Steering Committee

Sean Smukler (Chair)
University of British Columbia
Dr. Sean Smukler is an Associate Professor in the Applied Biology & Soil Science program at UBC (Vancouver) and the Chair in Agriculture and the Environment. He is the principal investigator of the Sustainable Agricultural Landscape Lab and his climate change research is primarily based on adaptation approaches for agriculture and soils management.
Shabtai Bittman
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Shabtai Bittman is a Research Specialist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Aggasiz Research and Development Centre. His climate change research is primarily focused on improving cropping systems while reducing environmental impacts.
Andrew Black
University of British Columbia
Dr. Andrew Black is a Professor in the Applied Biology and Soil Science program at UBC (Vancouver). He is the principal investigator of the Biometeorology & Soil Science Group and his climate change research is primarily focused on agroclimatology, crop water use, water use efficiency, mulch and greenhouse climate, soil temperature, soil water availability, frost protection, and carbon sequestration.
Serena Black
University of Northern British Columbia
Serena Black is an Agriculture Extension Specialist with UNBC and a Science Research Specialist with Industrial Forestry Service. She is also the Manager for the BC Forage Council and the Coordinator of the Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance. Her climate change research is focused primarily on soil quality, forage productivity, and extension.
Jenny Cory
Simon Fraser University
Dr. Jenny Cory is a Professor at Simon Fraser University. Her climate change research is focused on host-natural enemy interactions, particularly those involving pathogens and invertebrates.
Reg Ens
BC Agriculture Council
Reg Ens is the Executive Director of the BC Agriculture Council. The organization represents farmers from close to thirty farm sectors and aims to continually improve the social, environmental and economic sustainability of BC agriculture.
Lauchlan Fraser
Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Lauchlan Fraser is a professor at Thompson Rivers University. He is an ecosystem ecologist and his climate change research is primarily focused on drought experiments, carbon sequestration, biosolids research, and management intensive grazing.
Kirsten Hannam
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Kirsten is a Systems Agro-Ecologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Summerland Research and Development Centre. She focuses on examining water, carbon and nutrient dynamics within agro-ecosystems at a range of spatial scales.
Allen James
Agriculture Research and Development Corporation
Allen Jame is the President of the Agriculture and Research Development Corporation (ARDCorp). The organization leads innovation and delivers resources to improve the long-term profitability of BC farmers and ranchers with the vision to grow BC into the most dynamic and robust agricultural province in Canada.
John Janmaat
University of British Columbia
Dr. John Janmaat is an Associate Professor of Economics at UBC (Okanagan). His climate change research is focused on incentive-based policies for water management, water resource governance and management approaches for climate change.
Jason Lussier
BC Ministry of Agriculture
Jason Lussier is the Coastal Team Lead for the Regional Agrologist Network with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. This province-wide network provides frontline support on various programs and services offered by the provincial government, including regional climate change adaptation and mitigation. Before joining the team, he was the coordinator of the BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network from 2017-2019.
Emily MacNair
BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative
Emily MacNair has coordinated and managed the BC Agricultural Climate Action Initiative since 2008. Her work has included the development of the BC Agriculture & Climate Change Action Plan, leading projects to evaluate the agriculture sector's risk and opportunities related to climate change, and the development and delivery of current adaptation programming for the sector in BC.
Willow Minaker
BC Ministry of Agriculture
Willow Minaker is the Director of the Strengthening Farming Unit at the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Her team provides land use planning support to local government and the farming community and leads the ministry’s climate adaptation programming
Kent Mullinix
Kwanten Polytechnic University
Dr. Kent Mullinix is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and adjunct faculty in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems program at KPU. His climate change research is primarily focused on food policy, extension, and planning.
Louise Nelson
University of British Columbia
Dr. Louise Nelson is a Professor in the Faculty of Biology at UBC (Okanagan) and the Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Planning. Her climate change research is primarily focused on plant-microbe interactions, plant beneficial rhizobacteria, biological controls, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil nitrogen cycling.
Lenore Newman
University of the Fraser Valley
Lenore Newman holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment. She also serves as Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at UFV.
Lisa Powell
University of the Fraser Valley
Dr. Lisa Powell is the Associate Director of Research & Research Associate at the University of the Fraser Valley. Lisa is an active part of a longstanding family farm operation in Western Kentucky her academic research interests include medium- and large-scale agriculture, land use conflict and negotiation, natural resources extraction and foodways.
Tom Pypker
Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Tom Pypker is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University. His research is focused on the effects of management and climate change on biophysical processes in a variety of ecosystems.
Gary Telford
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Gary Telford is a Knowledge Transfer Officer with the Science and Technology Branch at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada- Agassiz Research and Development Centre. He works with industry and stakeholders to share AAFC science and promote new management practices with decision makers.