Reminder: deadline September 30th


The note below is very important and urgent, please read and follow the instructions. Some of you are up-to-date on the requirements, but most of you are not.

1)     FASmail

In response to privacy and security concerns as outlined in BC Provincial FIPPA legislation and UBC Policy #104, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems has assigned each of our graduate students a new UBC email account (FASMail).

This email account will remain active for the duration of your studies at LFS and must be used for all UBC-related correspondence. Starting in the spring of 2016, this email address will be the only one used by the LFS Grad Student Office to contact you.

Account Details

Your email address is:

Web Interface:

Account Setup

To activate your email account, please login (without “.stu”) and change your CWL password .   (If you already have a FASMail account, you do not need to change your CWL password).

To test, log in. If your mail box is there, you don’t need to do anything else. If you need to create a FASMail mailbox, follow these instructions.

Update your email account in the SSC and notify Lia in the grad programs office. Deadline Sep 30th, 2018.

To ensure that emails are not sent inadvertently to a non UBC email, please update your preferred email address in your SSC profile to this new email account.  This is especially important when you are appointed as a TA, as Connect retrieves email addresses for TA’s from SSC.

Security Awareness Training

UBCIT offers free online training on security awareness.


Contact the LFS Learning Centre via email,, or in person in MCM 264.

Edmund Seow
Computer Systems Manager
The Learning Centre
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

2)     Policy 85

For those of you who have already submitted it, thank you. For all the rest please fill out the form below, sign it (both you and your supervisor), scan it and send to me as pdf attachment IMMEDIATELY.

Policy 85 form (PDF)

3)     Supervisory Committee composition form – the new Policy from the Faculty of Graduate Studies requires that every student’s Supervisory Committee Composition to be recorded in SISC. 

For MSc students:

MSc Supervisory Committee Approval (PDF) – it is required within the first 6-8 months of the start-date
Committee Meeting Notes (PDF) – sent to me as pdf file after each of your committee meetings – at least ONE per year.

For PhD students 

Ph.D. Committee Meeting Report   PDF – sent to me as pdf file after each of your committee meetings – at least ONE per year.
PhD Supervisory Committee Composition   PDF – it is required within the first 6-8 months of the start-date

Please let me know if you have questions.

Kind regards,


Lia Maria Dragan

Graduate Programs Office

Faculty 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 /



GSS Referendum

The results are in! Thanks to the more than 700 of you who voted in the referendum. All three motions passed with large majorities, most importantly the amendment to ensure our we comply with the new BC Societies Act.

The amendment to conform to the new BC Societies Act passed with 98.6% of the vote, the amendment to create an official position of Speaker passed with 96.2% of the vote and the amendment to establish a Standing Governance and Accountability Committee passed with 91.9%.

You can see the full results here

Awesome October Events

Separate yourself from distractions and non-research responsibilities, and surround yourself with a community of writers at the GSS’s first one-day academic bootcamp on October 13th, hosted by the award-winning instructor and editor Dr. Letitia Henville. This bootcamp is open to all UBC graduate students.



Fraser Valley Wine Tour

A half day of touring the Fraser Valley and stopping for tastings of delectable wines at locations such as Township 7, Backyard Vineyard, Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery and Krause Berry Farm & Estate Winery.



The October 20th civic election is coming up! Are you curious about the relationship between science and public policy? Want to give your ideas and have a respectful conversation with candidates from across party lines? This will be the event for you!

Everyone is welcome, however space is limited and this will a ticketed event.




The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (of which the GSS is a member) is currently conducting a campaign to support Canada’s 350,000 international students.

“If you don’t think moving to an entirely new country is enough of a challenge, international students also face unclear and complex visa processes, rising and sometimes completely unpredictable tuition rates, limited ability to work, and difficulties immigrating to Canada permanently after graduation.”

You can read more about their campaign and sign their petition here

If you would like to serve as a graduate student representative to Grad Council for a 1-year term, please nominate yourself by sending an email to containing you name, email, degree, department, faculty and one paragraph detailing the reasons of why you would like to serve on Grad Council.

The deadline for nominations is noon on Monday, October 15th, 2018.

Elections will happen on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 during the Graduate Student Society Council Meeting, which takes place in the Michael Kingsmill Forum, the Nest (4th floor) at 5:30pm. Attendance in person is strongly encouraged when your application is reviewed as there may be questions about your candidacy and more nominees than available seats.



Community Announcements

This project aims to better understand the health and well-being consequences of moving to a new community. We are especially interested in studying how people rebuild their social network after relocating and whether building a solid social network helps to mitigate any negative health consequences of moving.

