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October 29 2014

Congratulations to Eby Noroozi, who received the Principal's Award for Administrative and Support Staff in the Technical and Library Assistants category at Convocation October 29.

Eby is a consistent and reliable ambassador for the McGill community and the Macdonald Campus in particular. A long-time volunteer on the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association, he has a proven track record and willingly and happily serves on and off-campus wherever and whenever asked. An early contributor to the University’s Safety programs, Eby has been a key voice in the development of University health and safety training materials, protocols and processes.  Building on this foundation, he became accredited by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals in 1995 and has been an active member of the organization ever since, most recently acting as Chair of the Regional Screening Committee and Regional Communication Liaison.  In 2012, the University Eby was awarded the McGill Safety Ambassador Award.

Teaching and working in a Floating Campus in the Brazilian Amazon

Marcelo Beltrão Molento (PhD’00, Parasitology) from the Veterinary Medicine School of Federal University of Parana, Brazil boarded the “Amazon Star” ship for a 10-day trip (30/07 a 09/08) to participate on the 18o IFNOPAP – The imaginary popular narrative forms of the Amazon, that brings together teaching, research and extension work to the communities of Santarem and Oriximina. The 2000 km river trip went along the Guama, Para, Amazon, Tapajos and Trombetas rivers, including the exotic water of two-colors, when the brown Amazon waters are joined by the clear Tapajos waters. Just to give an idea on how far are the cities, it took 4 nights and 3 days non-stop from Belem to Oriximina (check out at Google), the first stop.

The invitation came from the Rural University of the Amazon that is working with Dr. Marcelo to find alternative parasite control to water buffalos with funding from the Brazilian research agency, CNPq. He is leading a group of researchers and students that are working in the Marajo Island, implementing sustainable farming. My objective is to develop resilient farm management strategies that may be applicable to different conditions and suitable to their reality – tells Marcelo.

Quite a range of professionals took part into the Floating Campus expedition that had workshops, hands-on courses, conferences and even research project defenses. The variety of participants included Nurses, Film Directors, Photographers, Painters, Biologists and a number of graduate and undergraduate students, sharing experiences and giving an amazing tone to the trip. “In total we were 176 people, including a few Germans, Canadians and Italians, plus a full ship crew, says Marcelo.”

The most fun part was when we reached the communities and stayed for 2 to 3 days, visiting elementary schools for talks and short courses. I spoke about Leptospirosis (transmitted by rat urine) for teachers and health workers. I took 35 kids to visit resource-poor areas to identify suitable rat traces and health risk factors and measurements that could be done to control them. My students (MSc and PhD) will determine the strains/serovars of Leptospirosis present in wild rodents present in urban areas. Another important topic was to discuss with authorities and practitioners how to better implement strategies for wildlife disease control and the risk of maintaining wild animals (parrots, monkeys and rodents) to human health.

The organizer Dr. Maria do Socorro Simões is expecting to publish a book and two films from this trip, as well as a number of new research projects in collaboration with local Universities and Governments. Marcelo points out that everyone should visit the Amazon to see how stunning and immense it is, with its kind people and amazing wildlife.

Four Macdonald Alumni were recently honoured by the McGill Alumni Association at its May 8th Honours and Awards Banquet

Gretta Chambers Student Leadership Award

Bernice Ting, BSc(FSc)’14

Bernice is an exceptional student volunteer on the Macdonald Campus and has been active in a variety of student groups and campus projects since she began her studies.  She was an organizer of the hugely successful Food Science 25th Anniversary Symposium.  She has been a committee member for the Food Science Association, a waste auditor with McGill Gorilla composting, and the head coordinator of the Global Food Box, which offers fresh fruit and vegetables to McGill students.  She is the Accounts Manager and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) Coordinator of the Out-of-the-Garden Project at Macdonald, which recently won a Catalyst Award from the McGill Office of Sustainability.

The faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has recognized Bernice’s commitment to he studies by awarding her two scholarships and naming her a recipient of a Macdonald Medal in 2011 and 2012.  The Macdonald division of the MAA recently presented her with the Gold Key Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities on the Mac Campus.

