Awards & Recognition

Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture 

Each year, we recognize a BC teacher who has been a champion in agriculture education. This teacher award is presented annually at the Agri-Food Industry Gala in Abbotsford. If you would like to nominate a teacher, please fill out our application form and send it to us before November 15th. 

Outstanding Teacher

From left to right: Pat Tonn, Executive Director of BCAITC; Brian Smith, Chef Instructor at Thomas Haney Secondary; The Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture 

2018 Outstanding Teacher - Chef Brian Smith

A Culinary Arts Instructor at Thomas Haney Secondary in Maple Ridge, Brian Smith has been instrumental in promoting the Take a Bite of BC and the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional (BCSFVNP) programs to staff and students at his school. Both are programs that share a message that is near and dear to his heart – promoting BC’s agriculture. 

“Brian has spent years promoting and highlighting local agriculture both inside and outside of his classroom” said colleague and BCAITC Celebrity Chef Trevor Randle. “In his teaching kitchen, he consistently works with Culinary Arts students to showcase local agriculture on a daily basis and challenges his staff and students to do the same. Brian’s humble nature and dedication to agriculture and Culinary Arts education is nothing less than inspiring. I am proud to call Brian my colleague and my friend.”

2017 Outstanding Teacher — Tania Toth 

A science teacher at Sardis Secondary, Tania and her colleagues have transformed a piece of ALR property owned by the Chilliwack School District into a working school farm, where students from the high school can learn firsthand about growing food. Tania saw this as an opportunity to build practical applications into studies in Science and Sustainable Resources 11, as well as teach hands-on agriculture practices.

“Tania’s hard work as an agriculture teacher has fostered a love for growing food in hundreds of students in Chilliwack,” said BCAITC President, Joe Massie. “Her commitment to excellence and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty is truly inspirational to everyone around her.”

2016 - Karla Stroet

2015 - Patricia Regan

2014 - Joe Massie

2013 - Chef Gerald Worobetz

2012 - Lori Pilling

2011 - Gail Chan and Chef Trevor Randle

BC Regional Science Fair Awards 

To highlight the connection between agriculture and science, BCAITC supports the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia. Each year, we contribute 13 regional science fair awards for outstanding projects that demonstrate the practical application of scientific principles to agriculture.

2019 Award Winners by Region

Cariboo Mainline: Kaitlyn for "Growth with Music"

Central Interior: Mikahla & Lela for "DUNG DUNG DUNNGG!!"

Central Okanagan: Elizabeth for "MUGLE"

East Kootenay: Annika for "Little Bugs Big Change"

Fraser Valley: Sarah & Neelah for "Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Organic Fertilizer" 

Greater Vancouver: Atif for "The Effects of Salt Stress on Canola and its Transgenic Line"

Northern BC: Jack for "Soils of the Peace"

Northern Vancouver Island: Koa for "Study of Hybrid Genetics"

Pacific Northwest: Indigo for "Beans in Waste"

South Fraser: Anson for "The Intra-Urban Grow Box"

Vancouver Island: Lauren for "The Dirt On Microplastics"

West Kootenay: Nadine for "Food of the Future: A Bite-Sized Solution"

Yukon Stikine: Lily for "My Plants are Hungry" 


Visit the Science Fair Foundation BC for more information on BC science fairs and awards, student resources, and the Science Fair Mentorship Program.