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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.


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.


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.


Ashlyn Scott Ashlynn Scott - Winnipeg, Manitoba - B. Sc. Agriculture - Animal Systems
Ashlyn is a born and raised city girl who has always had a passion for agriculture and a love for animals that is rooted in her love of horses. She enjoys spending her free time at the barn, horseback riding or at the rink, figure skating. She graduated high school with a French Immersion diploma and got direct entry into the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Animal Systems program. Ashlyn is currently in her fourth year of study in that program and has been able to take advantage of many opportunities offered by the faculty including specialized courses, summer courses, summer employment and mentorship programs. After graduation Ashlyn hopes to stay in Manitoba to pursue a career that will enable her to help bridge the gap between consumers of all ages and producers in agriculture.


Hayley Jenkins Hayley Jenkins - Thompson, Manitoba - B. Sc. Agriculture - Animal Systems
Hayley grew up in Thompson and graduated from R.D. Parker Collegiate in 2018. Hayley is currently in her second year of Animal Systems and planning to apply to the WCVM in her third year. She was very involved in high school as she was the president of the social justice group H3 (Hands, Hearts, and Hope) where she started a free lunch program, collected over 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food, and ran various Me to We campaigns throughout the school year. She was also a member of S.O.S. (Students Offering Support) where she raised awareness about mental health within her school and community. Outside of school Hayley worked at the Thompson Veterinary Clinic, Humane Society and volunteered with animal protection for the Manitoba government. All these experiences led to her extensive love for animals which guided her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Hayley is also very involved in the Faculty, holding positions as Senate Representative for the Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization, current president of the U of M Pre-Vet Club, and a member of the Stockman’s Club.