About ALES

Who we are:

Members of the strategic planning team are:

  • Stan Blade (Dean)
  • Vic Adamowicz (Vice-Dean)
  • Frank Robinson (Special Advisor to the Dean)
  • David Bressler (Associate Dean, Research)
  • Leluo Guan (Associate Dean, Graduate Studies)
  • Nat Kav (Associate Dean, Academic)
  • Heather Bruce (Chair, Department of AFNS)
  • Rhonda Breitkreuz (Chair, Department of Human Ecology)
  • Nadir Erbilgin (Chair, Department of Renewable Resources)
  • John Parkins (Chair, Department of REES)

Where we began:

On December 15, 2015, the Faculty of ALES leadership team met to begin the strategic planning process. Each of the four departments and the faculty office presented their current state and a look forward. Each leader provided content as per the outline below:

A. Why does my department / area do what we do?
B. What does my department / area do?
C. How well we carry out the functions of the department / area? What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
D. Who are the stakeholders?
E. What are the emerging trends that will affect us?
F. Where is the department / area headed?


Where we are:

After almost two years of analysis (internal and external), we have a new strategic plan. We have completed the consultative part of strategic planning and now we are ready to implement what we know is the vision forward for achieving success of our three goals: enhancing the student experience, increasing connections to our community and turning science into to solutions for the public good.


Where we are going:

We have lofty goals, and we mean to achieve them.

While there are a multitude of faculty priorities, the strategic planning team have three areas of focus for the next five years.

We want to:

  • Enhance the student experience
  • Increase connections to our community
  • Turn science into solutions for the public good
Contact Us
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta
2-06 Agriculture-Forestry Centre
phone: 780.492.7332