Macdonald Homecoming


Registration for all events is now open.

*click here for Accommodation information. A shuttle bus will run all day Saturday between the hotels and the campus.

Friday October 13th

Leacock Luncheon Friday

Guest speaker: Rex Murphy

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Saturday October 14th

9:30 Registration and Memorabilia Room
Centennial Centre foyer and CC1-150
10:00 TEDx presentations
Centennial Centre CC1-163

Come and hear from Macdonald Professors as they present an engaging and lively overview of their research

Topic 2017 – Ecosystems and Health

MODERATOR: Anja Geitmann

Anja Geitmann is a professor in the Department of Plant Science and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2015. She is also a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development. She is a cell biologist by training with an interest in the mechanical principles governing plant cell functioning. Part of her research has focused on lack of gravity and its effect on single plant cells – exposing single plant cells to hyper- and hypo-gravity conditions and looking at what this does to intracellular transport processes.

Using seabirds as sentinels for the health of Arctic marine ecosystems
Kyle Elliott

Kyle Elliott is the Canada Research Chair in Arctic Ecology. He did his BSc in Physics at UBC with an Honours thesis on the Schroedinger Operator in a Crystal Network. He then did his MSc and PhD at UBC before joining McGill. During that period, he visited 11 of the islands in the Canadian Archipelago and has spent the past 15 summers studying Arctic birds.

Microbial ecosystems as sources of infectious diseases: the tale of Legionnaires’ disease
Sébastien Faucher

Sébastien Faucher obtained his PhD from U. Montreal in 2007. As a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, between 2007-2010, he studied the virulence of Legionella pneumophila. In 2010, he then moved to McGill University to study the host side of infectious disease. He joined the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in July 2011 when he was appointed Assistant Professor.

Agroecology: pillar of sustainability in horticulture
Valérie Gravel

Valérie Gravel obtained her MSc and PhD in Plant Science in 2007 from Université Laval (Québec, QC) following undergraduate studies in Agronomy at the same institution. Between 2007 and 2012, she completed postdoctoral research at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) and at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). In 2012, she became an assistant professor at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College (Truro, NS) in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada (OACC). She joined McGill University in 2013 as an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science. She currently serves as vice-president of the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS) and as a board member of the Quebec Society for Plant Protection (QSPP) as well as Plant Canada. She is also a member of Ordre des Agronomes du Québec.

Pathway to Sustainable Nanotechnology: Understanding the Stakeholder Values
Saji George

Saji George received a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science & Quality Control and Master’s in Biotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. After obtaining a PhD from National University of Singapore, Dr. George completed postdoctoral training in nanotoxicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. In 2011, Dr. George joined Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore as a senior lecturer where he was spearheading research activities at the Centre for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN).
11:00 Macdonald Sneak Peek
Centennial Centre Ceilidh

Macdonald students and professors are difference-makers so this is your opportunity to see their interesting and often cutting-edge research/projects first hand.

Representatives from the Student Affairs Office will be on hand to answer any of your questions about programs, admission, etc.

12 noon Sir William Macdonald Luncheon
Centennial Centre Ballroom
$50/person (includes wine)

Our signature event is not to be missed. Not only will you hear from Dean Geitmann but she will also present the Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Awards, recognize Class Gifts and award special accomplishments.

Special presentation by Sally Armstrong BEd’66, DLitt’02
Uprising: Despite Donald Trump, a New Age is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter

2:15 Campus Tours, departing from Centennial Centre

A visit to Macdonald during Homecoming would not be complete without a campus tour.  Stops will be made at the Morgan Arboretum and Macdonald Farm. Construction on the new Community Engagement Centre has begun, and Farm Manager Paul Meldrum will provide everyone with an update on the project.


Macdonald Branch Happy Hour
Centennial Centre Ceilidh

Cash bar

Enjoy a drink at the end of the day and stay on for our traditional BBQ (see below).


Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry 30th Anniversary Celebration
Centennial Centre CC1-163

Cost $20 for the event and the BBQ

Come and meet Food Science alumni who have interesting stories to share about: their work, their passion for the industry and how they are involved in the newest trends.

