A message from Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan campus and Lisa Castle, UBC Vice-President, Human Resources
We are very pleased to announce Gillian Henderson will be joining us as Director, Human Resources at UBC’s Okanagan Campus, effective July 4. Her experience and background are a great addition to the HR team and the campus community, and will build upon the strong foundation of work completed over the last several years.
Working with Okanagan campus leadership, faculty, staff and unions, as well as with Human Resource colleagues in Vancouver, Gillian will provide HR leadership for the Okanagan campus to enable UBC and the campus to achieve strategic priorities. As a member of the executive team at UBC Okanagan, she will be responsible for driving leadership in culture, labour relations, wellbeing, recruitment and retention and organizational development.
Gillian brings a wealth of human resource leadership experience from both the health care and higher education sectors, most recently as VP Corporate Services with Lakeland College in Alberta. Prior to that, she was with St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox, BC, and has also spent time with the Island Health Region and BC Pensions Corporation. Upon joining us, Gillian will have achieved a MSc in Human Resource Management from Edinburgh Business School, and is well positioned to provide HR leadership to this growing and dynamic campus, and to UBC more broadly.
During her time with Lakeland College, she had responsibility for a broad portfolio that included Risk, Business Continuity, Finance, Information Technology and Facilities in addition the HR portfolio, which provided her with the opportunity to be a part of long range institutional planning. However, her passion is Human Resources, and she looks forward to working as a member of the innovative UBC team.
Please join us in welcoming Gillian to UBC.
As well, please join us in acknowledging the contribution of our outgoing Director, Pauline Brandes, who has provided such capable HR leadership, mentorship and sheer hard work to the campus for the last seven years. Under her leadership the campus has seen the introduction of the WRAP program, the Academic Leadership series and a variety of other initiatives that have contributed to the development, effectiveness and wellbeing of our staff, faculty and organizational units.
To facilitate the transition, Pauline has graciously agreed to stay with us until the end of June, after which she will be moving into a consultancy practice. We wish her well as her journey continues, and we will recognize and celebrate her contributions in June.