Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship
In 1990, the CFFAE created the Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship in honour of past-president and agri-finance leader, Douglas McRorie, PAg, FAIC. Mr. McRorie served as the Vice-President of Agriculture for the Royal Bank and was a well-respected agricultural leader in Canada.
Scholarships are awarded to agricultural post-graduates majoring in agricultural business, economics, finance or trade. This scholarship is made available through the support of the RBC Foundation.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Travis Jansen is a candidate for Master of Science in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. His research relates to evaluating the economic impacts of antibiotics on pig farms. Prior to pursuing his graduate degree, Travis earned a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo where he specialized in Economics, Design and Management Studies.
In addition to his thesis, Travis is also working for Dr. Larry Martin as a farm business consultant across Canada. In the past, he has worked as a research assistant with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and as a service coordinator in the agri-food industry.
Combining his training from the University of Waterloo with his love for agriculture, Travis wants to improve public understanding of Canadian farming. Last summer, he and his family launched a food company at their farm called EngagedAg. This company uses technology to improve consumer engagement with food products and uses videos to increase their knowledge of farming practices. He is also working with the University of Guelph’s Sociology Department on a project to learn about young farmers’ experiences getting into the industry.
Travis grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario and believes strongly in the strength of rural communities. He has served as a volunteer coach for his local house league hockey program and more recently volunteered as a minor soccer coach and worked as a hockey referee. He also volunteered as first responder and committee member for his first aid organization at the University of Waterloo.
After he graduates, Travis hopes to continue to work as a farm business consultant and further develop his understanding of farming at an international level. Eventually, he hopes to own and manage his own farm and work with others to improve the agri-food industry.
Mario Roy is a candidate for Master of Science with Thesis – Agricultural Economics at McGill University. His thesis focuses on the public’s willingness to pay for antibiotic free meat, with the objective of providing advice to industry on whether or not adopt the practice.
Mario has volunteered in a variety of roles at McGill including the Macdonald Council Student Society, Farm Management and Technology Program Representative, and representative on behalf of students of the Agriculture and Environmental Science Campus to the Board of Governors. He has also served as a Board representative for the Association of McGill University Support Employees and as Treasurer of the Agricultural Economics Club at McGill. He is also a member of the Mac Volunteer Program on the Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society.
Mario is a member of the Union des Producteurs Agricole du Quebec, the Federation de la Relève Agricole and school member of the Ordre des Agronome du Quebec. He has done two internships at the Macdonald Campus Research Dairy Farm and at a private firm. He has also done a professional internship with an agronomic consulting firm.
Mario grew up on a family farm with dairy and pig operations and a sugar bush. He is now co-owner of the farm with his brother. In addition to managing the farm he hopes to become involved in leadership roles in Canadian agricultural institutions in the future.
The Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:
- Agricultural post-graduate student
- Emphasis in research related to agricultural business/commerce/economics/trade
- Academic record
- Leadership and community service
- Work experience and career interests
- Letters of recommendation.
Scholarships were not awarded in 2011.