Rebecca Francolini

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Bachelor of Bio Resource Management (Hons.), Major in Environmental Management • University of Guelph

Bio

Rebecca recently graduated from the University of Guelph, with the Class of 2019, where she completed a honours bachelor’s degree of Bio Resource Management, majoring in Environmental Management. Having moved to the rural GTA, after having grown up in downtown Toronto, Rebecca’s eyes were opened to urban sprawl, as she experienced it first-hand. Being an avid traveler, she has been able to understand and experience the need for environmental conservation and sustainability world-wide.  As a competitive horseback rider, who is not afraid to get dirty, Rebecca finds herself outdoors, enjoying and exploring nature, every chance that she can.

Throughout her undergraduate degree, Rebecca realized she had a passion for the impacts that climate change plays on numerous industries such as the travel and tourism, agriculture, and the horticulture industries. At the University of Guelph, Rebecca had the opportunity to dive deeper and learn the science behind climate change, the need for environmental stewardship, soil variability, land evaluation, environmental economics, and much more. Being able to obtain a broader understanding of the many ways in which the environment can be managed, helped Rebecca throughout her time at both the CFIA, and OMAFRA. At these two organizations, she had the opportunity to apply what she had learnt in the classroom to the real world where she conducted field studies, laboratory work, and helped complete a full growing season of Winter Wheat research. Throughout her time with the government, she completed numerous documents, spoke with a variety of stakeholders, and was required to understand numerous plant protection acts and policies.

When not in the classroom, Rebecca loves to spend her time outdoors. That could include going on a hike, taking her horse on a trail ride, roaming the fields with her dogs, or travelling. Rebecca recently returned from a month long stay in Thailand and hopes to incorporate some of the sustainable practices she experienced in Asia, here in Canada. In the future, Rebecca hopes to be able to help others implement sustainable practices, and aid in increasing awareness surrounding the need for sustainability.