Documentary screening – Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux – November 24, 2016


The UBC Faculty of Forestry is pleased to invite you to a special film screening and panel discussion on Thursday, November 24 from 6:30-8 pm in FSC 1005 lecture theatre. 

Enjoy award-winning filmmaker Damien Gillis’s breathtaking new short documentary Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux (watch trailer), followed by a brief multi-media presentation on the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park proposal. The evening will culminate in a panel discussion featuring UBC Forestry’s own Dr. Suzanne Simard, Valhalla Wilderness Society director and film subject Craig Pettitt, lichen expert Dr. Toby Spribille and filmmaker Gillis and moderated by Ngaio Hotte, Resource Economist & Facilitator and PhD candidate with UBC Forestry. 

Filmed on location deep in the heart of BC’s Selkirk Mountains, Primeval is the story of the majesty, magic and endurance of one of the world’s last truly intact temperate rainforests – the incomparable Incomappleux.   

Following an expedition of conservationists, biologists and wilderness explorers, Gillis documents the nature and history of this unique place – replete with 2,000-year-old trees and rare lichens – along with a plan to preserve it through a new provincial or Canadian park, the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park proposal. 

Visiting the Incomappleux is “like going back in time,” as expedition member Sean Elkink observes, to a forest that has been growing continuously since the last ice age – utterly untouched by the hand of man. But in recent decades, most of the ancient rainforest in the Incomappleux Valley has been logged. The magnificent core that is left has been spared only by the hard work of a small band of defenders – and remains under threat to this day. 

Public access to the ancient forest has always been difficult, but in recent years, bridge and road washouts have closed it to all but a handful of hardy adventurers who could backpack there. Few people have seen it since. Now, after a Herculean filmmaking expedition, with Primeval, you are invited to experience the Incomappleux for yourself in all its splendor.   

Watch Primeval teaser:

Watch Suzanne Simard’s TED Talk:

More about Valhalla Wilderness Society: 

Ngaio Hotte, MFRE, P.Biol
Resource Economist & Facilitator, PhD student
Twitter: @nhotte


Competition announcement: Tri-Agency CGS M / Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)


The Fall 2016 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal

The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, 1 December 2016. After this time, the Research Portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application. This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time. Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

Instructions for completing a CGSM application (including transcript requirements) are available online

The Fall 2016 Affiliated Fellowships Master’s-level competition runs in parallel to the Tri-Agency CGS M competition.
The Affiliated Fellowships materials for Master’s-level funding have now been posted to the Graduate Awards website:

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master’s-level funding must be submitted to the applicant’s UBC graduate program is Thursday, 1 December 2016 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS M applications).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Kind regards,


Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate Programs Office
aculty of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia
344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400 /

UBC M.Ed. focus on Health, Outdoor & Physical Experiential Education | Info Sessions


Health, Outdoor, and Physical Experiential Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies
HOPE Cohort | Lower Mainland Cohort | Begins July 2017

This unique master¹s program is based on integrating three streams of study ­ HEALTH, OUTDOOR and PHYSICAL EDUCATION.



2 years, part-time | Lower Mainland 

This program will be of interest to health, outdoor and physical educators who work in schools and other sites of learning, including health promotion agencies, community health services, and environmental and recreational organizations. This M.Ed cohort is timely, as many educators and professionals move away from instrumental hierarchical approaches in order to engage students and communities in participatory cultures.  

The program has been designed to cater to the needs of professionals whose roles have an educational component and/or some educational responsibility. Participants in this program will have an interest in:  

·       curriculum development, and

·       improving their opportunities for leadership in any of these three areas: health, outdoor, and physical education.  

The cohort¹s core focus of experiential education provides a platform from which all cohort members may begin to explore philosophical connections amongst beliefs, intentions, actions, ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies that will be further developed in the other cohort courses. The program has been designed in a way that allows cohort members to develop depth in their specialist knowledge/stream and breadth of understanding by engaging with a core course in another stream. 

With the program¹s focus on experiential education and learning, participants will gain insight into facilitating opportunities for participation in and commitment to health, outdoor, and physical education. The potential for participants experiencing shared research is promising, not only in courses but also in the final project. There are rich and productive collaborations that occur within and between the fields of study, and these draw from faculty expertise and collaborations. 

·      HEALTH EDUCATION: The health education stream offers a boutique of courses that invite those enrolled to engage in timely and relevant conversations about the complexities of doing Œhealth education¹. Framed within constructivist perspectives, participants will be asked to interrogate societal shifts in health education. 

·      OUTDOOR EDUCATION: The outdoor learning courses explore themes such as: experiential learning, environmental education, indigenous principles of learning, local learning, place-based learning, socio-emotional learning, STEM, sustainability, and holistic wellbeing through critical and emancipatory lenses. 

·      PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The three physical education stream courses are designed for physical educators who are ready to move up a gear by refining and expanding their ideas of teaching, learning and knowing. Using innovations in PE as a catalyst for thinking about ontological and epistemological issues in PE, teachers will start to explore experiential, constructivist, student-centred and holistic approaches for their own practice 


To learn more about this program and applying to become a graduate student, please join us at one of the following information sessions. Each session will provide information on the full program, with a representative for the stream as indicated: 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | New Westminster

4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm, New Westminster Secondary School

>> Focus:  Physical Education stream, with Steve McGinley


4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm, Lord Byng Secondary School

>> Focus:  Physical Education stream, with Joy Butler and LeAnne Petherick



4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm, Burnaby North Secondary School

>> Focus:  Outdoor Education stream, with Hartley Banack



4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm, York House School

>> Focus:  Health Education stream, with Joy Butler



January 31, 2017

Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:


Event Promo


Please note a free upcoming event at the Liu Institute to welcome Simran Sethi, journalist and educator on food, sustainability, and social change, on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30-7 PM. This event will include an informal discussion about how we (at UBC) engage with food systems. There will also be plenty of time to interact with friends and colleagues while enjoying some food from local vendors!  

Please see the attached flyer for more information, and kindly RSVP if you plan to attend. There are only 40 spots available! We’d love to see a good turnout of grad students. 

Also, don’t forget to sign up to attend Simran’s presentation on November 10th: “Saving by Savoring: The Delicious Reclamation of Foods We Love.” 

Hope to see some of you there!

Tori Ostenso

MSc Student

Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems

University of British Columbia

Thesis Defense – PhD – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of PhD in ISLFS


“Bargaining Through Social Networks: A conceptual approach and empirical application in Jambi, Indonesia”

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 9:00 am

Room 200, Graduate Student Centre

Latecomers will not be admitted




Dr. Paul Evans (Institute of Asian Research)

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. James Vercammen, Research Supervisor (Business Administration)

Dr. Richard Barichello (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

University Examiners:

Dr. Sumeet Gulati (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

Dr. Gary Bull (Forestry)

Everyone is welcome!