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Presidential Task Force – Final Update and Thank You

On January 29, 2017, I announced that we had established a task force to determine what assistance could be offered to those affected by the executive order signed by US President Trump on January 27th (“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”).  The task force was positioned to undertake a rapid […]

Statement on Sexual Assault Policy Process and Reconciliation

Last week I met with the UBC Steering Committee on Sexual Assault. In reflecting on our conversation, I thought it important to write to the UBC community to reaffirm my fundamental commitment to the prevention of sexual assault, and to the Sexual Assault Policy process. Decision-making through a trauma-informed lens, dedicated supports and resources, clear […]

UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker

UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono announced today the reinstatement of John Furlong as the keynote speaker at the university’s 18th Annual ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast on February 28, 2017. The university had previously cancelled Mr. Furlong’s keynote address. President Ono offered the following statement:  UBC and I have apologized for our handling of this […]

UBC’s Strategic Plan – seeking your input

The holiday season is a time both for reflection and for looking ahead to the future. As I reflect on UBC’s first 100 years, I am also looking ahead to UBC’s future as an eminent public research university. To help secure this future, UBC is embarking upon a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our new strategic […]

Statement on Turkey and Egypt bombings

The University of British Columbia community shares the shock and sadness felt around the world in response to the deadly attacks in Istanbul and Cairo on December 11. Our thoughts are with those whose loved ones were killed or injured, and with all the people of Turkey and Egypt. In particular, our thoughts are with […]

UBC speaks out against hate, stands with victims of Orlando shootings

To all members of the UBC community: Early on Sunday morning, a senseless act of gun violence claimed the lives of 50 innocent people in a nightclub in Florida and gravely injured another 53, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It has emerged that the gunman specifically targeted the club because of […]

The Bombings in Brussels: Inclusivity Remains the Best Remedy to Terrorism

To All Members of the UBC Community: Once again, the world has been stunned by acts of brutal violence that have taken the lives of innocent men, women, and children going about their daily business.  Once again we have seen images of broken bodies and broken buildings, shattered by the bombs of terrorists intent on […]

Response to Fifth Estate Program

As many of you know, UBC is featured in the Fifth Estate program about sexual assault and harassment on university campuses. We admire the courage of the women who came forward to bring attention to this crucial issue.

Dr. Martha C. Piper’s statement on the attacks in France & Lebanon

Dr. Martha C. Piper’s statement on the attacks in France & Lebanon

To All Members of the UBC Community: Yesterday we witnessed another in the series of bombings, shootings, and mutilations that have recently targeted people around the world for their values and beliefs. The killings in Paris were especially terrible in the toll they took of young people who were gunned down at six different sites […]

Joint statement from UBC and UBC Faculty Association

Aug. 25, 2015 After collegial and congenial discussions, today the University of British Columbia, represented by Acting President Angela Redish, and the UBC Faculty Association, represented by President Mark MacLean, have agreed to a process to review the concerns raised by the Faculty Association in their letter of August 18, 2015. The parties have agreed […]

Letter to the Community re: Budget

With the 2014-15 UBC budget now approved by the Board of Governors, I wanted to provide my annual update on the financial context and outlook of the University.

Canada’s former Finance Minister was a champion of university research

It is with deep sadness that I heard earlier today of the Hon. Jim Flaherty’s untimely death, a death all the more tragic for coming so close on the heels of retirement from his distinguished career in public service.

Universities in an Era of ‘Non-Lieux’

In an era of ‘non-places’ how can universities become more distinctive from each other to allow for the intellectual diversity needed for healthy social, cultural and economic innovation?

UBC Hosts Lecture “The Global Talent Hunt: Are We Playing to Win?”

Friday, January 10, 2014 4:30 p.m (PST) UBC Robson Square Theatre. Public Policy Forum Lecture Series: Kevin Lynch, Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group.

Feedback wanted for sport excellence criteria

UBC Athletics sport review seeks input by Dec. 1.

Safety update for UBC’s Vancouver campus

A new safety portal with a message from Louise Cowin, VP Students.

Statement regarding Sept. 29 attacks at the Yobe State College of Agriculture in Nigeria

I want to express my profound dismay in hearing of the unconscionable attack at the Yobe State College of Agriculture.

Statement on the two Canadians detained in Egypt

I want to express my deepest concern to learn that John Greyson and Tarek Loubani remain in custody in Cairo, Egypt.

Measures Announced to Address the C.U.S. FROSH Events

We are announcing today the measures we are taking.

Update on UBC Action in Response to the C.U.S. FROSH Events

Our university has been in the news since Friday September 6th, and for all the wrong reasons.

Measures announced to address CUS FROSH event

UBC is announcing three immediate measures to address problems that surfaced during FROSH events.