UBC PAW – Animal Welfare Conference Invitation


The 7th annual Animal Welfare Conference is on September 25th, 2023 from 5-8:30 pm in the Performance Theatre of the AMS Nest. This year’s AWC features many graduate student researchers and faculty members from the Animal Welfare Program, and I thought I’d extend an invitation to you and others who may be interested in other programs in LFS. Below is the Facebook event link as well as the Eventbrite link which will include more details! 

Let me know if you have any questions, and we hope to see some of you at the conference. 🙂 



Meet our Keynote Speakers, the movement builders and change-makers you need to know


Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Register Now | Join us September 26-28, 2023 | In person
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Our Entrepreneurship Immersion Week agenda is jam-packed with keynotes, panels, workshops, our Regional Ecosystem Showcase, and more! We are pleased to include speakers from Vancouver International Airport, Gene BioMedicalAbcellera, and Aspect Biosystems. See our growing speaker roster here.

Meet our keynote speakers below:
Fireside Chat with Chief Ian Campbell, Chief of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw
Tuesday, September 26 at 10am

In this Fireside Chat, Chief Campbell will share his insights on the work that the Squamish Nation and Indigenous Peoples have been doing around Land Planning for Climate Mitigation and Community Prosperity.

Building a World-Class Innovation Ecosystem to Solve the Climate & Human Health Crisis
Tuesday, September 26 at 2pm

In this session, you will hear from BC’s leading economic and industry builders around how might we accelerate BC’s role in building a world-class innovation ecosystem in Climate Solutions and Human Health. We will explore whether or not our innovation ecosystem is indeed poised for growth, or where are the gaps? And, are we doing everything we can to not only get homegrown critical solutions to market, but is industry adoption a barrier we also need to be considering?   

Fireside Chat with Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancouver International Airport
Tuesday, September 26 at 4pm

In this Fireside Chat, Tamara Vrooman will share some of the ground-breaking innovations that she and her team have led at one of Canada’s largest airports to make it climate resilient, while ensuring that their approaches are rooted in Climate Justice and Reconciliation.

Fireside Chat with Jessica Hu, Co-Founder & CEO, Gene BioMedical (sponsored by McMillan Law)
Wednesday, September 27 at 10am 

In this Fireside Chat, Jessica Hu will share her insights on scaling one of BC’s fastest growing healthcare companies, including what are some of the corporate strategies accelerating their success, global marketing strategies and strategic IP planning, and lastly, the current crisis in the healthcare supply chain crisis and how regulations are impacting mass adoption.


Fireside Chat with Veronique Lecault, Co-Founder & COO, Abcellera
Thursday, September 28 at 9am

BC is home to some of the world’s leading heathcare companies, and UBC has been at the forefront of incredible research inventions whose commercialization and impact has saved millions of lives. We are beyond thrilled that UBC spinout company, Abcellera, is one of those success stories.


Fireside Chat with Tamer Mohamed, Co-Founder & CEO, Aspect Biosystems (sponsored by Osler)
Thursday, September 28 at 10am

Aspect Biosystem’s recent announcement of their partnership with Novo Nordisk, a deal valued of US$2.675B, has quickly accelerated them to BC’s next anchor company. In this session Co-Founder and CEO, Tamer Mohamed will share his experience in builidng a university-based venture and then scaling a hight-impact start up in BC. From Tamer’s POV, what does it take to build a world-class innovation ecosystem, expecially one poised to address our most pressing issues of the climate crisis and human health.

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Join us for “The Nutrition Infodemic” Mini Virtual Conference


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The Nutrition Infodemic: 
Providing Evidence-based Nutrition Information to the Masses

Join us on November 15th, 2023 for our Mini Virtual Conference! #CNSVIRTUALCONF23

Discover evidence-based solutions from experts in the field. Social media offers a platform to share complex nutrition research with the public, yet navigating misinformation poses challenges for experts and the public. This mini conference will address conflicting nutrition information and proposes strategies to clarify credible sources. A concluding panel discusses combatting misinformation and advocating for accurate nutrition education.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with leading experts and thought-provoking discussions. Register now to secure your spot!


