After completing his B.A. at UBC, George went to the University of Minnesota and Purdue University in the U.S. for his Masters and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. He returned to UBC for a teaching/research career in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. He became Director of Global Partnerships and founded the award winning Global Resource Systems undergraduate program. He is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty and serves as Academic Director and Manager for MFRE.
Rick grew up on a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, after which he completed his B.Sc. (Agr) at the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Chicago. He has taught at UBC since then, but has also worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia from 1986 to 1988, and has worked in most Southeast Asian countries since that time. His research interests include agricultural and trade policy, regulated markets, dairy industry economics, quota markets, international development, and rural labour markets. He teaches courses in Food Market Analysis and Policy Analysis in the MFRE program.
Food security; Poverty alleviation; Regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas; Rural-urban linkages; Trade policy; World food markets
Sumeet completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland in College Park, USA, in 2003, and has since been at Food and Resource Economics at UBC. In his research, Sumeet focuses on questions related to the formation and effectiveness of environmental policies, for example, should our government subsidize hybrid electric vehicles, what are the benefits of paying people to scrap their old cars? Sumeet teaches Environmental Economics and Policy in the MFRE program.
The Economics of Urban Transportation; The Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes; The Effectiveness of Environmental Policy; The Political Economy of Environmental and Trade Policy; International Trade and its Effect on the Environment
Sean teaches the course “Project Monitoring & Evaluation in International Development.” He completed his BA from the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC and is a proud graduate of the MFRE program. His interests are in the forces that characterize and shape progress in developing economies. He has worked on small-scale development projects in Cambodia and Indonesia. Sean’s focus is on the improvement of project designs by pursuing monitoring & evaluation strategies that have an appreciation for the cultural context into which initiatives are set.
Carol is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and Canada Research Chair in Trade and Environment. Carol did her M.A. and Ph.D in Economics at the University of Michigan and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Maryland. She has been teaching at Food and Resource Economics, UBC since 2009. Her research interests include environmental policy, regulated markets, carbon footprints, globalization, and international trade. She teaches an undergraduate course in Economics of Food Consumption Policy and will be teaching a module in Environmental Economics in the MFRE Program in Term 2, 2017.
Environmental policy; Regulated markets; Carbon footprints; Globalization; International trade
Karen teaches Agribusiness Management in the MFRE Program and is currently employed as a Relationship Manager, Agriculture Services at TD Bank. She has a Bachelor degree in Business Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, a MBA in Agribusiness and Economics from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. Karen taught business, economics, and statistics at the University of Fraser Valley before joining MFRE. She is a member of the BC Institute of Agrologists and Director of the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation. She lives in Langley on a farm with her husband, horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
Jim grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Saskatchewan, and he spent several years managing his own farming operation. Jim began his faculty position at UBC in 1991, after completing a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. Jim was formerly the president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Association and co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is currently co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Jim is interested in many areas including agricultural commodity prices, risk and insurance, and agri-environmental contracts and policies.
Agricultural commodity markets; Agri-environmental contracts; Agricultural risk management
Kelleen teaches agribusiness finance and marketing at the graduate and undergraduate level with UBC. Kelleen completed her MBA in Agribusiness at Santa Clara University and her PhD in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at UBC. Her research interests include the economics of food quality and consumer preferences for product characteristics. In addition, Kelleen has over fifteen years of business management experience in the Canadian and Californian food business sector with organizations such as Oracle Corporation, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Farm Business Management Council.
Economics of food quality; Role of regulation in supporting health communication; Food manufacturers’ response to consumer demand for healthier products
Juan is originally from Chile. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engeneering and is masters degree in Agricultural Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He graduated from the MFRE program in 2014. Juan’s research interests are in environmental economics, particularly in water resources, greenhouse gas emissions and the economics of climate change. Juan also has a strong passion for rock climbing, and on his days off can be found on the face of the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, B.C.
Gabrielle Ménard (Gabi)
ACADEMIC COORDINATOR & GRADUATING PROJECTS MANAGER
Gabi supports and guides the MFRE students through their academic journey. She offers academic support and manages the various aspects of the program. She also helps students find Graduating Projects that support and advance their post-graduation career objectives. Gabi completed a B.A. in Human Environment and Economics at Concordia University. She graduated from the MFRE program in 2013, after which she was involved with research centers at McGill University and UBC. Gabi is the primary contact for the MFRE students.
Upon attaining his B.A. in Economics here in UBC, Kevin pursued further studies in MFRE. After completing his MFRE Graduating Project as a statistical consultant at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Kevin has returned to the MFRE program as a staff to provide support. Kevin assists the MFRE program in both academic and administrative matters. His tasks range from survey design to redesigning academic material offered in classes. Kevin also volunteers at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on a bi-weekly basis.
Shristee has a B.A. in Economics with a minor in International Relations from the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. As a student, she worked for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems as a teaching assistant. After graduating from the MFRE program in 2015, she joined the MFRE staff as an educational researcher where she helps supervise Graduating Projects and assists website content development, in addition to providing academic and administrative support to the program. She also maintains the design and content of the UBC Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics (CFREE) website.
Chris has more than 25 years of work experience with bilateral and multilateral donors, the private sector and Non-Government Organizations, primarily in Indonesia, as well as Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. He has brought his development experience to the MFRE program as a key Sessional Instructor from the start of MFRE until 2015, when he could no longer leave his work commitments in Indonesia. His teaching focused on in International Resource Economics and Institutions as well as Project Monitoring and Evaluation for Timely Responses (METR) to enhance aid effectiveness. Since 2004, Chris has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and a Faculty Associate of Centre for South East Asia Research. His present research and development focus is on decentralized natural resource governance that is both efficient and equitable. Chris will continue to contribute to MFRE by giving guest lectures and meeting with MFRE students interested in international development when he is in Vancouver. He is also agreeable to continue supervising students who choose to do their Graduating Projects on development, especially in Indonesia.
International Resource economics and institutions; Project Monitoring and Evaluation for Timely Responses (METR); Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of development projects
ALUMNA & PREVIOUS STAFF
Harmony grew up in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. She first moved to Vancouver to complete her undergraduate degree at UBC in International Relations. Then she worked several years in marketing and broadcasting. Following that, she spent a few years getting her hands dirty running her family’s organic farm and garden centre near Kelowna, B.C. She enrolled in the MFRE program in 2013, and after graduating in 2014 she took on the part-time position of Graduating Projects Manager for MFRE. She also has a continuing position with the B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative as a climate change adaptation planner/facilitator. In October, 2016 Harmony and her family decided to return to their Okanagan roots and moved from North Vancouver to Kelowna. She will continue to be closely connected to the MFRE program, not only as an alumna, but will also contribute her expertise through leading workshops to help prepare students for their Graduating Projects.