As we put the 2021 fiscal year behind us, I would like to extend the Board’s continued gratitude to the UBC community for their contributions and sacrifices over the past year. And to the students who will be completing their degrees and programs this term - congratulations! We look forward to seeing you at upcoming virtual convocation ceremonies to celebrate with you.
February 16, 2021
I would like to open by congratulating our new Minister of Advanced Education and proud UBC alumna, the Honourable Anne Kang, on her appointment. President Ono and I were fortunate to meet with Minister Kang a couple of weeks ago to share UBC’s vision and priorities, as they align with the Minister’s mandate. We also specifically spoke about the University’s response to COVID-19, emphasizing that health and safety has been at the forefront of all decisions, and that UBC students, faculty, staff and administration have all stepped up to challenges presented by the pandemic and are adapting as the situation changes day by day. The Minister specifically asked that we relay her deep thanks to the UBC community for coming together and for your hard work throughout the pandemic.
December 3, 2020
It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2020, a year which we will all remember as one full of challenges, heartache and unprecedented change, but also one which propelled the world forward on a number of fronts, including anti-racism, social justice and renewed calls to address the climate crisis. As we approach the end of Winter Term 1 and the close of 2020, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight a few accomplishments.
September 22, 2020
I would like to give a warm welcome back to all students, faculty and staff and a special welcome to those new to UBC this September. The circumstances under which you are welcomed to UBC are highly unique in 2020. I recognize the challenges that we all face in ensuring the outstanding teaching, learning and research for which UBC is known.
July 27, 2020
As the Chair of UBC’s Board of Governors, I am looking forward to working with colleagues, the President, and the administration in carrying out our responsibilities for the stewardship of this outstanding and globally recognized university. My focus will be to build on a number of key priorities that have already been articulated by the Board and administration. These include ongoing commitments to academic and research excellence, as well as commitments to Indigenous reconciliation and engagement, diversity and inclusion, sustainability and climate action, and student, staff and faculty health and wellness.