Developing Highly Skilled Professionals – MFRE May Workshops and Seminars

It’s summer and MFRE students are on their way with their Graduating Projects. In other words, they are officially immersed in the professional world, working in industry and academic projects. To prepare for this challenge they attended professional development workshops and seminars to equip themselves with communication skills, research methods, product development tools and data analysis techniques.

Read more about these workshops and seminars here:

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Agents of Change | July 22, 2019

The world we live in today is more seamless, more interconnected, and more global than ever before. Challenges such as the climate crisis, political polarization, and poverty aren’t isolated to any one nation or region of the planet. Solving them will require ambitious ideas, bold action, and a global approach.

Join University of California President Janet Napolitano and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Santa Ono on Monday, July 22 for Agents of Change, a conversation exploring the role that universities should play on global issues like the climate crisis. Enjoy a drink at the reception to follow, to continue the conversation.

Learn more and get your tickets at!

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Health and Community Development Placement with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) – Uganda | Fall 2019

Want to learn about the psycho-social aspects of healthcare alongside a Ugandan NGO?

Check out The Office of Regional and International Community Engagment’s co-curricular International Service Learning Placement with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) this fall.

TASO is a national Ugandan HIV/AIDS support initiative founded over 25 years ago, and one of the longest standing partnerships with UBC ORICE. Across its 11 centers, the organization responds to the clinical and psychological needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, TASO runs community intervention programs aimed at reducing stigma and improving individual and familial well-being to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The student or students placed with TASO this fall will support a particular program that focuses on the economic empowerment and self-esteem of adolescent girls and women. Specifically, working with staff and groups of clients who are currently participating or have participated in the program to identify areas of improvement and further its success. The project will include contributing to the organization by researching and assessing the impacts of the program and considering assessment practices that can be sustainably incorporated by TASO.

Applicants for this placement should have interest in the health care system and the psycho-social aspects of health (i.e., not clinical) in particular. They should also be prepared to learn about HIV/AIDS and its history in Uganda in order to fully contribute to the betterment of their project, the organization and ultimately the clients’ and community’s health and well-being.

The placement is open to all UBC students; psychology and sociology students may be especially suited for this placement. The placement is co-curricular and is NOT for credit. One to two placement spots are available. Applications accepted until full OR until 11:59pm on Sunday, July 21, whichever comes first.

Apply here!

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Student-directed Seminar for Fall 2019 (LFS 490)

Have you ever questioned the local tomatoes grown by migrant labour / the presence of campus food banks / or the demographics of food service workers? UBC students, if you’re still looking for a course to complete your time table, read on!

Two LFS students are co-leading a student-directed seminar on food justice in September 2019 to collectively unpack these questions. The seminar will be a peer-to-peer learning environment where you will explore food systems as a platform for engaging in social justice. There will be critical discussions, collaborative projects, and lots of snacking.

If you are interested in taking this seminar,

  1. Check if you are available on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00pm from September to December 2019.
  2. Email or with a letter of intent containing:
    • a) experience with food systems (either academic, work or any other relevant experience)
    • b) what your understanding of food justice is
    • c) what skills, perspectives, and experiences you will bring to an active learning environment required in a student-directed seminar.
    • Wait for confirmation regarding your enrolment, and the instructors will register you in the course on the SSC.

You can view more details about the course here.

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UBC Farm Community Workshops | July – December 2019

Want to learn something new? Join a UBC Farm community workshop!  Below is a list of workshops running from July to December 2019 and they are now open for registration! UBC Students (with valid ID) receive a discount on registration:

