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Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture Program - Faculty & Staff

rebecca_harbut

Dr. Rebecca Harbut

Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Fruit Production, Plant Physiology, Crop Ecology

Rebecca Harbut is a native of British Columbia and is delighted to have returned to BC after spending several years in Ontario and the US.  Rebecca received both her BSc and MS degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario and then completed her PhD in Horticulture at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she conducted research on fruit crops.  Most recently, Rebecca was a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin where she developed a fruit research and extension program.  Rebecca recently joined the faculty at KPU where she is the lead faculty in the Sustainable Agriculture program.  

Email: rebecca.harbut@kpu.ca | Tel: 604-599-2568


Mike Bomford

Dr. Michael Bomford

Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Organic Vegetable Production, Agriculture and Energy, Biological Pest Management

Mike has returned to BC from Kentucky, where he spent 10 years at Kentucky State University (KSU), leading research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture, with an emphasis on small farms. Before going to Kentucky, he completed a PhD at West Virginia University, conducting companion planting research on a newly-certified organic farm. He grew up the son of a District Agriculturalist among the expansive grain farms of BC's Peace River region and earned degrees in plant science and agricultural pest management at UBC and SFU. 

A passionate teacher, Mike helped launch a new Sustainable Agriculture degree program at the University of Kentucky in 2006; followed by a new Master of Science in Environmental Studies at KSU in 2010; and a new Bachelor of Agriculture, Food and Environment degree at KSU in 2012. In 2013 he was given his College’s Outstanding Teacher award and the USDA’s Honor Award for Excellence. He looks forward to applying this experience at KPU during the growth and development its new Sustainable Agriculture degree program. 

Mike is very interested in the intersection between food and energy.He has explored energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with farming and food systems, and experimented with renewable energy production techniques for small farms.

Email: Michael.Bomford@kpu.ca | Tel: 604-599-2531


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Dr. Arcadio Viveros Guzmán

Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Biological Pest Management, Agricultural Labour Issues

Before joining the teaching team at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Arcadio Viveros Guzmán completed his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy focusing on Extension and Outreach Services at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. As part of his undergraduate degree, he conducted research on biological control of pests in corn plantations. Later on, he accomplished a Master of Science in Tropical Agroecosystems at the Colegio de Postgraduados Campus Veracruz, where he studied the potential role of weeds in controlling agricultural pests. In Canada, Arcadio completed a Master of Education in Educational Communications in the Department of Curriculum Studies and a Doctoral Degree in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. His doctoral dissertation concerned sustainability aspects of temporary foreign worker programs in the agriculture sector in Canada.

In Mexico, Arcadio has taught different agricultural subjects at university level and worked as an agricultural extensionist to assist small-scale farmers through capacity development programs. He also worked as a university teaching and research assistant in the Department of Plant Sciences, Environment and Sustainability, and the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, where he has also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Email: arcadio.viverosguzman@kpu.ca


Torin BoyleTorin Boyle

Research and Teaching Farm Manager, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Torin completed this Bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph majoring in organic agriculture in 2013. While completing his Bachelors he worked with his brothers to start “Boyle Bros. Market Garden” at his family’s home in Niagara, Ontario. The business which produces specialty greens and sells to local restaurants and markets is still thriving today. He then went on to do his Master’s degree in the Plant Agriculture Department at the University of Guelph in the stream of Plant Breeding and Genetics. His research focused on testing soybean cultivars and breeding population on organic and conventional farms to compare their performance between the two environments.

Torin came to Vancouver, British Columbia to begin working at KPU in October 2016 as the coordinator of the research and teaching farm. He will be working to further develop KPU’s research and teaching facilities in Sustainable Agriculture as well as managing farm operations.

Email: torin.boyle@kpu.ca  | Tel: 604-599-2556


Chris Bodnar

Dr. Chris Bodnar

Sessional Instructor, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Business Planning, Co-operatives, Farm Management

Chris Bodnar owns and operates Close to Home Organics, a small-scale farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia, located at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative. Prior to farming Chris earned a PhD in Communication from Carleton University. Although he now farms full-time, he still enjoys time in the classroom and teaches the Business of Agriculture course in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Sustainable Agriculture program. He also sits on the board of the Mount Lehman Credit Union and the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative.

In the past he has served on the boards of the BC Association for Regenerative Agriculture and the Certified Organic Associations of BC as well as advisory committees for the BC Foodlands Co-op, the Organic Online System and the BC Organic Branding Initiative. Chris is a Mentor to new farmers through the Young Agrarians' BC Business Mentorship Network program.

In the off-season he facilitates workshops and speaks on the topics of business planning for small farms and co-operatives in agriculture. In 2017 Chris was awarded the Brad Reid Memorial Award from the Certified Organic Associations of BC, which "honours an innovative leader who has strengthened the organic community by moving the sector forward."

Email: chris.bodnar@kpu.ca


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Dr. Abera Demeke

Sessional Instructor, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Socioeconomics of Agriculture

Dr. Abera Demeke has over ten years of broad working experience in socioeconomic research, international development as well as teaching at post-secondary level. Dr. Demeke's academic background goes back to his first degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Alemaya in Ethiopia, followed by a master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen and a PhD degree (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim both in Germany and, recently, he received a master's degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver, Canada.

 Dr. Demeke has been a research fellow at the University of Hohenheim, Germany and a research officer at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He actively participates in research and has published various articles in a range of areas, including food security, climate variability, risk management, technology adoption and the role of education in rural development in reputable scholarly journals. He presented papers in different international conferences such as the International Panel Data Conference at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. He is the author of a book entitled: "Weather Risk, Social Capital and Household Wellbeing in an Agrarian Economy: Empirical Studies on Ethiopian Smallholders", published by Margraf Publishers in 2011.

Dr. Demeke teaches economics, research methods, quantitative methods and business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He teaches at Douglas College, University Canada West, and Acsenda School of Management.

Email: abera.demeke@kpu.ca


aimeeDr. Aimee Taylor

Sessional Instructor, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Soil Science, Sustainable Soil Management

Before teaching at KPU, Aimee worked for provincial government social housing initiatives. She is a Registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR). In this capacity, she uses horticultural techniques as a modality for improving well-being, health and teaching life skills. In her position at BC Housing, Aimee managed the province-wide program for assisting vulnerable adults and families in learning to grow food either in communal spaces or in their own yards. The program aimed to improve food security by teaching the skills required to grow and prepare food and by providing a method for community development through partnerships, empowerment and inclusion.

Aimee arrived in Canada in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, in the Faculty of Forestry with Dr. Cindy Prescott, where she investigated the decomposition rates and nitrogen mineralization of forest litter.

Email: aimee.taylor@kpu.ca | Tel: 604-599-2574