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About Nuffield Canada

Nuffield Canada is a registered charity that awards life-changing scholarships to people in agricultural production, food and business. Our scholarships enable recipients to expand their horizons through international connections, travel and study.

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Our Purpose

To cultivate thought leadership and expertise in Canadian agriculture through international travel, experiential learning and knowledge exchange.

Our Core Values

Our core values shape our commitment to fostering a dynamic future for agriculture.


to be willing to continuously learn


to exemplify honesty and strong moral principles


to give due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights and traditions of others



to accept all people at all times without question


to give unconditionally


regional, national and international


to uphold the values of Nuffield Canada

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Our Vision

To be the premier organization for expertise development and knowledge exchange, where Scholars provide valuable insights and recommendations to enhance the social, economic and environmental landscape of Canadian agriculture. Through their research, our scholars bring innovative perspectives, ignite positive transformations, champion new ideas, exemplify thought leadership, and propel Canadian agriculture to new heights on a global scale.

Our Mission

To support a diversity of talent across Canadian agriculture with Nuffield Scholarships to investigate topics relevant to the future of agriculture through self-directed research, global travel, reporting and recommendations.

Through a commitment to exchange knowledge, Scholars take on the responsibility to contribute valuable insights and recommendations to the Canadian agricultural community.


As thought leaders, our alumni are empowered with new and innovative approaches to policy, practice and research that adds a fresh perspective, drives positive change, and elevates Canadian agriculture on a local, national and international stage.

Our Approach

At Nuffield Canada, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning and leadership. Our scholars are given the opportunity to experience agriculture, farming and food production first-hand through international travel and study. We believe that this approach leads to a deeper understanding of the issues facing the industry and inspires positive change.

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Our Story

The Nuffield name and emblem, a bull riding a bicycle, both derive from the late Lord Nuffield.

Born in 1877, near Worcester, William Morris was a grandson of a farmer. His journey began when he lived and worked in Oxford. Morris realized at an early stage in his businesses development that he should seek best practice in this new industry. He successfully took on Henry Ford with a new car, the Morris Cowley, mass produced on American principles. Morris continued to travel, seeking new ideas and markets. Financial success brought William Morris social recognition; he was a chronic hypochondriac and conscious of his lack of education, eager to support the research of eminent physicians and gave generously to Oxford University, whose graduates had first brought him cycles and cars to mend. As a leading industrialist and philanthropist, he was ennobled as Lord Nuffield. It is estimated that during his lifetime he was able to give away more than £30,000,000 GBP.

In 1943, he established the Nuffield Foundation whose objective included agricultural advancement. In 1950, the Nuffield Foundation started a parallel scheme covering farmers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Kenya, the Rhodesia’s and Tanganyika. These Scholars came to Britain for a study period of six months. In 1976, the Foundation asked those countries still in the scheme to fund their own awards. 

Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors govern, make decisions on behalf of, and implement Nuffield Canada's strategic direction. 


Steven Larocque, AB

Vice Chair



Ryan Boyd, MB

Executive Director

Theresa Whalen, Ottawa, ON

​Directors (East)                
Ellen Crane, PEI                
Steven Wolfgram, ON
Josh Oulton, NS

Directors (West)

Greg Braun, MB

Directors at Large

E. Blake Vince, ON
Mark Brock, ON

Alumni Scholar Support

Nuffield Canada’s ability to remain a vibrant organization is due, in large part, to the generous contributions of time, money and professional resources from many of our Scholars. The Nuffield Canada Board of Directors consists of former scholars, volunteering their time to the direction and administrative guidance of the organization. 

Nuffield Canada presents the William Morris Certificate in recognition of those who have made

contributions of $10,000 or more. To date, William Morris Certificates have been presented to:

Larry Yeo
Alfred Smith
Wally Doerksen
Mac Sprowl
Jack & Donna Rigby
Joe & Joan Linnell

Jim Halford

Art Petkau

Kelvin & Shelley Meadows

Ian MacPhadden

Harold Perry

Rodney & Shelley Bradshaw

Grant & Gayle Ketcheson

Dan Cornwell

Get Involved

With 70+ years of achievements in fostering agricultural leadership and personal development through international study, join us in our mission to inspire, develop and lead positive change in agriculture, farming and food. Together, we can make a difference.

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International Nuffield Organizations

Nuffield International
Nuffield Scholarships
Nuffield Australia
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