Message from the Dean



Dean Chandra Madramootoo

Dean Chandra Madramootoo

Looking outside my office window, the Campus is covered with deep, pristine snow from our first major snowstorm of the season.  Our students are in the midst of final exams, and we are also busily preparing for the Christmas holidays. It reminds me of those Decembers when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at Macdonald, and I suspect the same for many of you. There is both excitement and anticipation in the air. Anticipation of wondering how well we did in our finals, and excitement of spending the holidays with friends, family, and loved ones.

For me, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the many achievements at Macdonald this year. We are attracting some of the most talented students to Macdonald, and we are recruiting excellent professors, all of whom are excited about what Macdonald has to offer.  Our students and staff roll up their sleeves, in both difficult and happier times to make Macdonald an institution of excellence. I think of our students who are involved in the McGill Feeding McGill project, and the enormous public profile they give to Mac; our many scholarship winners who are dedicated to improving the world; and with equal pride our students who saved our dairy complex and the entire 170 dairy herd from destruction, as a result of an early morning fire in late October. This was the Macdonald spirit in its finest, and made me extremely proud as a Dean. Our students are doers and leaders!  We will re-build the parts of the dairy complex damaged by the fire, incorporating upgrades and modifications to improve feeding efficiency, thereby positioning the dairy unit as a center of excellence in teaching and research for years to come.

We have had a lot of exciting and successful events this year, from Founder’s Day to Homecoming, to the Scholastic Awards, to the inaugural Jean De Grandpre Distinguished Seminar, and many more. By engaging our alumni, we have enriched our students’ experience at Macdonald.

I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and the New Year.

Chandra A. Madramootoo

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