AICF Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship 2013 Recipients
One PhD level and two Masters level students in agricultural business, economics, finance and trade programs are the 2013 recipients of the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation (AICF) Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship, which is made available through the support of the RBC Foundation, was established by the AICF in 1990 to honour past-president and agri-finance innovator Douglas McRorie, PAg, FAIC. Mr. McRorie served as Vice President of Agriculture for the Royal Bank of Canada and was a respected agricultural leader in Canada.
Valeria Carla Castellanos Hurtado, a doctoral candidate in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, received the $5,000 PhD level scholarship. Ms. Castellanos Hurtado's dissertation research is focused on the environmental impact in Canada of agricultural trade liberalization and price dynamics. She also participates on other research projects, including one on gender and nutrition in agricultural communities of Peru.
Ishrat Gadhok, a student in the professional Masters of Food and Resource Economics program at the University of British Columbia, received a $3,000 scholarship at the Masters level. Her studies focus on applied economics, policy analysis and agribusiness management in the food and resources sectors. The analytical tools provided by her graduate coursework have allowed her to assess and evaluate real-world issues in international development.
Jessica Kelly, also a $3,000 Masters level award recipient, is an MSc student at the University of Guelph completing a collaborative degree in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and International Development. Ms. Kelly is conducting her research on the farmers' share of the food dollar in Canada, using new techniques recently developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. She hopes to be involved with international agricultural development initiatives in the future.
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The Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation is a federally registered charitable organization whose mission is to inspire knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainable agriculture to society.
Prepared by Brenda Millar, AICF Board Liaison
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