Dean's Message

This most recent convocation – Spring 2024 – was bittersweet as it was my final one as Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

As you may be aware, starting October 1, 2024, I will be moving to the University of Alberta as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences when my term as Dean with LFS comes to a close. It’s been a wonderful 10 years for me as Dean of this outstanding Faculty. 

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Alumni Celebrations

UBC 2024 Honorary degree recipients

Arran & Ratana Stephens, Doctor of Science

Arran and Ratana Stephens, partners in life and business, have transformed Nature’s Path into North America's largest organic cereal manufacturer. Beyond business, they championed the 2008 Save the Farm campaign, securing UBC Farm's future, and have donated over $40 million to various causes.

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2023/24 Killam Teaching Prize

Patricia Hingston, PhD 2018, Food Microbiology

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hingston on receiving the 2023/24 Killam Teaching Prize!

Dr. Hingston is a leader in adopting and leveraging technology in the classroom—including multi-access delivery, context-based learning, and gamification.

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Hall of Fame

We are excited to announce that in July we are unveiling the LFS Hall of Fame🎉!

The LFS Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have excelled in their fields and are contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future. Chosen by the LFS Young Alumni Council from a wide pool of nominations, alumni inductees exemplify the LFS spirit, achieving outstanding success locally, nationally, and internationally as graduates.

Our two inaugural inductees for 2024 are Harold Steves, BSc Agriculture (1963) and Amy Yiu, BSc Food, Nutrition and Health, Major in Dietetics (2005).

Meet the inductees in our July edition of LFS Community Connects!

Faculty Research

New research funding to support farmers in adapting to climate change 🌍

Dr. Hannah Wittman leads a groundbreaking project funded by 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, focusing on climate adaptation and mitigation for vulnerable farmers in Canada, Germany, India, and Brazil. Discover how her team is pioneering agroecological practices to enhance resilience and sustainability in agriculture.

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 Student Spotlight 

Celebrating the Class of 2024! - Meet one of our outstanding students 

William Fang, BSc in Food and Resource Economics

How did you hear about LFS at UBC?

"I was trying to immerse myself in an interdisciplinary environment, so my high school alumni and advisors. suggested that LFS could be a good fit. I discovered the Food and Resource Economics major, and I loved the way it combines science, business, economics, data analysis, and more, so I ended up there."

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Upcoming Summer Events

Grown to Gather II: Summer Kickoff

Saturday, July 6 | 1:00pm–4:00pm

Athiana Acres, 12800 No 2 Rd, Richmond

Join us for an enchanting afternoon! The event is hosted by the LFS Young Alumni Council!

Experience the beauty of the countryside and reconnect with fellow alumni at our picturesque farm setting. Dive into the heart of agriculture with an educational farm tour led by Owner, LFS alum Simran Panatch.

Light refreshments included. Open to alumni, students and the wider community!

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BranchingOUT 2024: A Celebration of Plants, Pride and the LGBTQ2S+ Community

Wednesday, July 24 | 6:00pm–9:00pm

UBC Botanical Garden

Enjoy an evening at UBC Botanical Garden celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ community, meeting like-minded people curious about nature as a warmup for the Vancouver Pride Festival! Light snacks and drinks will be provided, and alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase (while supplies last).

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alumNIGHTS with the BC Lions

Saturday, July 13 | 3:00 PT

Deadline for purchase: Wednesday, July 3 

Cheer on our BC Lions with fellow UBC alumni and friends when the home team goes up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at this special alumNIGHTS event! Attend our social gathering with reserved seating in the Den, we’re offering you an optimal vantage point to watch the game and enjoy some food and drink. Here’s your chance to connect with your alumni network while catching all the action on the field!


alumni UBC Wine Series: Province-wide pinot

Wednesday, August 7 |  7:00pm–8:30pm PT

Burgundy’s hallowed grape has found a distinctive home in British Columbia’s winelands. A capricious chameleon, pinot’s ability to transmit and translate site is legendary. Join us for a revealing tasting of pinot noir wines from six unique growing environments around the province. DJ Kearney (BA’84), a die-hard pinot fanatic will bring her global perspective and intimacy with BC’s pinot history as she leads us around the province with six exciting iterations.


LFS in the News

Organic farms next to conventionally farmed fields leads to increased pesticide use

Frederik Noack was interviewed by CBC’s Quirks & Quarks to discuss the findings from a joint study that was published in Science.

They wanted to understand how the proximity of organic farms to conventional fields affected overall pesticide use, and looked at one of the most important agricultural areas in the U.S. in Kern County, Calif.


Alumni Discounts & Benefits

Discounts and services just for you! 

alumni UBC gives you access to discounts and services from a variety of partners, as well as a host of UBC services and event venues.

Your Savings

The UBC alumni app is the easiest way to access your UBC alumni benefits. The fantastic features include access to many of UBC Library's online journals, deals from alumni UBC partners, monthly contests and more!

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Questions? How? Get in touch with us!


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