Sean Smukler to be new CSFS Director

Announcing our new Director

Sean Smukler standing in a green farm field of kale, at the UBC Farm.

Dr. Sean Smukler at the UBC Farm

A message from Dean Rickey Yada

October, 2022

I am pleased to announce that Sean Smukler will become the new Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, effective January 1, 2023.

Many of you are familiar with Sean who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, he serves on the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s 17-member Advisory group for Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech (RAA), and holds the Chair, Agriculture and the Environment.

Sean is excited to start in this position and is well-versed on the research, teaching and outreach activities of the CSFS, as he’s been involved as a CSFS Associate member since joining UBC in 2012.

In the meantime, Sean will be reaching out to the CSFS Associates and management team as he prepares for his new role.

It’s been a pleasure for me to work closely with the CSFS and UBC Farm management team over the past year and a half as interim Director. I am certain Sean will position the CSFS for even greater success in the future.


Rickey Yada

Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems