Faculty

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR & MANAGER

Kelleen Wiseman

Kelleen Wiseman is the newly appointed Academic Director and Manager of the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program at the University of British Columbia. With more than 15 years of teaching and mentorship experience with LFS and other UBC Faculties, and recognition in 2018 through a UBC Killam Teaching Award, Dr. Wiseman’s classes focus on food and agri-business entrepreneurship, finance and strategy. Dr. Wiseman has been involved in the MFRE program for several years in teaching, professional development and administrative capacities prior to assuming this leadership role in August 2018. In addition, Dr. Wiseman has cross-cutting industry experience in the agri-food business, banking and marketing sectors in Canada and the United States. She has worked for agencies such as Farm Credit Canada, the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Oracle Corporation, and has managed her own business development consulting business.

 Specialization 

  • Economics of food quality
  • Role of regulation in supporting health communication
  • Food manufacturers’ response to consumer de

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Professor

Rick Barichello

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.

Specialization 

  • Food security
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas
  • Food security
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas

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Professor

Jim Vercammen

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.

Specialization

  • Agricultural commodity markets
  • Agri-environmental contracts
  • Agricultural risk management

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Professor

Sumeet Gulati

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.

Specialization 

  • 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

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Associate Professor

Carol McAusland

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.

Specialization 

  • Environmental policy
  • Regulated markets
  • Carbon footprints
  • Globalization
  • International trade

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Assistant Professor

Frederik Noack

Frederik is assistant professor at the Food and Resource Economics Group at UBC. His research focuses on the interaction of economic development and the environment. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of improved market access and property rights on land use and natural resources such as fish stocks, forests and biodiversity. He uses mathematical models to guide my empirical analysis and to derive testable predictions. He often collaborates with environmental scientists to better understand and quantify the environmental impacts of economic development.

Specialization 

  • Economic development
  • Natural resource management
 

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Assistant Professor

Matias Margulis

Matias is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching interests are in global governance, development, human rights, international law and food policy. He has previously held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling, University of Northern British Columbia and Max Plank Institute for the Study of Societies. In 2010-2011, he was the Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada.
In addition to his academic research, Matias has extensive professional experience in the field of international policymaking and is a former Canadian representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has also advised the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and the Scottish Parliament and consulted for international NGOs and the Brookings Institution

Specialization 

  • Policimaking
  • Food policy
  • International law

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MFRE Associates, Adjunct, and Lecturers

Professor

Rashid Sumaila

Professor Sumaila was recently appointed a University Killam Professor, the highest honour UBC can confer on a faculty member. His research focuses on the well-being and sustainability of coastal communities and ecosystems. He is a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics and specializes in bio-economics, marine ecosystem evaluation, and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Professor Sumaila is a Volvo Environment Prize winner and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Specialization 

  • Fisheries Economics
  • Bio-economics
  • Marine ecosystems evaluation
  • Illegal and unregulated fishing

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Professor Emeritus

Gordon R Munro

Gordon is a Professor Emeritus in the Vancouver School of Economics and an Associate of the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. His main research interest is in the economics management of world fishery resources, which has led him to do work for the FAO of the UN, the OECD and the World Bank.

Professor Munro research has contributed significantly to the understanding of the implications of the extension of economic zones to 200 miles in the 1970s with a series of papers published by the Law of the Sea Institute. More recently, his work has pushed the issue of subsidies in fisheries to the forefront. In addition research on shared fish stock management issues has occupied Professor Munro right up until the present day.

Specialization 

  • Fisheries Economics
  • Conservation and management of fish stocks
  • Stewardship of catch fisheries
  • Cooperative fisheries management

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Adjunct Professor

Karen Taylor

Karen teaches Agribusiness Management in the MFRE Program and is currently employed as Director of Corporate Finances at The Bank of Montreal. 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.

Specialization 

  • Agribusiness Financing
  • Sources of Capital
  • Cost of Capital
  • Budgeting
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis

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Sessional Lecturer

Cluny South

Cluny’s background includes over 15 years of industry experience working in TV Production, Advertising, Educational Research and Factual Programming; the latter two for the BBC. Since moving to Canada in 2009 she has completed a PhD alongside working as a marketing researcher with organizations such as the BC SPCA,  Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and BC Hydro. She continues to work locally as a freelance marketing researcher. Cluny’s research interests include pro-social consumer behaviour, cause marketing, marketing ethics, sustainable and conservation marketing, as well as marketing research and consumer behaviour in the area of human-animal interactions (HAI).

Specialization 

  • Marketing research
  • Consumer behavior
  • Sustainable and conservation marketing
  • Human-animal interactions

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Sessional Instructor

Carl Bayard

Carl has over 30 years of experience as a commodity merchant and futures trader with practical knowledge trading basis and futures from having traded trucks, rail cars, containers and vessel quantities of products across all continents. He has working experience with line companies, crushers, ethanol plants, grain millers, fish processors, feed lots, hog and poultry producers as well as dairy farms. Carl has had several speaker appearances across North America and Asia in English, French and Spanish on the topics of futures trading and grain merchandising.

Specialization 

  • Futures trading
  • Commodity markets
  • Grain merchandising

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Adjunct Professor

Mark Clancy

Mark is CEO of IGENO, a boutique data consultancy with a focus on MongoDB. He has extensive consulting experience in software development, architecture and analytics in Canada, the US, Australia and UAE. Prior to founding IGENO, Mark worked at TELUS, Accenture and MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates.

Mark holds a B.Eng (University of Victoria) and an MBA (Ivey/Western). He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches a course in business analytics.

Specialization 

  • Software Development
  • Data Analysis
  • Business Analytics

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