Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Karissa Lethbridge, Alberta

Fair address: Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Canada's Canola

Canada's Canola looks at the history and importance of canola, the world's only "made in Canada" crop.  

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Did you know that in 1996 Canada's canola seeds were taken to space to study the effects on growth and germination? Did you know canola oil was used to fuel a race car that ran on canola biodiesel? Isn't canola amazing?!?

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Canola is one of Canada's most valuable crops. Canadian's need to know that canola is a much healthier choice for cooking and baking because it is cholesterol and trans fat free.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The people who brought rapeseed to Canada, the Canadian scientists who created canola, Robert Thirsk who brought canola seeds to space, and Kevin Therres who made the first race car to run on canola biodiesel were all courageous people who weren't afraid to take risks. Like those that have gone before us we too can be daring and try our creative ideas!

  • John Keng

    Excellent presentation, Karissa. We need more “ambassadors” like you to promote canola, Alberta and Canada. Keep the momentum going!
    14/06/2015 6:58:30 PM

  • Karen Hoover

    Well done. Thanks for telling us the story.
    14/06/2015 4:05:17 PM

  • Sandy Patterson

    Very informative Karrisa! I have been using canola oil for a long time and I still learned things I did not know. Thank you.
    14/06/2015 2:53:17 PM

  • Don Boles

    Good luck! Say hi to Grandpa Jack.
    14/06/2015 1:19:26 PM

  • Susan Meyer

    Hoping for a trip for you, and expect to see you doing strange & wonderful research in the next 20.
    14/06/2015 10:52:21 AM

  • Gord Neufeld

    Good Job Karissa! I Learned a few things about canola in your video.
    14/06/2015 12:00:11 AM

  • Stephanie

    Karissa great job. Very informative!
    13/06/2015 11:57:23 PM

  • Mike and Fran walmsley

    You know I had no idea that Canola meant until this video. We learned a lot. Thanks! Well done!
    13/06/2015 11:19:02 PM

  • Josephine Matlock

    Way to go, Karissa!
    13/06/2015 11:01:50 PM

  • Maeve Buckley

    Thank you Karissa for highlighting a special Canadian agricultural product that is important for us to preserve! Great job in educating us all about its beneficial factors.
    13/06/2015 10:40:13 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.