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4-H Canada Board of Directors

The 4-H Canada Board of Directors is a volunteer governance board comprised of individuals from across Canada.

Meet the Directors

Valerie Stone, Ontario


A graduate of the 4-H program growing up, Valerie was also the Ontario representative on the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee for three years. Valerie would like to pass on what she learned in 4-H and continue to bring her passion, enthusiasm, authenticity, and unique perspective to the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.

Carlie Whetter, Manitoba


Carlie was raised on a mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba. She was a member of the Kenton Kraftsmen 4-H Club, and a Manitoba 4-H Ambassador as an alumni. Now, as the progressive and innovative head leader of the Alexander 4-H Club, a large multipurpose club, she has adapted and flexed programming to meet the needs of over 40 club members. Carlie has been active in zone, area and provincial associations, most recently as president of Manitoba 4-H Council with her term ending November 2018. Carlie and her husband Darren have 3 kids, all involved in 4-H, and operate a grain farm growing certified seed. Carlie also works part-time as a consultant for a real estate company.

David Hovell, Nova Scotia

Past Chair

David Hovell of Port Williams, NS, an agri-business booster, wine tourism enthusiast and 4-H activist, operates North America’s only winery tourism destination experience aboard a traditional British double decker bus.  He holds a variety of business interests and is a former Executive Director of the Wolfville Business Development Corp. His 4-H history dates back to 1978, as a member of the Cornwallis Project 4-H Club. David has volunteered with 4-H Nova Scotia since 1988. In 2006, he was elected a Trustee of the Canadian 4-H Foundation, later serving as its Chair.  David’s proudest moment in his 4-H career was when his daughter, Taylor, joined Cornwallis Project 4-H Club - now he is a 4-H Dad!

Ken Clark, British Columbia 


Eric Dalke, Alberta


Eric is an agricultural lawyer practicing in Calgary, AB, in the areas of real estate, corporate, tax, and estate planning. He is a proud 4-H alumnus and former member of the Windygates 4-H Beef Club in Manitoba. Eric grew up on a family farm and is passionate about serving clients in the agricultural industry. He attended Queen’s University where he received a B.A. in Political Studies, and then a Juris Doctor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Eric was called to the Alberta Bar in 2016. He has worked with a national policy organization and parliamentarians on matters important to the agricultural industry.

David Hansen, Manitoba


Robert Larsen

Robert Larsen, Prince Edward Island


From an early age, Robert, a youth agvocate, has worked on his family’s fourth-generation beef farm in Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. He has been involved with the Albany Centennial 4-H Club for ten years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Summerside District 4-H Council and the PEI 4-H Council. As a founding member of the 4-H PEI Members Advisory Committee, Robert believes in empowering youth by giving them a vehicle for their voices to be heard. Robert is pursuing a Bachelor of Agriculture Business from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture.

Stefanie Nagelschmitz, Ontario


Stefanie is a big believer in the power of youth leadership development programs. Since 2015, Stefanie has been a trustee of the Canadian 4-H Foundation, helping Canada’s youth get the most out of the 4-H program. In addition to her work with 4-H, Stefanie supports young leaders by serving on the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College alumni organizations. Stefanie is a proud 4-H alumnus from the Middlesex County 4-H Association in Ontario. In her daily life, Stefanie leads marketing for Delta Power Equipment, one of Eastern Canada’s largest farm equipment dealerships located near London, Ontario. 

John Ross, Ontario



Matt Boutilier, Nova Scotia

Youth Advisory Committee Representative to the Board

Matt is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and has been a 4-H member for the last eight years. Since joining 4-H, Matt has held the executive positions of club Secretary, club President, County President, and the County Member’s Voice Committee Representative. Matt is currently studying Political Science at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and hopes to continue working with 4-H in the years to come. He hopes that he can continue to promote and help youth explore their passion for agriculture.

Brett Rumpel, Saskatchewan

Youth Advisory Committee Representative to the Board

Brett is from Craven, Saskatchewan and has been a member of the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H for 14 years. In addition to her many 4-H project achievements, Brett has also participated in national programs including a Going Global Exchange to Taiwan in 2018 and the Committee on World Food Security Conference in 2019. Not only does Brett have a passion for 4-H, but she is also enthusiastic about agriculture and working with children, leading her to pursue a degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan.