Search Committee Member Bios

Chancellor Lindsay Gordon, Chair

Mr. Lindsay Gordon retired as President & CEO of HSBC Bank Canada in 2013. In addition to his current role as Chancellor of UBC, he also serves as a director of HSBC France, Export Development Canada (EDC), The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Clear Seas Center for Responsible Marine Shipping. He is co-Founder of the CH.I.L.D. Foundation, serves on the Presidents’ Group of the Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation of British Columbia, and is a member of the Long Range Policy Committee for the Business Council of British Columbia.

Mr. Gordon was the 2010 recipient of the B’nai Brith Award of Merit for Outstanding Canadians and a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He holds a BA and an MBA from The University of British Columbia.

Board of Governors – Mr. Stuart Belkin

Mr. Stuart Belkin has been Chair and CEO of the Belkorp Group of Companies since 1987 and in this role oversees all Belkorp Group investments and operations. He is also Chair of Rogers Sugar Inc., Canada’s largest sugar refiner and marketer and a Belkorp investee company since 1993.

His charitable and public sector activities have included service as trustee or director of Vancouver Police Foundation, St. Paul’s Hospital (Board & Foundation), C.D. Howe Institute, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and Sectoral Adviser Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

In January 2013, Premier Christy Clark presented Mr. Belkin with a Diamond Jubilee Medal (Philanthropy).

Mr. Belkin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from The University of British Columbia.

Board of Governors – Ms. Celeste Haldane

Ms. Celeste Haldane was elected Commissioner for a third two-year term by the First Nations Summit in February 2015; she is currently the Acting Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission.

Ms. Haldane is a practising lawyer and holds an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). In September 2015, she began her Doctorate in Anthropology & Law at UBC.

She is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association and a 2015 alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Ms. Haldane is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She currently serves on the Musqueam Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Housing & Capital Committee. She spent four years as the Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee and assisted in developing the Musqueam Interim Spousal Property Law. Ms. Haldane is the proud mother of three and grandmother of one.

She holds an LL.B. and BA from The University of British Columbia.

Board of Governors – Ms. Fiona Macfarlane

Ms. Fiona Macfarlane is currently the Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice for Ernst & Young LLP, as well as the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer.

Ms. Macfarlane is a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and serves on the organization’s Executive Committee. She was appointed by the BC’s Minister of Finance to the province’s Expert Panel on Business Taxation, is a member of the Aboriginal Business Investment Council (a provincially established council), serves on the Executive Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia and is a Governor of the Board of Shawnigan Lake School.

Ms. Macfarlane has been recognized as a ‘Women of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion’, as one of ‘Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100′ (in 2011 and 2012), and was named as an IWF ‘Woman Who Makes a Difference’ in October 2013. In 2015, Ms. Macfarlane was selected as one of Business in Vancouver’s ‘Influential Women of Business’.

Vancouver Senate – Ms. Carol Jaeger

Ms. Carol Jaeger is a Senior Instructor and Associate Dean, Academic, in the Faculty of Applied Science.

She hold a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of British Columbia.

Okanagan Senate – Dr. Marianne Legault

Dr. Marianne Legault is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Dr. Legault’s research areas include women’s literary production in seventeenth and eighteenth century France, as well as novels, fairy tales, and drama.

She holds a PhD from The University of British Columbia.

Vancouver Senate – Dr. Rickey Yada

Dr. Rickey Yada is a Professor and Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land & Food Systems.

Dr. Yada brings strong commitment to research, teaching and learning to his role as Dean. He also has an extensive publication record, with a focus on food science.

He holds a BSc., MSc. and PhD from The University of British Columbia.

Okanagan Faculty – Dr. Paul G. Davies

Dr. Paul Davies is Associate Professor of Psychology for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The focus of his research is intergroup relations; specifically, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Dr. Davies has been named to the Teaching Honour Roll every year that he has been at UBC; in May 2012, he was awarded the 2011-2012 UBC Okanagan Campus Award for Teaching Excellence & Innovation.

Vancouver Faculty – Dr. Darrin Lehman

Dr. Darrin Lehman is a professor in UBC’s Department of Psychology, the Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Major Awards (PACMA), and a member of the UBC Board of Governors.

There are over 13,500 citations to his research, which has focused on coping with stressful life experiences, social support processes, and the effects of culture on self and social thinking.

Dr. Lehman is deeply committed to improving UBC so that it is a better place for his faculty colleagues to thrive in their careers.

Vancouver Faculty – Dr. Mark MacLachlan

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. He is committed to making UBC a great place to do research and study.

Okanagan Dean – Dr. Gordon Binsted

Dr. Gordon Binsted is Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Development and Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Education at the Okanagan campus.

