Nuffield Canada is pleased to announce the selection of four recipients for its 2017 program:
Nicole MacKellar: receiving the Grain Farmers of Ontario scholarship.
Kristina Polziehn: receiving the Alberta Wheat Commission scholarship, new in 2016.
Matt Hamill: receiving the Western Grains Research Foundation scholarship, new in 2016.
The four new scholars will prepare for their international study travels with a trip to Brazil in March of 2017, where they will meet with other scholars from around the globe for a week-long conference, focussing on global agriculture, business, and personal development.
“Over the next two years, these four scholars will further develop leadership and organizational capabilities while investigating issues critical to Canadian agriculture,” says Kelvin Meadows, Chairman of Nuffield Canada. “The opportunities and perspective that a Nuffield Scholarship can provide are priceless in today’s global agricultural community. We are grateful to all of our program investors for their support in ensuring the award of these four scholarships.”
Nicole MacKellar, Guelph, ON
Educated at McMaster University, Nicole is an active member in her family’s cash crop operation and works as the Manager of Market Development at the Grain Farmers of Ontario. Nicole will study the possibilities for branding of commodities that are further processed into ingredients. Nicole’s scholarship is supported by Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Kristina Polziehn, Sturgeon County, AB
Kristina holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Alberta with an extensive background in plant science and agronomy. Currently the President of Axiom Agronomy Ltd., an independent crop consulting company, Kristina plans to study the applications for remote sensing in crop production, through the use of manned and unmanned aircraft. Kristina’s scholarship is supported by the Alberta Wheat Commission.
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Matt Hamill, Red Deer, AB
Matt studied business administration at Red Deer College, through Mount Royal College, and works as an ag lender. In 2014 he co-founded Red Shed Malting, one of the first specialty malt houses in Alberta. Matt will study craft malting company best practices, looking for ways to grow and improve the malt industry, and other value-added opportunities, in Canada. Matt’s scholarship is supported by the Western Grains Research Foundation.
Nuffield scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for their industries and for Canadian agriculture through a program of international study. Scholars have the opportunity to study the best production, management and marketing systems in the world, while gaining a deeper understanding of the politics, cultures and challenges of global agriculture.
Nuffield Canada relies on support from alumni and industry investors, including:
Alberta Wheat Commission
Farm Credit Canada
Glacier Media Group
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Western Grains Research Foundation
Applications for the 2018 Scholarship are due April 30, 2017.
For more information contact:
Nuffield Canada, Executive Director
Nuffield Canada, Chair
(April 7, 2016) Applications for 2017 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarships are due April 30, 2016.
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Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and share their findings with others, for the betterment of Canadian agriculture. Applicants should be in mid-career, between the ages of 25 and 45 (guideline) with a minimum of five years agricultural business or farming experience and the management ability to step away from current duties in order to pursue their studies. Scholars must travel for a minimum of ten weeks, with a minimum of six consecutive weeks in one leg of their travel. Nuffield scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering existing research projects.
Scholars must complete their project within two years of winning the award and must produce a written report and present their findings upon return.
Nuffield Canada investors will provide four named scholarships; two of them new in 2017:
Four scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2017.
“The support of these key industry players is essential to our program,” said Kelvin Meadows, Nuffield Canada Chair. “Nuffield Canada Scholars are having a major impact on our country’s agriculture and food sectors and we are moving steadily toward our goal of growing the number of scholarships offered each year.”
Canadian Nuffield Scholars are required to participate in the annual Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), with scholars from other member countries. The 2017 CSC will be held in Brazil in early March.
For more information on Nuffield Canada, visit www.nuffield.ca.
For more information:
Executive Director, Nuffield Canada
Chairman, Nuffield Canada
NEWS RELEASE: February 16, 2016
Nuffield Canada Welcomes Farm Credit Canada and the Western Grains Research Foundation
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) have joined Nuffield Canada as sponsors in 2016, expanding the opportunities for program growth and increased opportunities for prospective scholars.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge through a multi-week program of international study. A key component of their commitment is the sharing of their findings with others.
“The main goal of Nuffield Canada is to grow leadership capacity in agriculture,” said Nuffield Canada Chairman Kelvin Meadows. “The support of FCC and the WGRF, with their profile and outreach, is a tremendous asset to our program. We’re very excited to welcome them to the team.”
Farm Credit Canada’s support will focus on program awareness, marketing and communication. FCC looks forward to the ability to access many well-known Nuffield Scholars as speakers in its extensive educational program offerings.
”We are proud to sponsor Nuffield Canada and its scholar program as it opens the doors to furthering knowledge and innovation in Canada’s agriculture industry,” said Todd Klink, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer at FCC. “At FCC, we understand the value that innovation and knowledge sharing brings to a progressive, complex and dynamic ag industry.”
The Western Grains Research Foundation scholarship will be available to scholars directly involved in the Western Canadian field crop sector, preferably a producer, or an individual actively involved in the sector through extension or research whose research topic will focus on the field crop sector.
“This partnership with Nuffield Canada is an investment in people,” says Dave Sefton, WGRF Board Chair. “Nuffield Scholarships offer education and exposure to new ideas, products, services, technologies, and marketing approaches that will help future leaders influence and shape our agriculture communities.”
FCC and WGRF join the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Glacier Media as Nuffield Canada sponsors, in a growing list of organizations and businesses dedicated to the promotion of research, education and leadership capacity in Canadian agriculture.
Nuffield Canada allows innovative Canadians the chance to explore issues and opportunities across all aspects of modern agriculture and food production. Scholars gain access to the best production, management and marketing systems in the world, and to a growing international Nuffield network that spans the globe.
Upon completion of their research project Nuffield Scholars are required to share the knowledge they gain for the betterment of Canadian agriculture. Nuffield Scholars are much sought-after employees, speakers, board members, advisors and mentors.
To learn more about Nuffield Canada, visit www.nuffield.ca. Information about Nuffield International can be found at www.nuffieldinterntational.org.
For more information contact:
Nuffield Canada Chairman