Consideration of the extension of appointment of Dr. Kate Ross, Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

 

The term of Dr. Kate Ross’ appointment is coming to an end on 31 October, 2018. Dr. Ross has indicated her willingness to consider an extension to her appointment as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar. Therefore, we are initiating the process for her extension as set out by the Board of Governors under Policy No. 43: https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2016/12/policy43.pdf.

We have asked the Senate office to conduct an election for a staff member from the Registrar’s office and to facilitate the selection by the Vancouver and Okanagan Senates of two faculty members (one each from the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee. We will also consult with appropriate student groups to select two student members (one from each campus) to serve on the committee. Once we have the composition of the committee finalized, we will inform the community of the process.

We will co-chair the President’s Advisory Committee, which will consult widely within the university and beyond, and we will ensure the community is kept informed throughout the process.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Announcing the new Vice-President, Human Resources

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Barbara Meens Thistle as UBC’s new Vice President, Human Resources. She will begin this role on February 5, 2018.

Barbara is currently Vice-President, Central Services at the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) where, since April 2014, she has had responsibility for a diverse portfolio including all aspects of Human Resources. With over 25 years of experience as a senior leader in the Energy Sector (Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power, Westcoast Energy) and Public Sector (ICBC, Provincial Health Services Authority, Powerex, BC Hydro), Barbara brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, change management, operational excellence, procurement, health and wellness, and safety.

She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Fellow in the Canadian Board Diversity Council, and in 2016 was voted HR Professional of the Year by Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC and Yukon. Barbara is an active volunteer in her community including being a Board Director with OceanWise (Vancouver Aquarium) and with Big Sisters of BC, Lower Mainland.

Barbara is a long-time champion of equity, diversity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has worked collaboratively with senior leaders and employees to create relevant, aspirational and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies that have been successfully implemented.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Vice-President, Human Resources, Lisa Castle, for her remarkable contribution to UBC over the past twenty-three years. I’d also like to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding new candidate to fill this role.

Barbara will be a very valuable addition to our Executive team and I have full confidence she will be able to build on the excellent progress made to make UBC such a rewarding and fulfilling place to work. Please join me in welcoming Barbara to UBC.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

The Blue & Gold Campaign for Students starts today

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Today, UBC is announcing our new Blue & Gold Campaign for Students, with the goal of raising $100 million in student support over three years – the largest fundraising campaign for students in UBC history! The awards will support students in need, students from under-represented communities, leadership-based awards and combinations of these.

To get thing started, UBC will provide up to $5 million in matching funds for new endowed gifts to select Blue & Gold Campaign priorities, including the Blue & Gold Bursaries, where every dollar will provide talented students with the tools they need to create lasting and meaningful change.

Join me today – or even tomorrow on Giving Tuesday – to support UBC’s new Blue & Gold Campaign for Students at: https://support.ubc.ca/projects/ubc-blueandgold-campaign/

Change their world, so they can change ours.

Professor Santa J. Ono,
President and Vice-Chancellor

Have your say on UBC’s strategic plan before December 8

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As we enter the final stages of UBC’s strategic planning process, I would like to remind you of the different ways to have your say on the emerging plan.

Online survey (November 23 – December 8)
I invite you to take the time to share your thoughts on the emerging plan, and your ideas for how we can bring the plan to life, by completing this online survey before December 8 https://openminds.ubc.ca/c/r/Phase5_Consultation

Open houses (November 24 – 30)
There is also an opportunity to provide your input in person at one of the following open house events:

UBC Vancouver
Friday November 24, 2017
12 pm to 4 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor)

Wednesday November 29, 2017
4 pm to 7 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor)

UBC Okanagan
Thursday November 30, 2017
11 am to 2 pm
Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research (foyer)

To learn more about the strategic plan and the process so far, visit www.ubc.ca/strategicplan.

Whatever your role at UBC, I sincerely hope you will take the time to participate in this dialogue.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Help us finalize UBC’s strategic plan, starting November 23

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

UBC is in the final stages of a comprehensive strategic planning process. As we enter this final phase, I am hoping you will join the conversation and provide your input.

UBC’s new plan will serve as a road map, helping us focus even more intently on our core activities of learning and research. It also provides an opportunity for you to help shape the priorities that will influence our university for years to come.

We have already received thousands of thoughtful comments from faculty, staff, students, alumni, external partners and our broader community. This input has helped us identify draft priority areas for the plan.

We have also engaged with Deans, the Executive and other university leaders to explore these priority areas and articulate them within an overarching framework. The framework reflects UBC’s core mandate of excellence in learning and research, with the draft priorities represented as areas for transformational focus, or as underpinning strengths and commitments that define our university.

More recently, we have established representative working groups to substantiate the framework through objectives and strategies attached to each major area. Their recommendations will be provided to the Steering Committee, Deans and the Executive.

Share your input in person
As we continue through the final stages of this process, I would like to invite you to help us validate the emerging plan and explore ideas of how we can bring it to life. A series of open house events will take place during November. Details are as follows:

UBC Vancouver
Friday November 24, 2017
12 pm to 4 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor)

Wednesday November 29, 2017
4 pm to 7 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor)

UBC Okanagan
Thursday November 30, 2017
11 am to 2 pm
Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research (foyer)

Share your input online
You are also invited to share your input via an online survey, which will run from November 23 until December 8. You will receive a broadcast email on November 23 with a link to that survey, so please look out for it.

To learn more about the strategic plan and the process so far, visit www.ubc.ca/strategicplan.

Collectively, we can build a plan that reflects our distinctive strengths and values. Whether you are a student, faculty member or staff, we value your input and encourage you to continue with us on this journey.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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