“Becoming a student leader has been about getting involved in projects that I’m passionate about,” says Bernice.


Distinguished Service Award

Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, and Marie Bieler, BSc(Agr)’80

Marc and Marie Bieler are exemplary members of the McGill community.  Marc Bieler, president of Atoka Cranberries and Canada’s “Cranberry King”, has supported McGill since 1964.  In 2007 he joined the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Advisory Board, where he has been a vigorous supporter of Faculty initiatives such as the McGill Conferences on Global Food Security, the McGill Institute for Global Food Security, and the McGill Food Safety and Quality Program.

In 2009, the Bielers donated $1 million to the Faculty to create the Bieler Family Internship Program, which supports internships for Macdonald students.  This gift has not only increased opportunities for students but has also allowed the faculty to strengthen ties with major industry partners locally, nationally and internationally.  Their objectives, says Marie, are to “build and share fundamental knowledge, to encourage youth to be better equipped for their work, and to connect knowledge and research through internships with industry.”

Says Marc, “My McGill education solidified my passion for agriculture, for food, and for entrepreneurship.”  The Bielers share this passion by speaking to students frequently on issues related to agricultural research and enterprise, and they have also made their cranberry farms and research labs available to McGill staff and students for teaching and research.


David Johnston Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Chandra Madramootoo, BSc (AgrEng)’77, MSc’81, PhD’85

Chandra Madramootoo is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate vice-Principal of McGill.  His long tenure – serving since 2005 – is a testament to the respect he carries among faculty, staff, students and alumni.

As a young academic, he served as a volunteer on the local McGill Alumni Association board, bringing that all-important Macdonald Campus perspective to the table.  Under his leadership, the Faculty has thrived, and the bond with Mac donors, alumni and volunteers has grown even stronger. He has led alumni, faculty and staff in supporting important initiatives such as the $7.5-million Macdonald Library and Learning Centre, and the $4.25-million state-of-the-art Mary Catherine Freeman Food Laboratories and Frederick N. Southam Food Preparation Laboratory.

Chandra credits his success in bringing graduates and friends together to support the University to his love of Mac and McGill.  “I see what great work is being done by the institution – the great research and teaching, the superb students.  I find it so satisfying to share my passion for Mac with donors and alumni, and to see how this translates into their support for the institution.”

His vision during two terms as Dean has made an impact on the Macdonald Campus that will leave the Faculty well positioned to meet the challenges ahead.


From Eby Noroozi, MSc'78
In my career having being certified first at provincial level as a (Professional Chemist) with Ordre des Chimistes du Quebec (1989) and later at national level as safety professional as a (CRSP) with Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (1995) becoming certified at as a food scientist (CFS) an international level with Institute of Food Technologists (2013) have now complemented my accreditations to a new level professionally following completing the requirements mentioned below.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) with more than 18,000 worldwide members from academic, government and industry announced the launch of the new Certified Food Scientist (CFS) program on August 14, 2012, a first – of – its – kind certification developed by IFT for food scientists worldwide since its foundation in 1943.
The program provides food scientists an opportunity to obtain a specific credential that recognizes the applied scientific knowledge and skills these professionals have achieved.
Food scientists are critical to the creation of safe, nutritious and scientifically – based products and are now recognized for their experience and expertise so they can distinguish themselves throughout their professional careers. The program will also assist employers to identify hire and retain the best talent, and to continue to meet the ongoing demand for knowledgeable food scientists throughout the food system.

