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Interim Associate Dean (External Relations) Announced

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Karen Landman as Interim Associate Dean (External Relations) for a one-year term starting May 1, 2017.

The Associate Dean (External Relations) is responsible for issues relating to alumni and development activities, communications, outreach, endowments and student awards. The Associate Dean (External Relations) is also a key member of the OAC senior leadership team.

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Attracting immigrants to rural Ontario

As a way of ensuring their long-term viability, Ontario’s rural communities should do more to attract and keep newcomers in their municipalities – and a University of Guelph professor has developed some recommendations on how to best do that.

Changing demographics are leaving many rural areas struggling with declining populations, and although immigration is a key solution, most of the province’s immigrants prefer to settle in large urban centres like Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton or London.

New SEDRD Director Named

Professor Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

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New Professor in Regional Economic Development

We are pleased to announce with Libro Credit Union (Libro) the appointment of Prof. Ryan Gibson to the Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development for southwestern Ontario. The professorship is focused on building economic development and innovation across the region, through world-class research, teaching, outreach and collaboration.

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SEDRD Welcomes New Water Security Researcher

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheri Longboat as an assistant professor in rural planning and development. Longboat joined the school on July 1, 2016.

Longboat’s research focuses on water security and governance. Much of her work connects with First Nations and looks to traditional customs and knowledge to redefine our relationship with water.

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BLA Project Comes to Fruition in Champlain-Wendat Park

French presence in Ontario dates back to Samuel de Champlain’s first meeting with Chief Aenons of the Wendat Bear Tribe on August 1, 1615.  This meeting in the village of Toanché, now Penetanguishene, would be the beginning of a close relationship with the Huron-Wendat, and would set the foundations for the fur trade in Ontario and a long history of French culture in Upper Canada.

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Creating Community through Cuisine

When travelling, sampling the food of your host country provides a literal taste of the culture you are visiting, but often there is nothing quite like returning home to familiar and favourite foods. Food is more than a meal; it is often part of a person’s identity. But for refugees who are escaping war, travel is no longer a temporary experience, and often part of their identity is challenged when they find new homes in countries that don’t offer the same foods from home.

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Meet Alex, MLA Student

For Alex Waffle, the practice of landscape architecture is about more than just functionality. By enrolling in the MLA program he has been able to combine art and science on practical and theoretical levels to design spaces and the experiences these spaces offer. Alex’s current MLA research investigates the potential of growing specialty and ethnic foods locally in the hot microclimates of Toronto.

Hazelnuts and the Sustainability of Ontario's Rural Communities

Rural communities are experiencing a drastic shift in their populations as more and more people choose to move to urban areas in search of employment. This shift presents significant challenges to the survival of those rural communities. However, the development of an Ontario hazelnut industry could help these communities to survive. 

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