Alum donates $1 million for new food lab

The University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management (HFTM) recently marked its 50th anniversary by celebrating a $1-million donation to transform the program’s food lab into a state-of-the-art facility.

The gift comes from Michel Eric Fournelle, who graduated from the former hotel and food administration program in 1992.

“My experience as a student at the University of Guelph was wonderful and has had a big impact on my life. I wanted to give something back,” says Fournelle.

The new Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory – named for Anita Stewart, the University’s food laureate and founder of Food Day Canada – will enable hospitality and nutrition students to learn innovative practices in food preparation, production, safety and food science.

Fournelle’s gift kicks off a fundraising campaign – Legacy 50 – to support transformational learning opportunities and facility upgrades.

“The gift will have such positive and broad impacts on students’ connection with and understanding of food and its importance to health and society,” says HFTM director Statia Elliot.