Meet the Canadian 4-H Foundation
The Canadian 4-H Foundation was established in 1969 and is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is made up of knowledgeable, experienced and responsible individuals who are committed to maintaining the longevity and sustainability of 4-H Canada. By overseeing and managing 4-H Canada’s endowment funds in a responsible, ethical and intelligent manner, the Canadian 4-H Foundation helps make it possible for 4-H Canada to create and maintain leading-edge national programs and events.
Stefanie Nagelschmitz, ON
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.
Todd Klink, SK
Todd was raised on a mixed farm in southwestern Saskatchewan where he was a member of 4-H for several years. After graduating from university, Todd began working in agriculture and has been in the industry ever since. Todd joined Farm Credit Canada in 2003 and is currently Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. Todd and his wife Kathryn have two teenaged children and live in Regina, SK.
Brad Adams, ON
Brad joined Semex in 2009 after almost 20 years of leadership in the Canadian feed and livestock industry. In his current position as Semex’s Global Training Manager, Brad has the opportunity to develop talent and work to maximize the skills of Semex’s Global sales teams. From his first 4-H Crops Club through to numerous camps and conferences, Brad attributes much of his success in business and in life to those many years in 4-H. The father of four, Brad and his wife Heather spend their time on the family farm in beautiful Brant County, ON.
Ben Graham, AB
Ben Graham is a country boy at heart. He comes by it honestly — his family has farmed the same land for over a century. Ben is passionate about agriculture and especially 4-H. As a second generation 4-H’er he was a member of the Vulcan West 4-H Beef club and transitioned to the Champion 4-H Beef club for 10 years. During that time he attended numerous regional, national and international 4-H events and conferences. Ben was named to the Alberta Premier’s Award group where he travelled the province as an ambassador for 4-H. Today, Ben is proud to be a trustee of the Canadian 4-H Foundation Board and is currently President of AdFarm – Canada’s largest agriculturally focused communications agency.
Arron Madson, AB
Arron grew up on a ranch in central Alberta and was a member of the Sundre 4-H Beef club for nine years. He continued his involvement with 4-H as a member of the Calgary Regional 4-H Alumni, working for the 4-H Branch of Alberta Agriculture for 10 years, and spent nine years as a Director on the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. The next stage of Arron’s career saw him spend 10 years in the advertising agency world, handling agriculture and consumer good products across North America. This included sitting on a global branding team out of the UK for a client. Currently, Arron is the President of AgCall, an agriculture sales and marketing project management firm operating in both Canada and the U.S. Arron and his wife Jeanette have three kids and reside in Cochrane, Alberta.
Krista Scaldwell, ON
Krista is currently the Vice President of Communications at Great-West Life. Previous roles include public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola Canada, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies in Canada and at Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. Krista has more than 20 years of not-for-profit experience both in management and at the board level. She has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Ryan Riese, AB
Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, Ryan’s passion for agriculture started early in life. He has since dedicated much of his career to the industry, and his diverse work experience across various roles and industries in both mid-size and large agribusiness organizations has provided him a unique opportunity to have exposure to different types of farms across the country and beyond. Since 2018, Ryan has been the National Director, Agriculture with RBC and currently resides in Calgary with his wife Betina.
Valerie Stone, ON
A graduate of the 4-H program growing up, Valerie was also the Ontario representative on the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee for 3 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.
Belinda Field, BC
Belinda is the Fund Development Coordinator with 4-H British Columbia. While only in her second year working with 4-H BC, she spent over half of her youth in Alberta as a 4-H member learning to do by doing with projects in beef, sewing and cooking as well participating in public speaking competitions. It was this exposure to public speaking at a young age that led her to pursue a degree in Communications at the University of Calgary, as well as certificates in both Event Planning and Public Relations with Mount Royal College. After recently moving “back to the country” and experiencing acreage living, her passion for agriculture has been re-ignited. She feels it only fitting that she return to her roots with a position helping to promote the organization that played such a vital role in her development as a young farm girl in Southern Alberta. Belinda can’t wait to get her daughter involved to carry on the 4-H values to the next generation.