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Name: Kyle Demes

Title: Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives

Department/Unit: Vice-President Research and Innovation Office

Location: Vancouver

Year I started working at UBC: 2010

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: I support the evolving needs of UBC's research community

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: I get to work with some of the smartest people (faculty and staff) in the world to help advance the frontiers of knowledge and create a better world. I can't imagine a more energizing mission. I especially enjoy working with scholars across all disciplines - research looks very different to scholars in health, sciences, and performing and creative arts, but the need for support is universal

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: Rose Garden picnic in the spring/summer and the Nest during the grey months

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: UBC is massive and it is very easy to work in silos. Get to know as much of the UBC community as you can through formal and informal UBC networking events. You will find some very cool/interesting/helpful people in buildings next door to yours that you may otherwise never meet

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