Long Island University, 1970, BSc, Business Administration (Marketing)
UBC, 1974, MSc, Agricultural Economics


Wendy Holm was born in New York City 1946 and obtained a BSc (magna cum laude) in Business Administration (Marketing) in 1970 from Long Island University. Subsequently she came to Vancouver and obtained an MSc in Agricultural Economics from UBC in 1974.

Ms Holm has developed a provincial, national and international reputation as a resource economist and advisor on land and water use and on international trade and competitiveness. Provincially her work in these areas has been with the bodies such as the cities of Surrey and Vancouver, UBC, the Fraser Basin Management Board, the Okanagan region, the Agricultural Land Reserve, First Nations groups, several agricultural commodity groups and marketing boards and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Nationally she has acted as a consultant to Agriculture Canada, Environment Canada and CIDA.

Ms Holm has gained an outstanding reputation for her work on international project management and economic development and cooperation. As Senior Project Officer, Cuba, with the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, Vancouver, she is responsible for development and management of projects in Cuba and for fundraising, networking and presentations. In connection with this work she has designed and taught a course at UBC (AGSC 302) on International Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture (Cuba), a Cuba-based, three week, 3-credit course for Canadian university students. She has also been involved in several agricultural development projects in collaboration with the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture. In May of 2007 Wendy’s ongoing work in Cuba – Enhancing Sustainable Dairy Production Capacity in Cuba – won the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources or Protection of the Environment Award, as part of the 15th Annual Canadian Awards for International Cooperation

In addition to her consultancy and public service work Ms Holm has been a very effective communicator on agricultural issues within Canada and internationally. Since 1994, Wendy has been an active columnist with numerous farm papers including Country Life in BC, the Western Producer, Western Dairy Farmer, Central Alberta Farmer, Rural Voice and The Grower, among others. She was director and co-producer of the television series, Growing Together: The Urban/Rural Connection and From This Valley They Say You Are Leaving: Preserving Public Interest in Agriculture. She has also made several important presentations on water resource issues and NAFTA in the press, at conferences and government hearings. In 1986 her book Water and Free Trade – the Mulroney government’s agenda for Canada’s most precious resource opened discussion on the issue of trade and Canadian water sovereignty. She has contributed to Crossing the Line, an anthology of essays about Canada and free trade with Mexico.

She is a Past-President of the BC Institute of Agrologists (1989-1990, member since 1972) and of the Vancouver Branch, BC Institute of Agrologists (1987-1988). Other public service includes membership of the boards of Ethical Funds Inc. (1993-94: Ethical Growth Fund, Balanced Fund, Income Fund, North American Equity Fund, Money Market Fund); Abbeyfield House of Bowen Island (1999-2001); Mensa Canada (1998-1999); Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (1990-1996); VanCity Community Foundation (1993-96); VanCity Enterprises Ltd. (1990-1996); Women in View (1992-93); Okanagan Valley Tree Fruit Authority (1992-93) and the Agricultural Institute of Canada (1990-1992).

For her outstanding achievements Ms Holm has received several major awards. They include The Frank Jacobs Award (Bronze), for a Press Column on Dual desk code for disaster, Writers and Broadcasters Awards, Canadian Federation of Farm Writers; the OR Evans Award (Silver) for a Press Editorial on NAFTA should be invoked to open border, 2004 Writers and Broadcasters Awards, Canadian Federation of Farm Writers; the Frank Jacobs Award (Gold) for a Press Column on Losing Ground, 2003 Writers and Broadcasters Awards, Canadian Federation of Farm Writers; the OR Evans Award (Bronze) for a Press Editorial on Supply Management Under Fire, 2003 Writers and Broadcasters Awards, Canadian Federation of Farm Writers; Queen’s Jubilee medal celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee (Gov. General of Canada, 2002, for “outstanding and exemplary achievement or service to the community or to Canada as a whole.”); Agrologist of the year 2000 (BC Institute of Agrologists); Queen’s Commemorative Medal celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation (Governor General of Canada, 1993, for “Contribution to community”); and the BC Government award for excellence in community programming (1992).

In 2008 Wendy received on of the nine LFS Centenary Awards which recognized the outstanding achievements of UBC alumni.

R Blair and CR Nichols 2007

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