Speeches and Announcements

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 […]

TESS Online 2020: Flexibility, feedback and forgiveness: Lessons in humanity from UBC’s digital learning frontlines

eCampus Ontario Thank you for that kind welcome, Daniel. I am truly honored to be able to join you today from the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean here in Vancouver, BC. It is always a privilege to be included in important conversations about […]

Dialogue with Karma and Wade Davis

Chan Centre, UBC, June 22, 2017 His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Mr. Wade Davis, colleagues, students and guests Pleased to see so many people here today at the Chan Centre for this important dialogue I would like to acknowledge that we are gathered today on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. […]

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 […]