The Team

Led by the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc., we benefit from the expertise of collaborators from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, and other organizations dedicated to advancing agricultural knowledge in the prairies.

Core Team

Kelly Williamson, PAg

SODCAP CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AND PROJECT MANAGER

Kelly, a rancher and conservation leader, boasts over two decades of experience advancing agricultural management’s positive impact on prairie ecosystems.

Mike Schellenberg, PhD, PAg, CPRM

SCIENCE LEAD

Mike, a retired Range and Forage Plant Ecologist, has 35 years of experience in forage breeding, grassland restoration, rangeland ecology, native species, and cover crops.

Tom Harrison, PAg

PRODUCER ENGAGEMENT AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER LEAD

Tom, a rancher with 30+ years of experience, excels in connecting producers with conservation resources and knowledge for beneficial on-farm actions.

Adrienne Tastad, BSA, MNRM

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Adrienne, with a decade in agri-environmental research, policy, and practice is passionate about prairie systems. She brings interdisciplinary insights and strategies to her work at the living lab.

Research Leads

Producers

Our living lab thrives due to over two dozen dedicated prairie producers. These participants implement aligned practices, exchange insights, and share their progress with the community. Motivated by various goals, they collectively shape the future of prairie agriculture

Our Steering Committee

Living lab activities interact with and are relevant to a wide array of organizations and decision-makers. Their involvement in overseeing the project’s direction ensures we can each optimize our efforts and maximize collective impact.

 Partners

Our work is made possible by the contributions of a network of partners, collaborators and supporters. The groups below all provide funding and/or in-kind support to the living lab, and also have parallel efforts underway that we invite you to explore.

Funding

Funding for Living Lab – Central Prairies is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – Living Labs program. The project is led and funded in part by the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc.

Additional funding is provided by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council.