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Q&A with a companion animal nutritionist

Natalie Asaro is a companion animal nutritionist with Petcurean, a Canadian pet food brand. She graduated from the Department of Animal Biosciences with her master’s and quickly jumped into industry with ease. She recently sat down with us to talk about her role and trends in pet food and share some thoughtful advice.

Our Sympathies: Gerry Friars

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Gerry Friars on June 19, 2020. He was a professor at the Ontario Agricultural College and University of Guelph from 1963-1985 in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. More details are available here. 

Our Sympathies: Kenneth Phipps

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Kenneth Phipps, OAC '51, on June 13, 2020. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, he taught science, agriculture and horticulture at Banting Memorial High School for 35 years. More details are available here. 

Our Sympathies: Gordon MacLeod Coutts

It is with sympathy that we share the news of G.M. Mac Coutts' passing on June 14, 2020. He was a member of the Class of 1953. Coutts was the first employee hired by the Grand Valley Conservation Authority (GRCA) in 1953 following his graduation from OAC. In 1966 when the GVCA and the Grand River Commission amalgamated, he became the first General Manager of the GRCA, a role he served until his retirement in 1991. Further details can be found here.

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How Are You Handling Things? Q&A with Alumna Mary Ann Doré

*** Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of Q&As featuring OAC community members to showcase how people are coping with our uncertain - but collective - state. We’re hoping these will help connect and support our community (in a small way) during these isolating and challenging times. Look after yourself and those around you. ***

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How Are You Handling Things? Q&A with Alumnus Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is an OAC alumnus (BSc. Agr. 1983) and the research and apiary manager with U of G’s Honey Bee Research Centre. Although mostly working from his home in Fergus, Ontario, Paul has essential work to be done caring for the bees on campus. We recently chatted with him to see how he is doing and to learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting beekeeping across Canada.

Maddie with a horse.

How are you handling things? A Q&A with Alumna Maddie McCandless

Maddie McCandless is Ridgetown Campus’ Equine Facilities Coordinator. She graduated from the equine major of our Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree in 2013 and has been working in the equine industry since. She typically works from the REACH Huron location in Clinton, Ontario, managing Ridgetown’s teaching barn and horses, but recently transitioned to working from home. She chatted with us from her home in Minden, Ontario.

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How Are You Handling Things? Q&A with Alumna Brittney Livingston

Brittney Livingston holds an associate diploma in agriculture and a bachelor of science in agriculture from OAC. She works in national advertising sales support for the Western Producer, owns and operates Calehill Farms in Orton Ontario with her husband Andrew and has three boys under the age of five (Travis, Emmet and Mason). So she’s keeping busy to say the least. We recently reached out to Brittany to see how her and her family are doing.

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