Vancouver Dean – Dr. Catherine Dauvergne

Dr. Catherine Dauvergne took up the Deanship of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in July 2015; she has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law for twenty years.

Dr. Dauvergne has written three books that take a broad perspective on the theoretical underpinnings of these areas of law. Her most recent book, The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies, will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2016.

In 2012, Dr. Dauvergne was made a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in recognition of her contributions to public discourse in Canada.

Vancouver Dean – Dr. Blye Frank

Dr. Blye Frank is Dean of the Faculty of Education. A scholar and advocate for social justice and equity with over four decades working in education, Dr. Frank is an experienced educator and administrator who brings a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and academic leadership.

Dr. Frank has an active research career and is a recognized expert in the field of gender studies with academic interests that include masculinity and the sociology of boys’ and men’s health.

AMS – Mr. Aaron Bailey

Mr. Aaron Bailey is a fifth-year student at UBC’s Vancouver campus, studying for a BSc in Integrated Sciences. He currently serves as the 106th president of the Alma Mater Society, Canada’s largest student society, and is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of this non-profit, which has an operating budget of $35 million.

Previously, Mr. Bailey served as a UBC student senator and as president of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society; worked as a UBC residence advisor and Campus Tours ambassador; and co-founded the UBC Bike Rave.

In his spare time, Mr. Bailey enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and writing music on his guitar.

UBCSUO – Mr. Tom Macauley

Mr. Tom Macauley is President of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO). He has served in multiple aspects of the UBCSUO organization including governance and operations.

He has implemented numerous new programs and initiatives to the UBCSUO including a work experience program and a program offering students registered with the Disability Resource Centre the opportunity to receive free personal training sessions on campus. Under his leadership, the UBCSUO will be rolling out a Healthy Minds Campaign in January, aimed at improving access to supports for mental health such as counselling and better awareness of existing support groups on campus for vulnerable students.

Mr. Macauley attended high school in Los Angeles, CA, and moved back to Canada to pursue a history degree in at the Okanagan campus.

Graduate Student Society – Ms. Amber Shilling

Ms. Amber Shilling is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Studies. She is a departmental representative at the Graduate Student Society (GSS), and is the elected representative of the GSS to the Presidential Search Committee.

Ms. Shilling is Annishinabe from Mnjikaning First Nation and is a grateful visitor to the traditional, ancestral, and unceeded territory of the Musqueam and Coast Salish people.

She is also a proud alumna of UBC, having completed her Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies in 2006. Ms. Shilling went on to complete a Master of Education at the University of Calgary in 2014 and returned to UBC to complete her doctoral work.

She brings her extensive educational, professional, and volunteer experience to this search committee with the intention of finding the best presidential candidate to guide UBC in a way that benefits graduate students, and the broader UBC community.

alumni UBC – Mr. Gregg Saretsky

Mr. Gregg Saretsky is a member at large of alumni UBC.

Mr. Saretsky is President and Chief Executive Officer of WestJet, responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations of the airline.

He holds a BA and MA from The University of British Columbia.

alumni UBC – Ms. Faye Wightman

Ms. Faye Wightman is Chair of the alumni UBC Board of Directors.

Ms. Wightman spent her working career in the charitable sector, primarily in the health and social service sector. She was President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Vice-President of External Relations at the University of Victoria before returning to Vancouver to head up Vancouver Foundation from 2005 to 2013.

Ms. Wightman is currently consulting in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on working to ensure good governance practices.

Okanagan Staff – Ms. Maureen Brophy

Ms. Maureen Brophy was acclaimed to the Presidential Search Committee as a member representing the BCGEU membership at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Ms. Brophy currently works as the Assistant to the Director of Business Operations and has been employed at UBC’s Okanagan campus for nearly four inspiring years. She has over 25 years of clerical experience and owned/operated a small business for five years.

She has lived in the Lower Mainland, northern B.C. and Alberta, southwest Saskatchewan; in Kelowna for the past four years. She has two adult children and is an avid sports fan who has volunteered in various capacities, including coaching and community sports liaison.

Vancouver Staff – Ms. Kelly Davies

Ms. Kelly Davies is Front of House Attendant for Student Housing & Hospitality Services.

She holds a BA from The University of British Columbia.

M&P Staff – Dr. Andrea Han

Dr. Andrea Han is Associate Director of Curriculum & Course Services at the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology.

Dr. Han has been a member of the Board of Directors of UBC’s Association of Administrative & Professional Staff since 2011, serving as second Vice-President, a Member at Large, AAPS representative to the United Way steering committee, and chair of the PD Advisory Committee.  She is currently the Acting President of the AAPS.

She holds a PhD in Educational Administration and has worked in a number of educational institutions over her 20-year career.