Simon Fraser University Next-Generation Transportation Webinar Series 


Beyond the Anglosphere — Perspectives from Montreal, Europe and Latin America

While much of the conversation about transportation and city-building takes place in English, many of the great innovations are happening in the non-English speaking world. Be part of SFU’s Next-Generation Transportation webinar series and learn about interesting developments happening from Montréal to Medellín and across Europe — in English, of course! All webinars are free, but you must reserve in advance. Webinar Details and Registration.


Medellín — From pariah to poster child
March 10, 2017, 12 pm PDT (3 pm EDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Medellín was the murder capital of the world during the drug wars of the 1990s. Today it is regarded as a role model of inclusive urban development and it was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative cities in the world. It is noted for its innovations in education, food, community building, urban design and transportation that support equity, liveability and quality of life for all. Medellín reconnected its citizens to the river by burying motorways and creating new public spaces and housing. The city also implemented a range of public transit innovations, such as cable-car gondolas, light rail, bus rapid transit systems and bike-sharing programs. In this webinar, you will also hear about the work done in the Comunas with public escalators, new libraries and other social infrastructure. Jorge Jaramillo, the former director of planning for Medellín, will share his insights on the city’s transformation over the past 15 years.


Montréal — Cycling mecca or laurel rester?
March 17, 2017, 1 pm PDT (4 pm EDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

While most of North America was fixated on a vehicular cycling model of cyclists mixed with traffic, Montréal was looking to the great cycling cities of Europe for inspiration and developed a network of protected cycleways in the late 1980s. Abetted by a good bike-share system, a strong cycling advocacy community, and a commitment to keeping key cycleways open during sometimes brutal winters, Montréal has an unusually high bike mode share for North America and a much higher than usual rate of participation by women in cycling. But the question remains: As other cities, such as Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and now Edmonton up their game in cycling, is Montréal resting on its laurels? Bartek Komorowski of Vélo Québec brings us the low-down on cycling in Montréal. 

Helsinki — Nordic innovations
March 25, 2017, 3 pm PDT (6 pm EDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

The Finnish capital is one of the least dense cities in Europe but has managed to drop traffic into its core by 20%. It boasts a range of exciting transport innovations, including the Crown Bridges—a series of green bridges for walking, cycling and public transport only—and a planned conversion of urban expressways with a 80km/h speed limit into urban boulevards with a 40km/h speed environment. Finland puts paid to the excuse that density is an absolute prerequisite for great transportation and urban innovations. Risto Jounila of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff will tell us about a range of such innovations in Helsinki and other Finnish cities. 

Vienna — Affordable and inclusive greatness
April 26, 2017 at 12 pm PDT (3 pm EDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

You would think that a city where barely over a quarter of all trips are made by car would be happy to rest on its laurels. Not so in Vienna, which wants to drop car mode share to 15% or less of all trips. Vienna now has more public transit-pass holders than registered cars—and a transit pass that costs just €1 per day. It has a proud tradition of extensive social housing for all strata of society, not just the most poor, which has helped keep the city affordable for all in the face of significant population growth. Vienna is developing dense mixed-use brownfields sites on its former railyards and its range of initiatives include gender mainstreaming to promote integration and inclusiveness. Learn about these and many other Vienna initiatives from Andreas Lindinger, a Vienna-based sustainability expert, urban thinker passionate about liveable cities and graduate of SFU’s Next-Generation Transportation Certificate program. 

More webinars on Stockholm and Paris to come in April 2017. 

Interested in transportation issues? Consider SFU’s online Next-Generation Transportation Certificate — a program for planners, engineers, and others. Learn more at our March 18 online info-session.

Recruiting graduate students


Graduate Student Positions, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan 

Project title #1: Understanding soil health in horticultural and agricultural soils

Supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Melissa Arcand 

Project description: The proposed research will examine how different horticultural & agricultural practices have influenced soil health, and will identify which key soil attributes are most important in determining soil health. This project will focus on a unique set of long-term trials at the University of Saskatchewan, which have produced vegetables, fruit, or grains for the past several decades. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (soil sample collection), lab work (analysis for numerous soil attributes such as nutrients, organic matter, aggregate stability, etc.), data integration and interpretation (soil health scoring). The candidate will have opportunities to interact with horticultural producers, provincial and federal government researchers, other graduate students and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences and the Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. 


Project title #2: Understanding nutrient dynamics in diverse vs simple crop rotations

Supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Richard Farrell 

Project description: The proposed research will examine crop residue decomposition and soil nutrient dynamics in simplified vs diversified crop rotations. This project will employ 15N tracer techniques to understand nitrogen transformation and loss from above- vs below-ground crop residues over time, and will focus on a ~30yr field trial located at the University of Guelph. The project will engage a MSc or PhD student in field work (plant sampling, soil sampling, and greenhouse gas sample collection), lab work (analysis for plant nitrogen, soil mineral nitrogen, organic nitrogen, and nitrous oxide emissions), data integration and interpretation. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with agricultural producers, government researchers, other graduate students, and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, and also at the University of Guelph (Dept. of Plant Agriculture & the School of Environmental Sciences).  

