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Emily Agard earned a B.Sc. (honours) in Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Toronto.  She taught biology at York University and the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining X University* as an assistant professor. Currently, as director of SciXchange, she is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups and people of all ages.  For over a decade, she has worked with youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, focusing on youth from vulnerable communities.  She embraces opportunities to speak about learning and applying science in everyday life and various career paths. She recently became the chapter ambassador for Technovation Girls Toronto
In her spare time, Dr. Agard enjoys music, travel, sports, especially opportunities to combine these interests. She plays steelpan and dumbek and loves dancing in various fusion styles.  She has travelled to countries in 6 continents and loves immersing herself in different cultures.  An avid sports fan, she has been a Raptor season seat holder ever since her grad school days and has attended a few Seahawks games in Seattle. Her recent new hobby is photography after completing a certificate in photography studies through the Chang School at X University*. She is a dog mom to 2 sweet bernedoodles, Riley and little puppy Lucy. Riley is the chief morale officer on the SciXchange team.

* The Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force is currently consulting with Ryerson University community members and will be developing recommendations to the President and Board of Governors regarding the legacy of Egerton Ryerson and the principles that should be considered when making recommendations about commemoration.