Jeffrey Turner, Special Advisor, Defyrus Inc.
Dr. Turner is a scientific entrepreneur with experience in academia and the life sciences industry. He was the founder,
President & CEO of Defyrus Inc. and Nexia Biotechologies (TSX:NXB). In 2014, Defyrus led the Canadian commercial
ZMapp™, the first successful experimental treatment of Ebola virus infections in North America, EU and Africa.
In 2000, Nexia completed the largest Life Sciences IPO in Canadian history at that time. Turner was a tenured Professor
of Animal Science (Dairy), McGill University and earned his Ph.D. (Animal Science/Molecular Genetics, Illinois),
M.Sc. (Physiology & Biophysics; Illinois), M.Sc. (Physiology, McMaster) published >100 scientific paper &
abstracts and 32 patents. His most significant technical contributions involved driving pioneering discoveries toward
product commercialization via start-ups & publicly financed companies including; ZMapp™ 1st successful antibody
drug to combat human Ebola virus infection,
DEF201 broad spectrum antiviral that stimulates host immunity to protect against many viral pathogens;
Protexia®: recombinant human butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) a medical countermeasure with broad spectrum efficacy
against nerve agents;
BioSteel®: recombinant spider silk legendary for it unrivalled strength, toughness and flexibility useful
for soft body armour and ultra-fine & strong medical devices (produced by transgenic goats);
BELE® goats were the world’s first cloned dairy goats, reproductively active year round and “lab” sized
transgenic dairy animals capable of producing biologically active recombinant proteins in their milk. Turner resides
on a carbon-neutral farm in Eastern Ontario growing organic crops with nutriceutical properties.
Joseph Fung, Principal Director, Fairchild Capital Management
The Fairchild Group (FC) is a media, real estate and franchise empire. Joseph Fung joined the family business several
years ago after working as a senior analyst for Morgan Stanley and PCCW, a communications technology company. The
Fairchild Group has, over the past 25 years, grown into a transnational business institution with offices in China,
Canada, United States and Japan, employing over 700 personnel. Founded by Thomas Fung, Fung King Hey’s eldest son,
FG became an extension of SHK’s business network in North America. Unlike SHK’s focus on the financial markets, the
Fairchild Group’s operations were initially in media and real estate. Their goal is to be the first investor in high
growth companies that seek to create new niches in China’s Economy. They focus on seed-stage investing and take an
operation-intensive, service-oriented approach. The Fairchild Group is part of an international organization that
has helped grow over hundreds of projects since 1969. Their expertise is bringing global flair into China’s fast-paced
business ecosystem. They leverage on the expertise from our various institutions and our global network. They partner
with companies and their team brings decades of operating experience, market knowledge, and a global network to every
company in the portfolio.
Justin Henry, Aquaculture Consult Inc.
Justin Henry completed his bachelor degree in Aquaculture at the University of British Columbia in Canada and then moved to Denmark for his masters degree in Aquaculture Biotechnology at Aalborg University. He went on to complete the Executive Development Program at Queens University in Canada and is a Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia. His experience includes culturing multiple species, including salmonids and sturgeon, in multiple systems including land based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), re-use, flow through, and net pen production in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has been working with RAS since 1995. His R&D expertise includes the development of monosex female populations in salmonids, feed management trials, vaccine trials, production optimization, and new product development. He has numerous publications on a broad range of aquaculture subjects.
Meeru Dhalwala, Co-Owner, Vij’s & Rangoli Restaurants
Meeru Dhalwala LLD’16 is the talented author, chef and entrepreneur behind the renowned restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli. She
was instrumental in the Save the UBC Farm campaign and founded the Joy of Feeding events at UBC Farm. Meeru is a
member of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems Social Innovation working group. Meeru is also a passionate advocate
for human rights and sustainable food systems. She has worked to create large networks of local farmers and suppliers;
to provide respectful employment opportunities for immigrant women, and to provide leadership to local sustainability
organizations and is currently a judge for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program. Meeru is also working to start
a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary clean drinking water project with various and as yet to be determined faculties
Philip Donne, Former President, Campbell Company of Canada
Philip Donne held the role of President of Campbell Company of Canada for 12 years and his background in the packaged goods
industry includes over 15 years with Kellogg Canada Inc. as CEO in Canada, Italy and France. Philip’s business and marketing
experience also includes senior positions at General Mills, Duracell Canada, and Coca Cola Foods. Mr. Donne has held
Chair positions at Food and Consumer Products Canada, Advertising Standards Canada, The Association of Canadian Advertisers,
Kids Help Phone and the Early Years Task Force on behalf of the Ontario government. He currently serves in an advisory
board capacity on McGill University’s Centre For Convergence in Health and Economics and on the board of Stonemill Bakery.
His personal volunteer focus is on Hunger and Nutrition insecurity.
