Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UGAA Student Lounge (2nd floor by climbing wall)
Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre

Join President Franco J. Vaccarino for an afternoon social to renew old acquaintances and hear what’s new and changing at the University.

The recently opened 25,000-square-foot Athletic Centre is creating a hub for health and wellness on campus. This new facility is helping to make Guelph Canada’s healthiest community, and to make the University of Guelph a global leader in healthy living.

Complimentary parking will be available.   Light refreshments to follow formal program.

RSVP by Wednesday August 23 at or call Claire Alexander at 519-824-4120, ext. 53098 or email

CURAC Conference Newsletter

The UGRA is a founding member of CURAC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada), a federation of Postsecondary retiree associations at colleges and universities across Canada. CURAC celebrated its 15th anniversary at its recent annual conference held at Carleton University this year. Besides being a great social opportunity for retirees, the conference featured discussions about the role of CURAC and member retiree associations and an impressive set of speakers covering a number of topics including retiree health and well-being.

Read articles about the Conference in the recent CURAC Post-Conference Newsletter, in particular, the reports of presentations by invited speakers. Speaker Bio’s and their slide presentations are available through a link in the newsletter.

  • What is the cost to Canada for access to the U.S. marketplace – Dr Ian Lee
  • Iconic Canadian beers a product of the temperance movement – Dr Matthew J. Bellamy
  • Collective responsibility to provide health care for all, especially those who need it most – Dr Jeff Turnbull
  • If we are all living longer, let’s make it a healthy experience – Dr William Dalziel and Dr Yoni Freedhoff
  • Two campuses collaborate to create a uniquely relevant high-tech degree – Dr Rebecca Trueman
  • Baristas can do better with a baccalaureate: longitudinal study shows how a degree pays off – Dr Ross Finnie
  • An active mind is as important as an active body – Dr Tim Pychyl


2017 Annual General Meeting & Luncheon

Thursday June 15, 2017  at 10:00 am
Arboretum Centre

The Annual General Meeting is the opportunity for all UGRA members to hear reports the work of the Executive Committee and to provide feedback and recommendations to the Exec. The members will elect members to the Exec Committee.  (See the 2017 Spring Newsletter for the agenda)

9:30 am      Refreshments and social gathering

10:00 am       Address by Daniel Atlin, University of Guelph Vice-President (external)   Daniel will talk about his role in this new executive position, the new University Strategic Plan, and the relationship between the University and the UGRA.

10:45 am       Start of Business Meeting

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the Agenda
3. Approval of the Minutes of the June 2016 AGM (minutes on website:
4. Reports from the Executive Committee
5. Appointment of the Financial Reviewer
6. Election of the 2017-2018 Executive
7. Adjournment

AGM Luncheon @ 12:15        Luncheon registration now CLOSED

Based on  last year’s success, we are hosting a luncheon following the 2017 AGM. UGRA retirees, and their partners, attending the AGM may remain for a light lunch. This is an opportunity to socialize in the relaxed setting of the Arboretum Centre. The cost is $20 per person and pre-payment is required(complete and mail the Luncheon Registration form in the 2017 Spring Newsletter  for delivery by May 31 or …

Register for the Luncheon and Pay ONLINE by May 31:

Click this PayPal link, and select the number of tickets, to complete your payment. (note: to just pay by credit card, skip the PayPal login and click the “Pay by Debit or Credit Card” at the bottom of the PayPal page.)

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UGRA 2017 Spring Newsletter

The UGRA 2017 Spring Newsletter is being mailed to members who wish printed copies. The digital edition is available here:

UGRA newsletter 2017-2 Spring


  1. The UGRA AGM will be held June 15 @10am – refreshments at 9:30am.  The AGM is the annual opportunity for members to hear about the work of your Executive Committees and to provide guidance to the Exec about the future of the UGRA. see Newsletter for the meeting agenda.
  2. The AGM will start with an address by Daniel Atlin, UoG Vice President (External).
  3. Following the AGM, a Members’ Luncheon is planned – an opportunity to meet former colleagues. Please register and pay for the Luncheon ($20) before June 1. – See Newsletter for registration details.

CURAC Annual Conference


The UGRA is a member of the College and University Retirees Associations of Canada (CURAC) (see website: and participates in CURAC activities.

CURAC is hosting their annual conference at Carleton University this year.  Besides the CURAC Annual General meeting there are two days of presentations and discussion of issues that impact college/university retirees across Canada.  The conference is open to members of all retiree associations, including the University of Guelph Retirees Association (UGRA) – all University of Guelph retirees from all employee groups.

For $200 registration, the CURAC opens with a reception Wednesday, May 24, includes a dinner and speaker on May 26, and concludes Friday afternoon.  For more information, and to register, go to the Carleton University CURAC Conference website:

NOTE:  reduced rate rooms at the Best Western Downtown are available until April 27.

