Canada Management Profiles


Ian McPhadden has been involved in developing Saskatchewan agricultural economy for many years. After studying agriculture and geology at the University of Saskatchewan, Ian worked as a geologist for a number of years until the opportunity came for him to take over the family farm. He ran a successful grain operation until his retirement in 2006.

Ian was selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 1988 and later served as Chairperson for the national organisation. In 1990, he was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study and report on farming practices in Australia and Europe. Ian has served as a Director with the Canadian Nuffield Association and now currently serves as Chairman for the Canadian chapter.

Ian served as Chief Executive Officer for Prairie Malt and has been involved in numerous producer groups including the Pulse Growers and Canola Growers Associations. He sat on the Ag West Bios Board of Directors from 2001-2009 until taking on roll of President.

Ian was a participant in the Canadian Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program (CALL) from 2000-2002. He was part owner of a John Deere dealership and a founding Director of a pulse processing plant.

For over 25 years Ian has hosted students from around the world through the International Agriculture Exchange Association (IAEA). Ian continues to be a strong voice for the agricultural community and looks forward to his new role with Nuffield.

SHANNON McARTON – Executive Director

Shannon McArton joined Nuffield Canada as its Executive Director in September of 2015. Shannon is a western Canadian grain farmer with 25 years of writing, communications, marketing and administrative experience.

In 2012 Shannon became an ISO 2008-9001 Lead Auditor for quality management systems. She and her husband Ken live and farm near Dilke, in southern Saskatchewan.

ROD BRADSHAW – Secretary

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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