Meet the Dean: Professor Rickey Yada

Prof. Rickey Yada

Dr. Rickey Yada is Professor and Dean of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

A Vancouver native, Dean Yada received his BSc. (Agriculture), MSc. and PhD. all from UBC, then headed east in 1984 to begin his professional research and teaching career at the University of Guelph. Throughout his time at Guelph, Yada served as Deputy Chair and Chair of the Department of Food Science from 1995-2000, and Assistant Vice-President Research for Agri-Food Programs in 2000-2001. Most recently, he held the positions of Professor of Food Science and Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, and Scientific Director of the Food Institute at the U of G.  He was also Scientific Director of Advanced Foods and Materials Canada Inc. (AFM Canada), and the President-elect of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).

Dr. Yada commenced his five-year term as Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems on October 1, 2014.  He brings a strong commitment to research, teaching and learning.  He has an extensive publication record, and although his research focus is in food science, much of his experience is in multidisciplinary settings, through his involvement in AFM Canada, AFMNet, IUFoST, and the Food Institute. Dr. Yada holds a record of success in fundraising and management of funds for partnership projects, infrastructure improvements, and research grants.

For a list of Professor Yada’s research activities, visit his bio page.