Appointments

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Don Sin appointed Director of UBC James Hogg Research Centre

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

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Don Sin as Director, UBC James Hogg Research Centre (JHRC), effective July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.

As Director, Dr. Sin will lead a team of clinical and basic researchers committed to being world leaders in understanding and eliminating heart, lung and blood vessel diseases. Dr. Sin will also have overall responsibility for ensuring the activities of the Centre are furthering the goals outlined in Building the Future, the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Plan, while working towards establishing a cross-site heart and lung initiative.

Read the full announcement.


Vanessa Auld appointed as UBC’s new Head of Zoology

Professor Vanessa Auld begins a five-year term as head of UBC’s Department of Zoology on July 3.

Internationally recognized for her research in neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, Auld earned her BSc in Microbiology from UBC and her PhD from the University of Toronto. She has twice served as UBC Science’s Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, leading equity and diversity initiatives across the Faculty and at the university level.

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Heather McCaw appointed as new Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement (VPDAE)

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

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Heather McCaw as UBC’s new Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement (VPDAE).

Heather brings more than 25 years of experience in university fundraising and strategic business partnerships to the role.

She is currently Vice-President, Advancement, at the University of Alberta, where she leads the Office of Advancement in its fundraising and engagement efforts. Prior to this, Heather was Associate Vice-President, Development, at UBC, where she co-directed the university’s $1.5 billion fundraising and alumni engagement campaign. In addition to her university experience, she has been vice-president of consultancies Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation, securing partnerships and donations for non-profit organizations such as: United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Rick Hansen Foundation, University of Victoria, University of Calgary and Toronto Rehab Foundation.

As VPDAE, Heather will work closely with me, the Board, Executive, Deans and other partners, in overseeing fundraising and alumni engagement for the university. She will also provide strategic leadership to ensure the university is successful in achieving the vision and goals set out in its strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century. Heather will begin this role in the fall of 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Todd, Interim VPDAE, for his assistance in this transition over the past few months. I’d also like to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate to fill this role.

I am confident that Heather will be a valuable addition to our Executive team and ask that you join me in welcoming her to UBC.


Kurt Heinrich appointed as new Senior Director, Media Relations

Kurt Heinrich has been appointed as UBC’s new Senior Director, Media Relations.

Kurt is a seasoned communicator with extensive media relations, issues management and crisis communications experience. He joins us from Simon Fraser University where he has held the role of Director, University Communications, for the past three years.

Prior to this, Kurt was the Public Relations Manager of the Vancouver School Board. He is a past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society and currently sits as a Trustee on the Vancouver Public Library Board.

Kurt will commence at UBC on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.


Patricia Lasserre appointed interim Provost and Vice-Principal Academic

A message from Professor Deborah BuszardDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Patricia Lasserre has been appointed interim Provost and Vice-Principal Academic at UBC Okanagan, effective July 1, 2018.

Well known to our university community for her commitment to academic leadership and teaching excellence and innovation, Dr. Lasserre is a professor of computer science and has served as Associate Provost, Enrolment and Academic Programs, since June 2016. Earlier, she served as Associate Dean, Students and Curriculum, in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Our current Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, Dr. Cynthia Mathieson, will complete her term at the end of June, having served with distinction in this position since January 2014.

I am grateful to Dr. Lasserre for accepting this important interim appointment, as we work towards the selection of UBC Okanagan’s next Provost and Vice-Principal Academic. Please join me in welcoming Patricia to her new role.