Lecture Series

MARCH 20-21



Saturday and Sunday,
March 20th and 21st,

Georgia Mason

How Can We Tell What Other Animals Are Feeling?

I am an animal welfare scientist. I have a BSc and PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge, and have studied the welfare of animals for the whole of my career, since starting my doctoral studies of abnormal behaviour in mink 30 years ago. I now direct the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, a UoG research centre that includes the largest team of animal welfare scientists in North America (possibly the world!). We’re interested in assessing and improving the well-being of cattle, poultry, zoo animals, laboratory animals, pets, and horses: in other words all animals kept by humans. But how can we tell what other animals are experiencing? Isn’t that horribly anthropomorphic? Aren’t they too different from us to tell? Answering these knotty questions will be the topic of my lecture: “How can we tell what other animals are feeling?”

Saturday March 20th 1 – 2 PM 

Meeting ID: 973 3592 8764 

Passcode: 7mG9Hn 


You Go Boom Now – An Exploration of Interesting Physics Demonstrations

Driven by a love of explosions and a desire to shoot electricity from his fingers, the great Orbax has been an instructor in the Physics Department at the University of Guelph for over a decade now. He has presented his unique brand of science education across the globe and on such television shows as Daily Planet, Outrageous Acts of Science, The Weather Network, The Social, CHCH Morning Live, CTV, Breakfast Television, Global’s The Morning Show, Halifax Morning Live, Virgin Media TV (Ireland), as well as Sirius XM Radio.Perhaps best known for his work with Guinness World Records and their book Guinness World Records Science & Stuff, along with his lab assistant Sweet Pepper Klopek, he has travelled the globe inspiring and exciting young minds to learn about science.

Saturday March 20th 2 – 3 PM 

Meeting ID: 982 9698 4739

Passcode: BuxJg3

Kate Shoveller

So You Want to be a Pet Nutritionist?

Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller received her PhD from the University of Alberta and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph. Previously, she was employed by Procter & Gamble and Mars Pet Care where she added to the knowledge of dog and cat nutrition through investigation in the areas of energy metabolism and nutrient budgets of dogs and cats using indirect calorimetry and applying isotope dilution methodologies to quantify amino acids requirements in adult dogs. Shoveller has taken this experience and returned to academia where she teaches Companion and Equine nutrition and runs an active comparative nutrition research group. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers, contributed to multiple book chapters, and applied for multiple patents. She has been awarded over 3 million in grants and contracts since joining Guelph five-years ago. Dr. Shoveller not only has a passion to mentor young technologists, she is committed to the generation of highly qualified pet nutrition/product personnel. Kate’s students have gone on to positions in the animal nutrition industry and currently she has former students at Trouw Nutrition, DSM, Mars Pet Care, Elmira Pet Food, Simmons Pet Food, Petcurean Pet Products, PetValu, and Crumps Pet Foods. Her current research focus on amino acid and energy metabolism in dogs, cats, swine and horses.

Sunday March 21st 11AM – 12PM 

Meeting ID: 916 6681 3416

Passcode: idNkH5

One Health

What do humans, animals, and the environment have in common? One Health!

Our health, animal health and environmental health are all interwoven and we can’t live without supporting all three! One Health shows us how everything we do connects with the world around us – come hear from U of G faculty and students about what One Health is to them, what One Health activities are happening on campus, and what One Health looks like in the real-world or even in your own backyard! You can also learn about our upcoming interactive One Health certificate series for senior high school students this summer. See you there!

Sunday March 21st 3 – 4 PM 

Meeting ID: 977 9222 4304

Passcode: xae1nc

Deanna Benhke-Cook

What Does It Mean to be Resilient?

Dr. Deanna Behnke-Cook earned her Ph.D. from McMaster University where she focused her efforts on examining education and its impact on youth risk behaviours. She went on to complete a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University where she collaborated with her colleagues researching the impact of poverty, and home, school, and community environments on the health outcomes for young people.

Dr. Behnke-Cook is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology here at the University of Guelph, an accomplished inspirational and motivational speaker (most recently at TedXGulephu), as well as the author of school-based youth risk behavior interventions that have been delivered in numerous Boards of Education in Southern Ontario over more than twenty years. Dr. Behnke-Cook’s passion is to support the development of resiliency in young people as she encourages them to dream big and to live their authentic lives.

Ernesto Guzman

Why are Honeybees Dying?

Dr. Ernesto Guzman is a Professor and Director of the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre. He got a DVM degree in 1982 and obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Dr. Guzman has worked for several research and academic institutions in Mexico, the USA and Canada. Currently he teaches honey bee biology and apiculture courses and his research has focused on genetics, behaviour, and diseases of honey bees. Dr. Guzman is author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous awards.

Renée Bergeron

Renée Bergeron’s area of expertise is in farm animal behaviour and welfare. Having a background in animal nutrition and behaviour, her research focus has been the relationship between feeding practices and animal welfare. Other interests include feeding preferences, social behaviour, environmental enrichment, and animal stress as it relates to the social and physical environment. Her current research at the University of Guelph focuses on the genetic basis of stress in pigs, and the effects of transport on pig welfare and meat quality. She was a Faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Laval University from 1995 to 2007, where she taught animal behaviour and welfare, and the ethics of animal use. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph since 2007, where she teaches « Principles of animal care and welfare » and « Equine Trends and Issues » to undergraduate students. Dr. Bergeron has served as a member of several ethics committees on animal welfare, including three institutional animal care committees and five expert committees for the establishment of animal welfare standards for the industry. She also serves on the Board of the National Farm Animal Care Council.

Wendy Pearson, PhD

Wendy is a life-long horse enthusiast. She has worked in the thoroughbred racing industry in Canada and New Zealand, and spent 5 years training with one of Canada’s top Olympic dressage riders and international FEI dressage judges. She also owned and operated Lindenfarne Horse Park in Campbellville Ontario, a boarding and equine research facility, for 12 years. Wendy completed an MSc (Nutritional Toxicology) and a PhD (Biomedical Toxicology) at the University of Guelph with specialization in medicinal herbs and nutraceutical supplements for horses. Prior to her graduate work, she worked as a researcher at the Equine Research Centre (Guelph Ontario Canada) for 6 years, as well as at an international research and development consulting firm for 2 years. Her 20+-year career in equine science has focused on evaluation of nutritional interventions and supplements for optimizing equine health and performance. She has delivered instructional seminars and research presentations on clinical equine nutrition and equine physiology in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, China, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Central Africa, USA and Canada. Since 2016 Wendy has been a Professor of Equine Physiology in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph.