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    Asian Development Bank in Agribusiness

    Suzanne Gaboury , Private Sector Operations - Department Asian Development Bank

    Suzanne holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the National University of Ireland, Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, and has completed Harvard Business School Executive education.

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    Cultivating Prosperity in BC Agriculture and Agri-Food

    Michelle Koski , Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) - Executive Director

    This new vision will see the creation of an IAF Trust and the development of unique IAF programs aimed at addressing challenges and opportunities in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

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    The Future of Sustainable Food Businesses Marketing

    Lindsay O'Donnell , Piquant Marketing - Founder & Director

    Lindsay O'Donnell is the founder and owner of Piquant Marketing, a Vancouver based digital marketing agency that specializes in health food. She he found her calling working with small food businesses wanting to change the world.

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    Food Innovation and IP Protection: Opportunities and Challenges

    Jayde Wood , Oyen Wiggs

    This seminar aims to introduce the main types of IP protection and explore IP opportunities and challenges relating to the food industry.

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    The International Produce Sector: Oppenheimer's View

    Jason Fung , VP of Categories, Berries & Greenhouse, The Oppenheimer Group

    Jason was promoted to lead the complex and expanding berries and greenhouse categories in early 2019. He has strategized and executed Oppy’s full-fledged entry to the berry category, and has applied similar disciplines toward the growth of Oppy's vibrant greenhouse business.

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    Agricultural Land Reserve: Challenges and Opportunities

    The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia. It was introduced in the 1970's in response to public concerns regarding the loss of prime agricultural land in BC.

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    Fisheries Management in Canada

    Bruce Turris , Former DFO Economist

    Bruce is an economist, but very much a practitioner. For the first 17 years of his career, he was an official with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in the Pacific region. He subsequently went into private practice, working very closely with industry as well as the government.

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    The New Environmental Portfolio

    Vikram Raju , Head of Impact Investing, Morgan Stanley AIP Private Market

    Vikram leads emerging markets and impact investing at AIP Private Markets. He was a principal investment officer at the International Finance Corporation -World Bank Group-, leading the investment program for climate-related private equity funds across emerging markets.

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    Biological Invasions and Trade

    Dr. Carol McAusland , UBC Food and Resource Economics

    Dr. McAusland is the president of the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association. She holds and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan and has taught at the University of California and the University of Maryland.

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    WTO, International Trade and the Impacts of COVID-19

    Dr. Matias Margulis , UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

    Matias E. Margulis has research and teaching interests in global food security, international trade and economic development. He has extensive professional experience in the field of international policy making and is a former Canadian representative to the WTO, OECD and UN FAO.

Explore the complexities of food and resource economics issues.

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Exciting technological progress, global environmental pressures and unprecedented demographic changes are rapidly reshaping the world’s food and natural resources systems. The MFRE speaker series is part of the MFRE professional development program and is designed to show a glimpse into these complexities and ‘real world’ food and resource economics issues.


The speakers series aims to cover two main topics:




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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.




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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.


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