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How Are You Handling Things? Q&A with Alumna Alyssa Gingras

Alyssa Gingras is a two-time OAC alumna (BSc. ENVB 2017, MES 2018) and a sales agronomist with Sharpe Farm Supplies. Although her day-to-day work is not significantly affected by the changes brought by COVID-19, she still adjusting to a new routine. We recently connected with her to find out how she’s doing.

Our Sympathies: John Lindley

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of John Lindley, OAC 1953. John was a tremendous supporter of the OAC Student Liaison program as well as the University of Guelph choir.

At John's request there will be no funeral. Our thoughts are with John’s family and loved ones during this time.

More information is available in John's obituary. 


Our Sympathies: Bruce MacDonald

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Bruce MacDonald, B.Sc. (Agr.) '66; PhD '71, on February 18th, 2020. As well as being an alumnus, Bruce was the University of Guelph's convocation bagpiper for many years, helping countless graduates and their families celebrate their achievements.

More information is available in Bruce's obituary. 

Alumni inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

Three OAC alumni will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame: John Curtis, Brian Little and Murray Mills.

The induction will take place on June 14 at Country Heritage Park in Milton, ON.

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Q&A with a precision agronomist

Meagan Griffiths
Precision Agronomist CCA-ON, 4R NMS, FS PARTNERS
B.Sc. (Agr.) Crop, Horticultural and Turfgrass Sciences, 2012; M.Sc. Plant Agriculture, 2014

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Q&A with an Indigenous community planner

Shannon Labelle recently graduated in October 2019 with an M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development, but she landed her dream job four months before graduation! She recently sat down with us to chat about her role, Indigenous planning and her transition into the workplace.

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Q&A with a food industry expert

Christopher Naese graduated with a B.Sc. Agr. in Dairy Science in ’85. He was one of rare co-op students at the time, but his work experience helped him land a job that set him on a prosperous and exciting career trajectory. Today he’s the Vice President of Business Development for Florida Food Products and took some time to share insights on food industry business trends.   

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The pursuit of career happiness

So what do you want to do after school?” It’s a question that every university student is asked, and probably more times than they’d like.

For Ashley Knapton, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’13, the answer was simple: become a dairy classifier.

Classifiers, an unbiased thirdparty group of trained people, score dairy cows based on industry-outlined criteria. They travel from farm to farm to evaluate the physical structure of the cow. It’s a service that helps producers make informed decisions and is often used as a pride point for dairy breeders.

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You reap what you sow

When I returned home to Eastern Ontario after completing my first year at U of G, I was so excited to share the stories of my experiences at Guelph. One day, I told a farmer about my friend Clayton McWilliams, whom I had met at Guelph. The farmer immediately asked if Clayton was related to Wyatt McWilliams. I didn’t know. Wyatt was a new name to me. But it was clear that Wyatt was a well-known person in agriculture, and his story was one I wanted to hear.

So, I began asking questions. And the more I learned about Wyatt, the more I wanted to know.

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An architect for nature

We see them every day, all around us: the interconnections between the natural and humanmade worlds. A lot of hard work and critical thought have gone into the design of parks, school playgrounds and local streets. But who did this work? Most likely a landscape architect.

Colleen Mercer Clarke describes the profession of landscape architecture as “being architects for nature.”

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