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Macdonald Homecoming

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

You can also log in to our Facebook group (McGill Mac Alumni) to connect with other Mac grads and share information, pictures and stories – before, during and after Homecoming!


Macdonald Homecoming 2015 - October 22-24




4:00pm – 6:00pm Women in Leadership Event – cosponsored by OSAS & CaPS

Join special guest alumnae for this panel presentation on the topic of Women in the Sciences for a lively discussion on the opportunities and challenges in this career path. The presentation will be followed by a networking cocktail reception. Directed at current students and young alumni, this event is the kick-off to Macdonald Campus Homecoming events. Information will be sent out in early September but mark this on your calendar now!



9:00am – 4:30pm      Registration Check-in, Centennial Centre Foyer
9:00am – 9:30pm

Coffee and Sweets in the Demonstration Classroom

Students in Dietetics and Human Nutrition will provide you with coffee and sweets as you watch a cooking demonstration in our Helen Neilson Classroom.

9:30am – 11:30am 

Sneak Peek - A Day in the Life of a Macdonald Student

Macdonald professors and students will give you an inside look at teaching and research today. Research taking place in labs will be presented to you in a Tedx style in our newest Active Learning Lab. This interactive presentation will not only inform you but hopefully surprise you as you step into the role of student/researcher. Student presentations, tours of the library and Laird Hall will also be part of the morning programming.

12noon – 2:00pm

Sir William Macdonald Luncheon

Our popular luncheon is where we celebrate our past, salute special reunion years, recognize distinguished alumni and present the Honour Shield. This year Principal Suzanne Fortier BSc’72, PhD’76 will be joining us to welcome back Macdonald alumni as well as acknowledging a special gift to the college.

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Tour of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, the Morgan Arboretum and the Macdonald Campus Farm

New to this year’s tour, an inside look of the Mary Emily facility that was established to conduct human nutrition experimentation using precisely controlled diets. Professor Hope Weiler, Canada Research Chair in Nutrition, Development and Aging will explain and demonstrate some of the trials taking place at the clinic. Then we take a short walk at the Arboretum with possible fungi finding followed by a tour of the Macdonald Farm where you will learn about the plans for the new Macdonald Community Engagement Centre.

4:30pm – 6:00pm Happy Hour  
6:00pm – 8:30pm Gathering of the Clan BBQ
8:30pm – midnight

Contra Dance

A Contra Dance is a social dance similar to square dancing but not in the typical square formation – participants dance in long lines of pairs up and down with a caller describing the series of steps. Local musicians will keep the dancing going and fun for everyone.   



10:00pm –

Open House Downtown

Alumni Welcome Tent at Open House will be placed on the grounds just inside the Roddick Gates to welcome alumni and to provide them with information and activity guides.


Alumni Lounge

Redpath Hall and McIntyre Medical Building

Young Alumni from FAES will be asked to participate at these lounges to speak with prospective students and their families. They will share their stories of time at McGill/Macdonald and to make that connection between what they studied and their current job.

Photos from Homecoming 2014 and other Mac events are available online our FLICKR page.