Registration now open for Designing for Transformation!


Are you working on a complex challenge and searching for ways to empower transformation – grounded in social, racial and ecological justice and community-engaged research? If so, this offering might be for you.

Registration is now open to UBC graduate students for Designing for Transformation – a free, non-credit course for learning and applying approaches from social innovation, systemic design and regenerative development, using equity-centered and decolonizing methodologies. The course is led by interdisciplinary practitioners Lindsay ColeLerato Chondoma and Jennifer Cutbill (with feature guests to be announced during the course).

The challenges we face demand more than incremental change, they require transformation. This in turn requires transforming our ways of knowing, being and doing, and our roles and responsibilities in relation. This offering provides opportunities to un/learn and apply emergent and resurgent practices with peers across disciplines, working on an enriching diversity of complex challenges; all supported by practitioners working across sectors, disciplines and knowledge systems.

Together, we will co-create an inter/transdisciplinary learning environment centering abundance, joy, courage, and compassion to work transformatively on complex, applied challenges that really matter.

Unlock and nurture the transformative potentials in your graduate work and beyond.

Register today to secure your space! 

Who is This For: current UBC graduate students (Ph.D. or Masters) and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Format: two modules; a total of eight synchronous, online sessions. Option for peer groups to meet in person (we may also meet in person for the closing session of Module 2 – but TBC together).


  • MODULE 1 – Planting Seeds (introduction): Synchronous class sessions: May 16, 23 and 30, 2023. Register by May 14, 2023 to secure a spot
  • MODULE 2 – Growing Roots & Shoots (deeper application): Synchronous class sessions: June 13, 20, July 4,18, August 1, 2023. Register by June 3, 2022. Students applying for Module 2 must have completed Module 1.

Learn more here and register today to secure your space!

REMINDER: Fish biodiversity facing global change – FISHGLOB Consortium – April 6, 2023. 2:00-3:00 pm

FISHGLOB Consortium – April 6, 2023. 2:00-3:00 pm

Fish biodiversity facing global change
Global change, linked to climate and direct anthropogenic impacts, is causing redistribution of marine species worldwide, modifying fish population and stock structure, as well as community compositions. These changes may have strong impacts on fisheries and natural fish biodiversity as well as related ecosystem services. However, our capacity to assess and monitor short and long-term changes in species distribution and biodiversity is hampered by data availability and heterogeneity.

This event will present activities of the FISHGLOB consortium which has collected and combined a unique data set of scientific bottom trawl surveys conducted regularly during the last decades across the globe.

Topics will cover species assemblages’ homogenization/differentiation through time, consequences on fish stocks shared across countries, and fishery management. Finally, FISHGLOB aims to provide a platform enhancing international cooperation and knowledge transfer among data providers, scientists and stakeholders in order to support biodiversity and fishery management adaptation in a time of global change.


Sea Around Us, French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB) – Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity(CESAB), French Embassy in Canada, Rutgers University, University of Montpellier.

Thursday, April 6, 2023
2:00 – 3:00 pm
IN PERSON: Michael Smith Lab Theatre
2185 East Mall, UBC Vancouver

Exciting Information about Student Case Competition opportunity: Canadian Food Summit – June 7 to 9, 2023


Please see below the opportunity to participate in the upcoming 2023 Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST)  Canadian Food Summit, and the second Marvin Tung Student Case Competition on Sustainable Food System solutions.

The details are in the link below:

This is an excellent opportunity for your students to showcase their problem solving skills in front of a National audience since this is the second in-person food science conference since the Pandemic restrictions and shutdowns.

This is a link to learn more about the 2022 Marvin Tung Award Winners:

Please do also forward this opportunity to colleagues at institutions that I have inadvertently missed on this e-mail.

Thanks and do let me know if you have any questions,

Yvonne Yuan–

Yvonne V. Yuan, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Nutrition
Faculty of Community Services
Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)
350 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON  M5B 2K3
Phone:  1-416-979-5000 ext. 556827

In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.



Reminder! TA Training Program Presents: Careers After Your TAship Panel Event (Snacks provided!)


Hope the term is wrapping up nicely and everyone is enjoying the sunshine!

We have an exciting news! The Life Sciences Institute, Land and Food Systems, and Linguistics TA Training programs are teaming up to bring you “Careers After Your TAship” Panel Event!

The panel includes four panelists, from different backgrounds, speaking on useful skills acquired during former TA ships that support them in current positions. Please join us to ask questions and see a wide array of career options, post-graduation!

This event will one week from today on April 12th from 2pm-4pm, in the GSS Loft (4th floor AMS Nest) with snacks/coffee/drinks provided!

We will follow with a social at the Gallery (4th floor AMS Nest Building).

Please register using the QR code in the attached flyer OR HERE!


We hope to see you there!!


And as always, if you have any questions OR concerns regarding TA training, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Alysha.





Jordy Kersey, MSc (she/her)

PhD Candidate | Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

TA Training Program Coordinator – Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Chair update: Thesis Defense – Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems – MSc – Brenda Walkem


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of Master of Science (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

Brenda Walkem

” Investigating Protein Sources that the Land and Water Provide to the Nlaka’pamux People ”

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 – 3:00 PM



Chair: Dr. A. Riseman

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. J. Grenz – Supervisor
Dr. H. Wittman – Committee member
Dr. C. Armstrong – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. J. Grenz – Supervisor
Dr. H. Wittman – Committee member
Dr. T. Martens – External