Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman

Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

Lenore holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment and is an associate professor in the department of geography and the environment at UFV, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s New College.

Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, bioengineering in the food system, and the role of food and agriculture in the creation of place. Lenore is a member of the Premier’s Food Security Task Force, sat on the BC Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve, and regularly speaks to government and community groups.

She has published over forty academic journal articles and book chapters, and her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight, and her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January, 2017, and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second book, Lost Feast, was published by ECW Press in 2019. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Toronto’s York University and lives in Vancouver, Canada.



Sessions with this Speaker

Spotlight: Clean Economy Opportunities in BC’s Fraser Valley

Located immediately adjacent to Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley is British Columbia’s third largest metropolitan region. In 2018, the Fraser Valley’s clean economy was valued at $1.17 billion, underpinned by an agriculture sector that is one of the most productive and diversified in Canada.

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Vern May Economic Development Manager, City of Abbotsford
Stacey Crawford Economic Development Officer, District of Mission
Raymond Szabada President and Chief Executive Officer, i-Open Group and Chairman of the Board, XLRator
Lenore Newman Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Alison Stewart Manager of Strategic Planning, Fraser Valley Regional District
Jason Lum Chair, Fraser Valley Regional District
Greg Cross Director of Public Works, Housing and Custodial, Seabird Island Band