Gillian Watt, BscAg., MBA, Director
Gillian Watt is a fourth-generation grass farmer in the BC Interior. She has a BScAg from UBC majoring in animal science and range management and an MBA in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. Currently, Gillian is director of the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program at TRU and leads the instruction of the Business Management suite of courses. She brings a unique perspective to this role, from her diverse career experiences as an owner/manager of a diversified ranching operation, an agriculture account manager at RBC, a range agrologist in the Chilcotin Forest District, a business mentor in the TRU research office, as well as her many years of agriculture extension work with the BC Ministry of Agriculture.
Gillian is passionate about leading the next generation of agriculture producers to appreciate the need for diversity in enterprises, in plants and in soil life in order to be resilient in the face of change. She believes as agriculture producers we have a responsibility to lead the way in nurturing soil health, animal health, and human health through applied research, learning, and putting into practice the principles of regenerative agriculture.
Alongside the team of Ty Johnson, David Zirnhelt, and Angela Abrahao, Gillian has recently built a Ranching Business Advisory service.