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New senior appointments in Chief Audit and Risk Officer Portfolio

A message from Jennifer Kain, UBC Chief Audit & Risk Officer

I am pleased to announce three senior appointments within the Chief Audit and Risk Officer Portfolio:  Omer Ahmed as Director, Enterprise Risk Management; Rajesh Ghosh as Director, Internal Audit; and Bhavin Punmiya as Senior IT Audit Manager.

Omer Ahmed most recently held the position of Associate Director, Enterprise Risk and Internal Assurance at New York University, with primary responsibilities at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. He was also engaged in system-wide activities and projects including setting up ERM programs in satellite campuses in London, Florence, and Shanghai. Additional areas of expertise include strategic planning and business continuity.

Rajesh Ghosh most recently held the position of Director, Internal Audit for DHX Media. He has broad internal audit experience including finance, business transformations, IT governance, third-party/vendor risk management, privacy and cybersecurity, data analytics and fraud.

Bhavin Punmiya most recently held the position of Manager, Operational Risk Advisory, with Deloitte. He has broad IA experience in the areas of technology risk and internal audit, including: business transformations, business continuity, disaster recovery, and privacy and cybersecurity.

Please join me in welcoming them to UBC.

Yale Loh appointed University Treasurer in the Vice-President, Finance and Operations portfolio

Announcing Professor Anne Martin-Matthews as the new Associate Vice-President, Health

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Vice-President, Health:

I wish to announce that I have appointed Professor Anne Martin-Matthews as UBC’s new Associate Vice-President (AVP), Health, effective February 15, 2019.

Anne is currently Acting Vice-President, Knowledge Translation and Ethics at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (on secondment). She is also a professor in UBC’s Department of Sociology with a specialization in aging and life course; health and society; health and social care services; and the intersections of formal and informal care. During her time at UBC, she has held various senior administrative roles in the Faculty of Arts. She is also the recent past Scientific Director, Institute of Ageing, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

This new AVP, Health, role is a key member of the Vice-President, Health, portfolio senior management team. The AVP, Health, is responsible for providing academic leadership and development, administrative management and delivery related to the portfolio’s strategic initiatives.

The AVP, Health, will work with deans and directors, senates, department heads, and program directors to deliver innovation in interprofessional education; health systems planning; and health research across UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

The AVP, Health, will also formalize operational connections with health system leaders, including government and community relations, and health authorities, in order to build alignment within the university.

I believe Anne will provide strong leadership in this new role. Please join me in welcoming her as UBC’s new Associate Vice-President, Health.

Angela Towle reappointed as Academic Director, UBC Learning Exchange

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic; and Adriaan de Jager, Co-Interim Vice-President, External Relations

We are pleased to announce that Angela Towle has been reappointed as Academic Director of the UBC Learning Exchange, for a third term.

Since 2013, Angela has ensured the Learning Exchange effectively links with UBC’s academic mission. The unit annually engages more than 1,200 students and 55 faculty members from a wide range of disciplines including business, education, library and information studies, medicine, pharmacy, public health, and sociology.

There have been a number of highlights under Angela’s tenure, including:

  • The Making Research Accessible initiative, a multifaceted approach to knowledge exchange developed in collaboration with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Library, UBC iSchool, SFU Library, Vancouver Public Library, researchers, and Downtown Eastside organizations.
  • Support for UBC researchers for community-based research and knowledge exchange events.
  • Development of a student video series, Shifting the Story, as part of a suite of orientation materials that are widely used across the Vancouver campus and in local communities.

Angela brings more than 30 years’ experience in curriculum and faculty development, medical education scholarship, and community engagement to the role. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, a Senior Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship within the Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Co-Director of Patient and Community Partnership for Education, in the Office of UBC Health.

We are confident that under Angela’s ongoing leadership, the Learning Exchange will continue to build on its strengths and meet the needs of its diverse audience.

See the full announcement.

Learn more about the Learning Exchange.

Jennifer Sanguinetti appointed Managing Director, Infrastructure Development

A message from John Metras, Associate Vice-President, Facilities

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Sanguinetti as the new Managing Director, Infrastructure Development, effective immediately.

Reporting to me, Jennifer will lead capital planning, facilities planning, and project development activities for the Vancouver campus and provide support for planning and project development activities at the Okanagan campus.

Jennifer is an engineer and LEED accredited professional with a broad base of senior management and project experience in both the public and private sector. She joined UBC in 2014 as the Director, Project Services, and since November 2017, has been Acting Managing Director, Infrastructure Development. Prior to joining UBC, Jennifer held senior positions with BC Housing, Stantec Consulting, and Keen Engineering.

Jennifer has significant experience balancing complex stakeholder needs for a wide variety of building project types and delivery models. She also has extensive subject-matter expertise in energy and sustainability including roles as a LEED Canada faculty member and Living Building Challenge assessor. During her time at UBC, Jennifer has demonstrated a strong commitment to engaging both campus stakeholders and her team to improve project outcomes and provide outstanding, sustainable environments for learning, research, and campus life.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer and wishing her success in her new role.