Assistant Dean Academic Appointed

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Renée Bergeron in the position of Assistant Dean – Academic.

In this eight-month role, Bergeron will support the portfolio of the Associate Dean – Academic. This portfolio includes program curriculum, online program development, student academic counselling, and support of instructors on academic issues, as well as representing OAC on various academic committees.

Our Sympathies: Marcel Paulhus

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Marcel Paulhus on September 5, 2019. Paulhus was the the first principal of Collège d’Alfred, which would later become Campus d'Alfred of the University of Guelph. In 2015 the college became part of Ottawa’s La Cité community college and is now called l’IFRA, l’Institut de formation et de recherche agroalimentaire.

Thomas Graham in black t-shirt and hat, standing outside

New Controlled Environments Prof

The School of Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome Thomas Graham as the new PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems.

Group shot of award recipients.

2019 OAC Faculty & Staff Awards Presented

On September 12th, at the OAC Welcome Back BBQ, four faculty members were presented with the 2019 OAC Alumni Association and OAC Alumni Foundation faculty awards. In addition, the 2019 OAC staff awards were presented.

Updated Volunteer Hours

Whatever your experience or interests, we can use your help! Get involved by sending an email to Prof. Karen Houle at

Or, you are welcome (and encouraged) to drop-in during these volunteer hours:

Tuesdays - Noon - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U of G Planning Iconic Honey Bee Research Centre

The University of Guelph will turn its long-standing research prowess in pollinator health and conservation into North America’s first one-stop shop for honey bee research, education and outreach.

$15.5-Million Beef Research Centre Opens, Most Sophisticated in Canada

The most sophisticated sustainable livestock production research centre in Canada officially opened today. At the Ontario Beef Research Centre, University of Guelph researchers will hone the latest technologies in health, welfare and production to benefit the province’s 6,800 beef farms and others across Canada.

Continue reading, "$15.5-Million Beef Research Centre Opens, Most Sophisticated in Canada" here.

Johnston Hall Student Space Renovations Delayed, Scheduled to Open Late-September

Strong progress has been made to the new and improved student space in the basement of Johnston this summer. Although the renovation project is close to the end of construction, there have been some delays on furnishings. Furniture is expected to arrive mid-September. 

The new space is anticipated to be ready for student use the week of Sept 23rd, 2019.

New Program Counsellors’ Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to welcome Michelle Cosentino as the new Program Counsellors’ Assistant. She began in the role on Thursday, August 22.  

As the Program Counsellors’ Assistant, Cosentino acts as the first point of contact for the students in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Diploma in Turfgrass Management programs.

Gloria in a wheat field.

Meet Gloria, CHATS student

Gloria’s passion for agriculture and farming play a significant role in her life. Because of this she chose to study crop, horticulture, and turfgrass science at the University of Guelph (U of G). Gloria hopes to take advantage of her newly developed knowledge to become a certified crop advisor and stay involved with her family farm.

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