The Agriculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) promotes innovation and excellence in agriculture education, technology and research. The Centre facilitates knowledge transfer by acting as a coordinating hub to bring together expertise from established institutions and organizations in areas of plant and animal production, food safety, agribusiness, policy, and technology development.
ACE also functions as the Secretariat of the B.C. Agriculture and Seafood Research, Education and Extension Network (BCASREEN), which is comprised of representatives from BC's post-secondary institutions, industry and government that work together to build a sustainable food-secure future through agricultural research, education and extension.
The Agriculture Centre of Excellence was established at UFV by the Province of British Columbia in recognition of the role of the University of the Fraser Valley in supporting commercial agriculture through research and education. The centre was charged with developing a network comprised of educators, administrators, and researchers from all of the province’s educational institutions to work with government, industry, communities, and producers to grow the agriculture sector in British Columbia.
To support this initiative, seed funding from the provincial government, plus funding from community partners and UFV were combined to build a barn and greenhouse to support agriculture education and research at the Chilliwack campus. Since then, a network of post-secondary institutions have joined together under the umbrella of the Agriculture Centre of Excellence to provide research and development solutions for the agri-food chain, and to advance agriculture education programming. The position of Director was established by UFV in September 2015 to provide leadership and plot an initial Strategic Plan for the Centre.
The four pillars of the Strategic Plan for the Centre are