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Globally Connecting Today's 
Agriculture Leaders 

As a Scholar

The Nuffield Canada Scholarship is a prestigious rural leadership program available to anyone mid-career who is involved in agriculture in any capacity of primary production, industry or governance. This $15,000 scholarship provides individuals with a unique opportunity to:

  • Access the world’s most extensive network in food and farming,

  • Achieve personal development through travel and study, and

  • Deliver long-term benefits to Canadian farmers and growers, and to the industry as a whole.

Each year scholarships are awarded to individuals who are expected to assume positions of greater influence in their field in the future.

View Nuffield Canada Information Brochure here & 
Learn more about Nuffield Scholarship Application here.


Nuffield Canada has awarded 5 scholarships with thanks to our generous investors.

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Justin Cantafio - Dartmouth, NS
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A passionate advocate for local and sustainable food systems, Justin Cantafio is the executive director of Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia and a co-founder of Canadian Farmers’ Markets.

He is also President of the Centre for Local Prosperity, a charitable organization specializing in economic re-localization across Atlantic Canada. Justin’s topic of study will be to take a global lens in exploring the power of the world's public markets to build sustainable, resilient, and adaptable local food systems in Canada.

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Scholarship Recipient

Making valuable connections is Craig's passion. As the owner and producer of Rural Roots Canada, a multi-media platform serving agricultural producers, businesses and organizations throughout the prairies and beyond. Craig’s topic will examine the media’s role in agriculture and the influence it has on consumers’ perspective of the industry. 

Craig Lester - Calgary, AB
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Alberta Wheat Commission Scholarship Recipient

Dr Stephanie Lam - Guelph, ON
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Driven and inspired, Dr. Stephanie Lam is a Research Associate at the University of Guelph advancing genomic technologies in beef production. Although a researcher by training, she also actively serves the community by helping new researchers in agricultural science build communication and leadership skills. She will be studying genetic and genomic approaches for sustainable beef production.

Semex Canada Scholarship Recipient

Emily Ford, is a Senior Agronomist with Quattro Ventures in Bow Island AB, which serves a crucial role in crop production through real-time field monitoring and providing solutions to ensure top crop performance on a complex 23,000 acre farm. Her topic of study will be regenerative agriculture in potato production systems.  

McCain Foods Ltd. Scholarship Recipient

Emily Ford - Medicine Hat, AB
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A leader in sustainability, Kirk co-founded and led Blindman Brewing to become the first brewery in Canada to use a new technology to capture and reuse CO2 produced during fermentation. He plans to study how to create value for grain and oilseed growers in the rapidly changing sustainability and carbon pricing landscape.

Canadian Canola Growers Association Scholarship Recipient

Kirk Zembal - Edmonton, AB
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