It’s fitting this would be my first photo post after University of Guelph webmaster Stuart Robertson and blog designer Kyle Maw helped me get the graphic kinks out of my blog. After all, without the long-sightedness of those who were planning the city,  and University of Guelph boards of governors gone by, the Research Park would likely be a shopping mall. And the nucleus of what makes Guelph tick as an agri-food research centre would be lost.

Martin Schwalbe took this photo for the University of Guelph Real Estate Division.  The blue-and-white building in the top third of the photo is the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs headquarters. The new Delta Hotel and Conference Centre,  where the IFAJ 2011 congress will start, is across the street, top right.