Sarb Mund, Founder and CEO, Commissary Connect
Sarb Mund (BBA, CPA, CMA) is recognized as a leader in the local food movement, bringing innovative
ideas with tangible results to entrepreneurs and communities in the Agfood sector. Sarb’s love of
engaging with people and local food led him to start Soho Road Naan Kebab Food truck celebrating his
UK background and Indian roots. Sarb’s challenge finding a cost effective and fun-to-work-in prep
kitchen led him to create Commissary Connect – the kitchen HE wanted for his food business. Combining
his direct knowledge of food processing and entrepreneurship with expertise in accounting and strategic
direction, Sarb is much sought-after as an expert in the food industry throughout BC. He is involved in
working groups shaping Western Canada’s future in food and agriculture – working directly with UBC, BC
Ministry of Agriculture, BCIC, IAF, City of Vancouver Economic Commission and several others. Sarb can
often be found in the kitchen sharing war stories and hard-earned advice with the aim of making his
members’ journey to success a little bit easier.
Trish Sturdy, Owner, North Arm Farm
Trish Sturdy is the co-founder of North Arm Farm, a family-run farm founded in Pemberton in 1995. Trish is passionate about local, sustainable farming, and enjoys educating the public about where their food comes from, and inspiring farmers to create their own agriculture ventures.
In 2006, Trish and her husband Jordan Sturdy transitioned the farm from a conventional operation to a certified organic farm. It has grown to include 55 acres of mixed vegetables and fruit, as well as an onsite commercial kitchen, a bistro and a gelato shop. North Arm Farm produces food for several restaurants in Vancouver and in the Sea to Sky corridor. Working with chefs has exposed Trish to new ways to use and promote products, and new items to add to the farm’s grow list. In 2017, North Arm Farm received the Producer of the Year award from Vancouver Magazine as selected by the city’s top chefs. For over a decade, North Arm Farm has collaborated on “Field to Fork” events such as hosting FarmFolk CityFolk Feast of the Fields, Outstanding in the Field long table dinners, agricultural tours, as well as annual Araxi catered long table dinners.
Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
Wes Shoemaker’s career has always been about safety: a safe environment, a safe food supply, public safety.
On July 18, 2017, Wes was appointed for a second time as the Deputy Minister responsible for the BC Ministry of Agriculture.
Prior to this, he had served for four and a half years as the Deputy Minister for Environment, a ministry focused on protecting
our climate, our water, our wilderness and our public. Before Environment, Wes served as Deputy Minister for Agriculture
and for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the ministry responsible for the government’s emergency
management, road safety and consumer protection programs. As Deputy Minister for Public Safety, he led the Integrated
Public Safety planning and service delivery for the extremely successful 2010 Olympic Games. From 1998 to 2006, Wes
was the City of Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Chief where he led a major service integration of the former fire and
Katherine (Katie) Koralesky, LFS Graduate Student Council President
Graduate Student Representative
Katherine (Katie) Koralesky received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked on farms in the United States and abroad, including three years in Togo, where she served as an agricultural extension agent in the United States Peace Corps. She came to UBC to start her MSc in Applied Animal Biology in the Animal Welfare Program in 2015. For her MSc, she used a mixed methods approach to understand how dairy farmers make end-of-life decisions for their cows, especially when prognosis is poor and animals are acutely injured. This work resulted in the development of recommendations for making such decisions at a policy and farm level. For her PhD, Katie has continued work in animal welfare law and policy, and currently, is conducting a project on how dairy farmers develop and use standard operating procedures on their farms. She will also investigate different approaches and tools used in animal welfare law enforcement in Canada. In addition to her studies, Katie is a teaching assistant for a number of applied animal biology courses. She also volunteers weekly at the SPCA where she coordinates dog walking volunteers.
Katie is the 2018/2019 LFS Graduate Student Council President. She looks forward to serving all LFS graduate students by giving them a voice on the faculty advisory board, as well as planning workshops and other events for students.
Megan Leong, LFS Undergraduate Society President, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Undergraduate Student Representative
Megan Leong is a fourth-year Nutritional Sciences student, minoring in Kinesiology who is also the 2018/2019 Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society (LFS|US) President. Her role consists of overseeing and providing support to the LFS|US Council and serving as the voice and representative on behalf of the LFS student body in meetings and events across campus. Leading up to Megan’s role as President, she has been part of the LFS|US for the past two years holding multiple roles and showing leadership in other AMS Clubs such as AMS Events, UBC Food Society, LFS Firsts, and as an Orientation Leader for LFS. In addition to her role as President this year, Megan is also working full-time at her co-op placement in Vancouver for The Mark Anthony Group as a Quality Intern, which she loves! In the future, Megan would like to work in Product Development for a Food and Beverage Company, or work with professional athletes as a Sports Nutritionist.