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Kids playing at a playground designed by Earthscape Play.

Transforming playgrounds into serious fun

Featuring Bruce Martin, MLA 2009, and Tatiana Zakharova, MLA 2019

There’s a playground renaissance in North America, says Tatiana Zakharova, a playground designer with Earthscape Play, which creates, designs and builds brilliant, fun and award-winning playgrounds around the world. 

“It’s thrilling to be part of a Canadian company that pioneered design and creation of unique wood playgrounds – growing exponentially outward from local Ontario work to worldwide projects,” says Tatiana. 

Head shot of Jennifer Mitchell.

Q&A with a project manager and agriculture advocate

Jennifer Mitchell (associate diploma in agriculture, 1999) is a passionate advocate of agriculture. She is a project manager with Koeslag Consulting Inc. and a board member of Farm and Food Care Ontario (FFCO). We talked with Jennifer to learn more about her roles and the importance of agricultural outreach.

Head shot of Hanh Pham.

Q&A with a director of bee research

Dr. Hanh Pham (PhD in environmental sciences, 2012) improved his scientific research skills and practical experience with honeybees, while studying at the University of Guelph. He returned home to Vietnam, where he works as the director of the Bee Research Center. We recently chatted with Hanh to learn more about his work with honeybees.

Head shot of Dan Borges, wearing a beekeeping hat, kneeling next to an open beehive brood box.

Q&A with a honeybee research technician

Dan Borges' passion for insects and entomology started at a young age. He continues to make a positive impact on the lives of beekeepers, farmers, and other industry partners working with the Ontario Beekeepers' Association (OBA). We recently chatted with him to learn more about his role and experience at the University of Guelph.

Head shot of Victoria Awad

Q&A with a meat inspector

Victoria Awad is a recent food science graduate. She landed her dream job right out of university and now works as a meat inspector for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  We recently chatted with her to learn more about her role and experience at the University of Guelph.

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