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Our Sympathies: James Rude

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of James Rude (PhD ’93) on May 6, 2022. James completed his PhD in agricultural economics in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resouce Economics. His obituary is available here. 

Annet Laan standing in front of a body of water and forest while visiting the west coast.

Q&A with a loans analyst

Annet Laan is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce, Food and Agriculture Business program. During her undergrad, she completed her co-op work terms with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and was offered a full-time position after graduation where she now works as a loans analyst. We recently chatted with her to learn more about her role and experience at the University of Guelph.

Head shot of Felix Yip.

Q&A with a product development coordinator

Felix Yip graduated from the bachelor of science, food science program in 2019. He now works as a Product Development Coordinator for Maple Lodge Farms based in Brampton, Ontario. We recently chatted with Felix to learn more about his role and University of Guelph experience.

Our Sympathies: Brian Ellsworth

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Brian Ellsworth, OAC '59, on February 10, 2022. Brian was an active OAC alumnus and U of G community member. The Brian Ellsworth Ontario Graduate Scholarship, was established some years ago, by friends and colleagues to pay tribute to Brian's agricultural leadership. Brian was inducted to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in June 2005. 

Brian's obituary can be found here.

Head shot of Angela Asuncion.

The socio-environmental impacts of Canadian mining

Angela Asuncion, recent graduate of the M.Sc. in rural planning and development - international development studies program, has been shaped by their experiences as an immigrant in Canada, which directly ties to their passion and research.

Head shot of Emil Kovacevic.

Q&A with a landscape designer

Emil Kovacevic is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program. Emil now works as a landscape designer at thinc design (Tocher Heyblom Design Inc.) in Toronto, Ontario. We recently chatted with Emil to learn more about his University of Guelph experience and how he landed a career right after graduation.

Lauren Lasocha sitting in a Kubota tractor, moving sand for a fairway top dress.

Q&A with a senior agronomist

Lauren Lasocha is a graduate from the turfgrass management program. She now works as a senior agronomist at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, California. We recently chatted with Lauren to learn more about her University of Guelph experience and her impact on the turf industry.

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