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December 2022

  Welcome Welcome to the December 2022 issue of Letter from the President, a regular communication to members of the UBC community. Highlights Nineteen UBC researchers announced as Canada Research Chairs Frank Laezza appointed Vice-President, Finance and Operations Staying safe during the winter flu season Student affordability and food insecurity Celebrating UBC’s Graduates UBC sends […]

A Message from the Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear members of the UBC community: As UBC’s newly appointed Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, I would like to thank UBC Board Chair Nancy McKenzie and the Board of Governors for entrusting me with this responsibility. It is an honour to take on the position and contribute to this remarkable university. I enjoyed serving as Deputy-Vice […]

Looking Back

Last week, I had the opportunity to reflect on my six years as president of UBC in a conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger of UBC’s School of Journalism, Writing and Media. You can watch the interview here:

September 2022

September 2022

  Welcome Welcome to the September 2022 issue of Letter to the Board, a regular communication to members of the UBC Board of Governors. Highlights Think Forward and Homecoming 2022 VSE receives $1M gift from Dominic Barton Orange Shirt Day & National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at UBC Rella Ng Appointed as New Associate […]

Statement on Charges Related to Deaths of Two Students

On September 26, 2021, the university community was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of two students. Their lives came to an end all too quickly and under terrible circumstances. We have collectively and individually mourned Emily Selwood and Evan Smith in the weeks and months since, and on behalf of the […]

Statement on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Today we join the global community in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Flags on our campuses will be lowered to half-staff in recognition of her decades-long service as Queen of Canada and Head of State. Since her coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth reigned through times of significant geo-political turbulence with a […]

Djavad Mowafaghian, CM, OBC (1927 – 2022)

Djavad Mowafaghian, CM, OBC (1927 – 2022)

  It is with profound sadness and a deep sense of loss that we learned of the passing of Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian. Affectionately called “Dr. M” by those whom he’s helped through his generosity, he was one of Canada’s most visionary philanthropists and a dear friend of UBC. On behalf of the entire UBC community, […]

Douglas Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, 1939–2022

We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Douglas Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, LLD (BLaws ’62). I wish to express my deepest condolences to his wife, Lois, and their family during this difficult time. A former player, Commissioner and member of the Board of Governors for the Canadian Football League (CFL), Mr. Mitchell was […]

Statement to the UBC Community

Dear members of the UBC Community: At the start of my seventh academic year as your President and Vice-Chancellor, I write to inform you of my decision to complete my term as the 15th President of UBC in October 2022.  I have accepted an invitation from the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan […]

Canada Day 2022

Canada Day is a time for celebration and reflection. While we have much to celebrate this Canada Day, we still have far to go to achieve a truly representative and equitable university, province and country. We have seen progress over the past year — at UBC, we have begun to work on the 54 comprehensive […]

June 2022

June 2022

  Welcome Welcome to the June 2022 issue of Letter to the Board, a regular communication to members of the UBC Board of Governors. Highlights Peter A. Allard, QC, 1946 – 2022 Welcome Arig al Shaibah Thanks to our Donors and Alumni New UBC Vancouver student residences opens with gifted names from Musqueam Province invests […]

Episode 40: Overcoming Adversity: The Coltyn Liu Story

UBC student-athlete Coltyn Liu was just two years old when an accident left him with a number of challenges, including a brain injury. He was able to not only live with his conditions but thrive despite them. In this episode, Santa talks to Coltyn about how he overcame his challenges to become a star volleyball player […]