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Manon Harvey appointed director, integrated planning and chief budget officer

Manon Harvey has been appointed as the new director, integrated planning and chief budget officer for UBC’s Okanagan campus effective January 10, 2019. Her experience and background are a great addition to our team and will build upon a strong foundation of work completed over the last number of years.

Manon brings to UBC Okanagan more than two decades of experience and leadership at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). There, she was responsible for ensuring the integrity of all aspects of the organization’s financial dealings, and for managing the sum of $7 billion that has been entrusted to the CFI by the Government of Canada.

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John Metras appointed as Associate Vice-President, Facilities

A message from Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Metras as Associate Vice-President, Facilities, effective September 27, 2018.

In this new role, reporting to me, John will lead the Infrastructure Development, Building Operations, and Energy and Water Services units as a unified team, providing integrated facilities services for the Vancouver campus. He and his team will also continue to support infrastructure development activities at the Okanagan campus.

John has worked for almost 20 years in facilities development and operations at UBC. He is known for his collaborative approach and ability to translate innovative ideas into reality. In his previous role as Managing Director, Infrastructure Development, John helped to deliver $1.6 billion in major building projects on both UBC campuses including award-winning teaching and research facilities, mixed-use student housing developments, athletics and recreation facilities, and utility systems.

In his new role, John will continue to work closely with UBC students, faculty, and staff, to provide outstanding, sustainable environments for learning, research, and campus life.

Please join me in congratulating John on this appointment and wishing him success in this important role.

Extension of appointment of Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

A message from Professor Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic

I am pleased to announce that the UBC Board of Governors has approved the extension of Dr. Susan Porter’s appointment as Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS), for a five-year term commencing December 1, 2018.

Read the full details of the appointment.

Under the leadership of Dr. Porter, G+PS is providing outstanding support, guidance, and advocacy for the graduate and postdoctoral community at UBC. Some key faculty achievements include an increase of more than 35% in central graduate funding, implementation of a guaranteed funding policy for doctoral students, and systematic tracking and publishing of PhD graduate career outcomes.

Notably, the G+PS team also initiated and led a cross-campus and national conversation on ‘reimagining the PhD’ at UBC, which resulted in the highly innovative and award-winning Public Scholars Initiative.

I would like to thank the President’s Advisory Committee and all who participated in the consultation process. I am confident that Dr. Porter will continue to provide solid leadership for G+PS to ensure UBC is at the forefront of graduate education and postdoctoral training.

Announcing Andrew Parr as Interim Vice-President, Students

A message from Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

I wish to announce that I have appointed Andrew Parr as the Interim Vice-President, Students, effective September 10, 2018.

Andrew is currently Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services. During his time at UBC, he has developed a new organizational structure for student housing and demonstrated leadership in student care. He has built positive relationships across the Vice-President, Students, portfolio and the university as a whole. I am confident that he will continue to provide strong leadership in his role as Interim Vice-President.

As you know, a search for a new Vice-President, Students, is well underway and I am confident that we will find an exceptional candidate. More details will be provided in the coming months regarding this appointment.

Once again, I would like to thank Louise Cowin for her leadership and voice for students. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Please join me in welcoming Andrew to his new role.

Dr. Peter Berman appointed as Director, School of Population and Public Health

A message from Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Berman has been appointed Director, School of Population and Public Health, effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

In his role, Dr. Berman will lead the School in its continued journey to transform health for populations in Canada and across the globe, as well as continue to advance its research and academic programs.

Read the full announcement.