 The Natural History of Honey Bees on July 24, 2019 7:00 pm
 Medicinal Plant Walk on July 25, 2019 6:30 pm
 Year-round Vegetable Gardening on July 27, 2019 11:00 am
 Bees & Honey on July 31, 2019 7:00 pm
 Bees & Wax on August 7, 2019 7:00 pm
 Hands On Sourdough on August 8, 2019 5:30 pm
 Beekeeping on August 10, 2019 10:30 am
 Strategic Plant Choices for Sustainable Agriculture on August 21, 2019 5:45 pm
 Let Food Be Thy Medicine on August 22, 2019 5:45 pm
 Garden Herb Walk on August 24, 2019 9:00 am
 Woodland Herb Walk on August 24, 2019 1:00 pm
 Cheese 101: Let’s Make Mozzarella and Burrata on August 28, 2019 6:30 pm
 Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter on September 11, 2019 6:00 pm
 Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine on September 12, 2019 7:00 pm
 Choux Pastry Basics on September 18, 2019 5:30 pm
 Tree Medicine on September 19, 2019 5:30 pm
 What are lichens? on September 25, 2019 5:30 pm
 Rethinking Invasives on September 26, 2019 6:00 pm
 Learning Medicinal Actions of Herbal Medicine Utilizing our Senses on October 2, 2019 7:00 pm
 Vietnamese Vegan Pho and Fresh Rolls on October 3, 2019 6:00 pm
 Fall Pies from Scratch on October 8, 2019 5:30 pm
 Japanese Pickles on October 9, 2019 6:00 pm
 Mushroom Foraging on October 12, 2019 2:00 pm
 Making Shio Koji and Shoyu Koji on November 6, 2019 6:00 pm
 Beginners Guide to Mexican Gastronomy on November 8, 2019 12:00 pm
 Sourdough Hands On on November 13, 2019 5:30 pm
 Beginners Guide to Mexican Gastronomy (in Spanish) on November 22, 2019 12:00 pm
 Making Daifuku Mochi on November 23, 2019 3:00 pm
 Miso Making on December 4, 2019 6:00 pm

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Roots on the Roof presents Summer Solstice Celebration 2019 | June 27, 2019

Roots on the Roof would like to formally invite you to their Summer Solstice Celebration 2019! Celebrate this BEEautiful summer season and the abundance of the garden! Join  them for an evening at the rooftop garden at the Nest and check out the lush greenery! There will be food, music, activities, and aMAIZEing garden vibes. Light refreshments will be served including bread kindly donated by Terra Breads. This is a family-friendly event, so bring your loved ones, little ones, or whoever you call family.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Where: Rooftop Garden (4th floor of the AMS Nest)

For more information, check out their Facebook event page for more information on performers, activities, and food!

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UBC Farm Community Kitchen Series | June 15 & 19, 2019

The UBC Farm is hosting two community kitchens per month where community members (including students, faculty, staff and neighbours) come together to prepare a meal as a group. The goal in establishing a community kitchen at the UBC Farm is to generate enthusiasm and community around preparing food, share cooking skills and knowledge as well as bringing warmth and happiness to the UBC Farm kitchen! Each meal will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options, but it is important to let them know about all dietary restrictions in your registration so they can accommodate all guests. The number of participants will be capped at 15 (more than that will make it too challenging to work in the kitchen). There is a registration fee of $5.00 that will be used to purchase groceries for the community kitchen. As the UBC Farm believes in making the community kitchen accessible to all people, please do not hesitate to contact UBC Farm if you are unable to pay this fee.

Event Details:
LocationUBC Farm – Farm Centre Kitchen (3461 Ross Drive)
Upcoming Dates:

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Financial Wellness Webinars from UBC Enrolment Services

Want to Learn More About Managing Your Finances? Interested in Financial Wellness? UBC Enrolment Services has upcoming webinars available for you to learn key information, strategies and tools to make sure you can have a stress-free university experience!

Register for the sessions(s) here under “Upcoming Workshops”!

Funding Your Year

  • Wednesday, June 26 from 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • Friday, July 5 from 10:00 – 11:00am

Managing Your Student Loan

  • Tuesday, August 20 from 10:30 – 11:30am
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UBC Farm Markets are Back!

UBC Farm Markets are Back!

