Canada Management Profiles

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Leona Watson – Executive Director
Leona Watson


Léona is the eldest of five daughters raised on their family farm in Northeastern Alberta. At one point Dargis Seed & Feed Ltd. owned and fed 4,000 head of cattle all while managing over 7,000 acres of land, both in pasture and crop. Together they learned the values of hard work, perseverance and gratitude from their parents the late Jean & Joanne Dargis.

Léona graduated from Olds College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness and in 2011 was awarded a Canadian Nuffield Scholarship. This enabled her to study succession planning around the world.

As a new resident of the Yukon Territory, Léona embarks on a new farming adventure in homesteading.

As an international keynote speaker, she shares her global stories of agvocacy and adversity leaving her audiences motivated and inspired. Her newest endeavour has been to take on the Executive Director's role with Nuffield Canada.

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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