Exploring Community Solutions for Kemptville and Alfred
Province Names Facilitators to Help Secure Sustainable Paths for Campuses
Ontario is taking the next step towards finding a sustainable path for the University of Guelph's Kemptville and Alfred campuses.
Two former Members of Parliament have been selected as facilitators and will lead discussions on the academic and skills training programs required to meet the needs of rural and Francophone communities in eastern Ontario. Reports from both facilitators are expected to be shared with the province this fall.
Working with the local communities, the Honourable Lyle Vanclief, a former federal Minister of Agriculture, will develop options for the continued operation of the Kemptville campus, while Marc Godbout will focus on the future of the Alfred campus.
- The Honourable Lyle Vanclief was Canada's Minister of Agriculture from 1997-2003. He was born in Ameliasburg, Ontario and was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Member of Parliament representing the rural riding of Prince Edward—Hastings in 1988.
- Marc Godbout was first elected to represent the federal Ottawa—Orléans riding in 2004. Before entering politics, he worked as a teacher and was assistant deputy minister responsible for elementary and secondary education in Ontario and director general and secretary treasurer of the Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est de l’Ontario.
- Ontario has invested $167 million in 468 Rural Economic Development (RED) projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity and creating over 35,000 jobs since 2003.
“I look forward to working with our partners in the agri-food and education sectors towards a long-term solution that will benefit the region and our province as a whole.”
“This is a positive step forward for agricultural education and for francophone communities in Eastern Ontario. I look forward to the work of the facilitators and their engagement with the community and stakeholders.”
“There is a great opportunity — and willingness on the part of many — to find a community-focused solution that works for everyone. Kemptville campus is important to this region and to the agriculture industry across the province.”
“Ontario’s greatest strengths are its people and the strategic partnerships we build. We will continue to work together to harness all our resources and creativeness to meet the unique and particular needs of our Francophone communities at the regional and provincial level, of strong and credible educational programs and services in the rural and agriculture field.”