The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley. Dr. Bentley's academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.
Each year the University of Alberta invites a speaker of international renown to present current research and updates in areas relating to soil science, agricultural production methods, and sustainable agriculture. Current students and faculty members as well as members of the public benefit from these presentations.
The purpose of the endowment is to support the Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. This Lecture Series will allow leading national and international speakers to present novel and innovative research and/or to discuss current issues in sustainable agriculture. The Lecture Series will also provide the opportunity for students to engage in these topical discussions. Funds may be used to provide honoraria, reimburse travel related expenses for the speaker (transportation, accommodation, hosting), and any other expenses related to the lecture series (publicity).