Kanaka Bar Job Posting


Job Description: Community Energy/Climate Technologist
Position: Community Energy/Climate Technologist
Organization: Kanaka Bar Indian Band

Application Deadline: 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019

Kanaka Bar Indian Band is a progressive First Nations community located 15 km south of Lytton in the Fraser Canyon. Our community recognizes the impacts of climate change and we have recently completed a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy. As part of our adaptation strategy we are working towards self-sufficiency in four main areas, food, energy, employment and finance. With respect to energy self-sufficiency our community has implemented a number of clean energy initiatives, including several solar power projects and a joint partnership with Innergex Inc. for a hydroelectric project. We are also investigating new wind, hydro and solar power projects to support an up and coming housing development. We are also implementing demand side management practices through a made in Kanaka program called “KanPower” and real-time energy monitors in community buildings to secure detailed power usage.

We are keen to hire a student intern to help gather, store and transfer knowledge related to our community energy and adaptation practices. In general, this will include:
• Analyzing, summarizing and communicating data and information related to Kanaka’s energy self-sufficiency projects.
• Analyzing, summarizing and communicating data and information related to Kanaka’s environmental monitoring programs.
• Supporting community energy efficiency initiatives.
• Updating the community website with communication materials

The intent is to complete the desired analysis and prepare communication materials to help build capacity among the membership to further advance Kanaka’s (energy) self-sufficiency goals and environmental monitoring initiatives.

Start/End Date
This position is for a duration of 13 weeks starting May 6th, 2019 and ending on August 2nd, 2019 with an option to extend the term for an additional 3 weeks.

Reporting Structure
The Community Energy/Climate Technologist will report to Chief Patrick on a daily basis with engagement, guidance and mentoring from Urban Systems Ltd. and Riverside Energy Systems.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
• Assess the viability of renewable energy project opportunities including: solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass.
• Analysis of power generation data from existing energy projects and cost-benefit evaluation.
• Communication materials and presentation related to Kanaka’s energy self-sufficiency projects.
• Evaluating energy supply and efficiency options at Kanaka’s affordable housing project (in design phase).
• Support the implementation of KanPower and other energy efficiency initiatives.
• Communication materials and presentation to community on energy use analysis and recommendations.
• Prepare community energy and emissions baselines (data collection and analysis).
• Download, analysis and summary of weather data from Kanaka Bar’s weather stations and hydrometric gauging stations.
• All data, reports and communication materials to be added to Kanaka Bar’s public website.
• Must be enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate or graduate program and returning to university following their internship. Students who have completed their degree program are not eligible.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Applicant must have the skills to generate works on their own using Microsoft Office package.
• Interest in climate change adaption and clean energy initiatives.
• Basic understanding of energy production and usage.
Working Conditions
• Physical presence at the Band Office from Monday to Friday during regular office hours and during Council, Board and Community meetings.
• Field work in hot and cold conditions.
• Interaction with employees, membership and the public.
• Travel as and when required.
• Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
• Sitting for extended periods of time.
• Able to attend community meetings and conduct presentations using various media.

This will be a full-time contract employment position for a minimum of 13 weeks based out of Kanaka Bar’s Band Office. Compensation will consider both the qualification and experience of the applicant. Accommodation in our new subdivision will be provided with rent and hydro covered by Kanaka Bar. The successful applicant will be responsible for internet service, cell phone service, food and other basic living expenses, as needed.

All qualified and interested applicants should submit cover letter and a resume to chief@kanakabarband.ca by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. We appreciate and will acknowledge receipt of all applications; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted to participate in the interview process.

To learn more about our community please explore our website: http://www.kanakabarband.ca/

MFRE Friday Seminar – March 15, 2019: Dr. Mukesh Eswaran, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC


MFRE Speaker Series

Speaker: Dr. Mukesh Eswaran, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC

Topic: State Complicity in the Sexual Assault of Women: The Fate of Cassandra?

Date & Time: Friday March 15, 2019 3:30pm

Venue: MCML 160

Please find attached a poster with more details.


About the Speaker:

Mukesh Eswaran is a Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics, a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an Associate of Theoretical Research in Economic Development (ThReD). Interestingly, he discovered his passion for economics after finishing a doctoral degree in physics, which led him to pursue a PhD in this field at UBC. Since then he has been actively doing research in several subfields of economics, mostly economic development, the economics of gender, and evolutionary economics. After being unable to find a text that comprehensively treated the core issues relevant to women and their role in the economy, he set about writing one himself; “Why Gender Matters in Economics”, published by Princeton University Press in 2014. In his research, Mukesh seeks to theoretically understand the mechanisms responsible for various phenomena in the social sciences.

