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James Tansey appointed Acting Executive Director for the UBC Sustainability Initiative

James Tansey has been appointed Acting Executive Director for the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI). James brings strong institutional knowledge of USI and an deep background in sustainability to the role.    

James is an associate professor at the Sauder School of Business and is the Executive Director of the Sauder Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing (SauderS3i), a Research Centre at the Sauder School of Business dedicated to social innovation and sustainability. He has taught in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and Undergraduate programs in the UK and Canada. He is the founder and CEO of Offsetters Climate Solutions, Canada’s largest carbon management company. Tansey received his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1999.

Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Tansey was selected as one of four international advisers working with the United Nations Environment Programme on the environmental strategy for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Tansey has worked as an advisor and contributor to the World Economic Forum, the UK National Audit Office, Oxford Analytica, Cisco, ISIS Innovation (Oxford), Environment Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

In 2010, Tansey was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver and was a Pacific finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Awards. In 2013 he was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the Province of British Columbia.

Dr. Joanne Fox appointed Principal and Academic Director, UBC Vantage College

Message from Dr. Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Joanne Fox has accepted an appointment as the Principal and Academic Director of UBC’s Vantage College for a two-year term starting July 1, 2015.   As many of you may already know, Dr. Fox has been the Acting Principal of Vantage College since February 2015. 

Dr. Fox has shown exemplary leadership in her role as Academic Director.  As Acting Principal, she has overseen the approval of two new streams of Vantage programming as well as recruiting of the incoming class, and construction of Orchard Commons. 

Dr. Fox has a PhD in Genetics and has taught at UBC since 2005 in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Her exceptional teaching has been recognized with a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. She is also a highly regarded leader in interdisciplinary collaboration and initiatives that enrich student engagement, both critical elements of the UBC Vantage College program 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Fox to her new role at UBC Vantage College.

Public Affairs Welcomes Associate Director, Leslie Dickson

Message from Susan Danard
Managing Director, Public Affairs

Public Affairs is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Dickson as Associate Director. Leslie has 10 years of strategic communications, media relations and journalism experience. She comes to us from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), where she acted as a media spokesperson and liaised with government and other stakeholders to address corporate issues.

She is also adept at managing organizational change, having led the internal communications for ICBC’s business transformation plan. In this role, she provided counsel to senior leaders and contractors as the corporation modernized and streamlined systems for insurance claims and services. Prior to her work at ICBC, she was the communications manager of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and a reporter with the Black Press community newspaper chain.

Leslie will join us on July 6 and we look forward to showcasing her talents in our fast-paced environment – promoting UBC’s good news stories and providing issues management when the stories involve reputational risk.

Dr. Charlyn Black appointed as UBC SPPH’s new Associate Director

Message from David Patrick
Professor and Director, School of Population and Public Health

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charlyn Black as Associate Director, School of Population and Public Health, effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Black is Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR). She is a health policy researcher with interests in health quality, quality improvement, health information systems, and developing data-driven approaches to improve health care delivery. She joined UBC in 2002 and served as the Director of UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) from 2002 to 2007. As director, she brought clarity and focus to CHSPR’s strategic direction, and oversaw the integration of the Centre’s five research units into a single coordinated entity.

Dr. Black has a longstanding interest in the educational mission of the School of Population and Public Health, and has participated in a range of activities related to that mission, from involvement in professional training programs (e.g. medicine, nursing, and pharmacy), to supervising graduate students in several of the School’s programs, to chairing the MSc/PhD Admissions Program and PhD Thesis Screening Panel. She has also been a key player in curriculum improvement, and developing new courses where gaps have been identified.

Dr. Black obtained her medical degree from the University of Manitoba and her doctorate in health services and policy research from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Black’s appointment will follow the leadership of Dr. Gary Poole who is stepping down from this role prior to his retirement later this year. Gary met all our hopes and accomplished everything we could have asked for during his tenure in the position. I would like to take this opportunity to, once again, thank Dr. Poole for his leadership and commitment to the School and wish him all the best.