Meet the Team

Our Staff

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Robert Newell



BC Food Web - Advisory Committee Chair

Rob Newell is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the BC Food Web, where he leads Committee meetings and provides guidance on the direction and activities of the BCFW initiative. Newell is also a Research Associate at the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, and in this role, he leads projects that explore challenges and opportunities around different approaches, strategies, and technologies for transitioning to sustainable and resilient food systems.

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Melanie Kuxdorf



Communications and Marketing Manager

Melanie oversees the branding and communications strategy of the BC Food Web. Melanie is a strategic communicator experienced in multi-platform communications and knowledge mobilization. She has been working in communications for over 10 years, previously working in journalism and the arts including at CBC Radio. She holds a Master’s in Journalism and a BFA in dance. She is passionate about food and environmental sustainability, and in making complex information accessible, usable and compelling.

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Lisa Powell



Founder of BC Food Web

Dr. Lisa Powell led the initial development and funding applications for BC Food Web, while she was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and a research associate at UFV’s Food & Agriculture Institute.  Lisa now holds a faculty position at an institution in the U.S., but remains an affiliate of both CSFS and FAI.   In addition to being passionate about knowledge mobilization and university-community partnerships, Lisa conducts research on regional food systems, agricultural land use, adoption of innovative crops and new agrifood technologies, and food literacy education.  Lisa completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies and Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University, and B.A. in mathematics from Harvard University. 

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