Nuffield scholarship recipients for 2018 announced


Nuffield Canada has announced its four scholarship recipients for 2018.

Ellen Crane of Murray Siding, Nova Scotia; Josh Oulton of Port Williams, Nova Scotia; Gavin Robertson of Niagara, Ontario; and Shelly Spruitt of Mountain, Ontario will receive funding for international studies focusing on topics that they have chosen as part of their application.

All four will begin their international travel with a trip to the Netherlands in March 2018 where they’ll meet with Nuffield scholars from around the world at a week-long conference.

“These four scholars will build their leadership and organizational capabilities while investigating issues critical to Canadian agriculture,” said Kelvin Meadows, Nuffield Canada chair, in a news release. “Their international experiences over the next two years will provide opportunities and perspective that will add tremendous value to their own careers, and to our Canadian agricultural community.”

Meet the ’18 recipients:

(bios courtesy Nuffield Canada)

Ellen Crane, MSc Ag, from Murray Siding, Nova Scotia sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, is the General Manager of the Maritime Beef Council. Her study topic will focus on which beef production attributes are most important to consumers; what are consumers willing to pay for, and ways that producers can implement these production attributes to leverage opportunities in consumer marketing.

Josh Oulton of Port Williams, Nova Scotia sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, owns Taproot Farms Inc. which has grain, fruit, vegetable and livestock divisions. Interested in flax production from seed to shirt, Josh will study all aspects of growing high-quality flax fibre for long line linen processing into high quality clothing. He is also interested in exploring the various opportunities for use of the waste materials from long line processing.

Gavin Robertson of Niagara, Ontario, sponsored by Nuffield Canada alumni, is wine-maker and vineyard coordinator at the Niagara College Teaching Winery. Gavin will examine the curriculum and content of a wide range of international viticulture training programs, as well as seeking input from industry stakeholders, including vineyard and winery owners and operators, marketing boards and relevant
government agencies. His research will be used to develop recommendations and guidelines for viticulture training in the Canadian grape industry, to the benefit of both public institutions and private enterprise.

Shelley Spruitt of Mountain, Ontario, sponsored by Glacier FarmMedia, is a partner in Against the Grain Farms, where she focuses on the restoration of ancient grains to produce value-added products and whole grains and flour. She has a keen interest in creating awareness of the importance of locally-sourced products, not just for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses, but also for grains. Her study topic will investigate the ways in which this is implemented in other countries and her research will be shared in Ontario and across Canada.

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