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Family Day on the Macdonald Farm
9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

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Come and Re-Discover the Macdonald Campus Farm

Join us for


 June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am - Noon
Macdonald Campus Farm
21111 Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Vellevue H9X 3V9


 Dairy Barn  |  Calf Nursery   |  Mini-Farm
Hay Ride  |  Student Organic Market Garden
Mobile Hen House | Transform milk into butter
Milk the life-sized model cow

Registration Required

development [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca

More info: anna [dot] duffatmcgill [dot] ca (Anna Duff)

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Niagara Tour Alumni Event
Niagara College Canada, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0

Join Dean Chandra Madramootoo and Macdonald alumni and friends for an exploration of fine wine and craft beer produced at Niagara College Canada

Ticket price $40 which includes:

  • Tour and tastings in the Teaching Winery and Brewery
  • Visit of the Greenhouses
  • 3-course lunch at Benchmark Restaurant (wine is not included but is available)
  • Tour of the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology labs

For more information: Anna Duff anna [dot] duffatmcgill [dot] ca | 514-398-7709

Co-hosted by Mike Schofield, BScAgr’74 (pulpconatgmail [dot] com)


SEPTEMBER 15 @ 16h00
Faculty Lounge, MS2-022


Details to follow.

10 – 11.30 am
Raymond Building R2-046

Macdonald Homecoming

McGill Open House

8th Annual McGill Conference on Global Food Security

Fall 2015 Lunch & Learn
12 noon – 1.30 pm, Faculty Lounge

NOVEMBER 10 @ 16h00
Scholastic Awards Presentations


Founder's Day Celebrations

In the News

MARCH 2015

At the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Lecture series hosted by our Faculty in late March, Mr. Eduardo Ganem Cuenca, a Macdonald alumni and manager of the Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Program, had the distinct opportunity to present the winning teams of our first competition to an audience comprising of the de Grandpré family, Distinguished Speaker Mr. Stephen Bronfman, community members, alumni, and current students. The winning teams were Urban Spores, TiraVerde, and FlueTRU. 

As a result of our investments in the Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Program, we successfully launched fourteen student teams into the Dobson Cup Competition, McGill’s premier entrepreneurship competition in which aspiring student entrepreneurs compete for $100,000 in cash prizes and services in three tracks: Innovation driven track, Small-to-medium-size Enterprise track, and Social Enterprise track.

We have generated record-shattering performances in Dobson Cup history, and the record-shattering performance continues: out of an initial 240 teams across McGill, six of our fourteen teams from Macdonald have made it to the final round of the competition. In the final round, each team will pitch their business venture to a panel of seven judges who will ultimately decide which teams will receive the cash prize and glory of being crowned this year’s Dobson Cup winners. The six teams representing our Faculty are: FlueTRU, Urban Spores, Fleurmohn, Ground It, Little Buds, and Verde. We wish our teams tremendous luck in the final phase of the Dobson Cup competition, and through the collective support from the entire entrepreneurial community at Macdonald, we are poised to claim first prize in each of the three tracks!

PHOTO: L-R: Eduardo Ganem Cuenca; Anna Zisa (Urban Spores); Liam Sobey (TiraVerde); Enrico Davide Cremonese (TiraVerde); Mr. Stephen Bronfman; Chloé Anderson (TiraVerde); Yves Roy (FlueTRU); Angelia Mah (TiraVerde); René Roy (FlueTRTU); Jer Lin Poh (TiraVerde).  Missing: Margot Charette (Urban Spores); Camilo Perez Lee (FLueTRU).



The McGill Woodswomen team, captained by Stephanie Belanger-Naud, completely dominated the field at the 55th annual Woodsmen competition held January 24th on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. The team comprised of Meagan Dustin, Jessica Logan, Kimberly Duheme, Julie MacFarlane, Evelyn Levac, and of course Stephanie Belanger-Naud, captured an amazing first place finish in ten of the fourteen events.

