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OAC Cross Campus Conference

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Ridgetown Campus

20 Main Street East

Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0


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Thank you for completing the online registration for the OAC Cross Campus Conference. If you would like to pay online using a credit card, please click REGISTER here.

If you are unable to pay online, please contact one of our ticket sales representatives:

Ridgetown campus students:

  • Busayo ( in Agronomy 1238

  • Francis ( in Agronomy 1238

Guelph campus students:

  • Damon ( in Graham 3212

  • Sara ( in Bovey 3113

The event is designed to provide an opportunity for OAC graduate students to network and learn various important skills. By focusing on topics such as resume building, presentation skills and mental health we are hoping that all students will walk away with valuable information to make finishing their graduate work just a little easier. We also will be doing industry tours around Ridgetown as way to showcase the campus and area to all students.

Please fill out our Qualtrics survey to confirm your workshop selection and dietary restrictions.

If you have any questions, please email

Keynote Speaker: Practical Tips to Decrease Anxiety and Stress

Kathy Somers

“Stress makes you stupid!” It's a skill to be able to shift from anxiousness to being the "good" stress coper who thrives with stress. Today we'll learn some of the brief, effective brain/body techniques that dial down anxiety and power up performance, focus, and energy.

Kathy Somers runs the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic in Guelph where she teaches people how to use their brains and bodies better! Kathy is a Registered Kinesiologist who is certified in Stress Management Education and board certified in Biofeedback. Since 1983 she has taught relaxation & stress management skills to groups and individuals in university, health care and corporate settings.

Workshop Section 1 Options:

  • Resumes: A hands-on application

  • This workshop will review major components of a resume and how you can effectively market your skills and experiences to various employment opportunities.

  • Research Rescue: Research Strategies

  • Join Jacqueline as she shares strategies, tips, and tricks for conducting a literature review. She will cover database and keyword selection, search troubleshooting, and citation management.

  • Present Like a Pro: Tips and Strategies to Ace Your Next Conference Presentation.

  • This presentation will provide an overview of some integral strategies and tips for conference presentation success and will include such topics as presentation and slide design, managing nervousness, audience engagement, and responding to audience questions. This workshop will encourage audience participation through facilitated discussion, and a resource list will be provided for participants.

Workshop Section 2 Options:

  • Introduction to Research Data Management

  • Creating a plan to manage your data can be an important part of the research process. This workshop will introduce the basic elements of data management planning and provide information and resources available to you. Learn best practices such as how to handle data safely and securely, better ways to organize and name your files, the value of file versioning and what to do with your data once your project is finished.

  • Interview to get the job you want!

  • This workshop will provide the participants with an overview of what employers are looking for in applicants, and once and interview is secured, how you, the interviewee, can best prepare to get the job! Topics will include, best approaches to answering questions, answering tough questions, the challenges and solutions to phone/video interviews, lunch/dinner interviews and following up after the interviews.

  • Learn to use SAS University: The Quick and Dirty Version

  • Have data and need to analyze it? Come to this session and learn how to read data in and run basic descriptive statistics in 45mins with a sample dataset. We will cover the DRC services available at the Library. If you have a laptop with University SAS, please bring it!

Industry Tour Option 1:

  • Lakeview Greenhouses & Farm, Plug plant producers

  • In operation since 2002 Lakeviews 7.5 acre modern greenhouse complex is equipped with some of the most technologically advanced systems in the world. With state of the art climate control, watering, feritigation, seeding and tracking systems to name a few.

Industry Tour Option 2:

  • Glenn Seed Co., An independent corn breeding company

  • Glenn Seed Ltd. is a family owned and operated Foundation Seed Company. Its business is to breed, research and develop parent corn inbred lines for use by seed companies who produce hybrid corn for sale to farmers. As the founder, I have dedicated my career to developing silage specific corn hybrids and have advanced my breeding material through more than 65 generations towards silage appropriate characteristics.

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20 Main Street East

Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0


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