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





We have 10 fantastic candidates up for election to 5 different positions.

  • President
  • VP External
  • VP Students
  • VP University and Academic Affairs
  • Student Senator

Find out more about each of them: HERE

And then vote here using your CWL

 Annual General Meeting

March 21st

All graduate students at UBC Vancouver are invited to attend the 2019 AGM This is your opportunity to make important collective decisions for the society and to hear about the Society’s work in 2018.

In case you needed any more motivation to join us:

  • During the evening we’ll be raffling tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Whitecaps
  • We’ll also be providing a full catered dinner for attendees



Lunch and Learn with the GSS

Self-care and Graduate Student mental health

We all know that looking after yourself is an important part of a happy and healthy life. But what is the value of self-care in a therapeutic context? what can students do to practice self-care? and how do we embed self-care on our campus?

Our speakers:

  • Fred Chou: Counselor, UBC
  • Dr Erin Michalak, PhD: UBC Faculty of Medicine. Her research has looked at community and self-care strategies for mental health problems
  • Lauren Oleksewich: UBC Alumnus, Health And Wellness Coordinator, BCIT Student Association and current graduate student

Sign me up

Learn some basic self-defense moves & feel more empowered


In this Self Defense class targeted to self-identified women, we’ll focus on the “A List”– Awareness, Assessment, Assertiveness and Action to harassment and violence.

We hope to hold a similar class for all our male graduate students who want to learn these skills later in the year

Learn more

We’re recruiting…

Closing date: March 19th

Join the GSS! We’re looking for a grad student to join us as our new Advocacy Coordinator. You’ll support individual UBC graduate students that encounter academic, social, or personal issues.

In addition to directly advocating on behalf of these students, advocacy coordinators work to connect students with campus resources that can provide the appropriate assistance to students.

Learn more



Community Announcements

Wicked Conference

Wicked problems affect students and faculty across all disciples. On March 21, 2019, the 2019 Nexus Interdisciplinary Conference, “wicked Problems and Interdisciplinary Solutions,” invites graduate students and faculty from across campus to share cutting edge research that aims to solve unsolvable problems.


Celebrate Learning Week (CLW)

From April 29–May 5, UBC is celebrating teaching & learning through open lectures, poster sessions, workshops & more! Want to showcase your event during Celebrate Learning Week? Submit it online by April 8: http://celebratelearning.ubc.ca/



Call for Applications – More Sustainability Scholars internships available

The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded sustainability internship projects.

We are currently accepting applications for several internships that will commence April 29. Current UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply.

Successful candidates will work under the mentorship of a partner organization, and are immersed in real world learning where they can apply their research skills and contribute to advancing organizational sustainability goals. Each Scholar receives $21 per hour to complete 250 hours of work.


Creating Connections 6.0

Is a biennial diversity conference on attracting, engaging, and retaining women and underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our conference welcomes STEM professionals, academics, and students of all genders and backgrounds for two days of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. Creating Connections is hosted by Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST), the operating name of the current NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the BC/Yukon Region held by Professor Lesley Shannon of Simon Fraser University.

We are excited to announce that registration is open and early bird pricing is $55–135 until March 31. We are also offering on-site childcare and travel bursaries for attendees in BC and Yukon. Please visit our website at wwest.ca/cconnect6 for more information about our program, keynotes, and volunteer opportunities.

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST for April 27, 28 & May 4, 2019 IS NOW O


Waitlist registration opens March 11 for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) April 27, 28 & May 4, 2019.  The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the April 27, 28 & May 4, 2019 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up for the waitlist:


Waitlist registration will close on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you are signing up for the WAITLIST only, however, this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. 

Elisa Herman
Events Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214-1961 East Mall  | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871
elisa.herman@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT


National Potato Chip Day is coming up!


Crispy, crunchy and delicious – National Potato Chip Day is coming up!

On March 14, LFS and UBC Applied Science are celebrating National Potato Chip Day with a talk from LFS Dean Rickey Yada titled The Science Behind Potato Chips: Crispy, crunchy and delicious.

Dean Yada will talk about our favourite salty snack. Find out what gives them a unique taste, which country loves curry-flavoured chips, and much more! There will be a plenty of time for questions and some taste-testing!

Limited spots available, so please ensure you register.

The Science Behind Potato Chips: Crispy, crunchy and delicious

Speaker:        Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Date:              Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

Time:              3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:        CHBE 202, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Registration page






Karen Lee
Director of Marketing and Communications
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
H.R. MacMillan, Room 235, 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 827 5297 | Cell 604 312 6343
karen.lee98@ubc.ca | @ubcLFS