Macdonald Homecoming

Accommodations - Holiday Inn Pointe Claire

Booking link for Macdonald Homecoming  – book directly on website or call the hotel at 514-697-7110 or toll free 1-800-375-2680. Use block code UMH with booking.

Single and Double occupancy - $149 plus taxes per night -including up to 2 buffet breakfasts per day
Triple and Quad occupancy -$169 - plus taxes per night -including up to 4 buffet breakfasts per day
Suites - $179 plus taxes per night –including up to 2 buffet Breakfasts per day

Registration for events will open August 1st.


Saturday October 13th

Registration - Centennial Centre foyer

Alumni arrive and check in at registration desk. Coffee and cookies will be available all morning.

TEDx – Researchers Changing our Lives, Changing our World – Centennial Centre CC1-163

Come and hear from Macdonald Professors as they present an engaging and lively overview of their research around this theme, with Moderator Assistant Professor Olivia Wilkins

Professors participating:

  1. Nil Basu: Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences
    Panaceas for Polluted Peoples, Places, and Policies
  2. Treena Wasonti:io Delormier:  Associate Professor & Associate Director CINE
    Enhancing research capacity for Indigenous health research
  3. Cynthia Kallenbach: Assistant Professor
    Using soil ecology to create a win-win scenario for climate, food production, and the environment in agroecosystems
  4. Jennifer Ronholm: Assistant Professor
    Infection Control in the Post-Antibiotic Era

Macdonald Sneak Peek – Centennial Centre Ceilidh

This has become an annual event at Homecoming, where Professors showcase their research and students speak to their various academic experiences. The Faculty is proud to introduce our future ready students and the Professors who are mentoring them.

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. Our guest speaker is Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. She will speak to sustainability and science based environmental policy.

Campus Tours –  departing from the Centennial Centre

A visit to Macdonald is not 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 and Gathering of the Clan BBQ – Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

BBQ cost $20/person cash bar

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

The Desert Revisited & Gathering of the Clan BBQ – Centennial Centre CC1-163
with cocktail reception followed by Gathering of the Clan BBQ

Cost $20/person; cash bar

For over 40 years, groups of students and instructors have been packing into vans and heading south to experience the deserts and arid regions of the southern USA. The ‘Texas Trip’, and its more recent version, ‘Desert Ecology’, have provided memorable learning experiences spread across life-changing road trips for over 300 students in 21 classes.  We have learned to identify cacti and other plants, insects, spiders, scorpions, lizards, snakes, birds, rocks and landscapes, and studied ecological relationships between them and us.  We have camped under the stars, cooked gourmet meals over camp stoves, found good opportunities for pit stops, developed suitable entries for field journals and met people we might like to spend the rest of our lives with (or not!).  Most of us have come away feeling changed, although perhaps not knowing exactly how or why.  

This year, Homecoming will host the first ever Desert Ecology/Texas Trip All-Years Reunion.  Join us for images and stories.  Reconnect with long lost class-mates and long-forgotten events. Meet new people who shared the same experience in different years. Reflect on how things have changed and how they are still the same.  Revisit the questions of how a few weeks of enjoyable suffering with like minds in the desert influenced who we have become. 

See photos from Homecoming 2017 on our Flickr page.

For more information, please contact Anna Duff by anna.duff [at] (email) or at 514-398-7852.