Kelleen Wiseman to Lead Master of Food and Resource Economics Program
Kelleen Wiseman is the newly appointed Academic Director and Manager of the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program. With over 15 years of teaching and mentorship experience with LFS and other UBC faculties, and recognition in 2018 through a UBC Killam Teaching Award, Wiseman’s classes focus on food and agri-business entrepreneurship, finance and strategy. She was involved in the program for several years prior to assuming her leadership role in August 2018. In addition, Wiseman has industry experience in the agri-food business, banking and marketing sectors in North America. She has worked for Farm Credit Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Oracle Corporation, and has managed her own business development consulting business.
Wiseman’s current research includes the economics of food quality and the role of regulation in supporting health communication and food manufacturing strategies. Wiseman received a BSc in Agriculture and a BComm from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA in Agribusiness from Santa Clara University, California, and a PhD from UBC.
George Kennedy, the previous Academic Director and Manager, played a key role in the development of the MFRE program since it started 10 years ago. Kennedy has successfully grown the program to a current 2018 cohort of 35 students and an alumni network of more than 230 graduates from over 30 countries. Under his leadership, the MFRE program won the UBC Peter Larkin Student Development Award in 2017.