Upcoming CAPI Doctoral Fellows Webinar – July 12th 11am ET


The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute is hosting a CAPI Doctoral Fellows webinar taking place on Wednesday July 12th from 11am-12:30pm ET. Below is a brief overview of the webinar. We encourage you to share this email widely with those in your network who would be interested in this event. The link to register can be found here. You can also help promote the webinar on social media here: LinkedIn (FR | EN) and Twitter (FR | EN).


Webinar Overview: Year One of CAPI’s 2022-2024 Doctoral Fellowship is coming to a close, and that means our fellows have produced four impressive individual reports on the intersection of agricultural trade, the environment, and food security. Topics range from behavioural insights in promoting the adoption of sustainable ag practices, to vertical farming and its contribution to the sustainability of Canadian food systems, to looking at Canada’s fruit and vegetable supply as a first step to understanding vulnerabilities to climate change, to the legal impact of application of CBAMs to the international fertilizer trade. Join us on July 12th at 11am ET for a webinar as the fellows present their recently published work. This webinar is supported in part by the RBC Foundation through RBC Tech For Nature and part of CAPI’s larger environmental initiative, Spearheading Sustainable Solutions.



Elise Bigley

Director, Programs and Communications | Directrice, Programmes et communications | E: bigleye@capi-icpa.ca


Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) | Institut canadien des politiques agroalimentaires (ICPA)

960 ave Carling Avenue | CEF immeuble/building 60 | Ottawa, ON  K1A 0C6

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LFS JOHSC Updates – June 2023


Some of them may have been shared recently, but we really want to ensure that people have seen these notifications, as they have been shared through Safety and Risk Services several times recently.

  1. Ergonomics Claims Statistics 2018-2022

Ergonomic accidents and injuries have been the leading claim type at UBC from 2018 to 2022, encompassing a significant portion of claims volume and cost. This highlights the importance of addressing ergonomic issues in the workplace to reduce the frequency and severity of these claims. Below are UBC’s WorkSafeBC claims statistics for ergonomic accidents and injuries from 2018-2022.


Accident Type Claims % By Volume % By Total Cost
Overexertion 173 29% 22%
Repetitive Motion 42 7% 13%


Injury Type Claims % By Volume % By Total Cost
Back Strain 119 20% 21%
Other Strains 226 37% 30%
Tendinitis/Tenosynovitis 15 2% 4%


UBC’s Ergonomics Program offers the following manual material handling resources:

  • Training. Register online for one of our regularly scheduled MMH Ergonomics Trainings
  • Lifting guidelines: how much is too much and guidance on lifting mechanics.

Contact ergonomics.info@ubc.ca if you require additional assistance. LFS has our own ergonomics representative that is able to assist you with any concerns, please reach out the Duncan McHugh to learn how he can help (duncan.mchugh@ubc.ca)

  1. UBC Safe App (Vancouver and Okanagan)

The UBC Safe APP for Vancouver OR Okanagan campuses is a multi-function app that allows you to receive important safety push notifications, safety information, contacts, maps and procedures — all in one place! Download the UBC Safe app and make sure you turn on push notifications to receive timely updates and urgent notifications. The UBC Safe App is free and recommended for UBC students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

  • UBC push notifications: Turn on your push notifications to receive immediate information and updates that are impacting the entire campus — e.g. weather advisories, class cancellations, etc.
  • Campus resources: Access important safety and support resources in one convenient place.
  • Critical services: Connect with Campus Securityfor assistance, access First Aid when needed, or arrange for SafeWalk to your car.
  • Work alone function: When working alone on campus, use this feature to check in regularly with a co-worker and get campus security aid quickly.
  1. LFS Field Work Safety Plan

Remember that all field work occurring off-campus requires a Field Work Safety Plan. For guidance creating your plan, please review the LFS template here: https://my.landfood.ubc.ca/new-to-lfs/field/ . If you require additional assistance, please reach out to lfs.safety@ubc.ca or safety.risk@ubc.ca.

Thanks for all your help!

Lewis Fausak MSc (He/Him/His)
Applied Biology Education and Research Support
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | MacMillan Rm 112A
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Phone: 1-604-816-5641 | Email: lewis.fausak@ubc.ca

Working remotely on most Fridays

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LFS TA Training Program to LFS grad students


 LFS TA Training Program – Respondents do not have to be a TA and will be entered into a draw for coffee cards.  


Alysha Deslippe, PhD(c)
Doctoral Student, LFS TA Training Program Coordinator
Nutrition and Eating Behaviour (NEB) Lab | Healthy Starts
University of British Columbia | BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
alyshade@student.ubc.ca | alysha.deslippe@bcchr.ubc.ca

[WORKSHOPS] Campus Climate Action Summit


IRES grad student Jaden Phillips (they/them) is extending an invitation for post-secondary students across Canada interested in climate action and campus climate organizing: The Campus Climate Action Summit!

This summer, starting on July 11th through August 22nd, The Climate Reality Project is organizing 7 FREE workshops (one each week, every Tuesday 6PM – 8:30PM Eastern) hosted by a line-up of climate experts, leaders, and activists in the field of climate action and organizing (MC’d by Jaden J).

You will spend valuable time learning about climate storytelling, how to handle difficult conversations around climate change, divestment, mobilizations & campus organizing, intersectionality in climate justice, eco-anxiety, greenwashing, the issue with capitalism, and more. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to connect with other students from across so-called Canada and the U.S. to build a network of support involving like-minded, passionate youth climate organizers.

WHO: Open to all post-secondary students in Canada
WHEN: Once a week, from July 11th to August 22nd, every Tuesday 6PM – 8:30PM Eastern

WHERE: On Zoom
Sign up online before July 5th: English / French
COST: Completely FREE

Bonus: by the end of the 7 weeks, you will receive a certificate for attending the workshops!

Best regards,


Nivretta Thatra (she/her)
Communications Manager
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
The University of British Columbia | Musqueam Traditional Territory
nivretta.thatra@ubc.ca | thatniv.com

Thesis Defense – Applied Animal Biology – PhD – Wali Mohammad Sahar


UBC and The Faculty of Land and Food Systems


The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Applied Animal Biology)

Wali Mohammad Sahar

Behavioural Changes Associated with Early Identification of Disease in Dairy Cows”

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 – 12:30 PM

Room 350, HR MacMillan Building, 2357 Main Mall


Chair: Dr. K. Mizumoto

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. Y. Lamers – Committee member
Dr. A. Beaver – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. C. Brauner – University Examiner
Dr. R. Cerri – University Examiner
Dr. M. Schutz – External Examiner