UGRA Spring Forum 2017

Climate Change: Implications, Adaptation and Mitigation
Thursday April 13, 2017,  1:00pm-4:00pm
Arboretum Centre

Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and industrial agriculture have led to large increases over the past 200 years in the atmospheric content of greenhouse gases, such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane. Climatologist have theorised that the increase in Greenhouse gases will lead to an increase in the average temperature at the surface of the earth, and in turn this will result in melting of glaciers and ice sheets, a rise in sea level, and changes in climate, especially in mid-to high-latitudes. Recently the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that there is now overwhelming evidence that global warming is occurring and that it is largely driven by human actions. Despite this there are still climate change deniers who say there is no global warming and climate change skeptics who say that there may be global warming but it is all part of a natural cycle. Climate change is now a highly politicised word and the wide range of views in turn affects the kinds of actions that small communities, large urban centres and countries take to adapt to the potential impacts of climate change on society, including all forms of economic activity, and to mitigate the causes of climate change.

Join us as our panel of speakers address these issues and provide their thoughts on how climate change is affecting us now, and how steps being taken to mitigate it and to adapt to it will affect our lives and those of our children and grandchildren.


Robin Davidson- Arnott
Climate, Climate Change and Climate Change modelling – implications for Canadian coastal regions

Barry Smit
Implications of climate change for societies, economies and communities.

Kirby Calvert
Climate change mitigation: the effects of renewable energy development on landscapes and land use planning.


Robin Davidson-Arnott is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. He has carried out research on coasts and coastal processes, particularly in the Great Lakes and on the east coast of Canada. Some of this includes modelling of the impact of sea level rise on sandy coasts and of the potential impacts of reduced ice cover on coastal erosion. He has been working with agencies such as Parks Canada, the Atlantic Provinces Regional Adaptation Collaborative, Ontario Parks and various Conservation Authorities in Ontario on both the identification of climate change impacts on coastal processes and measures to adapt to these.

Barry Smit is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. His research and practice on climate change impacts and adaptation span more than 30 years and integrates natural science, social science and health science. He has advised agencies in Canada, and in countries as diverse as Norway, USA, Bangladesh, UK and Samoa on adaptation to climate change. He was a member of the IPCC which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kirby Calvert is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. He completed a Ph.D at Queens in 2013 and came to Guelph in 2015 after two years at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on a number of issues related to the adaptation of renewable energy and on how this affects land use planning and the evolution of landscapes and land use systems. He puts this research to work as a member of the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Task Force, and he is Co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners which aims to facilitate local climate change mitigation and resilience building through community energy planning (

2016/17 Scholarship winner

Aidan Pucchio is the winner of the  UGRA Scholarship ($1,500) for 2016/17.

Aidan is a 3rd year Biomedical Science student. He was born in Toronto but calls London, Ontario home. His Grandfather, Antonio (Tony) Salvadori was a Professor of Computer Science at U of G and his Grandmother, Mary Salvadori, worked as a Teaching Assistant.

He is very grateful for the support of the UGRA Scholarship. Aidan says “Your support means a lot. I will be able to focus on my studies and go into this year at the University of Guelph without worrying about finances.”

He hopes to attend graduate school in Biology. He loves the theatre and spends a lot of his free time volunteering for various theatre festivals. He has also volunteered with science fairs in Ontario and is currently working to found a Guelph science fair for High School Students. In his leisure time he does a lot of reading and enjoys playing the guitar and the piano.

Successful 2016 Fall Forum

We’ve received many positive comments and thank you’s for the Fall Forum on “Brain Health” attended by over 85 people. The program, arranged by long time UGRA leader Janet Kaufman , included 3 speakers researching and delivering services to seniors.
Kim Wilson   Assistant Professor,  Adult Development & Aging, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,  University of Guelph.



Beth Kaufman   Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator,  Prime Care Pharmacy, Arboretum
Jane McKinnon Wilson   Geriatric Systems Coordinator,  Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo Wellington

2016 Fall Forum

Please join us for the 2016 Fall Forum on November 10.  Come early to visit with fellow retirees … refreshments will be available at 1:15 pm followed by our program from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Thursday,  Nov. 10, 2016,  2 to 4 p.m.
Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph

Brain Health

What research tells us about how to maintain brain health; the impact of physiological changes in the aging brain; safe and appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medications; and community services and supports available for seniors experiencing a range of issues that may include mood changes, dementia, depression and/or anxiety.

Beth Kaufman
Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator
Prime Care Pharmacy, Arboretum

Jane McKinnon Wilson
Geriatric System Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association –  Waterloo Wellington

Kim Wilson
Assistant Professor, Adult Development & Aging,
Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,  University of Guelph

The Forum is free for UGRA members (retirees and partners).  Other guests are welcome but we ask for an $8.00 contribution towards hospitality costs.

Contributions to your 2016 membership can be made at the registration table.