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.
2019 Scholarship Recipients
Monica is a Masters student in Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Alberta. Her Masters dissertation is titled The Causal Effect of Public Infrastructure on Women’s Empowerment in Rural Rice Farming Communities of India.
Monica has worked as a research assistant on a number of international projects. She is currently involved in a project focusing on women’s empowerment in rural rice farming communities through the University of Alberta and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Previously she participated in a project focusing on developing sustainable interventions to improve the seed supply system with IRRI. She also worked on a project at the University of Alberta studying whether sources of urban compost have the potential to increase the nutrient level and productivity of soil.
She is Head Delegate of the University of Alberta Model United Nations Group and is responsible for preparing a team of University of Alberta undergraduate students to participate in an official National Model United Nations simulation in New York.
Monica has also been active in the Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology Students Association, the Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Association, and the Environmental Conservation Students Association.
She is a Graduate Student Mentor with the Golden Key International Honour Society, engaging with middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in Edmonton to discuss the benefits of advanced education. She is also an In-School Mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and a registered Tutor with the Aboriginal Student Services, helping undergraduate students understand and improve their linear algebra skills.
Monica hopes to work for a non-government organization or think-tank that has the capacity to study and provide insights for government on development and agricultural economics.
Emilie is a Masters student in Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Alberta. Her research interests center on the benefit distribution of biotechnology and specifically the welfare distribution between upstream technology providers and downstream farmers in Canada and globally.
As part of her undergraduate research, Emilie led work on a project examining how the agronomic and economic benefits generated by new proprietary seed varieties are distributed between breeders and often resource poor farmers located in developing countries.
She has participated in several summer research projects including a multi-year project on meta-analysis of the benefit distributions of biotechnology crops, which helped her develop her research expertise, analytical thinking, and communication skills. While an undergraduate student, she won the graduate student poster competition at the 2017 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Agri-Food Policy Conference.
Emilie has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology. She has also participated in the University of Alberta’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, an academic support service for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research and creative activities. Her volunteer role involved a number of outreach activities to increase student awareness and engagement in research opportunities as well as peer advising.
In addition, Emilie was recently elected chair of the Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology Graduate Students’ Association which represents the interests and well-being of graduate students in her department. She is excited to engage with her peers and faculty members over the coming academic year.
Emilie has a strong interest in continuing a career in academia and pursuing a PhD in agriculture and resource economics but will also be exploring opportunities as a policy analyst with the federal government after graduating.
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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,
Leadership and community service,
Work experience and career interests,
Letters of recommendation.
Scholarships were not awarded in 2011.