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Theresa Whalen – Executive Director
Theresa Whalen


Theresa Whalen is a communications professional with extensive experience in public relations, stakeholder engagement, writing, editing, strategic planning and development, project management, crisis management, research and analysis, event planning and media management in all mediums.

She is a seasoned professional at planning, developing and executing results-based communications strategies, plans and deliverables as well as collateral and publication development, and is a stickler for brand standards. She has a strong track record of partnering with senior leadership to develop creative, measurable, targeted communications in alignment with broader organizational strategies.

Theresa’s consulting background has highly developed her assessment and prioritization skills, and as a communications generalist she is able to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and shift priorities as required.

Blake Vince – Chairman
Blake Vince


Blake is a fifth generation farmer and 2013 Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Merlin, Ontario Canada. Presently their farming operation grows commercial corn, soybeans and winter wheat on 485(ha) He is known for using diverse cover crop mixes to rebuild and regenerate soil.

Blake is an advocate for soil health. He continues to speak on the International stage about the impact of soil management and water quality.

Along with his wife Karen, they have two teenage children, Cora and Elliott. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise for over 20 years.

His role as Canadian Nuffield Chairman, will enable him to share his passion and leadership skills with Nuffield Canada.

Blake would like to congratulate the 2019 class of Nuffield scholars, and he wishes them the utmost success on their personal journey.

Rod Bradshaw – Secretary
Rod Bradshaw


Rod Badshaw is a 1995 Nuffield Scholar, He, his wife Shelley and their two sons run Beck Farms Ltd, a 485 hectare property which produces vegetables and grain.

Rod has an agricultural degree from the University of Alberta and has held many positions on local, provincial and national boards. He is involved with two “New Generation Co-operatives”, Innisfail Growers, the marketing arm of Beck Farms, and the Calgary Farmers Market, which is a year-round market.

Rod has also received a ‘Centennial Medal’ from the Government of Alberta for his contribution to agriculture.

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