MFRE Speaker Series: The role of an economist at a financial institution


Our first seminar of this academic year will be presenting Jean-Philippe Gervais, the Vice-President and Chief Agricultural Economist at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). He has over 20 years of experience analyzing domestic and international agricultural policies and markets, and his insights help guide strategy and monitor risk throughout the corporation.

You can find the event details bellow. Please share as you deem appropriate!

What is Expected of an Agri-Food Economist at a Financial Institution?

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

This seminar will cover the role of Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its offerings, the role of an economist at a financial institution, and the type of economic research the ag-econ FCC research group does.

Event Link:…

Meeting ID: 680 5320 1905
Passcode: 12345

Thank you!

Paulina Gonzalez Miranda  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus| Musqueam Traditional Territory

UBC Farm Community Workshops – Fall 2020 Series!


The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems is excited to announce that registration for the for the second half of our 2020 community workshop series is now open!  

The UBC Farm hosts a wide range of workshops covering everything from gardening to herbal medicine, fermenting, foraging, and much more. This year, we have added several new workshops and brought back many favourites.  All of our workshops are beginner friendly and open to everyone, so please share with your networks (attached are a poster and flyer)!  Until further notice, all of our workshops will be conducted online.

For more details and to register, visit or view our list of workshops below.  Please sign up early, as popular workshops sell out. We hope to see you (virtually) at our workshops soon!



Karolina Skupien

Food Skills Education Work Learn

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory
Farm Street Address 3461 Ross Drive | Mailing Address 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4

GradUpdate: In this issue, NSERC info, Overcoming Perfectionism, TA institute and EDI sessions, writing community for PhD candidates, volunteer opportunities, and more


In this issue, NSERC info, Overcoming Perfectionism, TA institute and EDI sessions, writing community for PhD candidates, volunteer opportunities, and more!

GradStart for new students


GradStart Online + Webinar Series
GradStart Online is live on Canvas. Enrol to view welcome videos, info on academic and professional development support, info on campus resources and clubs, or to register for a GradStart webinar.  Topics include Q&A with current grad students, School/Work-Life Balance, Effective Supervision, Responsible Research and Ethics, Flourishing in Grad School, and Working in a Diverse Environment.

Learn more

GSS Event Series
The Graduate Student Society is hosting a series of virtual events, Sept 4 to 30, to help get you off to a great start in grad school by building connections with new peers while having some fun. Events include trivia, escape room, DIY bubble tea, games night, and more.


Library Orientation for Graduate Students
Tuesday, Sept 8 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM Register

Additional sessions available through September Learn more


Additional Events and Opportunities


The following highlights some upcoming events. Please find more on and


NSERC info session for doctoral and postdoctoral applicants
Wednesday, Sept 2 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM Learn more

Digital tools for workflow and project management
Tuesday, Sept 8 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM Learn more



Work Learn Position: Content Writer
Work with Green College on communications initiatives and ongoing projects Learn more

Sustainability Scholars Paid Internships
Info Sessions: Thursday, Sept 10 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM or Monday, Sept 14 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM Learn more

Employer Virtual Information Session: EY
Thursday, Sept 10 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM Learn more



Undergraduate 3MT Coordinator Positions
Apply by Aug 31 Learn more

Mentors needed- support undergrad research (REX mentorship program)
Apply by Sept 8 Learn more



Overcoming Academic Perfectionism
Sept 10 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Register via UBC’s subscription Learn more


CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute
September 10 – 16, 2020 | This week long event of free professional development workshops for UBC graduate students includes a collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online courses this fall. Sessions include:

Thursday, Sept 10
9:30 – 11:00 AM: Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence: Considerations for Digital Classrooms

Friday, Sept 11
9:30 – 11:00 AM: Frequently Asked Questions about Canvas (for TAs)
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Leading Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions Online

Monday, Sept 14
9:30 – 11:00 AM: TA’ing Large, Synchronous Classes
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Exploring Zoom
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Inclusive Classrooms Online

Tuesday, Sept 15
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Teaching with Collaborate Ultra
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Time Management for TAs

Wednesday, Sept 16
9:30 – 11:00 AM: Strategies to Prevent and Manage Issues Related to Technology
3:00 – 4:00 PM: Supporting Student Well-being in an Online Learning Environment

Recordings and resources from past online sessions can be found here.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in TAing workshops

  • Social Sciences & Arts | September 10 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Register
  • Open to all | September 11 | 1:00 to 3:00 PM Register
  • Creative Arts | September 14 | 4:00 to 6:00 PM Register
  • Science/STEM | September 15 | 8:00 to 10:00 AM Register

October Online Graduate Instructional Skills Workshops
Waitlist Registration is now open for 2 sessions: Oct 8, 13, 16 & 19 and Oct 19, 23, 26, 27, 29 & 30



Candidacy to Completion Writing Community
Open to all PhD candidates | Thursdays Sept 10 – Dec 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM |  Learn more

Science Communication and Dealing with Uncertainty in the Era of COVID-19
Friday, Sept 11 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM |  Learn more