Executive Director- Shelly Juurlink
Shelly Juurlink was born and raised on a dairy farm in Antigonish and a devoted 4-H member and holds a deep interest and passion for the agricultural industry. Over the past 20 years, Shelly has completed a MSc (Agr) at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and collected diverse experiences in many industries, including dairy, pork, poultry, beef, berries, grains, forage, organic vegetable CSAs, and fur. Some of this experience was gleaned through summer employment during her studies at NSAC, while other professional opportunities took her to Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and West Africa. Shelly has worked for various agricultural organizations including Resource Efficient Agriculture Production (REAP) Canada, Ferme du Zephyr, McGill University Farm and the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada. Most recently in her role as Member Relations (MR) Manager for Organic Meadow Cooperative in Ontario, she received invaluable experience collaborating with a multitude of stake holders, including government, farmers, academia, regulatory bodies. As part of the extension component of her department, her team organized workshops, programs and annual learning trips for farmers to conferences in the US & Ontario, and international trips to West Africa with Canadian farmers and researchers. Fascinated by the strength and complexity of co-operatives, Shelly completed a Co-op Management Certificate from the Schuilch School of Business in Toronto and became an active member of the Ontario Co-operative movement. Shelly believes that food is one of the very few things we ALL have in common and feels strongly that farmers, and the industry that supports them, are worthy of all the help they can acquire to thrive. She has committed her professional life in doing so and is happy with the opportunity further pursue this commitment through Agri-Futures NS.
On Parental leave, Executive Director- Janette McDonald
Janette grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Middle Musquodoboit, NS. She was an avid 4-H member and involved in the family farm, so it was fitting that she found her way to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College to study Agricultural Business. She graduated from NSAC in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Agricultural Business. After graduation Janette worked for the NS Department of agriculture as a Marketing Research Assistant, Agricultural Awareness Assistant, and Agriculture and 4-H Leadership Coordinator. Janette has also worked with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture as an Environmental Farm Plan Coordinator. She became a Professional Agrologist in 2011 was awarded Outstanding Young Agrologist in 2015 and currently serves on the Program Committee after many years of serving on Council. Janette found her way to Agri-Futures, initially as a Director representing Young Farmers and now as the Executive Director.