Masters of Food and Resource Economics Speaker Series

Open to the public. Please come join us!

The MFRE speaker series is part of the professional development program and is designed to show a glimpse into the complexities of ‘real world’ food and resource economics issues.

The speakers series aims to cover two main topics:

Food & Agribusiness
Provides students with the opportunity to interact with key industry experts from the food and agribusiness sector and learn about industry opportunities & trends, or the challenges in running an Agri-Food entrepreneurial business.

Resource & Environment
Provides an opportunity to interact with a range of people either influencing environmental policy, or shaping the natural environment through their activities. Guests are typically government officials, industry leaders, pioneers in resource management, academics or NGO representatives.

Next Speaker:

Agricultural Land Reserve & Valuation with Julie Wilson & Brian Smith, BC Assessment

Jan 18, 2019 2 – 4 pm, MCML 160
Julie Wilson, Intro to Agricultural Land Reserve

Brian Smith, BC Assessment, Agricultural Land Valuation

BC Assessment’s business is to provide a stable and predictable base for real property taxation in British Columbia including properties within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). BC Assessment will share how the market value is determined for properties within the ALR, the allowable uses, and the way that property taxes are determined.

Brian Smith is a Deputy Assessor with BC Assessment in the Fraser Valley region. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and has spent the past 9 years working on the valuation and taxation of all property types. During that time he has spent a considerable amount of time working on the valuation of properties that fall within the Agricultural Land Reserve and the corresponding property taxation of this group of properties.


Jan 25, 2019

Yves Potvin from Yves Veggie Cuisine

Feb 1, 2019

Michelle Corfield, SFU Aboriginal Business & Leadership

Feb 8, 2019

Bruce Turris

Feb 15, 2019

Lon LaClaire, City of Vancouver

March 1, 2019


March 8, 2019

Mukesh Eswaren, UBC ECON

March 15, 2019


March 22, 2019
Read about previous speakers here.