Board governance – listening to your views

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On behalf of the UBC Board of Governors, I would like to thank all those who attended today’s meeting to share their views about board governance.

The board invited representatives of student, faculty, staff and alumni groups to attend today’s board meeting for a discussion on governance. We also welcomed written submissions from any member of the university community.

The board appreciated the full, frank and thoughtful dialogue, and we will carefully consider all the views and recommendations presented today as we work to strengthen board governance. In particular, I have asked the governance committee to review the submissions in detail and report back in June with recommended actions. Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting can still submit comments via email to

On behalf of the board, I want to reiterate my thanks to all members of the community who have been part of this very important discussion.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors

UBC Board of Governors meeting – webcast live

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The UBC Board of Governors has invited representatives of student, faculty, staff and alumni groups to attend tomorrow’s board meeting for a discussion on governance. In addition to the verbal presentations and discussion at the meeting, the board welcomes additional written submissions to

The presentations on governance will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. For those unable to attend the meeting, you can watch online via the following link:

The open session of the board meeting will be webcast live (until approximately 12:30 p.m.).

Philip Steenkamp
Vice-President, External Relations

Presidential search: Shortlist of candidates finalized

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We are pleased to provide an update on the Presidential search process.

We are delighted to advise that the search committee, after much discussion and deliberation, has constructed a shortlist of seven excellent candidates. The position profile developed through stakeholder consultation has been instrumental in the evaluation of candidates, and we thank the UBC community for your thoughtful input. As a committee, we have been pleased with the genuine level of interest and optimism expressed by all candidates at the prospect of contributing to the ongoing success of UBC as it enters its second century. We are encouraged by the strength and diversity that is represented in this pool of candidates. The candidates on the shortlist are diverse in terms of backgrounds, academic disciplines, geographic location, university leadership positions held, gender and ethnicity.

The full committee will now hold in-depth interviews with these shortlisted candidates during the month of May, with the objective of reaching a decision for recommendation to the UBC Board of Governors. We remain on track to announce our new President by June 30.

There are two recent changes in committee membership filling the vacancies of Greg Peet (Board of Governors) and Dr. Jennifer Berdahl (Vancouver faculty).

Celeste Haldane is a practising lawyer and is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association who joined UBC’s board in 2013. She has recently been appointed chair of the board’s Governance Committee. Celeste is elected to the BC Treaty Commission, and currently is the acting chief commissioner and also serves on the Musqueam Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Housing & Capital Committee.

Dr. Mark MacLachlan is a professor in UBC’s Department of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds the Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials. The focus of his research is in inorganic chemistry and materials development. Dr. MacLachlan has received the Killam Teaching Prize, the Killam Mentorship Award, the E. W. R. Steacie Fellowship, and the Steacie Prize.

Both Celeste and Mark are committed to making UBC a great place to do research and study. We are pleased to welcome Mark, and to welcome back Celeste, who graciously stepped down recently to allow Board of Governors Chair Stuart Belkin to join the committee. They will both be excellent additions to the committee, and we are grateful to them for volunteering their time to this most important endeavour.

In closing, we would all like to take this opportunity to thank the UBC community for its ongoing support of the search process, and to encourage you to continue to submit your comments to us in confidence by email to or online:

Aaron Bailey
Student Representative

Stuart Belkin
Board of Governors

Gordon Binsted
Deans Representative

Maureen Brophy
Staff Representative

Catherine Dauvergne
Deans Representative

Kelly Davies
Staff Representative

Paul Davies
Faculty Representative

Blye Frank
Deans Representative

Lindsay Gordon

Celeste Haldane
Board of Governors

Andrea Han
Staff Representative

Carol Jaeger
Senate Representative

Marianne Legault
Senate Representative

Darrin Lehman
Faculty Representative

Tom Macauley
Student Representative

Fiona Macfarlane
Board of Governors

Mark MacLachlan
Faculty Representative

Gregg Saretsky
Alumni Representative

Amber Shilling
Student Representative

Faye Wightman
Alumni Representative

Rickey Yada
Senate Representative

Join the Centennial celebrations on April 6

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver

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UBC’s Centennial year has offered the opportunity to mark our collective pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and research. It also offers the chance to remember the history of our Aboriginal neighbours and look forward to a mutually beneficial and positive future.

As the academic year draws to a close, faculty, staff and students are invited to join end-of-term Centennial celebrations this Wednesday, April 6.

The program at the Vancouver campus begins at 10:30 am at Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square (outside UBC Bookstore) with the dedication of the Musqueam sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (double-headed serpent post), which will serve as a permanent welcome to all the visitors to these grounds and as a reminder of our relationship with the Musqueam people.

A lunch-hour festival follows at University Commons (outside the Nest) where we’ll continue the celebrations.

Please click on this link to view a video from Dr. Martha C. Piper, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor:

Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to take time to reflect on our historic year, and to connect with one another as we look forward to a second century of growth and transformation together.

Campus Safety Alert

To: UBC’s Vancouver Campus Community

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This is an urgent safety alert for the UBC Vancouver community.

The RCMP has released a statement today advising the community of a sexual assault that occurred on Friday, March 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m. in the 3200 block of Wesbrook Mall.

RCMP Media Advisory:

Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the person responsible for this incident. Please provide any information to the University Detachment RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

UBC has taken several steps recently to ensure the safety of our campus community, including additional security around student residences and the expansion of the UBC Blue Phone network. There are additional safety measures available to you:

  • Use the AMS Safewalk Program (604-822-5355) to have someone accompany you from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Use the Translink Community Shuttle, which operates on a fixed route and stops near residence (
  • Use UBC Blue Phones to connect directly with UBC Campus Security:
  • If you find yourself alone late at night on campus after these other services have stopped running for the evening, please call Campus Security at 604-822-2222 (put this number in your phone) or use a UBC Blue Phone and a security patrol will accompany you to your campus destination.

The University is doing everything possible to assist the RCMP in their investigation. Campus Security and the RCMP continue to patrol campus and respond to reported incidents. Personal security is an important consideration for everyone at UBC. Please take the utmost care and be aware of your surroundings when travelling on campus. For support and safety resources, please see

We recognize these are preventative measures that will not stop every crime from happening; however, we can work together proactively to create a safer community at UBC.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

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