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Impacts of COVID-19 on Agri-food Policy

May 11, 2021 - 12:00pm(PDT/PST)
BCIA webinar
Okanagan (District 2)
PD hours: 

Dr. Al Mussell and  Dr. Rickey Yada will discuss dealing with risks identified in the pandemic, the risks engaged in trade and policy  and the needs for innovation in agri-food supply chains as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada's agricultural and agri-food sectors. 

Tues. May 11 @ 12:00 pm PST

Bio: Dr. Al Mussell

Al Mussell is the Research Lead, and founder, of Agri-Food Economic Systems, Inc. His areas of research expertise are farm management, agricultural marketing, and agricultural policy. For fifteen years, Al served as Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre.  Prior to that Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota.

Al holds Bachelors and Master of Science degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a Doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  He is a past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, the scholarly society for agricultural economics in Canada, a past director of the Progressive Dairy Operators, a dairy industry educational organization, and an alumnus of the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program.

Bio: Dr. Rickey Yada

Rickey Yada is currently a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.  His current research interests include: the structure-function relationships of food and non-food related enzymes using molecular biology and various physico-chemical techniques (eg. circular dichroism spectroscopy, micro-calorimeter, small angle neutron scattering, ultracentrifugation, enzyme kinetics, etc.), carbohydrate metabolism in potatoes as it related to process quality as well as various applications of food-related nanoscale science and technology.

He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Food Science and as the Assistant Vice President Research, both at the University of Guelph. He was also a Professor in the Department of Food Science, a Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure and the Scientific Director of the Food Institute, University of Guelph as well as the Scientific Director of the Advanced Foods and Materials Canada Network. He has participated on numerous research awards panels and committees, both at the national and international levels. Among other activities, he is the Past Chair of the Scientific Council and President-Elect of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), is the North American Editor for Trends in Food Science and Technology and is on the editorial boards for several journals. He is the author of over 180 refereed journal publications and several book chapters. Dr. Yada is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the International Academy of IUFoST and the Institute of Food Technologists.

Rickey holds a Bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from UBC, and Master's and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of British Columbia. 


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