Appointments

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Peter J. Simpson appointed Dean, College of Graduate Studies, UBC Okanagan


Lynn Raymond appointed Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health


Natalie Cook Zywicki appointed Associate Vice-President, Alumni and Executive Director, alumni UBC

A message from Heather McCaw, Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement

I am pleased to announce that Natalie Cook Zywicki has been appointed Associate Vice-President, Alumni and Executive Director, alumni UBC, effective March 1, 2020.

Natalie joined UBC in 2004 as the Interim Director of Development in the Faculty of Medicine and in 2007 became the Associate Director of Annual Giving in the Development office.

She joined the alumni team — now called alumni UBC — in 2009 in the newly-created Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio. She became Associate Executive Director in 2013 as part of a leadership team that created UBC’s first dual-goal alumni engagement and fundraising campaign — start an evolution. Most recently Natalie has served as the interim Associate Vice-President, Alumni and Executive Director, alumni UBC. During her time at UBC, the number of alumni engaged in the life of the university has quadrupled.

With a BA from Brock University and an MBA from Royal Roads, Natalie has 13 years of professional experience at Brock and at McMaster universities in Ontario.

As the new AVP, Alumni and Executive Director, alumni UBC, Natalie fulfils a dual role that reports both to the Vice-President, DAE and to the Alumni Association’s Chair of the Board of Directors. Natalie brings her finely-tuned strategic, diplomatic and interpersonal skills to this role, and I have every confidence that this very important relationship between the university and its alumni will continue to flourish.

I would like to thank the search committee for their thoughtful deliberations and for reaching their unanimous recommendation. Please join me in congratulating Natalie on this appointment and wishing her success in this important role.


Kendall Ho appointed new Academic Director for UBC’s Cloud Innovation Centre


Naznin Virji-Babul appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty

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

I am pleased to announce that Naznin Virji-Babul has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, effective January 1, 2020.

Naznin joined UBC in 2010 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, in the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, she is an associate member of the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems and an affiliate team member of the Designing for People research cluster.

In her role as senior advisor, Naznin will be responsible for working proactively with members of the university community to support institutional efforts to enhance the scholarly and leadership environment and opportunities for women and gender-diverse faculty at UBC Vancouver.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jennifer Love for her outstanding contribution in the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty over the last three years. I would also like to thank the members of the search committee for their assistance in finding such an exceptional candidate.

Please join me in congratulating Naznin on her appointment.