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Extension of appointment of Dr. Joanne Fox, Principal, UBC Vantage College

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver, and Pam Ratner, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment and Academic Facilities

We are pleased to announce that the appointment of Dr. Joanne Fox as Principal of UBC Vantage College has been extended for a second five-year term, commencing July 1, 2019. 

Dr. Fox joined Vantage College at the time of its inception. She previously served as Academic Director before assuming the role of Principal in March 2015. 

During her first term, Dr. Fox was instrumental in developing the enriched first year Vantage One programs and associated teaching innovations. Her ability to successfully build relationships with other units across both campuses has been key to the college’s success. Dr. Fox has also been recognized for her student-centred and collaborative leadership style as well as her mindful approach to supporting faculty and staff who work within the unique environment of Vantage College. 

Vantage College is quickly establishing itself as an interdisciplinary hub in pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, and its students have graduated from over 200 different programs across both campuses. 

We are confident that Vantage College will continue to thrive over the next five years under Dr. Fox’s outstanding leadership, and we look forward to working with her in this second term.

We would like to thank the advisory committee and all those who participated in the process of consideration for the extension of Dr. Fox’s appointment.

Matthew Evenden appointed as a new Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

A message from Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matthew Evenden as Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, effective October 1, 2019.

In this new role, Matthew will be joining me and our current Associate Vice-Presidents, Research and Innovation Helen Burt and Phil Barker (also Vice-Principal Research at UBC Okanagan), in sharing the leadership of the diverse range of portfolio units and initiatives that support UBC’s research and innovation activities.

Matthew is a professor in UBC’s Department of Geography and is a highly respected and influential scholar in the area of environmental history. In his almost 20 years at UBC, Matthew has contributed to numerous university-wide committees and initiatives, and since 2015 has served as the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts. We are excited that Matthew has agreed to bring his strategic leadership, insights, skills and experience to this important role.

Please join me in congratulating Matthew on this appointment and wishing him success in this new position.

Cindy Leonard appointed Ombuds Officer for students at UBCO

Damara Klaassen appointed as Executive Director of the International Student Initiative

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.