Melissa Fernandez, RD, PhD – University of Ottawa

Andrea Josse, PhD – York University

Session Highlights:

  • Explore the state of misinformation research on social media with Anne Oeldorf-Hirch, PhD from the University of Connecticut.
  • Gain insights into food myths and media perceptions with Joe Schwarcz, PhD from McGill University, as he separates sense from nonsense in his presentation, “Yikes! There are cockroaches in my chocolate ice cream!”
  • Learn to shine as a “Nutrition Lighthouse” in the world of social media with Nishta Saxena, MSc, RDN – Nutritionist and Owner of Vibrant Nutrition.

Engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion on the topic of “Combatting Nutrition Misinformation and Moving Forward”.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this mini conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the scope of conflicting information, misinformation, and disinformation in nutrition and its potential impacts on public health.
  2. Outline strategies and potential solutions to address nutrition mis/disinformation.

Review knowledge translation plans to minimize public confusion.

For More Information and to Register Click Here


L’infodémie en nutrition :
Fournir aux masses des informations nutritionnelles fondées sur des données probantes

Rejoignez-nous le 15 novembre 2023 pour notre Mini Conférence Virtuelle ! #CNSVIRTUALCONF23

Découvrez des solutions fondées sur des preuves par des experts du domaine. Les médias sociaux offrent une plateforme pour partager des recherches nutritionnelles complexes avec le public, mais naviguer dans la désinformation pose des défis tant pour les experts que pour le public. Cette mini-conférence abordera les informations nutritionnelles contradictoires et proposera des stratégies pour clarifier les sources crédibles. Une table ronde concluante abordera la lutte contre la désinformation et la promotion d’une éducation nutritionnelle précise.

Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’échanger avec des experts de premier plan et des discussions stimulantes. Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant pour réserver votre place!


Melissa Fernandez, RD, PhD – University of Ottawa

Andrea Josse, PhD – York University

Points forts de la session :

  • Explorez l’état de la recherche sur la désinformation sur les médias sociaux avec Anne Oeldorf-Hirch, PhD de l’Université du Connecticut.
  • Obtenez des aperçus sur les mythes alimentaires et les perceptions médiatiques avec Joe Schwarcz, PhD de l’Université McGill, alors qu’il en séparant le sens de l’absurde dans sa présentation, “Oh non! Il y a des cafards dans ma glace au chocolat!”.
  • Apprenez à briller en tant que “phare de la nutrition” dans le monde des médias sociaux avec Nishta Saxena, MSc, RDN – nutritionniste et propriétaire de Vibrant Nutrition.

Participez à une discussion en groupe stimulante sur le thème “Lutter contre la désinformation en matière de nutrition et aller de l’avant”.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :

À l’issue de cette mini-conférence, les participants seront capables de :

  1. Reconnaître la portée des informations contradictoires, de la désinformation et de la mésinformation dans le domaine de la nutrition et leurs impacts potentiels sur la santé publique.
  2. Définir des stratégies et des solutions potentielles pour lutter contre la désinformation dans le domaine de la nutrition.

Examiner les plans d’application des connaissances afin de minimiser la confusion du public.

Pour plus d’informations et pour vous inscrire, cliquez ici.

