Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald Honoured
Congratulations to AIC member Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald who has been recognized with two prestigious awards. On March 29, 2012 she received the T.R. Hilliard Distinguished Agricultural Extension Award from the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Foundation. The award, which recognizes people who are making significant contributions to agricultural extension in the province of Ontario, was presented at the 61st annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference.
On March 30, 2012 Dr. McDonald received the Distinguished Agrologist Award from the Ontario Institute of Agrologists during their Annual General Meeting. The award recognizes individuals who have rendered significant service to the profession of agrology and the agri-food industry of Ontario and/or the affairs of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.
Dr. McDonald works as a faculty member and research scientist at the University of Guelph's Department of Plant Agriculture. Her research focuses on crop protection of root, bulb and leafy vegetable crops and crucifer crops with emphasis on plant pathology and integrated crop management. She is also the Research Trial Coordinator at the Muck Crops Research Station located in the Bradford/ Holland Marsh of Ontario. Her academic background includes a B.Sc. (Agr.) with a major in Plant Protection, an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, all from the University of Guelph.
Dr. McDonald is a member of AIC and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science as well as being President of the Canadian Phytopathological Society. She has been a member of the CSHS international twinning partnership project coordination committee with the Ghana Institute for Horticulturists and AIC since 2006. This project was the 2011 recipient of the AIC International Recognition Award.
The T.R. Hilliard Distinguished Agricultural Extension Award was first awarded in 1983. Dr. McDonald joins 25 men and three women who have received the annual award. It was established in memory of the late T. R. (Dick) Hilliard, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food and consists of a citation and $1,000. Previous winners of this unique and coveted award include some of the best known names in Ontario agriculture. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted to the Foundation.
Upon learning that her colleagues in the Ghana Institute for Horticulturists must financially support their research work with personal funds, Dr. McDonald graciously decided to donate her financial award to support horticultural research in Ghana.
Dinah Ceplis and Frances Rodenburg
University of Guelph
T.R. Hilliard Distinguished Agricultural Extension Award
Ontario Institute of Agrologists
Photo: Dr. Clarence Swanton, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, presents the T.R. Hilliard Award to Dr. McDonald.
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