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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.

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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.

Lakshmi Yatham appointed Head, Department of Psychiatry

A message from Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham as Head, Department of Psychiatry effective January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

In this role, Dr. Yatham will provide strategic leadership to the Department to foster excellence and innovation in education, research and health care.

Dr. Yatham is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, and Regional Head of Psychiatry and Regional Program Medical Director for Mental Health and Addictions at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care. He has an Executive MBA from the Sauder School of Business and a wealth of leadership experience in academic, healthcare and professional organizations. He has held leadership positions such as the President for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, the Secretary for the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), and is now the President-Elect of the WFSBP.

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Anoush Poursartip and Rehan Sadiq named co-directors of the Digital Learning Factory Initiative

Dr. Anoush Poursartip (UBC Vancouver) and Dr. Rehan Sadiq (UBC Okanagan) have been named co-directors of the Digital Learning Factory Initiative. As co-directors, they will develop the overall vision, define its broad activities and associated benefits and responsibilities, and integrate learning (in the form of research and education) and industrial activities into a series of Digital Learning Factory projects starting with a Composites Digital Learning Factory.

A learning factory is the engineering equivalent of a medical teaching hospital, where practice, education and research come together for maximum benefit. The Digital Learning Factory concept reflects the massive ongoing digitalization of engineering, from design to production. This provides enormous opportunities for interdisciplinary research, new academic programming and experiential learning across the university and on both campuses.

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Stephanie McKeown appointed Chief Institutional Research Officer

Dr. Stephanie McKeown is the newly-appointed Chief Institutional Research Officer (CIRO) for the University of British Columbia – a role that spans both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

Dr. McKeown has been working in Institutional Research for 25 years. She has been with UBC Okanagan since 2007, and has been the Director of OPAIR (Okanagan) since 2010. She is currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association, and has been a member of the Research Committee for the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer since 2013. Dr. McKeown has also previously served as Chair of the B.C. Institutional Researchers and Planners Association, and President of the Pacific Northwest Association for Institutional Researchers and Planners.

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