Professor Rickey Yada was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in 2014. Prior to UBC, Dr. Yada was at the University of Guelph where he held
numerous leadership roles, including Chair, Department of Food Science, Assistant Vice President Research, Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, and Scientific Director of the Advanced
Foods and Materials Network (Networks of Centres of Excellence).
He is currently one of the co-editors of Trends in Food Science and Technology, and serves on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Yada is an advisor to many research and industry organizations,
serving on the Board of the Canadian Food Innovation Network; Board of Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network; and, the Board of Bioenterprise Inc., to name a few. Other position include External Advisory Committee Member – Arrell Food Institute; Member of the Scientific Advisory Panels – Riddet Institute (New Zealand) and AgResearch (New Zealand); Global Innovation and
Partnership Advisor, Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation, Singapore. Dr. Yada is the Past President of the Deans Council of the Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Veterinary
Medicine in Canada; Past President and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, and the International Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology;
as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. Dr. Yada has an honorary DSc from the University of Guelph.