The ladies placed first in Cross-cut Sawing (Team), Log Decking (Team), Pulp Throw(Team),  Swede Sawing (Team), Quarter Splitting (Kimberly Duheme, Evbelyn Levac), Standing Block Chop (Julie MacFarlane, Meagan Dustin),  Underhand Chop (Stephanie Belanger Naud, Jessica Logan), Single Buck Saw (Stephanie Belanger-Naud), Super Swede Saw (Julie MacFarlane), Snow shoe (Evelyn Levac). This team has worked very hard for the University, and are already focusing on their next competition which will be held at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, Nova Scotia in two weeks’ time.

The men’s team came very close, only seventy points off first place. A strong day by Captain Rony Odermatt , Bob Tolhurst, Jessee Rogatini-Gamble, Dominic Mercier-Provencher, Sebastien Latraverse, Matthew Burns, Spare Matthew  Sweenan.

The two rookie teams placed very respectively, and show great promise for the future.

“I would like to thank the teams for their hard work, their dedication to McGill, and all those wonderful six a.m. practices in interesting weather,” says Coach John Watson.  Watson who has coached McGill Woodsmen teams for over forty years, and captured more than 100 championships, will retire from the University after the Nova Scotia competition.

“I am fortunate to have had the privilege and the honor of teaching and working with over 650 students in the field of lumberjacking on this campus. I am proud of each and every student I have put on the competition field. All of this is of course a team effort and I would like to thank former Athletic Director Bill Ellyett and his staff for their constant support which enabled me to grow with the program. I would also like to thank the University, for affording me the opportunity of bringing out the extraordinary talents of some of the very best students in Canada.”


Un extrait de pomme de terre pour contrôler l’obésité

Un extrait de pomme de terre irlandaise, riche en polyphénols, réduit de façon surprenante la prise de poids.

L'ingrédient miracle contre l'obésité est peut-être déjà dans votre garde-manger...  Un simple extrait de pommes de terre pourrait limiter la prise de poids qu'entraîne un régime riche en gras et glucides raffinés. C’est ce qu’avance une étude réalisée par des chercheurs de l’Université McGill, qui ont été si surpris des effets de cet extrait qu’ils ont reconduit l’expérience pour en avoir le cœur net. Lire article...

Controlling obesity with potato extract (Watch video)

Extract of Irish potatoes, rich in polyphenols, reduces weight gain to a surprising extent.

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists [Stan Kubow, Danielle Donnely & Luis Agellon] at McGill University.

The results of their recent study were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure. Read press release...

Watch Mac in the Media

Les lumières DEL révolutionnent la culture en serres
Interview with Professor Mark Lefsrud on Le Code Chastenay

Interview with Pascal Thériault on the difficulties faceing Quebec farmers
 on RDI Economie

Sowing the Seeds of Inquiry: Learning to Observe
(with Professor Chris Buddle)

Meeting Food Industry Demands
(with Professors Kristine Koski, Salwa Karboune and Inteaz Alli)

Nutrients and Nutraceuticals
(with Professors Hope Weiler, Valérie Orsat and Stan Kubow)

The Obesity Pandemic
(with Professor Katherine Gray-Donald and Laurette Dubé)

L'ABC des prix alimentaires
(with Pascal Thériault)

Saving lives by addressing parasitic diseases:
Professor Tim Geary (Parasitology) receives $1 M Grant for parasite fight

Roundtable Talks: Tackling Food and Nutrition Security.
McGill Conference on Global Food Security 2010

Roundtable Talks: Tackling Water Scarcity.
McGill Conference on Global Food Security 2010

Macdonald Campus Freshman Video

Why is environmental education important?
(with Professor Elena Bennett)

African adventure
Bioresource Engineering students in Benin

Searching for life on Mars
(with Professor Lyle Whyte)

Plant Science tackles climate change and food crises (with Professor Don Smith)

Fighting for Food Security
(with Professor G.S.V. Raghavan)