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MFRE is a unique one year masters degree combining Economics, Policy and Business as understood from an Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Environmental perspective. This professional degree combines the economic rigour of a Masters in Economics, with the business elements of MBA programs, and equips you to analyze real-world environmental issues through applied economics and quantitative skills.


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Why Choose MFRE?

Acquire a relevant academic curriculum

Study Economics, Policy Analysis, and Agribusiness with renowned professors and industry experts within Food, Natural Resources, and Environment; some of the world’s most exciting sectors.

Develop professional and technical skills

Integrate quantitative, critical-thinking, and professional skills to make informed, evidence-based decision and become proficient in a the workplace.

Engage in an enriching environment

Be part of a growing, multicultural MFRE alumni network working to find solutions to the planet’s resource challenges, and a thriving world-recognized university community located in Vancouver, one of the most livable cities in the world.

Career Paths


Nick Gemperle

Senior Research Analyst

Nick Gemperle, an MFRE alumnus currently employed as a Research Analyst with Ipsos, a world-renowned market research firm. Nick also has a seat on the board of an NGO and is passionate about issues related to sustainable agriculture and climate change.


Xiao Han

PhD Student in Integrated Studies of Land and Food Systems

Xiao pursued her PhD in Environmental Economics in ISLFS after MFRE. Her research studies the impact of air pollution on people’s migration decisions, with particular focus on whether ethnic segregation affects this relationship.

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Blair Baillargeon

Business Intelligence Senior Developer

I am currently an Operations Intelligence, Senior Developer and the technical team lead on our Operations Intelligence team. In my current role I lead, design and develop enterprise-wide data analysis and reporting solutions.


Ishrat Gadhok


Ishrat has professional experience as an Economist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a Management Consultant at KPMG, and a Trade Policy Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Ngaio Hotte

Third Party Evaluator

Provides independent review and evaluation of project applications submitted to the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) program. Support First Nations in the Pacific Region of Canada as they develop their own commercial fishing enterprises.


Mike Lee


As an economist at the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), my main responsibilities include researching policy issues, analyzing economic trends and providing strategic policy advice.

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Did you know?

  • 230

    alumni in more than 30 countries.

  • 90%

    of MFRE students speak 2 or more languages.

  • 16

    specialized courses offered by the program each year.