NFU Staff

Meet the NFU Team

 

Bev Magill is the Executive Assistant. Bev holds a diploma from SK Polytechnic (Kelsey) and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Bev worked as a lab technician in the College of Agriculture Soil Science department then moved to the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan where she worked for 13 years.  Initially, she was AIMS program coordinator but the majority of her time was spent as a project officer with the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) and Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) funding programs.  In the fall of 2014, she was hired by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association as Project Manager.  Her career there was a short but exciting 9 months as they decided to move their office to Regina!  Bev has learned a lot and enjoys working for the NFU.

 

Cathy Holtslander is the Director of Research and Policy at the National Farmers Union. In addition to policy research, analysis and writing articles and briefs on NFU policy issues, she convenes working groups of NFU members addressing policy issues. Prior to joining the NFU staff in 2011 she taught ABE in Northern Saskatchewan, was the Coordinator of the Saskatchewan Eco Network, co-published Synergy Magazine, and was a founder of, and worked for the Beyond Factory Farming Coalition, an organization promoting sustainable livestock production. Her Master’s degree focussed on social movement adult education and the history of women’s leadership in the farm movement in Saskatchewan. She also has degrees in Sociology and Regional and Urban Development. She and her partner have operated a certified organic grain farm near Mont Nebo, SK since 2009.

 

Darrin Qualman is Director of Climate Crisis Policy and Action for Canada’s National Farmers Union.  He is a former farmer and the author of the 2019 report Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis and the 2019 book Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future.  His research, writing, and educational pursuits over the past 25 years have all aimed at creating a long-term, big-picture view of food, farming, and energy systems.  He is active in social justice and food system struggles and has helped organize many campaigns, including the successful struggle to prevent the introduction of genetically modified wheat into Canada.  He has academic degrees in history, biology, and political studies.

 

David Thompson is the International Programs Coordinator. Thompson holds a PhD in Canadian History from Queen’s University with a focus on twentieth-century social movements, poverty, immigration, and working-class culture. Thompson also has over 10 years of experience as a labour organizer. Prior to joining the NFU staff in 2021, he worked as the NFU-O Farm Labour Project Coordinator in 2020 to produce a mixed-methods study and report on the unique labour conditions on small and mid-sized Ontario farms. 

 

Joan Lange is Director of Administration & Finance.  She has seen the NFU through thick & thin and is always happy to answer members’ questions and fix any issues that arise.  Joan lives with her husband and dogs in Dalmeny, SK and is the proud mother of 5.

 

Suliman Adam is Communications and Membership Coordinator for the National Farmers Union.  Suliman holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of Regina in Canada, a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and a Diploma in Business Administration from INTI University in Malaysia. Previous experience in Media includes an internship for BFM89.9 radio in Malaysia, production and hosting programs focused on music, art, and culture at Capital radio 91.6FM in Sudan. He has interviewed UN diplomats, hosted events for non-profit campaigns, and cultural institutes that focus on water scarcity. As for communications, Suliman has worked logistics as an Operations Coordinator in Saudi Arabia. In Canada, his focus includes socio-political topics by working on collaborative journalism projects. Suliman published articles for Eagle Feather News, and radio reports on Migration and mental health that were featured on CJTR Radio 91.3 FM in Regina, Saskatchewan. Suliman’s latest project includes the launching of Rebelium; a podcast that explores social movements happening across the world.

 

Mara Shaw is the Executive Director.  Mara brings technical training and non-profit management to her work. Former Executive Director of a good food NPO in Kingston, Ontario that changed the conversation about food and the food system in the region. Mara managed the interface between agriculture, development, and the environment as Watershed Management Coordinator of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.  She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology and B.S. Honours in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She has chaired the Food Policy Council for KFL&A and serves on other local boards.  She is the recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Award and the Inspiring Woman of the Year from the BanRigh Foundation.

 

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