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Meet Our Student Ambassadors


Emily Bouvier Emily Bouvier - Stonewall, Manitoba - B.Sc. Agriculture - Agronomy
Emily was raised in the town of Stonewall and graduated from Stonewall Collegiate Institute in 2015. At high school, she was involved in many musical productions, and sang in a choir alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Outside of school, Emily enjoys singing in choir, and taking her kayak out on the rivers of Manitoba. She has always been interested in studying plants, and this is what motivated her to apply to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Since joining the faculty, her love and appreciation for agriculture has grown exponentially. Emily chose to pursue a degree in Agronomy and plans to stay in Manitoba after graduating. She is a member of the Faculty of Agriculture Students’ Organization; she represents the Faculty on the University of Manitoba Students’ Union Board of Directors.


Antonio Deluca Antonio Deluca - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Diploma in Agriculture
Antonio is an Agriculture Diploma student at the University of Manitoba and majoring in Business Management. As a Diploma student, he has developed a strong passion for advanced communications and all forms of agricultural marketing. He is particularly passionate about closing the knowledge gap between the producer and consumer while promoting the amazing work being done in agriculture today! Antonio chose to work with the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives for his Special Project within Diploma, and assisted them with the reorganization and launching of their new website and brand.


Arielle Williams Arielle Williams - Winnipeg, Manitoba - B.Sc. Agriculture - Animal Systems
Arielle grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Oak Park High School in 2017 with Honours. While at high school, Arielle was a part of the competitive dance team, cheerleading squad and went on a trip to Peru to help build a dormitory for girls who lived far away from their school. Outside of school, Arielle volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Peace of Mind 204. Arielle spent her summers and spring break at her families beef and grain farm in Saskatchewan. This is where she found her love for working with cattle , open fields and prairie skies. Arielle enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her dogs at the cabin in her free time. Arielle is in her second year of Animal Systems and is a member of the Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization and the University of Manitoba Stockman’s Club. Arielle’s plans involve getting a Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition to make a difference in the industry through the production of food and animal welfare. She is currently working at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre where she teaches people how their food gets from the farm to their table. Arielle is very excited to discover all the opportunities that Agriculture has to offer.


Adelle Gervin Adelle Gervin - Virden, Manitoba - B.Sc. Agriculture - Animal Systems
Adelle grew up on a small beef farm south of Virden and graduated from Virden Collegiate Institute in 2014. At high school, Adelle was student council president and participated in a volunteer trip to build schools in Kenya, Africa. Outside of school, Adelle has always enjoyed getting involved in her local community sports teams and raising a wide range of animals. Inspired by her love of animals that she developed on her family farm, Adelle decided to enter the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and chose to focus on Animal Systems. She is a member of the Faculty of Agriculture Students’ Organization, the Agribusiness Students’ Association, and Stockmans’ Club and enjoys volunteering and organizing social events. Her plan after graduation is to work in animal nutrition or animal welfare and stay within Manitoba.


Andrew Vercaigne Andrew Vercaigne - Deloraine, Manitoba - B.Sc. Agribusiness
Andrew comes from Deloraine a small town in the southwest corner of the province, and graduated from Deloraine School with distinction. At high school, Andrew was the president of the student council and helped enhance school events for students; as well Andrew played high school hockey, baseball and volleyball. Outside of school, Andrew has always enjoyed playing and coaching sports, hunting and traveling. Andrew decided to enter the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba after being inspired by his family’s passion for agriculture and the chance to be a part and learn more about the industry he grew up in. He is a member of Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization, Agribusiness Students Association and enjoys playing hockey on the Aggie hockey team, the Barley Kings. Andrew’s plan is to become a leader in agriculture and hopes to work in all parts of the industry around the world.


Jared Bento Jared Bento - Winnipeg, Manitoba - B. Sc. Plant Biotechnology
Jared was born and raised in St. James and graduated from St. Paul’s High School in 2017. It was in St. Paul’s where biology first captured his interest. Jared graduated with honours and was eager to begin his studies in university. Being a veterinarian had been a dream of Jared’s since a young age, and his experience with biology throughout high school only furthered his drive to fulfill his goal. Jared was accepted via direct entry into the Animal Systems program with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. During his first year of studies, he discovered a newfound passion, plant genetics, and continued pursuing his interest of biology by entering Plant Biotechnology. He is currently in his second year of studies and hopes to one day become a part of the growing community of plant geneticists that are working to optimize crop production to feed the ever-increasing world population. Jared has already begun pursuing his career in cultivar development by working with the research company Haplotech Inc., where he has gained experience in small plot research with strains of corn and canola that will soon be grown commercially on fields across the world. Jared has been involved with the co-operative program “Let’s Talk Science” with the University of Manitoba, where he has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of young students across Manitoba. He hopes to use his experiences in presentations and audio/visual media to show the world all of the amazing programs, opportunities, and careers that the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has to offer.


