Pictured: Winery and Viticulture student Jessica Reese leads senators on a tour of the NC Teaching Winery.
Niagara College welcomed the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus Feb. 7.
Senators who attended included Percy Mockler (New Brunswick), chair; Terry Mercer (Nova Scotia), deputy chair; JoAnne Buth (Manitoba); Nicole Eaton (Ontario); Fernand Robichaud (New Brunswick). They were joined by committee staff Kevin Pittman (clerk) and Aïcha Coulibaly (analyst).
They were welcomed to campus at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre by president Dan Patterson and NC Board of Governors chair Allan Schmidt. College officials present included associate VP of Research and Innovation Marc Nantel, Canadian Food and Wine Institute dean Craig Youdale, general manager of the NC Teaching Winery and Brewery Steve Gill, and senior advisor to the president Rob Walters.
The senators were given an overview of Niagara College’s agri-food sector. They viewed a presentation on Precision Agriculture Research given by industry research chair Mike Duncan, and a presentation on horticulture research by chair of Environmental and Horticultural Studies Al Unwin.
Winery and Viticulture student Jessica Reese led the senators on a tour of the WVEC and the NC Teaching Winery. She showed the senators how to crush grapes for Icewine and discussed some of her research projects.
The tour continued to the NC Teaching Brewery where they learned about the facilities and NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.
Inside the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, the tour stopped into witness a culinary class led by chef professor Michael Olson. The senators also visited the CFWI Food Research Labs where researcher and industry liaison Amy Proulx and research project manager Nigel Corish spoke to them about projects being conducted by faculty and students.