New Administrative Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce Erin Levesque as the new Administrative Assistant beginning on Monday, November 11.  

As the OAC Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant, Levesque will provide senior-level administrative support to the Dean and will act as the first point of contact for a range of OAC’s stakeholders. She will also provide financial, human resource, and administrative support, as well as office coordination.

Equine industry symposium set to spark change

On November 17, the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium will be hosted by the University of Guelph.

Join attendees from different areas of the horse industry to discuss the theme of "change" and what the word means for the equine community.

“With a consistently growing industry, keeping pace with change is crucial for everyone,” says Katrina Merkies, event organizer. “As part of an inclusive community we can all work toward improving the welfare of the horse.”

Prof honoured for decades of asparagus development

Prof. David Wolyn, Department of Plant Agriculture, is the University of Guelph’s Innovation of the Year award winner for 2019.

Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research), presented the award to Wolyn for his leadership in the breeding and development of asparagus varieties that have become the most popular kinds grown in North America and that are fast gaining favour in Europe and Asia. Many believe the varieties saved the asparagus industry in North America.

Our Sympathies: Bill Szkotnicki

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Bill Szkotnicki, Manager of IT and Computing in the Department of Animal Biosciences, on September 17, 2019. A long-standing professional staff member of the department, Bill first came to the University of Guelph in 1974 after graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Assistant Dean Academic Appointed

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Renée Bergeron in the position of Assistant Dean – Academic.

In this eight-month role, Bergeron will support the portfolio of the Associate Dean – Academic. This portfolio includes program curriculum, online program development, student academic counselling, and support of instructors on academic issues, as well as representing OAC on various academic committees.

Our Sympathies: Marcel Paulhus

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Marcel Paulhus on September 5, 2019. Paulhus was the the first principal of Collège d’Alfred, which would later become Campus d'Alfred of the University of Guelph. In 2015 the college became part of Ottawa’s La Cité community college and is now called l’IFRA, l’Institut de formation et de recherche agroalimentaire.

Thomas Graham in black t-shirt and hat, standing outside

New Controlled Environments Prof

The School of Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome Thomas Graham as the new PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems.

Group shot of award recipients.

2019 OAC Faculty & Staff Awards Presented

On September 12th, at the OAC Welcome Back BBQ, four faculty members were presented with the 2019 OAC Alumni Association and OAC Alumni Foundation faculty awards. In addition, the 2019 OAC staff awards were presented.

Updated Volunteer Hours

Whatever your experience or interests, we can use your help! Get involved by sending an email to Prof. Karen Houle at

Or, you are welcome (and encouraged) to drop-in during these volunteer hours:

Tuesdays - Noon - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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