Sam Curtis Samantha (Sam) Curtis - Winnipeg, Manitoba - B. Sc. Agroecology
Sam grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Linden Christian School in 2012. In high school, Sam was part of her graduation committee, she was highly involved in sports - particularly basketball, and she was part of a mission trip to Guatemala where she helped build schools, do community outreach, and lead group activities for young school children. Sam enjoys playing basketball in her spare time and is always looking for any opportunity to travel. She grew up spending her summers at her family cabin in Ontario, which instilled in her a deep love for nature and all it has to offer. This love for the outdoors eventually led to Sam discovering the faculty of agriculture and food sciences. Sam finally found her sweet spot in the Agroecology program which combines her love for agriculture with her love for nature. Her plan is to work in the sustainable agriculture sector and to one day be able to work/volunteer with one of the many organizations that works with farmers in developing countries help them learn better agricultural practices so that they are able to better sustain themselves and their communities.


Brittany Pankiw Brittany Pankiw - Morris, Manitoba - B. Sc. Agribusiness
Born and raised on grain, beef cattle and hay and straw production farm in southern Manitoba, agriculture was a huge part of Brittany’s life. Currently, the fourth year of her Agribusiness degree at the University of Manitoba, her upbringing had an impact on her choice of career. From a young age, she was introduced to the lifestyle that both her father and mother’s side of the family have lived for four and five generations respectively. Brittany attended Morris School where she regularly volunteered as a coach for many sports teams (including baseball and soccer) and volunteered for scorekeeping regularly throughout the school year. Outside of school Brittany was a part of her community’s 4-H Club and was the head coach of the community’s CanSkate Program. Brittany graduated high school with Honours and was awarded the Chown Centennial as well as the Hogg Centennial Scholarship from the university. Brittany is currently a member of the U of M Future Leaders 4-H Club, is a second-year ambassador and volunteers yearly with Agriculture in the Classroom. She also participates in the recreation clubs on campus.


Elyssa Chan Elyssa Chan - Winnipeg, Manitoba - B.Sc. Food Science, M.Sc. Food Science Candidate
Elyssa was born and raised in Winnipeg. She graduated magna cum laude from Fort Richmond Collegiate and was awarded the Guelph Food and Technology Centre Legacy Fund Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship. While at FRC, Elyssa was heavily  involved in the band program and yearbook committee. In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, and eat. Due to her constant hunger for knowledge, Elyssa decided to pursue Food Science. She completed her B.Sc. at U of M and has started her M.Sc. of Food Science under Dr. Koksel’s guidance. Elyssa had the wonderful opportunities of studying abroad in France, participating in service learning in Northern Manitoba and working for local Manitoban producers. After graduation, Elyssa aspires to become a food product developer for industry.


Wela Li Weitian (Wela) Li - Shanghai, China - B. Sc. Human Nutritional Sciences
Wela comes from Shanghai, China. She is currently in her second year of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Back in her high school Le Lycee Guang Ming Shanghai, she was the leader of Odyssey of the Mind (Ootm) and participated in the China Ootm Tournament from 2011-2013. Outside of school, she has always enjoyed open water diving, downhill skiing, piano, watercolor painting, etc. Weitian decided to enter the Human Nutritional Sciences program at the U of M after taking a nutrition course at the University of Winnipeg that made her wanted to pursue her interest in nutrition while she was studying Kinesiology. During her three years of study in U of W, she was the VP of external affairs of the University of Winnipeg Chinese Student Association. She is also a member of NECO (Nutrition Education Community Outreach) in U of M. Her plan is to become a registered Dietitian.


Yasmin Iman Yasmin Iman - Winnipeg, Manitoba -  B. Sc. Human Nutritional Sciences
Yasmin comes from Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from J.H Bruns Collegiate High School with honours. At J.H Bruns Yasmin was the a part of the student council and participated in coordinating all school events such as assemblies and spirit weeks. Outside of school Yasmin has always enjoyed reading and kept busy by volunteering at various places. Yasmin decided to enter the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences due to her love of both food and science, she found that being a part of the Human Nutritional Sciences program allowed her to learn information relevant and applicable to her everyday life. Her plan is to finish her degree and pursue a career in nutritional science research. Yasmin is excited to take on the role of bringing her peers and high schoolers in the city of Winnipeg more information about the different programs offered in the Faculty.


Kiet Dang Kiet Dang - Vietnam - B. Sc. Agriculture - Agronomy
Kiet is an international student from Vietnam. Kiet graduated from the International College of Manitoba where he was a peer educator and a group leader for the orientations. Outside of school, Kiet has always enjoyed volunteering and working with different organizations such as CanU Canada and Career Trek. Kiet decided to enter the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences based on his interest in sustainable agriculture and decided to pursue Agronomy. Kiet has experience working with Department of Plant Science, Monsanto and Bayer. He is now working as a Co-op student at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Kiet is a member of U of M Future Leaders 4H, UMEarth club and a member of the Canadian delegation to attend the 2018 Global Youth Trends Forum. His plan is to work in the research industry and continue towards a master’s degree in Plant Science.