Our Team

Dr. Rob Stables

DVM, General Manager

Dr. Candy Stables

DVM, Assistant Manager

Daryl Leppa

Reproductive Solutions Manager

Marianne Janzen

Shipping and Distribution Manager

Kim Ranger

Client Relations/Administration

Mimi McWilliams

Reception

Dr. Danielle Gutter

Veterinarian

Krista Johnston

ET Lab Manager

Kadin Mortensen

Embryo/IVF Technician

Marissa Campbell

Embryo/IVF Technician

Jordann Brenner

Embryo/IVF Technician

Candace Woods

Semen Lab Manager / Sire Health

Rae-lynn Armstrong

Semen Laboratory Technician

Krista Scherger

Semen Laboratory Technician

Lowell Nelson

Semen Laboratory Technician

Maxine Chizik

General Assistant

Cody Allison

Herdsman

Peter Rollheiser

Herdsman

Ty Zaft

Herdsman

Brandon Goudy

Herdsperson

Jess Declercq

Herdsperson

Blu Hale

Herdsperson

Karmen Tateson

Herdsperson/Lab Technician

Emma Brooks

Lab Technician/Herdsperson

Dr. Rob Stables

DVM, General Manager

Dr. Rob Stables was born and raised with purebred Black Angus in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. He was an active member in 4-H and enjoyed his time on the cattle show circuit. He entered the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture in 1989 and was accepted into Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After graduating with his DVM in 1996, he went to work at Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants in Crossfield, AB following his interest in genetics and reproductive technology. He specialized in bovine embryo transfer for 8 years and perfected his bovine reproductive skills. In 2004 he joined Bow Valley Veterinary Clinic and purchased the clinic with his wife Candy in September of 2004. Over the next few years he grew the embryo transfer side of the practice to the point that it has become a fulltime commitment with the expansion of embryo transfer services and then into semen production and the construction of an export qualified bull stud.

Phone

Office: 587-887-1934 ext. 1 | Cell: 403-362-1933

Dr. Candy Stables

DVM, Assistant Manager

Dr. Candy Stables was born a “city kid” in Edmonton, AB. She took her pre-vet training at the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Environmental Sciences in 1995. She went on to complete her education at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. After earning her DVM degree in 1999, Dr. Candy moved to Brooks, Alberta and started her first job as a mixed animal practitioner at Bow Valley Veterinary Clinic in May of 1999. Dr. Rob Stables then joined the veterinary practice in June of 2004 and together they bought the clinic from Dr. Doug Evans later that year in September. From Bow Valley Veterinary Clinic, arose Bow Valley Genetics, and in 2009 Rob left the clinic to pursue the bull stud and advanced reproduction technologies. Candy stayed on at the veterinary clinic and then sold it to Dr. Blake Balog in November 2019. She has now joined the Bow Valley Genetics team as of December 2020 as Assistant Manager. Although, her duties at the office will be managerial and human resources, she will likely still get her hands dirty doing “vet stuff”.

Phone

403-793-4216

Daryl Leppa

Reproductive Solutions Manager

Daryl grew up in West Central Saskatchewan on a mixed farming operation consisting of a small purebred herd, a commercial herd, and a grain farm. Through his childhood years he was involved in 4H and various junior beef programs. Through the following years, Daryl was very fortunate to work for many astute cattlemen and beef leading operations across North America with show and sale preparation. In 2008, he took on a position at Six Mile Angus, a prominent purebred operation in Saskatchewan. There, his role involved many facets of the business, including show and sell cattle, marketing, and genetics. During the fall of 2015, Daryl’s career path brought him to the Bow Valley Genetics team. He started with the position of Sire Manager, then in 2019 he assumed the role of Reproductive Solutions Manager.

Phone

Office: 587-887-1934 Ext. 2 | Cell: 306-858-7101

Marianne Janzen

Shipping and Distribution Manager

Marianne was born and raised on a farm in Rainier, Alberta. She was a member of 4-H for several years. After finishing high school at Brooks Composite she went onto Olds College to take her Animal Health Technology course. After completing post secondary school she worked at Bow Valley Vet Clinic for a few years until starting a family in Rosemary, where she currently still lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children. She has been with Bow Valley Genetics since 2013 as our Shipping and Distribution Manager.

