I am honoured and excited to have been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Our Faculty has a long and vibrant history of inspiring students through relevant educational programs and through the passion and commitment of our academic and support staff. These alumni have gone on to become influential leaders in various communities in Manitoba and beyond. Our Faculty has also excelled in conducting research that has transformed food systems in Manitoba and across Canada, and indeed, in some cases globally.
However, the Faculty cannot rest on these past successes. Agriculture today is a highly diverse and dynamic domain with new opportunities and challenges that demand a new generation of critical thinkers equipped with cutting-edge skills and competencies in deploying advanced tools. Our province is now a major player in the transformation of agricultural produce into food products, and opportunities in this area will provide exciting career paths for our graduates. The connections between food, nutrition, and health and wellbeing - the most emphatic focus of our current food system - will challenge our staff and students to define new knowledge and practices so that our food systems benefit all Canadians.
In conducting these undertakings, we will support our staff and students by providing a respectful work and learning environment that acknowledges the value of their contributions. An inclusive environment is essential if our Faculty is to continue to attract the most creative of individuals from diverse communities within Canada and from around the world.
I look forward to serving our students and our staff and our many partners and communities as the Faculty embarks on another exciting five years in the world’s most important profession.
Dr. Martin Scanlon, Dean
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences