Dean Rickey Yada

Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean

Welcome to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. While you’re here, I hope you gain an understanding of the type of community we create for our students, faculty, and staff.

Our mission is to develop change makers and leaders who improve global health through science, innovation and positive actions. This is done by understanding the interdependencies of all things that impact our planetary health.

Embedded in our Faculty name is a word that stands out: systems. This signals our approach to work, our interdisciplinary method of problem solving. We strive for our academic work to span from farm to fork, from lab to consumer, or from individual to society. We have much to learn from our collaborators, based on listening as well as doing.

Students come to us with a strong sense of global responsibility, passionate about creating positive and lasting change. We believe that by providing them with the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom — whether it’s through an internship in their chosen field, taking part in a community-based experiential learning project or studying overseas — we can enhance their education and help them develop the skills they need to make their mark.

I can personally attest to the quality of education that our students receive, having once been a student here myself. When I returned as Dean in 2014, this was particularly rewarding for me. I’m looking forward to working together and helping to shape the future of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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