Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity Diversity and Inclusion in ABSc

The Department of Animal Biosciences is committed to the fair and respectful treatment of all people. As part of our efforts towards strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in ABSc we have formally established an EDI Committee.

We acknowledge that the Department of Animal Biosciences, located on the University of Guelph campus, resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.
ABSc EDI Committee Member Position
Jennifer Ellis Chair
Rich Moccia Co-Chair
Christine Baes Department Chair
Angela Canovas Faculty
Lee-Anne  Huber Faculty
Kate Shovellor Faculty
Christine Bone Postdoc
Jacob Brost Graduate Student
Scarlett Burron Graduate Student
Jake Harwood Staff


To increase the opportunity for qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities to obtain high quality education, fair access to opportunities and positive life experience in the Animal Biosciences Department at the University of Guelph. This initiative spans recruitment, selection and retention of HQP, as well as helping to support teaching, research and outreach activities that embody the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Establish the EDI committee (completed)
  • Look at opportunities for formal EDI committee training (ongoing)
  • Connect with other OAC departments and examine their EDI initiatives (ongoing)
  • Conduct an appropriate departmental EDI survey and complete a gap analysis between where we are and where we would like to be (completed Spring 2021)


  • Develop a resource list of EDI training opportunities and activities for individual faculty/departmental use (ongoing)
  • Develop recommendations and examples of EDI statements/programs for grant proposals and for potential application by faculty in their lab groups (ongoing)
  • Identify project funding to support projects identified in our GAP analysis
  • Consult with CSAS/ASAS on an EDI gap analysis at the ‘field’ level in Canada in animal production
  • Identify opportunities to connect with a more diverse group of potential students at the university level (e.g. centre for disabilities, international student groups, aboriginal first nations and metis groups, LGBTQ2S, etc) and at the high school level through recruitment programs (ongoing)


  • Improve the EDI of the department by addressing points of weakness identified by gap analysis and via implementation of specific recruitment, selection and retention strategies (ongoing)
  • Ensure faculty have enough support to develop and implement effective EDI strategies within their lab groups, and that generalized EDI statements have been developed and implemented for teaching at undergrad and grad levels (ongoing)