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DAAGS

Dalhousie Agricultural Association of Graduate Students

DAAGS represents all full-time and part-time students registered in a graduate program at Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus.  DAAGS organizes social, academic, and professional development events throughout the year.  You can find the DAAGS Facebook page here. To see our events calendar, please click here. We hope you’ll join us! If you ever want to reach us, our e-mail address is daags@dal.ca, or you can contact one of the members directly with the contact information provided below.

The governing body of DAAGS consists of five members who oversee and participate in DAAGS sponsored activities, policy, and other matters relevant to the governing of the graduate student body.  Council positions are voluntary and are for a one-year term from May 1 to April 30.  Terms of reference can be found here. [PDF]

President

Hi Everyone! Hayden Breau started his second year of his Masters program researching wild and domestic striped bass. He is from Plaster Rock in Northern New Brunswick, but this marks his 6th year in Truro, so hopefully you have met him at some point! He is very excited to be in this position, and he hopes to help make the 2017-2018 year fantastic and full of fun events. Hayden also looks forward to communicating with you all, and helping as much as he can.  If you ever need to contact Hayden feel free to do so! Have a fantastic year, and hopefully see you all at events and meetings! 

Hayden Breau hy569100@dal.ca

VP Internal

Hey Aggies! Rakesh Menapati, completed his undergrad degrees in B.SC (Agriculture) from India and Environmental Landscape Horticulture from our Dal AC. He is currently doing his Master’s degree in weed sciences working with red sorrel (weed) in blueberries under the direction of Dr. Scott White. In 2015, he was the Vice-President (Administration) for Dalhousie Agriculture International Students Association (DAISA) and he feels that he has the perquisite demonstrating organization and communication skills. He would like to work closely with you in conducting and organizing events in a grand manner.

Rakesh have been in Canada for close to 3 years now.  He has become familiar with the different activities and events on campus and volunteered for many of them. For grad students, he believes getting involved in campus activities is the best way to overcome the blues; to develop valuable skills as an individual, and to make friends. Rakesh feels this is a better way to make a positive impact on grad students and getting involved in campus activities. He is a very social person and he loves to talk to people. If there is something to ask, do not hesitate to ask Rakesh anytime. In his spare time he enjoys writing poems and playing cricket.

Rakesh Menapati  Rakesh.kumar@Dal.Ca
 

VP External


Chigozie is a graduate of Biochemistry from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. He is currently a 2nd year Master of Science Candidate of the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, under the supervision of Drs. Chibuike Udenigwe and Beth Mason of Cape Breton University. His research interest is in solving world threatening health issues with potent bioactives (polysaccharides, proteins and peptides, phytoconstituents) from natural sources as an alternative medicine to synthetic drugs. His current research focuses on the influence of various extraction methods on the structural and prebiotic properties of brown seaweed polysaccharides (BSP). He is also investigating the immunomodulatory potential of BSP using Rainbow Trout as an in vivo model. Chigozie’s hobbies include socializing (meeting new people), event management, reading, volleyball, and soccer. He is also a lover of good music and intelligent discussions.

Chigozie Okolie  Chigozie.Okolie@dal.ca
 

Finance

Adedayo grew up in Nigeria where she got her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos. After graduation, she worked for 6 and a half years as a tax accountant/consultant in KPMG Professional Services (one of the top international consulting firms). After which, she decided to pursue her passion for the Sciences. The duties of the DAAGS Financial Officer are to plan and submit a bi-annual financial report to the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association (DASA) at the end of the winter and fall semesters. Adedayo aspires to ensure transparency and proper accountability in her office.

She is currently conducting her Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Chibuike Udenigwe and Dr. Beth Mason (Cape Breton University). Her master’s thesis is focused on the isolation yield, physicochemical characterization and antioxidant activity of chitin extracted from a select fungi and insect species. Adedayo enjoys reading, swimming, watching movies, dancing, sewing and hanging out with friends. She enjoys traveling and visiting places with her husband and son.

Adedayo Leke-Aladekoba Adedayo.Leke-Aladekoba@dal.ca
 

Communications

Morgan Olivia McNeil started her Master’s degree at Dal AC in September of 2016. She is studying soil health in organic grain production (soybeans and wheat) as influenced by the previous green manure, tillage practices, weed presence and mycorrhizal communities under the direction of Dr. Derek Lynch through the Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences. Morgan previously graduated from Dal-AC with my B.Sc. (Ag). in Plant Science in May of 2016. She is from a small community called Hantsport in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. Morgan grew up actively involved in the 4-H youth development program.

Morgan is very excited to hold this position, and she looks forward to working with the student body to make sure everyone has a wonderful experience in their graduate studies. She has always had a love for writing and photography, and with personal experience as the “Golden Ram” editor during her undergraduate studies, Morgan believes she brings a strong background to this position. Morgan was also appointed “Life President” of the Dal AC graduating class in May of 2016, so she has experience collecting information and coordinating communication between many people. She is a very social person and she loves to chat, so feel free to get in touch with her anytime! 

Morgan McNeil  morgan.mcneil@Dal.Ca