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.
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.
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.
Randy Mowat, AB
Randy is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the National Accounting and Consulting firm MNP LLP. Based in Calgary, AB, Randy has supported positive youth development for many years by volunteering his time to 4-H Canada, as well as coaching minor sports. Randy is a proud alumnus of the 4-H Beef program in Manitoba, where he grew up on a mixed farming operation. He continues his involvement in 4-H today as a member and the Vice President of the Canadian 4-H Foundation.
David Hovell, NS
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!
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.
Morley Handford, AB
Morley’s involvement with 4-H started when he became a corporate member for Imperial Oil Limited in the 1990s. He has since held many positions at both the provincial and national level. Morley was appointed Director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, and Chairman of the Alberta Investment Committee. At the national level, he has served as President of both the Canadian 4-H Council and the Canadian 4-H Foundation. In 2014, he was inducted as an Honourary Member of the Canadian 4-H Council for providing almost 25 years of dedicated volunteerism. Now retired, Morley had an outstanding career that spanned 30 years and included executive positions with Imperial Oil Limited, Esso, and the Exxon Chemical Company.
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.
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.
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.