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Q&A with a Stud Hand

Shelby Avann is a graduate of the equine management major who sat down with us to share her career experiences so far. She currently works at Chiefswood Stables Thoroughbred Breeding Farm, which focuses on foaling and raising fillies and colts for racing. The foals she helps birth go on to race at Woodbine here in Ontario and also in Florida, Kentucky and New York. She’s been in the role for three years, with a year in between working abroad in Australia.

Alumnus Remembers OAC as World War II Broke Out

Now “almost 99” years of age, Henry “Hank” Orr, a retired University of Guelph professor, was an Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) student during one of the most tumultuous times on the Guelph campus and in the world.

“I started at OAC in ’39, the year the war broke out,” says Orr, a ’43 OAC alumnus who, as far as he knows, is the last surviving member of his graduating class.

“We didn’t know what to expect or what would happen.”

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Q&A with a Produce Sales & Operations Manager

Joe Ippolito is a graduate of the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management program who we recently sat down with to talk about his career with the family business: the Ippolito Group. OAC alumni are probably most familiar with the business, which grows and packages fresh produce throughout North America, through their retail brand Queen Victoria.

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Q&A with a Dairy Account Manager

Our friends in the USA are celebrating National Dairy Month, in honour of this, we wanted to celebrate too by featuring some alumni who work in the dairy industry.

Our Sympathies: Frank Hurnik

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Prof. Frank Hurnik on June 10, 2018. Frank graduated with his PhD from the Department of Animal and Poultry Science (now the Department of Animal Biosciences) in 1971 and immediately joined the department as a faculty member. At the University, he started the first formal undergraduate degree course in farm animal welfare in North America in 1986, and was named a professor emeritus after his retirement in 1997.

The Value of Play for a Landscape Architect

Toy blocks, tree forts were landscape architect’s creative foundation.

David Fredenburgh, landscape architecture alumni, spends his days dreaming up ways to entertain millions of people.

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Q&A with an OAC Alum (Animal Nutritionist)

Our friends in the USA are celebrating National Dairy Month, in honour of this we wanted to celebrate too by featuring some alumni who work in the dairy industry.

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Q&A with an OAC Alum (Brewmaster)

Say hello to Daniel, co-owner and brewmaster of MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2006, Daniel continued his passions for farming and beer to complete his M.Sc. in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.  Dan then returned home to Bath, Ontario, to build a brewery from the ground up with his brother Ivan.

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