Ione Smith, Director

BSc (Environmental Sciences), MSc (Resource Management), PAg

Ione is passionate about working to find solutions to challenging food system problems. She is a Professional Agrologist with a background in community engagement, agricultural planning, and land resource science. Ione brings over 16 years of extensive experience in developing recommendations and policies that will improve farm viability and food production through strategic stakeholder engagement processes. Ione has built a career on developing innovative agriculture and food security plans for local governments, agricultural climate change adaptation and mitigation research for government and non-government agencies, and business plans for individual farmers. She has worked with Indigenous communities, governments of all levels, and non-governmental organizations to craft actionable recommendations and implement key business strategies to improve and develop opportunities for agriculture and food security. Ione is a Qualified BC Farm Business Advisor as conferred by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP): a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

In addition to her consulting work, Ione currently serves as Vice Chair (South Coast) of the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission. Other previous positions include volunteering as a steering committee member of the BC Food Systems Network, an organization that works to create healthy, just, and sustainable food systems and serving as a board member of Community Futures Sunshine Coast, an organization committed to growing local businesses.

Ione received a MSc from the Institute for Resource Management, Environment, and Sustainability (RMES) at UBC in 2004, where her thesis focused on the relationship between farming and water quality in the Fraser Valley. She received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph, where she was nominated for the prestigious W.C. Winegard Medal as the top graduating student from the Ontario Agricultural College. Originally from Montreal, Ione lived and studied in Australia and Ontario before settling in BC in 2002. She is fluent in both French and English.