On March 22, 2013, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Agriculture Derek Sturko paid a visit to our Faculty. Sturko toured the UBC Farm and the Wine Research Centre before enjoying lunch in the Wine Library with Dean Murray Isman, Hennie van Vuuren (Director, UBC Wine Research Centre), Amy Frye (Director, UBC Farm), Sean Smukler (Assistant Professor, Applied Biology and Soil Science) and Larry Sproul (Director of Development).
Sturko was appointed Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Agriculture in October 2012. The lunch provided the perfect opportunity to introduce him to Assistant Professor Sean Smukler. Smukler is the Junior Chair, Agriculture and the Environment, a position that is funded by the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Sturko will also be part of our Faculty Advisory Council Committee beginning this spring.
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