From the Dean

December 2018

Dean Geitmann with San Francisco area alumni.

Another great year is coming to a close. We have hosted a lot of exciting and successful events – from Founder’s Day early in the year, to Homecoming, the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series, the Scholastic Awards Reception and, of course, the annual Food for Thought Public Lecture Series, which will be celebrating its 20th season in 2019. These events have brought staff, students, alumni and friends together for a shared experience at Macdonald.

Meeting alumni in the United Arab Emirates—Dean Geitmann (right) with alumna Farah Hilou, MSc’08, RD Credentialing’09.

In my travels for both University and research this past year, I had the privilege of meeting many of our alumni, and hearing stories about how Macdonald shaped their lives. Your ties and commitment to Macdonald run strong. It is support like this that sustains the excellence that is this faculty and its programs.

Dean Geitmann (right) with alumna Emie Bouchot BEng(Bioresource)’17 in Lyon France

We are attracting some of the most talented students to Macdonald, and, in the last year, we have recruited 11 dynamic new professors, all of whom are excited about what Macdonald has to offer and bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the table. Our students and staff roll up their sleeves in both difficult and happier times to make Macdonald an institution of excellence, fulfilling Sir William’s goal of “Mastery for Service,” touching the lives of communities all over the globe. It is a goal worth striving for. Macdonald’s future is both worthwhile and rewarding.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of a great Macdonald benefactor – Donald McQueen Shaver – a giant in the poultry industry who provided the funding for the Shaver-NSERC Chair in Poultry Biotechnology and for the Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Research Complex on the Mac farm. In addition to teaching and research, and in an ongoing effort to promote local food and decrease our carbon footprint, the farm is now the primary egg supplier for the McGill Food and Dining Services. In 1983, Dr. Shaver’s contributions to the poultry industry and his ties to Macdonald were recognized with an Honorary Doctorate.

Your annual gifts are essential to our continued ability to offer programs that engage and challenge our students, pushing them to excel both academically and in the greater community. It is gratifying to see how much we can accomplish when we work together towards a shared vision of Macdonald.

With 2019 just around the corner, on behalf of all the faculty, staff and students at Macdonald, I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the coming year, and thank you for your continued support and investment in this place that means so much to all of us. Bonne et heureuse année de notre famille Macdonald à la vôtre.

Anja Geitmann
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Macdonald Campus, McGill University

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