OUR SCHOLARS


Tony Balkwill

2016 Scholar

Paris, Ontario


Tony Balkwill, an independent agronomy specialist based out of Southern Ontario, wins the inaugural Grain Farmers of Ontario Nuffield Scholarship. As owner of NithField Advanced Agronomy, he manages thousands of acres of cropland across several counties. He is also a third generation farmer who farms in the Oxford and Brant areas. His farming operation is … Learn More >>

Nuffield News

News release August 8, 2017 – Nuffield Canada announces four Scholars for 2018

Nuffield Canada is pleased to announce the selection of four recipients for its 2018 program:

Ellen Crane, MSc Ag, from Murray Siding, Nova Scotia sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, is the General Manager of the Maritime Beef Council. Her study topic will focus on which beef production attributes are most important to consumers; what are consumers willing to pay for, and ways that producers can implement these production attributes to leverage opportunities in consumer marketing.

Josh Oulton of Port Williams, Nova Scotia sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, owns Taproot Farms Inc. which has grain, fruit, vegetable and livestock divisions. Interested in flax production from seed to shirt, Josh will study all aspects of growing high-quality flax fibre for long line linen processing into high quality clothing. He is also interested in exploring the various opportunities for use of the waste materials from long line processing.

Gavin Robertson of Niagara, Ontario, sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, is wine-maker and vineyard coordinator at the Niagara College Teaching Winery. Gavin will examine the curriculum and content of a wide range of international viticulture training programs, as well as seeking input from industry stakeholders, including vineyard and winery owners and operators, marketing boards and relevant government agencies. His research will be used to develop recommendations and guidelines for viticulture training in the Canadian grape industry, to the benefit of both public institutions and private enterprise.

Shelley Spruitt of Mountain, Ontario sponsored by Glacier FarmMedia, is a partner in Against the Grain Farms, where she focuses on the restoration of ancient grains to produce value-added products and whole grains and flour. She has a keen interest in creating awareness of the importance of locally-sourced products, not just for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses, but also for grains. Her study topic will investigate the ways in which this is implemented in other countries and her research will be shared in Ontario and across Canada.
The four new scholars will prepare for their international study travels with a trip to the Netherlands in March of 2018, where they will meet with Nuffield scholars from around the globe at a week-long conference, focussing on global agriculture and business topics and personal development.

“These four scholars will build their leadership and organizational capabilities while investigating issues critical to Canadian agriculture,” says Kelvin Meadows, Chairman of Nuffield Canada. “Their international experiences over the next two years will provide opportunities and perspective that will add tremendous value to their own careers, and to our Canadian agricultural community.”
Nuffield Canada 2018 scholarships will be supported by long-time investor Glacier FarmMedia and Nuffield Canada alumni. Nuffield Canada also gratefully acknowledges ongoing program support agreements with Alberta Wheat Commission, Farm Credit Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Western Grains Research Foundation.

For more information about Nuffield Canada, including application criteria and forms, visit www.nuffield.ca.

For more information contact:

Shannon McArton
Nuffield Canada, Executive Director
shannonatnuffielddotca
(306)731-7610

Kelvin Meadows
Nuffield Canada, Chair
shelleydotkelvinatgmaildotcom
(306)694-5338

2017 Scholars Announced

News Release:

Nuffield Canada Announces 2017 Scholars

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.”

N MacKellar-150Nicole 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.
Twitter: @NMackellar
Instagram: nmackellar

 

K Polziehn-150Kristina 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.
Twitter: @AxiomAgronomy
Facebook page: Axiom Agronomy
Website: axiomagronomy.com

M Hamill-150Matt 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.
Facebook: maltstermatt
Twitter: @HamillMatt
Instagram: redshedmalting
LinkedIn: mattredshedmalting

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:
Shannon McArton
Nuffield Canada, Executive Director
shannonatnuffielddotca
(306)731-7610

or

Kelvin Meadows
Nuffield Canada, Chair
shelleydotkelvinatgmaildotcom
(306)694-5338

April 30 Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

(April 7, 2016) Applications for 2017 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarships are due April 30, 2016.
Click here to download an Application Form

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:

  • Glacier Farm Media, in its fifth year of partnership with Nuffield Canada, will support a National Scholarship.
  • The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding individual involved in the Ontario grain industry whose study shows direct benefit to the Ontario grain sector. This is the second scholarship from GFO.
  • The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) scholarship, new in 2017, 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.
  • The Alberta Wheat Commission scholarship, new in 2017, will be available to an Alberta resident involved in the Western Canadian grain sector, directly connected to primary grain production. Research topics will focus on studies that benefit the wheat sector.

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:
Shannon McArton
Executive Director, Nuffield Canada
shannonatnuffielddotca

Kelvin Meadows
Chairman, Nuffield Canada
kelvindotshelleyatgmaildotcom