Conference Information

UBC Campus, looking North over Burrard InletThe annual conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) provides a forum for sharing innovation and honoring excellence in teaching. NACTA is a professional society whose members are post-secondary teachers of agriculture, and related resource and life sciences. The 2006 conference will reflect NACTA’s on-going commitment to improving teaching and learning, and to fostering the professional development of its members.

Plan on attending to share experiences and information, to discuss, to network, to celebrate achievement and to learn.

The Theme

Following the conference theme “Making Connections Across the Curriculum”, the program will showcase integration of subject matter in the curriculum. Learning content developed in agroecology and in core and capstone courses that explore the land, food and community continuum will be considered, as will such methods as problem-based learning, experiential learning and e-portfolios.

The Location and Setting

Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a stunning natural setting of mountains, beaches and ocean. It is a world class destination renowned for its recreation, culture and moderate climate.
Downtown Vancouver, aerial view

The University of British Columbia, situated in a parklike setting only 20 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from the airport, overlooks the Pacific Ocean. UBC is Canada’s third largest university, with over 35,000 full time students.

The Conference will take advantage of several of the University’s unique venues. The Plenary and concurrent sessions will be in the impressive and comfortable Forest Sciences Centre, with social events highlighting campus culture and beautiful scenery. The welcoming luncheon will held in Sty-Wet-Tan, the Great Hall of the First Nations Longhouse, with a BBQ that night at Cecil Green Park House, an historic mansion clinging to the cliff above the Pacific. The Sage Bistro at the University Centre, also overlooking the ocean, islands, mountains and the city, is the setting for the banquet.


There are a variety of things to see and do on the University campus between conference sessions and events. The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest aboriginal art, Pacific Spirit Park offers 35 km of wooded walking and hiking trails, the Nitobe Garden is a Japanese tea and stroll garden, and the University Golf Club is an 18-hole public course. And there is more.

Vancouver must-see attractions include Stanley Park, Gastown, Robson Street (Vancouver’s Rodeo Drive), Chinatown, and Granville Island with its public market and marina. Visitors don’t want to miss walking on Vancouver’s spectacular sea walls.

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Vancouver is also a departure point for many wonderful excursions. Consider taking an Alaskan cruise; visiting Whistler, North America’s favorite winter playground; taking a ferry trip to Victoria, known for its old world charm; going whale watching; or boarding the Rocky Mountaineer train.

Registration Information



UBC Conferences and Accommodations has reserved blocks of rooms in their Gage Towers and West Coast Suites facilities. Rates vary from $49 to $159 CDN ($40 - $127 US) plus taxes. These accommodations allow comfortable walking to all conference venues.

As well, rooms at the nightly single/double conference rate of ~$90 US/$109 CDN plus taxes are available at the Plaza500 Hotel (, off-campus but centrally located and near downtown. The hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms and will provide shuttle service to the UBC conference site.

Airport Information

Vancouver. The international airport is about a 20-minute taxi ride, costing about $20 US, from UBC. Many car rental agencies serve the airport.

Hosted by

The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Conference Planning Committee

  • David Shackleton, Associate Dean, Chair
  • Maureen Kent, Conference Coordinator
  • Art Bomke
  • Peter Jolliffe
  • Cyprien Lomas
  • Kelli Sisler Rice
  • Norma Senn
  • David Davidson
  • Gary Poole
  • Winnie Pang
  • George Geldart
  • Martin Hilmer

Contact Information

Conference Web Site

Program and General Information

  • Maureen Kent
  • (604) 738.5767

Paper and Poster Presentations

Paper and Poster Abstracts are due electronically
March 15, 2006 to Rick Parker, the NACTA Journal
Editor. Details regarding the abstracts are available in
the NACTA E-newsletter and future publications and
on the NACTA website:

Registration and Accommodation Information

  • NACTA Secretariat
  • (604) 822.1050