You can participate in this study if you:

  • Are between the ages of 19 – 55
  • Have moved to Vancouver within the last 6 weeks OR have lived in Vancouver for 5 years or more
  • If you moved to Vancouver within the last 6 weeks, you moved without your spouse or family and you plan on staying for at least 2 years
  • Do not suffer from any chronic (long term) health conditions
  • Can read, understand, and speak English
  • Do not take any hormone replacement therapies (e.g., birth control pills)

More Details


The Vancouver institute has an exciting program of lectures over the next few months covering topics from contemporary politics to evidence in medicine and global economics.

Program – Fall 2018



Consultation on U Boulevard Area – starting September 17

This will be an opportunity to provide input on shaping the design vision of the Bosque. We are also sharing a planning update on the U Boulevard area. You can provide your input online or in person from September 17 to October 5, 2018

Details about the consultation will be posted on the project website on September 17. The online survey will be available from September 17 to October 5, 2018 at  You can also join us at two public open houses:

Public Open Houses
Wednesday, September 26, 4-6pm
I.K. Barber Learning Centre, 2nd floor
1961 East Mall

Thursday, September 27, 10am to noon
UBC Life Building, concourse
6138 Student Union Blvd.

For more information visit


Call for Applications CFFAE Karl Ivarson Agricultural Scholarships


Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship
The Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education invites applications for The Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship.

This scholarship is open to agricultural science students from the province of Alberta. Students may be enrolled in any post-secondary institution within or outside the province of Alberta. In 2018, two awards will be granted:
$10,000 Masters level
$17,000 PhD level

Candidates must hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence status in Canada and be
enrolled in their graduate program for at least one semester beyond the application deadline.

Deadline for applications is November 2, 2018

Scholarships are awarded on the following basis, but not necessarily placed in order of

1. Academic achievement
2. Areas of study
3. Community Involvement
4. Career interests
5. Letters of recommendation

This scholarship was created by Dr. Karl C. Ivarson through a gift to the Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education. Application Guidelines, Application Form and Referee Form can be found at

Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education
300 Earl Grey Drive, Suite 233, Ottawa, Ontario K2T 1C1 |

Ivarson Agriculture Scholarship 2018 Announcement

MFRE Speaker Series



MFRE Speaker Series

Speaker: Jessica Taylor

Topic: Business Accelerators in the Food and Agri-Tech Sector

Date & Time: Friday, September 28, 2018, 3 – 5PM 

Venue: MCML 160


About the Speaker:

Jessica Taylor worked with Bioenterprise British Columbia as the Acting Regional Manager and supported clients across the country in her role as Senior Analyst. Jessica relocated to British Columbia in 2016 to spearhead the organization’s expansion into western Canada. As acting Regional Manager, Jessica worked with stakeholders across British Columbia to build a diverse and sustainable ecosystem to support the growth of agri-tech and food companies. Jessica has a keen interest in project management, organizational behaviour and building meaningful strategic relationships. 

All are welcome! 

Kind regards,


Shristee Rahman  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Deep Dive with Team Sharkwater | Panel with the Sharkwater Extinction Filmmakers – Thursday 27th Sept


Deep Dive with Team Sharkwater | Panel with the Sharkwater Extinction Filmmakers


Thursday, 27th September @ 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Join Team Sharkwater for an inspiring evening talking about the upcoming movie Sharkwater Extinction, ocean conservation and carrying on the legacy of Rob Stewart.

Panelists include:

– Brian & Sandy Stewart, Producers & Parents of Filmmaker Rob Stewart
– Brock Cahill
– Julie Andersen
– Moderator: TBC

Speaker Bios

Brock Cahill

A diver, activist and friend of Rob’s for over 10 years, Brock traveled with Rob and the production team to Costa Rica, California and the Bahamas. An ardent conservationist and the Founder of the SeaChange Agency, Brock acted as jack-of-all-trades, helping with logistics as needed, shooting under water footage, and appearing in the film.

Julie Andersen

A collaborator and founder of the non-profit Shark Angels, Julie Andersen is a passionate grassroots activist and marketing consultant. Inspired by Sharkwater, Julie partnered with Rob to start United Conservationists – leading a “Fin Free” movement throughout the world to ban shark fin

About Sharkwater Extinction

Sharkwater Extinction (2018) is a thrilling, action adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion dollar illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it.

Event Details

What?: Panel Discussion with Sharkwater Extinction Filmmakers
Price: Free, but register here to guarantee your seat
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium

If you can’t make it, but would like to hear about future Ocean Wise events subscribe to our mailing list!!

If you have any questions please let me know.

Warm Regards,


Ruth Sharpe, PhD
Manager of Public Programs
D 604 659 3497