After a decade of leadership, Shannon Benner steps down as CEO of 4-H Canada


Longtime CEO of 4-H Canada, Shannon Benner has made the decision to step down from the position.

Benner, who has led the organization for over a decade, will leave on September 22, 2023, to become the executive officer of the Girl Guides of Canada.

During Benner’s time with the organization, a complete re-organization was undertaken, leaving 4-H in Canada with updated governance, strategy, and programs, as well as strengthened partnerships and financial health. Under her leadership, the 4-H movement in Canada transitioned from a federated model to an accreditation model that requires provinces to participate in a process focused on ensuring national standards across the country.

Benner says it is a bittersweet move after the time spent with the organization. “I am so proud of all that the 4-H movement has accomplished and know that the movement will continue to grow with the support of the many dedicated staff and volunteers across the country who are highly invested in 4-H’s continued success.”

Her influence also extended beyond the Canadian borders — as demonstrated by her election as the founding chair of the Global 4-H board of directors, and Canada’s hosting of the Global 4-H network summit in 2017.

“Thanks to Shannon’s leadership, the Canadian 4-H Foundation is poised for continued growth and impact, which means that we will continue to see amazing new leaders emerge from the 4-H membership,” says Ben Graham, chair of the Canadian 4-H Foundation.

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