I recall working feverishly through Excel spreadsheets, searching desperately to find that one little piece of data that was causing Solver to freeze up and refuse to surrender an answer. Then, we would draw and re-draw graphs of importing and exporting countries’ supply and demand curves. “Is this a large country, or a small country??” we’d ask each other. We would all work together as a group on the third floor of the MacMillan building, shoulder-to-shoulder with our laptops open and our bags strewn all around us. We’d work frantically, the clock ticking towards the deadline, until finally we’d emerge, victorious, from the study room and slide our assignments under our professor’s door.
I began my career in the private sector, working for an environmental consulting firm, before moving into the non-profit sector. After graduating from the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program, I wanted to learn more about the interesting sustainability-related work happing at the University of British Columbia, so I took a job with the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (FERU). The position is a great fit for my combined experience in biology and resource economics. At FERU, I analyse fisheries data to evaluate the sustainability of fisheries management around the world.
Most Memorable Faculty Member:
The professors who lead the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program were really the kindest, most generous faculty members I’ve known. Rick Barichello, George Kennedy, and Chris Bennett, in particular, were always keen to chat with the students and hear how the program was going. Not only were they knowledgeable in their fields, they also cared immensely about the success and well-being of their students. They always made time to answer questions and explain concepts when students just didn’t quite understand. I’ve never heard of professors anywhere else inviting 20 students, plus other faculty and family members, over to their house for dinner. The care they took helped all of us through the program, and into careers beyond