McGill receives $15-million gift commitment from agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler


Landmark philanthropic investment will build resources for McGill’s School of Environment to tackle critical environmental and social issues

MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – As a man whose career as a successful agri-food entrepreneur has spanned sectors as diverse as cattle breeding, apple growing, maple syrup production and French vineyards, and who almost single-handedly built Quebec’s cranberry industry into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the world, Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, has always had a profound attachment to the land and a deep respect for the natural environment.

Now, he aims to help advance environmental research and scholarship for the entire planet through a landmark $15-million gift to McGill University to build interdisciplinary teaching, research and experiential learning capacity at the McGill School of Environment.

The gift is comprised of an

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Commitment in the time of COVID: Couple wed in a parking lot

Carrie Grace McQuaid and John Michael Simpson exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon missing some of the trappings of a traditional wedding.

The bride didn’t get a dance with her dad, nor the groom with his mother. There was no dinner banquet for 250 guests. Some loved ones had to watch via Zoom.

The whole affair took place in a parking lot.

And yet, it was the perfect start for a couple’s matrimonial adventure: proof that, even in a pandemic, love finds a way.

“Super cute. Very Carrie,” guest Judy Strickland said at the end of the ceremony, which she and most of the others in attendance watched through their windshields. “If anybody could do this, Carrie is the one who could make it happen.”

Marrying in a parking lot was not Carrie’s original plan. But it hasn’t been a good year for plans.

Carrie and John Michael Simpson, take
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ASOS Launches ‘Circular Fashion’ Collection After Commitment At Copenhagen Fashion Summit

‘Fast fashion’ companies face ever increasing scrutiny at the moment, with pressure mounting to alter production practices to make them more sustainable and to discourage seasonal ‘disposability.’

It follows then, that e-tail giant ASOS is taking pains to address the issue. After a commitment at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2018 to train all ASOS designers in ‘circular’ design – a process which reduces waste and aims to ensure clothes remain in circulation, rather than heading to landfill after just a couple of uses – the team have now brought out their first circular collection.

asos circular fashion collection


The collection has been designed and produced to meet industry-leading circular design standards, you’ll be pleased to know, and it adheres to eight fundamental circular design principles:

  1. Zero-waste design: Using zero-waste design pattern cutting methods, so that none of the fabric ends up in the bin.

    2. Minimised waste: Using design methods and manufacturing

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