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Macdonald Campus

Macdonald Campus of McGill University
Campus Macdonald  (French)
Former names
Macdonald College
Motto Grandescunt Aucta Labore
Motto in English
By hard work, all things increase and grow.[1]
Established 1821
Type Public university
Endowment $973.6 million[2][3]
Chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg
Principal Suzanne Fortier
Dean Chandra Madramootoo
Academic staff
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES)
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Campus Macdonald Campus:
6.5 km2 (2.51 sq mi)
or 650 ha (1,600 acres)
of fields and forested land in
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, 30 km (19 mi) west
of the downtown campus.
Colours Gold     ; Green    

Redmen (men) & Martlets (women)

CIS, 49 varsity teams
Mascot Marty the Moose
Affiliations AAU, G13, Universitas 21, ATS, CUSID, UArctic, UACC

The Macdonald Campus of McGill University (commonly referred to as the "Mac Campus" or simply "Mac") houses its Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Institute of Parasitology and the McGill School of Environment. The campus is adjoined along with John Abbott College.


  • History 1
  • Programs 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Macdonald College main building

It was established in 1905 as Macdonald College and opened in 1907 in George W. Wood.

Several buildings in the Macdonald Campus were designed by the Montreal-based architect Andrew Taylor, including the Macdonald Physics Building (1893); Macdonald Engineering Building (1907), Redpath Library (1893), the Strathcona Medical Building (1907)—since renamed the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building.

Far surpassing the Ontario Agricultural College, Macdonald College was the largest in Canada and in its day was one of the most modern agricultural colleges in the world. After two years of planning and construction, the college opened its doors to students in the fall of 1907 under principal James Wilson Robertson.

The Macdonald Campus coat of arms honours Sir William Macdonald, a major benefactor of McGill University's agricultural college:

The colour of the field (gold) and the arm holding a cross (red) are from the second quarter of the arms of Sir William Macdonald, the tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist, who founded the College. His armorial bearings derived from the fact that he was a grandson of John, eighth Macdonald of Glenaladale.

Macdonald College under construction, 1906

Until the 1930s, Macdonald College used Sir William's achievement as one quarter of the College arms. The two red martlets and the open book with its motto are from the arms of McGill University. The clover leaves (also gold) signify fertility and their three segments suggest the three purposes of the Campus, i.e. agriculture, service and food.[4]

In 1938, the Rural Adult Education Service of Macdonald College was established.

In 1943, John W. McConnell purchased an adjacent 1,380 acres (560 ha) farm and donated it to the College, increasing its size to its current 650 hectares (1,600 acres). In 1972, its became the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Students studying at Macdonald Campus can earn internationally recognized degrees at both the undergraduate - B.Sc.(Agr) - and graduate level in the fields of agriculture, food, natural sciences, applied economics, environment, and engineering.

In 1971, McGill leased a portion of the Macdonald Campus to the newly created John Abbott College, vacating many historic buildings for the CEGEP. This coincided with McGill's decision to move the Faculty of Education to the downtown campus. In 2002, this portion of the campus was permanently sold to John Abbott College.

On September 26, 2006, Canada Post issued a special commemorative stamp in honour of the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the college.


Canadian education philanthropist William Macdonald.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition are located on McGill University's Macdonald Campus. The campus comprises 650 hectares in a waterfront setting on the western tip of the island of Montreal. The faculty offers:

  • Certificate in Ecological Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Bachelor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Science with option in International Agriculture; Bachelor of Science Agriculture Science in Agricultural Science with option in Ecological Agriculture [5]

The faculty offers a variety of Degree programs at the undergraduate level leading to a B.Sc. degree in either Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AgEnvSc), Food Science (FoodSc) or Nutritional Sciences (NutrSci) or a B.Eng degree in Bioresource Engineering (BREE). In addition, M.Sc., M.Sc. Applied and Ph.D. programs are offered in the areas of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Bioresource Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Food Science, and Nutritional Sciences. The Faculty offers some Graduate Certificates and Diplomas. The Faculty offers the post baccalaureate certificates: Certificate in Ecological Agriculture, Certificate in Food Science and Diploma in the Environment.

See also


  1. ^ "confirms the prophetic vision of McGill's founders who claimed for McGill the motto ,"Grandescunt Aucta Labore"… "By hard work, all things increase and grow."", "Principal Munroe-Blum's speech on the occasion of her installation as the 16th principal of McGill University", March 10, 2003. Accessed May 17, 2008.
  2. ^ "Financial highlights", "McGill University". Accessed May 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Report on Endowment Performance 2006-07". McGill University. Retrieved 2008-01-20.  The endowment figure consists of investments for McGill endowments, accounts managed on behalf of McGill units and affiliated entities and an allocation from the restricted fund.
  4. ^ Koorengevel, Ben"McGill University", "Montreal flags", 2000. Accessed May 15, 2008.
  5. ^

External links

  • Macdonald campus website
  • Macdonald Campus Students' Society
  • Macdonald High School is at the western end of the campus and opened the same year
  • Macdonald Department of Bioresource Engineering
  • Macdonald Campus Graduate Students' Society
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