Canada Management Profiles

KELVIN MEADOWS – Chairman

Kelvin Meadows is a 2011 Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Saskatchewan. His topic delved into the factors that contribute to a successful farmer owned value chain, including farmer investor relations and expectations, as well as plant capitalisation and board/management composition.

For over 20 years, Kelvin was a pedigreed seed grower as well as owner/operator of a seed sales, cleaning and export business near Moose Jaw.  During his farming tenure, Kelvin had the opportunity to serve ten years as Director and Chairman of the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, providing exposure to different aspects of the food industry.

After divesting themselves of the farm in 2008, Kelvin and his wife, Shelley, moved into value added food processing through an investment in Avena Foods Inc., a Saskatchewan based gluten free oat milling plant, where Kelvin served as chair for the past nine years.  The Meadows' currently own and operate a seed crop inspection business and manage the family owned land development company.

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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