Appointments

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Announcing the new Vice-President, Finance and Operations

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

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Smailes as UBC’s new Vice-President, Finance and Operations. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience at UBC and was formerly in the role of Treasurer.

Peter has been Interim Vice-President, Finance and Operations, since January of this year. As Vice-President, he will work closely with me, the Board, Executive, Deans and other partners, in overseeing university-wide activities relating to capital financing and corporate borrowing, cash management, tax, faculty housing assistance financing, revenue accounting and business contracts and leases.

He 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.

I would 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 Peter will be a valuable addition to our Executive team and ask that you join me in welcoming him to this new role.


UBC-O: Barbara Rutherford appointed Dean pro tem for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

A message from Patricia Lasserre, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, UBC Okanagan

Effective August 1, 2018, Dr. Barbara Rutherford will serve as Dean pro tem of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Rutherford is well acquainted with our campus, having first been a professor of psychology at Okanagan University College from 1988 to 2005, then at UBC Okanagan since its creation in 2005. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland and an M.Sc. in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Rutherford had previously served as Dean pro tem for Barber School from September 2013 to June 2015. She is an experienced researcher with expertise in cognition and how the brain processes information between its two hemispheres.

I am very pleased that Dr. Rutherford will be bringing a wealth of experience to this position while we search for a new Dean of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Please join me in welcoming Barbara to her new role.


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.