The Food Revolution: what’s next?

Moderator: Professor Salwa Karboune

“Every day decisions are made about food - to buy, to prepare and to consume. Decisions about food are personal, social and emotional! Food brings challenging multi-disciplinary sciences together. All are driven by consumer hopes, fears and aspirations about food today and in the future”


Wes Parker, BSc(FSc)’92, Product Manager, Mitsubishi International Food Ingredients Inc.

“Food Science is a true blend of applied sciences that allowed me to express my creativity and satisfy my curiosity. Developing successful products is very rewarding but after spending years on the bench, the commercial side of the business was calling. I discovered a mix of science and business is an extremely valuable combination and continues to drive my career forward.”

Jacinthe Côté, BSc(NutrSc)’99, MSc’04, Product Management Director, Lallemand North American and European Bakers Yeast Divisions

“With food security and quality fluctuating at both extremes, my mission as a nutritionist and food scientist working in the food industry is to help optimize the supply of food and nutritional products enabling consumers to maintain or improve their health. My expertise in nutrition, taking into account the needs of the population, and in food chemistry, understanding the effect of process on food nutritional value and functional properties, brings new considerations at many levels of the food supply chain, enabling the food industry connect with the consumer.”

Ziad Khoury, BSc(FSc)’01, MSc’04, President, N3 Nutrition Inc.

"Some of the of most fascinating challenges in the food industry are the ones which involve translating nutritional research into novel and effective products. Such an endeavour requires the perceptiveness of an artist, the rigor of a scientist and the creativity of an architect."



Luke Haffenden, PhD'07, Chief Flavorist, Novotaste Corp. Inc.

"Working in the flavour industry enables you to be involved with all segments of the food & beverage industries. We react to market & consumer trends & help our clients transform their products accordingly. Without flavour houses, many of the new & trendy products being released into the market would simply not taste good, be too expensive, have short shelf-lifes & in some cases it would simply not be possible."

Sabrina Lu, BSc(FSc)’10, Senior R&D Project Lead, Ultima Foods Inc.

“Our food industry has evolved to create infinite opportunities to go beyond what we thought possible.  Food scientists have broken the barriers of human limitations allowing vegans to eat cheese, people with allergies to indulge in cakes and pastries and celiac disease patients to enjoy bread. I believe that we are vastly contributing to not only making food more widely accessible but also better for our environment and of course, our taste buds!”

Chloé Anderson, BSc(FSc)’15, MSc’17, COO & Co-Founder, Avocado Desserts

“Empowering growers and consumers with food. Reconciling economic growth of food supply chain ecosystem with nutritional, environmental and social sustainability is mandatory for the future generation of politician, planners, entrepreneurs and consumers.”

Networking opportunity following the presentations in the Ceilidh.


Gathering of the Clan BBQ
Centennial Centre Ceilidh

BBQ cost $20/person. Cash bar

Stay on for our traditional BBQ.

7:30 onward

We will end the day with a rousing Contra Dance which is part square dancing, part line dancing. A caller and live music keep everyone moving in a fun and social close to the day.

Cash bar.

For more information, please contact Anna Duff at 514-398-7852, anna.duff [at]

Photos from Homecoming 2016 and other Mac events are available online our FLICKR page.


A shuttle bus will run all day Saturday between the Holiday Inn and the campus.

Holiday Inn  – 6700 Trans Canada Pointe Claire Qx H9R 1C2
Book online Macdonald Homecoming with block code UMH;
Phone directly 514-697-7110/ toll free 1-800-375-2680
Rate is single/double occupancy $147 plus taxes per night including a full buffet breakfast.
This rate is good until September 12th.

Courtyard Marriott West Island – 20,000 route Transcanadienne, Baie d’Urfé Qc H9X 0B3
Phone directly 514-674-8000/toll free 1-877-688-8046
Rate is $139 plus taxes for King room or Double Queen plus a 15% discount on breakfast at on site breakfast bar.
This rate is good until August 13th.