$5-Million Gift Supports Sustainable Food Engineering

The University of Guelph has created Canada’s first academic chair in sustainable food engineering, backed by a $5-million gift from the Barrett Family Foundation.

It’s one of the largest single donations in U of G history.

Based in U of G’s School of Engineering, the Barrett Family Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering will focus on the design, construction and operations of food processing. This will include improving food packaging, developing new “green” technologies and finding ways to prolong shelf life and reduce food waste.

Besides the chair amount, $1.5 million from the gift will support a sustainable food engineering research fund. Another $500,000 will support Barrett Family Graduate Scholarships to train the next generation of leaders and skilled researchers in sustainable food engineering.

“This important investment in the School of Engineering will allow us to build on the University’s world-class expertise in food science, nutrition and agricultural production,” says Mary Wells, dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

“It will help position U of G as a national and global leader in sustainable food engineering and innovation.”