Phone

587-887-1934 Ext. 0

Kim Ranger

Client Relations/Administration

Kimberly was born and raised in Nanaimo, B.C. where she developed an early passion for animal health; she has a lengthy and varied history working with both small and large animals as a Veterinary Assistant—after making the move to Alberta, Kim started her tenure with Bow Valley. Kim has spent 10 years working within the company, starting first at the small animal clinic then joining BVGL in 2011. In 2019 Kim and her family made the decision to move back to B.C., in doing so she left BVG. After a year and a half, she has returned as a Client Relations administrator and is excited to be back on the team.

Mimi McWilliams

Reception

Mimi loves working with public and the people she works with! She is especially talented in keeping a good sense of humor, regardless of the hectic pace of the day. Mimi appreciates the real team spirit at BVG and that we are all supportive of each other! She enjoys that every day is something a little different. Her favorite things to do include spending time with her family and traveling. Mimi particularly likes gift shops and new places to eat! Mimi also enjoys camping and, of course, her boxer Taz.

Dr. Danielle Gutter

Veterinarian

Dr. Danielle Gutter grew up on an acreage near Devon, Alberta surrounded by horses, dogs and cats, and spending the remainder of her free time playing sports. Danielle’s love for cows was sparked working at a dairy farm while obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta (2012), and inevitably a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan (2017). She began her career on Vancouver Island as a large animal veterinarian working mainly with bovine, equine, and small ruminant patients with a heavy focus on dairy medicine which ignited her interest for bovine reproduction. A year and a half later Danielle moved to the Brooks area to locum as a mixed animal veterinarian at multiple clinics, but working mainly out of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. She enjoyed the heavy case-load of beef production medicine and obstetrics, which solidified her interest in bovine reproduction. Danielle is excited to join the great team at Bow Valley Genetics, and expand her knowledge to better help producers through the Advanced Reproductive Centre. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, hiking, and attempting to tire out her canine companions in the outdoors.

Phone

403-427-0147

Krista Johnston

ET Lab Manager

Krista was raised near Priddis, Alberta. She grew up riding horses and competed in show jumping. Krista attended Olds College and graduated from the Veterinary Technical Assistant program. After college, Krista spent a year at an equine veterinary practice assisting the veterinarians with appointments. Now at BVG, she works in the Embryo, IVF and Semen labs, while also assisting on road trips to client farms.

Kadin Mortensen

Embryo/IVF Technician

After graduating from high school in Brooks, AB; Kadin moved to Saskatoon, SK and completed his Bachelor's in Animal Bioscience at the University of Saskatchewan. While attending post-secondary, he was employed by the U of S College of Agriculture in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, assisting in multiple poultry welfare research projects. Now back and close to home at Bow Valley Genetics, Kadin is working in the Semen Lab as a technician. Affectionately known as "The Captain", Kadin always seems to be suspiciously close by when operations deteriorate into less-than-smooth sailing.

Marissa Campbell

Embryo/IVF Technician

Marissa was born and raised on Vancouver Island, BC, where she grew up raising and showing cattle in the 4-H program and open shows. After high school, she moved to Vermilion, AB and attended Lakeland College where she received her Diploma in Animal Science and Technology. Furthering her education, Marissa moved to Saskatoon, SK to complete her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan where she majored Animal Science. Marissa has had the opportunity to work in many sectors of the agriculture industry including working with beef and poultry. This peaked her interests in bovine genetics and reproduction. Outside of work, Marissa enjoys spending time outside, hiking, camping, and being with her friends and family. Marissa is very excited to join Bow Valley Genetics to further her knowledge in beef reproduction.

Jordann Brenner

Embryo/IVF Technician

Jordann was raised on an acreage near Semans Saskatchewan. She grew up around grain, horses, and cattle, but loves to work with all animals. She has worked at a small and large animal clinic, as well as the Poultry Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. In her spare time, Jordann loves to ride her horse. She attended the U of S studying Animal Science. She has since moved to Alberta to join everyone at Bow Valley Genetics and she is very excited to be part of the team.