IRES Seminar Series – Tomorrow, Sept 14 with Trisa Ngo and Grace Schaan

Tomorrow’s IRES Seminar will be in the Michael Smith Labs Theatre (Room 102, 2185 East Mall):
September 14, 2023: IRES Student Seminar with Trisa Ngo and Grace Schaan
Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Location: Michael Smith Labs Theatre (Room 102, 2185 East Mall)
No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre. 
Click here to register for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar.
This seminar will not be recorded.
Aquatic ecosystem metabolism as a control of carbon transport in managed forests


Talk summary (virtual presentation):

As the majority of Canada obtains its drinking water from forested watersheds, forest management to better manage the effects of land use changes related to industries such as logging and urban development are of high public interest. To understand impacts on aquatic ecosystems from land use change it is essential to understand how carbon is cycled, transported, and stored throughout the ecosystem. Aquatic ecosystem metabolism (AEM), a key component of carbon cycling, can be evaluated by determining gross primary productivity (GPP) and respiration (R) within the water column of streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. AEM controls energy and material flow through aquatic ecosystems therefore linking environmental change and food webs to provide a useful framework for examining ecosystem function and productivity. The objective of this research is to investigate the role of AEM as a control on carbon transport, turnover, and fate in forested ecosystems under varying land use and streamflow conditions. I used sensors to measure dissolved oxygen to determine AEM on a continuous basis for a single stream. The study was conducted in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) located approximately 50 km east of Vancouver, BC containing forested and harvested catchments.

Trisa Ngo, IRES MSc Student


Trisa is a MSc student in IRES supervised by Dr. Mark Johnson. She is part of the UBC Ecohydrology Lab where her research focuses on the impacts of land-use changes to water quality and aquatic metabolism in the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Her broader research interests include water security, watershed science, and resource management. Currently, Trisa lives and works as an environmental scientist in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she was born and raised; as a result, she is also interested in northern research topics that contribute to improving and increasing the state of knowledge in the North.

  1. Vocal Opponents and Silent Supporters: How Saskatchewan Politicians Framed the Carbon Tax on Twitter


Talk summary (in-person presentation):

As of 2020, Saskatchewan leads the country in highest per capita GHG emissions. It was also the only province to have immediately and unremittingly rejected the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change which hinged on a national plan for pricing carbon. Despite widespread advocation for carbon pricing from economists and evidence of success in other jurisdictions, there is strong opposition to the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan among the general public and the governing Saskatchewan Party. One means for Saskatchewan politicians to share their views on the matter is via Twitter (recently renamed X) – a platform they may use to speak directly to voters. In this study I explore how Saskatchewan politicians, at both the federal and provincial levels, have used Twitter as a tool to discuss and frame the federal carbon tax. This presentation highlights the tweet content analysis that was performed and the results of this study that find, due to the silence of alleged supporters, there was almost no defense of the carbon tax from Saskatchewan’s own elected officials on Twitter.

Grace Schaan, IRES MA Student


Grace Schaan is a MA student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and is supervised by Dr. Kathryn Harrison. Grace is interested in researching policy for climate change and explores in her master’s thesis how politicians frame the federal carbon tax. She is also researching the impacts of BC’s provincial legislation on climate action at universities as a Sustainability Scholar with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the UBC Sustainability Hub.

Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at the University of Regina in 2020. Prior to joining IRES, she worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in the National Agroclimate Information Service. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and listening to live music.


See you tomorrow in the Michael Smith Labs Theatre!



Bonnie Leung

RES Program Support (she/her/hers)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 429 – 2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4 | Canada


Email: bonnie.leung@ubc.ca

Tel: 604-822-9249

Innovation Onboard


Dear Representatives of Food and Land Systems Department,


My name is Mariia and I am running an entrepreneurship program called Innovation Onboard. It is a UBC student-led startup program with a mission to empower students with entrepreneurial knowledge and facilitate connections between STEM and business students. We run workshops on entrepreneurship and also run a competition where students can pitch their ideas and get a chance to win up to 5K CAD in prizes. More information is on our website: https://www.innovationboard.ca/


Would it be possible for you to share this information with your graduate students?

Here is the link for our first event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iob-introduction-social-tickets-715308576207?aff=oddtdtcreator

Our LinkedIn page where we will post more information regarding future events: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovation-onboard-ubc/

Thank you,

Mariia Radaeva

PhD Candidate in Bioinformatics

President of Innovation Onboard