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Ricky Y. Yada


Rickey Yada was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Professor of Food Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC in 2014. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Yada was at the University of Guelph in a number of leadership roles, including Professor in the Department of Food Science, Chair of the Department of Food Science, Assistant Vice President Research, a Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, Scientific Director of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (Networks of Centres of Excellence) and a Founding Member of the Food Institute.

He was also the Vice Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. Among other activities, Dr. Yada is a Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees International Life Science Institute – North America, Board Member of Bioenterprise (Guelph, Ontario), Scientific Advisory Board Member – Integrated Health Institute (University of Alberta), Member of the Scientific Advisory Board – Riddet Institute (New Zealand), the North American Editor for Trends in Food Science and Technology, and on editorial boards for several journals.

He is also the author of over 210 refereed journal publications and several book chapters. Dr. Yada is a Past President and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Past President and Fellow of the International Academy of International Union of Food Science and Technology as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.