Bonnie Doone Dairy. This Harrison Mills, BC dairy farm was established in 1890 The farm has been breeding with Westgen bulls for over 50 years, and he is excited to be on the board. In the past Mike has been a director of Mainland Young Milk Producers and also is a director on Mainland Milk Producers Association.
Richard and his wife Carol along with their 5 kids farm near Grunthal, Manitoba, where they moved to in 2015 after farming 19 years in New Brunswick. Richard is excited to join the 2019 board and looks forward to being part of the discussions of the Westgen group of companies