Biosketches for Feb 24th Speakers

Richard Barichello

Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979. He was Head of the UBC Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and from 2007 to 2014 was the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, University of California-Davis, Leuven in Belgium, and ISEAS in Singapore. He worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, from 1986 to 1988, and has subsequently researched and taught courses in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Korea, Poland, and Ethiopia. He was President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 1999 and awarded the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, its highest honour, in 2008. In 2015 he was named to the Executive Committee of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, then elected to be Chair of that organization in 2016. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His economic development work has focused mostly on trade policy, domestic agricultural policies, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis of investment projects.

Janine de la Salle

Janine de la Salle brings over 10 years of experience in building healthy communities and resilient food systems with government, university, private and non-profit sectors and is one of Canada’s leading professionals in the emerging field of food and agriculture system planning. As Principal of Urban Food Strategies Janine leads and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to develop plans, strategies, policies, and designs to improve the resilience of social, economic, and environmental elements of food and agriculture systems. In 2010 after co-authoring and publishing a book entitled Agricultural Urbanism Janine received the President’s award for Young Planner of the Year from the Canadian Institute of Planners. Recently, Janine has been heavily involved in systems change and social innovation in shifting the charitable food sector from short to long-term community health solutions.

Ross Moster 

Ross Moster has a forty year background in small business, food, cooperatives, social and environmental activism, and sustainable, resilient community building. He’s the Founder and Executive Director of Village Vancouver, one of the largest and most active Transition Town Hubs in the world, currently sits on the IMAPON board, and was a member for several years of the SPEC and Car Free Vancouver boards, as well as the Vancouver Food Policy Council. He’s very active in local Neighbourhood Food Networks, coordinating VV’s networks and the West End NFN, and is particularly passionate about connecting-neighbours-in-community via neighbourhood “villages”, drop-in spaghetti nights, social permaculture, and other community building and change making strategies. Ross served as GM of an organic food co-op for 20 years, and on the boards of L.A. EcoVillage and various California cooperative organizations for many years. In the 70’s, he published the L.A. People’s Yellow Pages, a social change/social service resource directory. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Laura Lee and their cat Attila, relishes ties to family and community and watching apocalyptic zombie movies, and gardens a lot.

Heather Pritchard

Heather Pritchard lives at Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in the township of Langley where she is a working member of Glorious Organics Coop, certified by BCARA.

As Farm Program manager for FarmFolk CityFolk, her work includes: working with existing and developing Community Farms, partnering with the Young Agrarians and creating a BC Foodland Trust.

A founding member of FarmFolk CityFolk, the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the BC Food Systems Network, she currently participates in: the Real Estate Foundation Advisory Committee, the MAAC (Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Committee) and is Chair of Slow Food in Canada.

In 2015 Heather was given the Brad Reid Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the organic sector in British Columbia.

Frank Tester

Frank Tester is a Professor of Social Work at UBC having previously been Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. Much of his work is focused on the colonial history and social/environmental issues affecting Inuit of Nunavut, including the issue of young Inuit suicide, housing issues and problems and issues of food security. He is an advocate of restorative justice practice, a mediator and a facilitator who has worked as a researcher and policy advisor to the federal government, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies.