DR. ALEJANDRO PALACIOS


402 - 1566 West 13th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6J 2G4
Phone: (604) 732 1591 Fax: (604) 732-1691
apalacios@shaw.ca

Dr. Palacios has acquired significant expertise in specialized areas of agro-insurance, adult education, curriculum development and distance learning. He has focused on developing agriculture and human resource skills in unique population strata, primarily with native communities in Canada and Chile. Dr. Palacios is currently responsible for developing curriculum and teaching in both on-site and distance learning environments from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
Ph. D. in Adult Education, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, (1996). Dissertation topic: Non formal Education and Development: A Critical Socio historical Analysis of B.C. First Nations Agricultural Extension.

M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (l978). Thesis topic: Computer Simulation Analysis of Alternative Income Stabilization Schemes for B. C. Hog Producers.

B.Sc. in Agriculture (Honours), Major in Agricultural Economics, University of Chile (l964). Thesis topic: A Socio economic Study of Native Agriculture in the Province of Cautin, Chile.

ACADEMIC TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
November 2007 to present:
Acting Program Head
Human Security and Peacebuilding Master of Arts Program
Royal Roads University, British Columbia

January 2003 to present:
Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Associate Faculty
Human Security and Peacebuilding Master of Arts Program
  • Responsible for developing the curriculum and teaching:
HSPB 515 Social Policy Issues – Social and Economic Insecurity (on-line),
HSPB 525 The Politics of Governance and Human Security Issues (on-line),
HSPB 520 Field Based Action Research (on-line), and
HSPB 505 Challenges to Human Security (face-to-face).
  • Academic guidance and advise to learners during the Human Security and Peacebuilding Master of Arts Program Residencies.
  • Academic Supervisor, graduating Major-Research Projects and Field Practice Reports.

University College of the Fraser Valley, Sessional Faculty
Adult Education Department
  • Teaching course on Adult Education and Social Change (ADED 410) for the Adult Education Bachelor of Adult Education Program.

October 1995 to December 2002:
Institute of Indigenous Government, Vancouver, British Columbia, Faculty
  • Taught and developed the curriculum for six courses in the area of social and economic development:
Fundamentals of Economic and Social Development (IESD-101),
Development for Rural Indigenous Communities (IESD-202),
Planning for Indigenous Business Development, Part I (IESD-204),
Planning for Indigenous Business Development, Part II (IESD-205),
Indigenous Perspectives on Resource Development (IESD-206), and
Eco-Development (IESD-301).
  • Taught course in the area of social research: Introduction to Social Research Methods (IGST-212). Responsible for the development of the course curriculum.
  • Taught course in the area of natural sciences: Exploring the Natural Sciences (IGST-106). Responsible for the development of the course curriculum.

1994 Spring/Summer Session:
University of British Columbia, Sessional Faculty
Faculty of Education, Adult Education Department
  • Taught course on the foundations of adult education: Introduction to Adult Education (ADED 412). Responsible for the development of the course curriculum.

1965/66 Academic Year:
Austral University, Valdivia, Chile, Sessional Faculty.
Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Taught course in microeconomic theory: Microeconomics 100.

BUSINESS TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Developed the course curriculum for the Western Indian Agricultural Corporation First Nations Farm Management Training Program (1993).

Responsible for the organization and supervision of Western Indian Agricultural Corporation (WIAC) extension and educational activities including 60 workshops and short courses per year (1980 to 1989).

RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
Production of educational video, “Mapuches: People of the Land” sponsored by CoDevelopment Canada (1993).

Evaluated the Agricultural Development Research Corporation (ARDCORP) Farm Management Training Program, under the sponsorship of the Department of Agricultural Economics, UBC. Conducted personal interviews with over fifty trainees across British Columbia and produced an extensive written report (1992).

Responsible for assessing the educational needs of farmers in British Columbia, under the sponsorship of the Department of Agricultural Economics, UBC. Designed research instruments and wrote project report (1992).

Worked on the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Extension Program Evaluation, under the sponsorship of the Department of Adult Education, UBC (1991).

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Economic and Educational Advisor to the Chilean Agricultural Insurance Committee (2001 and 2002). Worked in Chile, for the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture (IICA), on the implementation of the Chilean Agricultural Insurance Program. This project was conducted under the auspices of the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Alberta Financial Services Corporation Agreement. Responsible for the organization and supervision of the extension and educational activities of the Program.

Economic and Educational Advisor to the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Alberta Financial Services Corporation (1998 -2000). Worked on the design and implementation plan for the establishment of an Agricultural Insurance Program in Chile. This project was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Government of Chile.

Economic and Educational Advisor to the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture and to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (1997 and 1998). Worked on the design of a Safety Net Program for Chilean Agricultural Producers. This project was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Government of Chile.