To become a CFS, a food professional must: Complete required application forms; Application fee for evaluation and exams; Educational background in food science or general sciences (B.Sc, M.Sc and PH.d); Required yeas of professional experience based on the degree and type obtained;Recommendation letters; Exam to include various topics in food science including product development, quality assurance and quality control, food chemistry  and food analysis, regulatory, food microbiology, food safety, food engineering and sensory evaluation and consumer testing. The exam will be offered at more than 250 global testing centers. A one - time exemption of exam for those beyond 15 years of practice in food science profession was offered as an option and expired on Jan 2013.
Further information can be obtained from the following links for those interested:


Class of '54: seated are  Phyllis Gillis , Eileen Vice; 2nd Row, Heather Driver, Claire Lough, Glenda Slater, Pat Turner, Barbara Jones;
Back Row, Galen Driver, David Turner, Helen Lambert, John Ogilvie, Barbara Wilding,  Jim Lough, Bruce Jones


Emeritus Professor, Dr. John Moxley BScAg’47, MSc’52 at Rideau Hall receiving a poppy from Governor General David Johnston at the launch of this year’s poppy campaign.

John Moxley with the Governor General in front of the official portrait of the former Governor General Michaelle Jean.  The artist is John Moxley's niece, Karen Bailey.  Madame Jean had wanted to have a portrait that included representatives of the communities that were a particular part of her mandate and this included veterans.  Karen used John as her model as a WWI veteran.  The portrait hangs in the front lobby of Rideau Hall with the other Governors General portraits.  When John went to Rideau Hall for the poppy campaign, he had his picture taken with the Governor General in front of the portrait.


Willard Greig (DipAgr’48), June Orr (DipEd’47), Joyce McKell (DipEd’39), Roly Greenbank (BScAgr’47, DipEd’56), Donald McKell (DipAgr’48) , Wanda Trineer (BscAgr’76) and Robert Ness (DipAgr’48)

Organizing committee members -  Kelly McNamara, George Eades (BSc(AgrEng)’73) , Roly Greenbank (BSc Agr’47, DipEd’56), Eleanor Finlayson (DipEd’67) and Peter Finlayson 9BScAgr'63)



This year's gathering was on Oct.13th & 14th held at The Abbey For The Arts at Glen Nevis, ON. 

Those in attendance with their wives/partners were:
George Duncan, MacDonald's Corners, ON; Don Tarte, Ottawa, ON; Hillis Connoly, Shawville, QC; Lowell Green, Ottawa, ON; Doug Page, Sherbrooke, QC; Grant Cameron, Green Valley, ON.


Victoria, B.C. Oct. 2 to Oct.5, 2012 . We had a privately guided bus tour of and city and surrounding areas. The following day we enjoyed a trip to Butchart  Gardens. The sun shone brightly each day ! There was lots of time for visiting ! Our class has always included our spouses. We meet every two or three years.

Front Row: Doris (Hayes) Falt, Beulah (Lee) Atkinson, Rae (Percy Miller) Scott
Back Row: Margaret (MacNain) Blair, Claire (Bruce) Anfossie, Ann (Playfair) Prasloski, Nina (Cupchik) Hardin

MacCorn 2012

The annual MacCorn Alumni event took place on August 16, at St. Mary’s Church in Dunrobin with about 40 people including the Dean in attendance.
To see photos, please visit the Mac Events Flickr page.

A bit of MacCorn History (courtesy of Joan Marshall)

We started getting together for an alumni event when I organized a Strawberry fest in June 2007. That was a great event with horse and wagon rides and a strawberry social with dainty tea sandwiches and strawberry shortcakes. From that I learned about the unpredictability of strawberries, weather-wise. That year the delayed strawberry season came dangerously close to when I was going to Maine for the month of July. So for 2008 we chose corn - longer season and more time for me to get back from Maine. We named it MacCorn and the rest is history.

This year we changed the venue, but will be going back to the Merivale Church Hall next year.

We buy the corn, sausages, pop, water, tea, coffee, and trimmings. Each person or couple is asked to bring along a salad or dessert to feed 8-10 people. Somehow it all works out. People bring what they are comfortable in making. We have had a variety of great salads and desserts over the time…and always just enough. Volunteers offer to set-up and dismantle the tables, shuck the corn, gather the money and give out name tags.  We collect the name tags to make next year easier by eliminating that step again. We start at 4:30 as many don’t want to drive at night and we eat, chat away, clean up, load the car and leave for another year.