Work After MFRE

The world demands professionals who can understand and analyze the increasingly complex economic relationships underlying the food and resource sectors. MFRE candidates enter the program with their unique portfolios of skills, which are further developed, strengthened and targeted. The world-class MFRE program at UBC is a powerful stepping stone that enables experienced candidates to transition to a new industry, and helps younger candidates transition from an academic to a workplace environment. MFRE grads are available for employment from September onward.

Career outcomes of MFRE grads

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Alumni Success Stories

MFRE Alumni have worked, or are working in:

Ariel Kagan

Senior Program Associate |
George Washington University Food Institute

"Currently I am the Senior Program Associate at the George Washington University Food Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on food and agriculture policy in Washington DC. From my coursework in MFRE, I have a greater appreciation for way that global trade and commodity financing affect farmers' decision making processes. I also met people from around the world who taught me new ways to understand the urgent questions of food security, climate change, and sustainable development."

Xiaohun Li

Business Intelligence Analyst |
Information Technology Department, G&F Financial Group

"As a business intelligence analyst, one of my key job responsibilities is to create, design and deliver reports, dashboards, analytics and visualization solutions by using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Taking the MFRE program at UBC was one of the smartest choices I’ve ever made. I am amazed how my analytical thinking, communication and decision making skills have improved."

Douglas Euper

Analyst |
Industry Accounts Division, Statistics Canada

"As an Analyst, I am responsible for specific industries and commodities that contribute to the calculation of GDP. Students are able to take away multiple skills from the MFRE program. such as the ability to work with and manage data - as this is a highly sought-after skill by any employer. Expect a challenging but rewarding year at MFRE. Go into the program knowing that the more you put in, the more you will get out. For term projects, challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and build upon the course material.”

Helen Zhou

Risk Management Analyst |

"As a risk management analyst at Cargill, I am responsible for conducting the analysis and providing the strategies for futures trading on agricultural commodities. The knowledge I obtained during my studies at MFRE has significantly helped in growing my career and prepared me to meet challenging job requirements. The most valuable professional skill-sets I have built are data analysis and forecasting skills."

Joy Tong

Master Data Coordinator |
Sysco Specialty Meat and Seafood Companies, Canada

"I currently work for 3 Sysco Meat Companies and 2 Sysco Seafood Companies, where my duties involve creating, maintaining and aligning all the meat and seafood product codes and product specifications for Sysco Specialty Meat and Seafood Companies across Canada. MFRE prepared me well in Canadian Agricultural marketing area and the excel skills I developed definitely helped me during my interview with Sysco."

Alex Li

Investment Banking Analyst |
China Merchant Securities

"I help our clients finance in the Chinese capital market through diverse projects, such as initial public offerings, issuing cooperate bonds, as well as going for mergers and acquisition. The professional knowledge and skills I gained at MFRE helped me land my job in investment banking - an industry which really values people who posses an inter-disciplinary background. The best parts of MFRE will always be its great faculty, the life-long friends you make and the chance to experience the beautiful city of Vancouver."

Suvaporn Phasuk

Lecturer, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics |
Kasetsart University, Bangkok

"As lecturer, I teach several courses related to Agriculture and Resource Economics. My research focuses on two topics: Food Economics and Labour in Agricultural sector. As I have always been interested to work in academia, the courses I took during the MFRE program helped me to develop a strong background to serve well as both researcher and lecturer."

Isaac Jonas

Research Assistant |
University of British Columbia (UBC)

"Under the guidance of Professor Rashid Sumaila, I conduct research on the development of sustainable Insurance Fund(SIF) for pelagic fisheries. Starting January 2018, I will develop my work as a doctoral student in the Institute of the Oceans and Fisheries at UBC. During MFRE, I developed solid research and report writing skills in addition to quantitative skills such as quantitative methods, excel spreadsheet modelling. I was in fact referred for my current job through a fellow MFRE colleague I met at an MFRE annual party. The program is also more than just an academic project as there are chances to interact with practitioners in the real world through guest lectures."

Alexis Carr

Retail Sales |
Soif Wine Merchants

"Participating in the MFRE program helped me to pursue my career aspirations of working in the wine industry, by providing me with the knowledge and skillsets that set me apart from other prospective candidates. One fundamental aspect that I believe sets MFRE apart from other graduate schools, is the encouragement given to students to apply the subject matter to their own passions and interests. I currently work for Soif, where I am directly involved in the sales, purchasing, inventory management, and marketing divisions of the business."

Aanchal Sandhu

Treasury Accounting Analyst |
Central 1 Credit Union

"My key areas of responsibilities are to support Central 1 in the development and implementation of quality processes and procedures by driving continuous improvement, applying lean thinking, and collaborating with business partners to achieve best business practices. The financial courses offered by MFRE provided me with key insights and skills necessary to develop, evaluate and implement financial and market strategies."

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