LFS Grad Student TRIVIA NIGHT on Thursday, Dec 3 – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


Happy Friday! We hope everyone is enjoying the sun today and feeling super productive!

The LFS Grad Student Council has been very busy planning events to bring grad students together for a good time! See attached poster for our next event …


Thursday, December 3 from 5:30 – 8pm

Agora Lounge , MacMillan Building

This is going to be a great night to kick back and have fun before exam season!

We hope to see you there!

Trivia Night


LFS Community Meeting, November 25


The next Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff, and students will take place on Wednesday, November 25 from 12:00-1:00  in FNH 40.  Coffee and cookies will be provided.


12:00-12:10 Dean’s message

12:10-12:20 United Way presentation – Alyssa Mulat

12:20-12:40 Measuring effectiveness: ideas from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference – Cyprien Lomas

12:40-1:00 Green Folder initiative at UBC – Christine Klaray/Joel Liman

e@UBC – Lunch & Learn November 25th – Topic: IP


I work with entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC), we are a cross campus initiatives to help UBC affiliated (student, graduate, faculty, staff, alumni) entrepreneurs through their journey of establishing a startup whether they are at the ideation phase or at a more advanced stage of development.

We hold lunch and learn workshops frequently and think that some of the topics might be of interest to the graduate student program. Please share the below poster with your graduate students as it might be relevant for them.

e@UBC Lunchtime Workshop This November 25th

From Idea to Market: IP for Start-Ups
Your idea is disruptive, your product is innovative, your research is promising. Curious about IP? What form of IP protects your research, innovation, business?

Interact with an IP professional about:
• Types of IP,
• How patents work and
• What you need to do

Event Details:
When: 12:00-1:00pm Wednesday November 25th, 2015.
Where: e@UBC Startup Space, Graham Lee Innovation Center in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard.
Registration: No need to register! Just show up at e@UBC’s Startup Space and grab an available seat, there is limited seating capacity.

Paul Smith is a partner at SMITHS IP. Paul drafts and prosecutes patent, trademark, industrial design and copyright applications. His practice includes a significant amount of intellectual property litigation in both the Federal Courts and the Supreme Courts of British Columbia. Prior to relocating to British Columbia, he also litigated in the Ontario courts. He also advises clients in respect of enforcement, IP strategy and protection, licensing and intellectual property due diligence matters. Paul’s patent application and prosecution work includes the information technology, mechanical, electronic, electrical, some chemical and biotechnical art.

Thank you,

Preeth Prem Kumar
Business Development Associate
entrepreneurship@UBC | Graham Lee Innovation Centre | 6163 University Boulevard | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z1
Email: preeth.kumar@ubc.ca

SFU Burnaby graduate course next term in Project Evaluation, Non-market Valuation & Renewable Resource Economics (REM 651)


Dear colleagues,

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU and next term I will be teaching the graduate course at SFU Burnaby:

Project Evaluation and Non-market Valuation Methods REM 651 (5)

REM 651 2016-1 short

It is open to students from various disciplines and locations (e.g. UBC) with an interest in extending their knowledge in these areas.

I am asking if you could kindly forward this information to your respective graduate students in case they may be interested in participating. Further details are provided in the attached outline and online at:  https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2016/spring/courses/rem/651.html

Students from UBC should be aware that they can take this course under the Western Deans’ Agreement so enrolling for credit is relatively easy.

Many, many thanks for your help,

Duncan Knowler
Duncan Knowler
Associate Professor
School of Resource and Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC CANADA
tel. 778-782-3421fax. 778-782-4968

Call for Nominations – LFS Service Awards


Call for Nominations – LFS Service Awards

Nominations are now open for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems outstanding service awards, including the Shynkaryk Service Award (staff), Richards Service Award (faculty) and (new for this year) Graduate Student Service Award. These awards will be presented at our Faculty Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 8.

Shynkaryk and Richards Awards

Nominees should be LFS staff or faculty members who meet the following criteria: consistently provides excellent service to students, faculty and staff, accomplished tasks with good humour and grace, works extremely well with others, and always goes one step further on every project. Nominations should include the name of the nominator, name of nominee and 3 or more reasons for the nomination (with examples).

LFS Graduate Student Service Award 

Nominees should be LFS graduate students who meet the following criteria: provide services and / or leadership to fellow graduate students and the LFS community at large, and serve as exemplars to fellow grad students, faculty and staff or the faculty in general. Nominations should include the name of the nominator, name of nominee and 3 or more reasons for the nomination (with examples).

Please send nominations to Melanie Train (melanie.train@ubc.ca) by Friday, November 27.