The motto, Changing Lives, Improving Life says it all. The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities because of their commitment to student learning and innovative research and is dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. The University community also shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.
In 2003, when Food Day Canada began as The World’s Longest Barbecue™, the University embraced the concept, sending out email blasts and even attempting a web cam from one of the professorial parties. Few at that time really understood viral marketing or the power of the ‘net’. But every year thereafter, some part of the University community participated.
In 2010 the University of Guelph Innovation Awards were launched and a team from the Business Development Office was invited to just get involved. And they did! Of all of the Food Day Canada Awards, these received the most buzz within the restaurant community.
It’s a great privilege to have the University of Guelph as one of the two Charter Partners of Food Day, the Canola Council of Canada, being the other.