Candace Woods

Semen Lab Manager / Sire Health

Candace grew up in Nelson, British Columbia. She graduated with a BSc in Biology from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Candace started her career at Wildlife Genetics in Nelson, BC, as Senior Project Manager for 10 years, conducting population studies on various species, including grizzly and black bear, wolverine, and caribou. She started at BVGL in 2019 as a Semen Laboratory Assistant, and has recently taken on the additional roll of Sire Health Manager. She is excited about continuing to expand her knowledge of bovine reproduction and cryopreservation.

Rae-lynn Armstrong

Semen Laboratory Technician

Rae-Lynn is a Bow Valley Genetics Semen Laboratory Technician. She grew up on a family ranch just outside of Bassano. Proud mother of three, she has been a professional trick rider and stunt woman for the last 22 years. Rae-Lynn has also performed across North America entertaining audiences.

Krista Scherger

Semen Laboratory Technician

Krista grew up in Seven Persons, AB and moved to an acreage just outside of Bassano in 2017 with her husband and 2 children. Krista has been a herdsman here at Bow Valley Genetics since 2018 and is always eager to help with whatever needs to get done, always with a smile.

Lowell Nelson

Semen Laboratory Technician

Lowell grew up on a farm east of Morrin, AB around grain, sheep, goats, horses, and cattle. He attended the University of Alberta where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, majoring in Animal Science. Some of his past experience includes working in canola breeding with BASF, dairy nutrition sales with Cargill, and farm work on his family’s farm. In his spare time, Lowell likes to travel, hike, ski, ride his horse, but his greatest passion is working with and developing his Fullblood Fleckvieh herd.

Maxine Chizik

General Assistant

Maxine was born in Bassano, AB and raised on her parent’s cattle ranch just east of there. She now resides on her own property not far from where she was raised. Maxine enjoys working for BVG. Her responsibilities are the cleaning, sterilization, and assembly of lab equipment. She enjoys gardening, outdoor sports, her western heritage, and spending time with her friends and family.

Cody Allison

Herdsman

Cody was born in Kamloops, BC and moved to Alberta at the age of 5. Cody has worked in agriculture his whole life, from working in a feedlot to ranching, and now at Bow Valley Genetics. In his spare time, Cody enjoys team roping in rodeos and jackpots all over BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

Peter Rollheiser

Herdsman

Peter was born and raised in Alberta and attended school at University of Alberta taking Animal Health. Peter started working for Bow Valley Genetics in the beginning of 2019 as a herdsman, assisting with collections, bedding pens, feeding the animals, and general outdoor maintenance of the facility.

Ty Zaft

Herdsman

Brandon Goudy

Herdsperson

Brandon comes from a purebred Simmental operation in southern Saskatchewan. Brandon has a great passion for cattle and is an advocate for agriculture! He is a jack of all trades when it comes to repairing equipment and repairs to our facility. He custom bales and enjoys going to rodeos in his spare time.

Jess Declercq

Herdsperson

Jess was born and raised on a large mixed operation with a feedlot where they background their own cattle near Lomond Alberta. Later, she moved to her family’s cattle ranch near Patricia and graduated high school in Duchess. She attended Lethbridge college where she received her diploma in Animal science and moved back home to the ranch in 2020. Jess is a proud mother of a little boy following mom’s footsteps calving cows and chasing pivots!

Blu Hale

Herdsperson

Blu was raised in Bassano on his family’s ranch. Growing up, he was a member of the Bassano 4H club and he then went to Olds college and got a diploma in Agriculture Management. Blu spent lots of time working with cattle growing up. He also enjoys spending time with his friends/family, travelling, and boating on hot summer days.

Karmen Tateson

Herdsperson/Lab Technician

Karmen grew up in Tilley Alberta on her family ran commercial cow-calf ranch. She has a diploma in Animal Science from the Lethbridge College as well as academic credentials from the University of Saskatchewan. Since coming back to her community in 2020, she is hoping to expand her knowledge in the cattle industry and is excited to be part of the team here at Bow Valley Genetics!

Emma Brooks

Lab Technician/Herdsperson

Emma Grew up on her family farm in Paris Ontario raising purebred Simmental cattle. She attended Lakeland College studying agribusiness and has since then moved to Saskatchewan. Emma brought her family and cows along with her! Emma often finds herself in the show barn prepping her cattle for shows across Canada. She is super excited to be a part of the BVGL Regina location!