To apply for either position, please send your unofficial transcripts, CV and names of two references to: Dr. Kate Congreves, Assistant Professor with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Email: 

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in natural or agricultural sciences. Expertise in agriculture, horticulture, soil, and plant science is desired.  

Annual stipend: $21,000 per year for MSc, or $25,000 per year for PhD. Additionally, there are scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities to supplement the stipend beyond this base level.

Many thanks,

Dr. Kate A. Congreves, Assistant Professor
Horticulture: Soil Health, Biogeochemistry & Crop Nutrition
    Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Plant Science
    Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK
Office: 2C18 Agriculture Bldg
Tel: (306) 966-8001
Twitter: @KateCongreves
  Celebrating 100+ YEARS AGBIO

Thesis Defense – MSC – FOOD


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces  

The Oral Examination for the Degree of 

MSc in FOOD Science 


Occurrence and potential predictors of Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes in irrigation water used by produce farms in the Lower Mainland of BC, Canada 

Friday, March 17, 2017 at  02:30pm
Room 140 – FNH Building

 Supervisory committee:
Dr. S. Wang – Supervisor
Dr. D. Kitts – Committee member
Dr. S. Smukler – Committee member
Dr. P. Delaquis – Committee member
Ms. E. Friesen – Committee member 

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. Z. Xu – Chair
Dr. S. Wang – Supervisor
Dr. D. Kitts – Committee member
Dr. S. Smukler – Committee member
Dr. P. Delaquis – Committee member
Dr. C. Scaman – External

PRSSS 2017 Spring Workshop


The Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science presents their 34th Spring AGM and Workshop: Soil Water Dynamics In Urban, Agricultural and Wetland Ecosystems

Saturday March 25th, 2017 (9AM – 4PM) University of British Columbia, Vancouver (MacMillan Building – click for a map) This year’s workshop will draw on the knowledge of expert soil scientists from around the province to discuss issues related to land use management and soil science.  Expect engaging seminars, vibrant panel discussions, and plenty of opportunities for networking. EVENT PREVIEW:

  • Hans Schreier (Keynote) – Extreme Climatic Events & Land Use Intensification: A New Challenge for Water Management
  • Geirant Khan– Urban Soil Water Design and Management
  • Albert Leung and Siddhartho Paul – Irrigation Water Quality and Management on the Fraser Delta
  • Tom Pypker – Potential Impact of Climate Change on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from sub-Boreal Peatlands
  • Denise Neilson (Workshop) – The Irrigation Water Demand Model
  • Melina Biron (Tour) – The Art of Soilless Cultivation – An in-depth look into the inner workings of the greenhouse world and water use systems.


This is a great venue to show off your soil science research in the form of a poster. Prizes will be awarded for the top three choices ($150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place). All submissions welcome. Email for more info.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: $70-regular* and $25-students*. 


*Your registration fee includes: coffee/refreshments, lunch, and your 2017-2018 membership (Value: $20, Students $10). If you have renewed your membership in 2017, you can register for the workshop only.

We will also be selling some PRSSS merchandise (T-shirts, hats and mugs). If you are interested in purchasing something, make sure to bring some cash!

If you can’t make it to our event this year — click here to join/renew as a member and stay in the loop on exciting soil science workshops, socials, and job opportunities happening in the Pacific Northwest.


Zineb Bazza

M.Sc. Candidate, Soil Science

Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Gauging student interest and faculty/staff capacity in Indigenous topics at UBC



My name is Victoria Cooke, and I am a fourth-year First Nations and Indigenous Studies student completing my practicum with the Indigenous Initiatives team at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC. 

We’re looking for International students and English as Additional Language learners, as well as the faculty and staff who work with them, to help us out with our project this year. I have developed two surveys geared towards better understanding International and EAL students’ previous knowledge and interest in Indigenous topics here at UBC, as well as their faculty and staff supports’ capacities for delivering this curriculum.  

These surveys will serve as the foundation for developing new educational resources available to the entire teaching and learning community with Indigenous histories and contemporary perspectives at UBC. By participating in the survey, you will be helping to contribute to a campus climate that is more aware of our relationship with and responsibility to the Musqueam Nation, and Indigenous peoples across Canada.  

To complete the survey, please click on the appropriate link below: 

International and EAL Student survey:

Faculty and Staff survey: 

The last day to complete the surveys will be Saturday, March 5. For more information regarding participation in this project, please see the attached documents. For more information about the project, please contact me at

Thank you for your feedback and support! 

Victoria Cooke and Janey Lew

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives

 Student Survey Cover Letter

Faculty & Staff Survey Cover Letter