Speeches & Announcements

Graduation Address: “This day is about you and what you’ve achieved”
May 24, 2017
Honoured guests, members of the Board of Governors and Senate, faculty, staff, alumni… and, most especially, graduands, family and friends. Welcome! What an honour it is for me be with you today to celebrate UBC’s graduating Class of 2017! I can tell you that this is one of the best parts of my job, to […]

Announcing a new Provost and VP Academic, UBC Vancouver
May 12, 2017
I am pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Szeri has been appointed as the new Provost and Vice-President Academic, for UBC Vancouver. Please see https://academic.ubc.ca/academic-community/appointments/announcing-new-provost-and-vp-academic-ubc-vancouver for more information about this exciting announcement.    

The Changing Role of Higher Education: Developing the Next Generation of Global Leaders
April 18, 2017
The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, April 18, 2017 It’s an honour and privilege to be with you, in this strikingly beautiful Ismaili Centre.  For nearly four decades, the Ismaili Centre has offered spaces for spiritual contemplation, as well as social, cultural and intellectual gatherings. The Centre truly does provide a bridge to friendship and understanding for […]

Statement on Report of Advisory Panel for the Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science
April 10, 2017
The University of British Columbia welcomes the release of Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research, the report by the Advisory Panel for the Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science. “With the panel’s recommendations in hand, Canada’s research community can move forward together towards a more efficient and impactful research funding […]

President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate
April 6, 2017
As President, I have an unwavering commitment to the free, respectful expression of ideas and I trust that all members of our community, share this commitment. The University of British Columbia has a long legacy of commitment to respectful debate. UBC’s position on the free and lawful expression of ideas was powerfully articulated in President […]

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