Alumni

Both the SPARK and agricultural communication programs have helped guide many students into entry level communication and marketing internships or writing positions, which have led to full-time careers in the industry. This is a section on the site dedicated to you, past participants from the SPARK program and agricultural communication courses. If you would like to be added or would like to update your alumni profile please email us.

Participant Profiles

  • Tom Affleck is the president of School Box, an development organization focused on building schools in Nicaragua.
  • Amina Ali is a research writer with the Canadian Broadcasting Company in Toronto.
  • Lianne Appleby is a marketing and communications manager with Hybrid Turkeys (a Hendrix Genetics company).
  • Andrew Bearinger is a secondary school teacher with the Waterloo Region Board of Education.
  • Paula Bialski is pursuing a graduate degree in Polish studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland.
  • Aaron Breimer is a sales executive with WG Thompson & Sons, Pain Court, Ontario.
  • Lindsay Brown is a corporate project coordinator at Iovate Health Sciences in Oakville.
  • Sarah Brown is a public relations specialist with Hill and Knowlton.
  • Jennifer Christie is a marketing specialist for John Deere Grimsby, Ontario.
  • Arthur Churchyard is pursuing a Masters degree in rural planning and development (Canadian stream) on full scholarship.
  • Heidi Clark is a senior issues advisor for the Ministry of Transportation.
  • Karen Connelly is a web design company manager in Guelph.
  • Christina Crowley is a communications coordinator for Holstein Canada.
  • Jen Cutts is a copy editor at Maclean's.
  • Courtney Denard is a freelance writer for Ontario Farmer in Owen Sound.
  • Anupriya Dewan is pursuing a degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
  • Kevin Dilamarter is a senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
  • Maria Dombrowsky is pursuing a Masters degree in the School of Environmental Sciences.
  • Kayla Duffield is an agronomist assistant with Cargill.
  • Dale Duncan is teaching English as second language in Toronto.
  • Christine Eisler is the marketing coordinator for Nuhn Biotech, Listowel, Ontario.
  • Marianne Fallis is the opportunities coordinator for 4-H Ontario.
  • Susan Farrelly (nee Connelly) is an Assistant Director of Human Resources at the County of Wellington.
  • Christa Ferguson is a communications specialist with Gencor in Guelph.
  • Rob Fieldhouse is enrolled in the Biophysics PhD Program at the University of Guelph.
  • Heather Filby is now teaching science in Guelph.
  • Sarah Fischer is attending teachers' college.
  • Erin Fletcher is the stakeholder relations manager for Ontario Wheat Producers.
  • Sandra Forster is a reporter for Regional Country News in Exeter, Ontario.
  • Patricia (Dickenson) Grotenhuis is the communications intern with the Ontario Farm Animal Council.
  • Leslie Irons is teaching science in Orangeville, Ontario.
  • Beth Kent is the program co-ordinator and campaign division leader with Leeds Grenville United Way.
  • Kaitlyn Little is a Marine Intelligence Analyst with the Great Lakes Marine Security Operations Centre  
  • Janine Fraser Lunn is a communications officer at the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporation, St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Corie Lok is a staff writer for Technology Review, a monthly magazine in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Kyle Maw is a relationship manager at Farm Credit Canada.
  • Lisa McLean is government relations specialist for the Association of Ontario Food Processors.
  • Michelle McMullen is the marketing co-ordinator for the Ontario Soybean Growers.
  • Katie Meyer is pursuing graduate studies at the European University Centre for Peace Studies, Austria.
  • Sheri Morgan is in charge of communications for Frito-Lay in Mississauga.
  • Rebecca Moore is pursing her PhD in the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
  • Claire Moxon is a patent agent for PioneerHi-Bred.
  • Shane Mulligan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Global Governance Research, University of Waterloo.
  • Kristy Nudds is the editor of Canadian Poultry magazine.
  • Michelle Osborne is a Project Officer, Applications, for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 
  • Vanessa Perkins is a Research Assistant for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
  • Alicia Roberts is teaching civics and English in Chatham, Ont.
  • Kate Roberts is the communications specialist for Syngenta Canada, Guelph.
  • Kate Savage is a recruitment officer for Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph.
  • Niki Strang is working with Statistics Canada as a data validate for the agricultural census.
  • Murray Tong is enrolled in the Master's of Magazine Publishing program at Simon Fraser University.
  • Sarah Van Engelen is a communications coordinator at Gencor in Guelph.
  • Mirjana Vrbaski is studying photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Andrew Wagner-Chazalon is the editor of the Muskocan daily newspaper in Bracebridge.
  • Clare Wooding is a communications specialist with Syngenta Canada Inc.
  • Krista Wydeven is the Owner Relations Secretary at St. Willibrord Credit Union in London, Ontario.
  • Andra Zommers is enrolled in the Marine Genomics Program at NSCC Centre of Geographic Studies Nova Scotia.