The President’s Blog



Philip B. Lind, CM (1943 – 2023)
It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Philip B. Lind, CM (BA ’66, LLD ’02), a distinguished alumnus and loyal supporter of UBC. On behalf of the entire UBC community, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Phil’s family. As one of Canada’s respected media industry leaders and […]

A Message to UBC Vancouver on behalf of the President and Vancouver Provost
To quote the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan, “Truth before Reconciliation,” all of our actions need to be based on a fundamental commitment to truth, to openness and transparency, and to humility. We know that this has been a difficult three months. We are deeply concerned that the issues raised and the university’s response have harmed […]

Food Security at UBC
On November 3, 2022, I sent the following letter to the co-presidents of UBC Sprouts: Gizel Gedik and Delanie Austin Co-Presidents UBC Sprouts Board Room 0001C, 6138 Student Union Blvd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Dear Gisele and Delanie: Thank you for your letter of October 21, 2022, regarding food security at UBC. I would also […]

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:

Accessibility Listening Session
Last month I had the privilege to meet with members of the Disability Affinity Group. I’d like to thank them for taking the time to prepare their report on accessibility on the UBC Vancouver campus. As I said at our meeting, I will make sure that the current Executive, the Board of Governors, the Senate […]

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 […]

Welcome Back!
03 Welcome back to campus and the start of the 2022-23 academic year! I hope you all had a good summer. Welcome Students This week, UBC welcomes thousands of new and returning students to our campuses and learning sites. Thousands of new students are coming to our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses from across British Columbia, […]

Coming Soon: Recreation Centre North!
UBC’s commitment to the wellbeing of its students is something I’m very proud of and I am so excited that we are about to embark on a new endeavor that supports UBC students’ fitness and wellbeing goals. Earlier this summer, the UBC Board of Governors approved the Recreation Centre North project – a brand new […]

Walking the path of Reconciliation: The Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund
When we launched the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) nearly two years ago, we hoped it would provide guidance and inspiration for the UBC community and beyond. Being able to invest in our commitments and enable student-led projects to come to life and have a genuine impact in our communities is a crucial step in the […]

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