Now open on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

Don’t miss the only farmers’ market in Vancouver located on a working farm! Get your fill of fresh local meats and produce, browse artisan crafts, listen to musicians play while you grab lunch and a coffee, and walk the farm to visit the chickens.

In addition to certified organic and farm-fresh produce, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs from the UBC Farm, the Saturday Farmers’ Market also features a variety of other local vendors selling meat, cheese, mushrooms, fruit, vegetables, nursery plants, baked goods, alcohol, prepared foods, and crafts alongside food and coffee trucks and live musicians.

Shop and Save: UBC Students can enjoy a discount on all products at the UBC Farm stall thanks to the Sustainable Food Access Fund. Show your student card at the cash register to save!

Check out the market vendor list here and the full schedule here!

Saturday Markets (June 1 – November 30): 10:00am – 2:00pm at the UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive)
Tuesday Markets (June 4 – October 29): 4:00 – 6:30pm at the UBC Farm
Wednesday Markets (June 5 – October 30): 11:30am – 1:30pm at the UBC Bookstore (6200 University Boulevard)

Take me to the UBC Farm Website!

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Internship Opportunity: Canada Bread Sensory Technician

Canada Bread Sensory Technician


  •  Food & Nutrition, Food-Science/Business, MATH-Business Administration
  •  SCI- (unspecified)

Levels:   Intermediate, Senior


Must possess a valid driver’s license and have regular access to a vehicle.  Must be open to tasting products in all food categories.

Job Description

The Sensory Technician is responsible for the organization and conducting of internal product & concept evaluations for all food categories under the direction and supervision of the Sensory Specialist.

The successful candidate must be able to work under directions provided by their assigned supervisor. They must also be able to work well with other departments, including Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing, and may even include sales representatives from supplier companies.

For internal product & concept testing the areas of involvement will include; setting up the sensory questionnaires, booking panels, recruiting of panellists, instructing panellists, arranging for samples, and conducting the panels at different locations throughout the GTA. It will also include the usage of statistical analysis and interpretation of sensory data using Compusense or other tools, and writing of reports/instructions. Therefore, the applicant must have strong computer knowledge and an understanding of statistical methods (t-test, ANOVA, etc) would be preferred.

Experience Benefits:

  1. Exposure to sensory and innovation processes at one of Canada’s largest bakeries.
  2. First-hand interaction with cross-functional teams including marketing, operations, innovation and quality assurance.
  3. Exposure to a positive Canadian corporate environment, with a strong commitment to people development and teamwork.
  4. Active participation in an effective and vibrant product development process, from concept through to launch, culminating with the potential of viewing the results of your efforts in the market place.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong interpersonal and team skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong statistical knowledge
  • Strong computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, Minitab)
  • No dietary restrictions

The individual must possess a valid driver’ license and have regular access to a vehicle as they will potentially need to work at various facilities located in the Metro Toronto area.  Their primary location will be located in Mississauga.

For further information on Canada Bread Foods, visit

Employer Profile

Canada Bread is a leading manufacturer and distributor of value-added and nutritious fresh bakery products, including breads, rolls, bagels, and artisan breads.  The Company markets products under a number of leading brands, including Dempster’s, Olafson’s, McGavin’s, POM, Bon Matin, and Ben’s.    Canada Bread employs more than 5,200 people in Canada.   The Company was recently purchased and now operates as a subsidiary of Grupo  Bimbo.  Grupo Bimbo is headquartered in Mexico.  Grupo Bimbo is the largest baking company in the world, with more than 125,000 Associates and 144 plants in 19 countries as of the end of 2013. With annual revenue of nearly U.S. $13.8 billion, it has more than 10,000 products in its portfolio and owns leading consumer brands including Bimbo, Sara Lee, Entenmann’s, Thomas’ and Takis, and now Dempster’s, Vachon, Stonemill, Tenderflake and New York Bakery.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Jenny Tian at

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