Speeches & Announcements

Statement on Williams Lake
January 26, 2022
I was heartbroken to learn of the discovery of 93 unmarked graves at the site of a former B.C. residential school in Williams Lake. These discoveries are horrifying. We can only imagine the grief and pain that the families and communities of the missing children are feeling. UBC stands with Williams Lake First Nation seeking […]


UBC and Surrey: Moving Together into the Future
December 14, 2021
Surrey Board of Trade, Sheraton Guilford Inn, Surrey B.C. Many thanks for that generous introduction, Anita – I only hope I can live up to it! As this is my first time addressing a Surrey audience, I too would like to acknowledge that we are in the traditional territory of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, […]


The Global Future of Research-Intensive Universities
October 7, 2021
 Russell Group Deputy Vice-Chancellors’/Provost Network Meeting University of Exeter, United Kingdom (delivered via Zoom) My warmest greetings to all of you at the Exeter Autumn Russell Group Deputy Vice-Chancellors’ and Provosts’ Strategy meeting. I’m speaking to you from the University of British Columbia here in beautiful Vancouver. I understand that Exeter is also a beautiful […]


COVID-19 Concerns
August 4, 2021
Dear members of the UBC community. In just a few short weeks, we will begin the new academic year. I appreciate that many of you have concerns about the return to campus. I have heard directly from many of you, as well as from the AMS, the Faculty Association, elected Governors and others. I am […]


Statement on the Missing Children of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools
June 24, 2021
We are heartbroken to learn of the confirmation of further burial sites of children at former residential schools. These discoveries are horrifying. We can only imagine the grief and pain that the families and communities of the missing children are feeling. UBC stands with First Nations seeking the truth about the missing children. We support […]


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