Andrew Riseman, Ph.D. an influential UBC Senator and Associate Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics to its advisory board. Dr. Riseman is in the Applied Biology Program within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies.
Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) and the co-chair of the CSFS Steering Committee. He earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and has strong interests in Community Based Action Research (CBAR) and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Thomas Baumann is a member of the North American Strawberry Growers Association, the American Society Of Horticultural Sciences and current Director of the Pacific Berry Resource Centre at UFV to its advisory board.
Thomas Baumann taught at the UBC Department of Plant Science in Small Fruit Culture, Tree Fruit Culture, Vegetable Production, and Protected Culture (Greenhouse) and continued as Sessional Lecturer at UBC as well as Kwantlen University College. He is a Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, Agriculture Technology Department, for Vegetable, Fruit, Greenhouse, Pest Management, Nursery Production and Propagation, Introduction to Computers, Advanced Computer Training and Introduction to Horticulture Lab, responsible for a modern range of greenhouse research and teaching facilities.He is also a member of UFV Senate and Chair of the UFV Senate Awards and Honours Committee,and a member of the Senate Appeals Committee.
Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Gilbert "Gibby" Jacob is one of the most influential Native leaders in Canada. He is a man with quiet power and was twice recognized as a significant member of society and honoured with Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 Award.
Jacob's participation was key in the bid for the 2010 Olympic Games for Canada and was a part of the final team of ten people who represented Canada in its last presentation to the IOC in Prague when Vancouver was awarded the Games. Jacob was appointed as a VANOC board member representative for Lil'wat Nation and Squamish Nation for the duration of the planning and execution of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Chief Jacob helped broker the deal that established the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, as well as the Olympic land Legacy and amongst other Legacies that resulted in the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations gaining several tracts land in the Whistler community - including the Baxter Creek area above the Rainbow subdivision that is being developed for housing.
Gabriel Arcoleo is a member of the North American Strawberry Growers Association with 20 years of Lettuce and berry technological development and was the recipient of CIO decisions magazine top 25 IT leaders of 2007.
Gabriel Arcoleo’s previous experience as Chief Information Officer for California Pacific Specialty Foods offers Affinor grower’s direct relationships with many of the World’s largest berry producers. As Director of IT Operations with Tanimura and Antle he worked with companies such as Wal-Mart on RFID technology. Mr. Arcoleo worked under Tom Casas, The VP of IT at Tanimura and Antle and an Industry leader and speaker in traceability technology. He continued this work with the traceability initiative at Cal Pacific Specialty Foods, designing new platforms specifically for the berry industry. Currently the Principal at Arcoleo Consulting, Mr. Arcoleo continues to work with many of the mid-size berry growers throughout California and Arizona.