Media releases

  • CCOVI Lecture Series returns with latest grape and wine research

    MEDIA RELEASE: 13 January 2021 – R0005

    The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series returns next week with a full slate of cutting-edge research from grape and wine industry experts.

    Now in its 14th year, the 2021 edition of the series will feature 10 speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional affiliates. Lectures will cover a wide array of topics, including consumer insights and preferences in the local and provincial wine industry, the use of augmented reality in wine marketing, research on cold hardiness and vineyard pests, and grapevine virus research and certification.

    Since launching in 2007, the CCOVI Lecture Series has attracted thousands of guests to take in the lectures at Brock University and more than 10,000 people have viewed the videos online.

    “Although this has been a challenging year for everyone, the institute has still produced a great deal of critical research with applications for grape growers and winemakers across Canada,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Our lecture series puts that research directly into the hands of the industry, providing tailored, real-world solutions to industry priorities from vine to glass.”

    The free lectures, which are open to the public, begin Wednesday, Jan. 20 with Brock’s Gary Pickering, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology. The lectures will take place remotely via livestream every week until March 31. Due to current health and safety protocols, there will be no in-person attendance. The lectures are typically held every Wednesday afternoon.

    The lectures can be viewed here live each week, and are then archived on the CCOVI Lecture Series website.

    2021 CCOVI Lecture Series schedule

    Wednesday, Jan. 20: Gary Pickering, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology, Brock University — Bursting the bubbles: Consumer insights on Ontario sparkling wine highlight opportunities

    Wednesday, Jan. 27: Sudarsana Poojari, CCOVI Senior Virologist, Brock University — Advances in grapevine certification standards

    Wednesday, Feb. 3: José Ramòn Urbez Torres, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre — Be aware! Do not get caught! Understanding and managing grapevine trunk diseases, the sleeping giant in your vineyard

    Wednesday, Feb. 10: Wendy McFadden-Smith, Tender Fruit and Grape IPM Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs — Going viral: Update on grapevine virus research project in Ontario

    Wednesday, Feb. 24: Tom Lowery, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre — Sustainable management of leafhopper pests of grapevines

    Wednesday, March 3: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University — Ontario wine consumers’ perceptions of buying local wines and predictors of their future local wine purchases

    Wednesday, March 10: Annette Nassuth, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph — GRAPEling with low temperatures

    Wednesday, March 17: Joachim Scholz, Assistant Professor, Goodman School of Business, Brock University — Augmented reality marketing in the wine industry

    *Special lecture date
    Tuesday, March 23: Jim Willwerth, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University — The impact of cultivar, clone and rootstock selection on grapevine cold hardiness

    *Special start time of 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 31: Lester Kwong, Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University — Judging wines: Preferences, evaluation and aggregation

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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  • Labour Studies launches partnership with Labour College of Canada

    MEDIA RELEASE: 12 January 2021 – R0004

    A new agreement between Brock University and the Labour College of Canada (LCC) will create a pathway for union leaders and members affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress to pursue an academic degree or certificate in Labour Studies.

    An educational not-for-profit, the LCC has offered post-secondary education to its union leaders and members for more than 50 years.

    Successful completion of approved LCC courses in such areas as Unions in the Political Economy, Labour Leadership and Organizing Change, and Growing the Movement: Inside and Out may be recognized as transfer credits towards a portion of a certificate or undergraduate degree in Labour Studies at Brock.

    “Our department is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in labour studies research, teaching and public engagement,” says Kendra Coulter, Chair of the Department of Labour Studies. “We are delighted to be able to recognize the knowledge and experience of labour activists from across Canada through this partnership and look forward to welcoming them into our classes and academic community.”

    Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress President and Chair of the Board for the Labour College of Canada, calls the agreement “an historic moment” for the LLC.

    “We are thrilled to be partnering with such a first-class post-secondary institution as Brock University,” says Yussuff. “The Labour College empowers graduates and equips them to tackle today’s challenges as they take on new leadership roles within the labour movement. This unique opportunity will allow Labour College graduates to further their education in Labour Studies and help shape strong leaders of the future.”

    Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice-President Larry Rousseau, a Labour College graduate, agrees.

    “The Labour College program has been instrumental in shaping labour leaders across Canada,” says Rousseau. “This partnership will open more doors for graduates by helping them further their post-secondary education in Labour Studies, making their valuable Labour College experience that much more versatile.”

    Ingrid Makus, Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Social Sciences, calls the partnership “a significant opportunity” and is looking forward to welcoming students.

    “This partnership is a great example of how we can combine real-world experience with academic credentialling to create positive change in the world,” says Makus.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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