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Macdonald start-ups win big at McGill’s Dobson Cup entrepreneurship competition

  | EDUARDO GANEM CUENCA and KATHY MACLEAN Students from McGill’s Macdonald Campus seem to have figured out the winning combination of talent, skills, risk –and above all, the unwavering determination it takes to convert an idea into a viable business venture.

Published on : 16 May 2016

Valérie Toupin-Dubé awarded Equiterre's Laure Waridel Bursary

  Congratulations to Valérie Toupin-Dubé, BSc(AgEnvSc) '16, winner of Equiterre’s Laure Waridel Bursary. The bursary was established in 2008 by Equiterre and the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins for students committed to pursuing and disseminating research on environmental and social action.

Published on : 04 May 2016

Minoring in entrepreneurship, majoring in success

Popular culture loves the mythology of the self-made success, the boot-strapping individual who eschews formal education to blaze a path to success. But, while superstar dropouts can capture our imaginations – think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg – they are the exceptions, not the rule. Especially in Canada: a study by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, for example, found that nearly 90 per cent of the founders of Canada’s top 250 tech companies are university graduates.

Published on : 06 Apr 2016

Government of Canada invests $27 million to extend the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program for another five years

  Minister Lawrence MacAulay was on campus to participate in the Symposium and Wrap-Up meeting for the “Effects of Agricultural Water Management Systems on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Eastern Canada” project led by Chandra Madramootoo (Bioresource Engineering).  The project was funded by the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases program.     Announcement by The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Macdonald Campus of McGill University, March 30, 2016

Published on : 30 Mar 2016

Two New Food Security Projects Announced

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada have announced six new projects to be supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The projects will develop, test and apply ways to scale up innovations in food security and nutrition. These projects will scale up effective, pilot-tested innovations so that they reach poor rural populations, particularly women and small-holder farmers. Two projects have been awarded to Macdonald professors.

Published on : 08 Mar 2016

Two New Food Security Projects Announced

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada have announced six new projects to be supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The projects will develop, test and apply ways to scale up innovations in food security and nutrition. These projects will scale up effective, pilot-tested innovations so that they reach poor rural populations, particularly women and small-holder farmers. Two projects have been awarded to Macdonald professors.

Published on : 08 Mar 2016

The lack of women in science: 'A wicked problem,' McGill's Elena Bennett says

  "The discussion started at my book club, but it might as well have started with Adam and Eve. We read The Awakening, a 1899 novel by Kate Chopin that describes the fight by a young woman, Edna Pontellier, for independence against the conventions of the time. We are all married working mothers. No matter how far society has come from Edna’s, most of us find the bulk of child care and the more banal duties of running a household fall to us. We felt for Edna.

Published on : 17 Feb 2016

Hot off the press! Macdonald Professor Recipient of Prestigious Steacie Fellowship

Professor Elena Bennett, of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the McGill School of Environment, is the recipient of a E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship! The Fellowships are awarded by NSERC to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

LE SIROP D’ÉRABLE : UN SYSTÈME COMPLEXE

  « Le système a permis d’assurer une stabilité dans les prix. Les producteurs savent combien ils vont recevoir pour leur sirop », estime Pascal Thériault, professeur à la faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement de l’Université McGill. Il y a actuellement 62 millions de livres de sirop dans le principal entrepôt, situé à Laurierville. « La réserve stratégique mondiale permettrait de couvrir une mauvaise saison », précise l’économiste Pascal Thériault.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Mosquitoes: What Works, What is Used.

  Worried about Zika? CTV Montreal talked to the Morgan Arboretum's Christopher Cloutier, mosquito expert from McGill University. CTV News video  

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Mac women chop down the competition at the 56th annual Macdonald College Woodsmen Competition

  The sun was out, the saws were out and our Woodsmen teams performed fabulously over the weekend. Thanks to all on campus and the many alumni who helped make the 56th annual Woodsmen Competition a success.

Published on : 26 Jan 2016

A New Geological Epoch, The Anthropocene

  Scientists say it's time to declare a new geological epoch, one defined by human activity and the permanent mark it has left on the earth. McGill Professor Peter Brown, director of Economics for the Anthropocene, is featured on CBC Radio News. LISTEN Related article    

Published on : 11 Jan 2016

Air Canada Backs Effort to Build Homegrown ‘Green’ Jet Fuel Infrasructure

The University of Toronto, McGill University  [BioFuelNet - Don Smith] and the International Air Transport Association are also part of the project as members of the BioFuelNet Aviation Task Force. Funding is coming from the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, which gets its support from the federal government and Canada’s aerospace sector. Read more in  The Toronto Star  

Published on : 11 Dec 2015

Life lessons on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur with Peter McAuslan

| EDUARDO GANEM CUENCA   It’s a tough job market out there, and students can no longer rely on getting a job right out of university. Students from McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences longing to start business ventures of their own now have a new toolkit to help them reach their goals—the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

Published on : 01 Dec 2015

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Macdonald

  | November 6 2015 Faculty, staff and students from McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences joined with their campus partners - John Abbott College and Macdonald High School - as well as with Veterans from the Veterans' Hosital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and invited guests from the local community to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms and privileges we have today. Dean Anja Geitman shared her personal experience:

Published on : 05 Nov 2015