Dr. 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 Ryerson as an Assistant Professor. Currently, as Director of SciXchange at Ryerson University, she is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups. 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.
Dr. Agard is proud to be one of the 150 women featured in the 2017 groundbreaking CBC HERstory in Black project celebrating 150 Black women who have made a place in Canadian history. The project included her in a one-hour documentary featuring 8 of the 150 women. In 2018, Dr. Agard was one of the 100 women celebrated in the second edition of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women authored by the Hon Dr. Jean Augustine, Dauna Jones-Simmonds and Dr. Denise O’Neil Green.
In her spare time, Dr. Agard also enjoys music, travel, sports and photography, 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. She often attends Raptor games and the occasional Seahawks game in Seattle. She has recently completed a Certificate in Photography Studies.