Prepared an extensive report for the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture (1995) on Agricultural Support Programs in Canada and the United States. This project was funded by the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture (IICA).

MANAGEMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CEO responsible for the operation of three companies owned by Western Indian Agricultural Producers Association (WIAPA) in British Columbia: Western Indian Agricultural Corporation, Western Indian Lending Association and Western Indian Management Team. These companies provided extension services, technical assistance, agricultural loans and training to First Nations farmers in British Columbia. Supervised a staff of twenty-one professional, technical and administrative personnel (1984 to 1989).

Worked on the establishment of the First Nations Agricultural Lending Association in British Columbia. This company is fully owned and controlled by First Nations farmers. The company had an initial capital loan fund of five million dollars (1988 to 1989).

Participated as international development advisor in the planning sessions that took place in Bogotá, Colombia, leading to the development of a Training Program for Latin American First Nations community leaders, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Federated Indian College (Canada), the Latin American Indian Council, and the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), in November 1985.

Responsible for the administration of an agricultural credit and extension program that provided services to a population of 25,000 small farmers and peasants, the majority of them living on Mapuche Reserves. Supervised a staff of 200 professional agrologists, veterinary doctors, educators, sociologists, technicians and administrative personnel (1970 to 1972).

AWARDS

Recipient of the 2006 Royal Roads University Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (1992).

University Graduate Scholarship, University of British Columbia, (1992).

The Class of Agriculture 1921 Graduate Scholarship, University of British Columbia (1978).

Summer Research Scholarship, University of British Columbia (1977).

Special Merit Award, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. (1976).

Best B.Sc. in Agriculture Thesis. Chilean Professional Agrologist's Society (1965).

PUBLICATIONS
Palacios, A. (1996). Non formal Education and Development: A Critical Socio historical Analysis of B.C. First Nations Agricultural Extension. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Palacios, A. (1994). Adult Education, Modernization Theory and the Ecological Imperative. In Coreau, R., Dawson, J. & Sigaty, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference on Theory and Practice, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (pp. 326 331). Vancouver, B.C.: Simon Fraser University.

Palacios, A. (1994). The relevance of Critical Theory in Educational Research. In Coreau, R., Dawson, J. & Sigaty, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference on Theory and Practice, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (pp. 338 343). Vancouver, B.C.: Simon Fraser University.

Palacios, A. (June, 1992). Adult Education for Social Change: Towards a Nonviolent, Liberating and Authentic New World Order. Proceedings of the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education CAUCE 1992 Conference (pp.52 57). University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Palacios, A. (1991). Agricultural Extension and B.C. First Nations farmers: Between Modernity and Chief G. Manuel's Fourth World Perspective. In H.K. Baskett (Ed.). Proceedings CASAE 1991 Conference (pp.197 202). Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Palacios, A. (1985). Western Indian Agricultural Corporation and the Development of Indian Agriculture in British Columbia. In W. Sinclair (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference Towards Native Self Reliance, Renewal and Development. Vancouver, B.C.: Dept. of Northern and Indian Affairs, B.C. Region.

Palacios, A. and Garland, M. (Eds.). (1984) Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Development on the B. C. Indian Reserves. Vancouver, B.C.: Western Indian Agricultural Corporation and the UBC Faculty of Agriculture.

Palacios, A and Piedrahita, A. (1982). Youth Development through 4 H Clubs on Indian Reserves in British Columbia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Extension, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Palacios, A. and Pinto, P. (1965). Estudio Socio economico de la Agricultura Indigena en la provincia de Cautin (Chile). [Socioeconomic analysis of Native Agriculture in the Prov. of Cautin, Chile]. Simiente, 35, (4 6), pp. 5 12.

PUBLIC SERVICE
Volunteer World Peace Forum 2006.

Member of the working group preparing a position paper on the Prospects of an Integrated System of Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia, sponsored by the Centre for Policy Studies and Higher Education and Training and Green College, University of British Columbia, February-May, 2000.

Member of the Planning Committee for the First Nations Adult Education Pre-conference, Vancouver, June 2000.

President of the Institute of Indigenous Government Staff and Faculty Association (1998-1999).

Chair of the Institute of Indigenous Government Education Council (1998).

Volunteer translator for the Vancouver Inter-Faith Refugee Committee (ongoing).

Chair of CoDevelopment Canada Advisory Committee for the Third International Native Youth Exchange (1989).

Member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) (1992-1993).

President of the Latin American Action Research Centre (1989-1990).

Editor of Latin American Action Research Centre Newsletter, “NOSOTROS” (1985-1990).

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Goals for the Institute

Developing Countries:
To develop sustainable agricultural risk management programs for developing countries that result in economic stability and new sources of “risk capital” for their agriculture sectors.

Developed Countries:
To provide a training, succession planning, and “analytical research capability” environment for developed country governments and private companies engaged or expanding their work in agricultural risk management.




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