Staff and Faculty
By Melissa Baluk on January 20, 2020
As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use available professional development funding. Staff access to a particular PD Fund is based on UBC employee group affiliation.
Please note there is limited funding available for the remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for some employee groups.
Staff are welcome to submit claims to their applicable PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the annual funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.
Prior to making a PD Fund related purchase or submitting a claim for reimbursement, individuals should check their PD Fund webpage for updates on their remaining funding pool balance (where applicable).
Notes about PD Funds for Fiscal 2019-20
- We anticipate that the M&P PD Fund (AAPS) and the CUPE 2950 PD Fund will exhaust before the end of the current fiscal year.
- The TRA PD Fund for non-union technicians and research assistants has exhausted and is no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year.
- It’s expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.
- When an employee group’s funding pool balance exhausts prior to March 31, all individual balances expire at that time and no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.
These PD funding pools are designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.
Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage for all campuses.
By Chelsey Maher on November 28, 2019
We would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Heinkel and Dr. Martin Comyn, who have been elected to serve on the UBC Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. Dr. Heinkel is currently a Board member and has been re-elected, and Dr. Comyn will be new to the Board. Thank you very much to all the candidates and members who participated in this election.
By Chelsey Maher on October 24, 2019
An election is now underway to vote for two UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) members to serve as trustees on the Board of Trustees. Every vote is important and will help determine who will sit on the Board and represent the interests of FPP members. Follow the link below for candidate statements and information on how to vote:
Voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019, and the results of the election will be posted on our website on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this election, please email email@example.com.
By Melissa Baluk on June 7, 2019
The plays – created and performed by UBC faculty and staff participating in the Rehearsing Conflict workshop series (June 13-20) – are an opportunity to explore and engage with workplace conflict using the situation and tools of theatre. We hope you can join us for this unique theatre experience.
Audience members are invited to take part in the plays but all participation is voluntary.
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
11:30am – 1:30 pm
Dorothy Somerset Studios, 6361 University Boulevard V6T 1Z2
By Melissa Baluk on June 7, 2019
On June 18, UBC’s Lynda.com subscription for faculty and staff is being upgraded to the newly-named online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning.
LinkedIn Learning provides the same great Lynda.com content delivered through an intuitive, new learning experience that’s powered by insights from the LinkedIn network. This online educational platform helps all levels of learners discover and develop workplace business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.
On June 18, faculty and staff will be able to access LinkedIn Learning using their CWL through the UBC portal.
- As of June 17, you will no longer be able to access Lynda.com.
- If you have previously accessed Lynda.com, your learning history and data will carry over automatically to LinkedIn Learning as long as you log in to LinkedIn Learning once this year.
- If you have a personal profile with LinkedIn.com, you can choose to connect this with your UBC LinkedIn Learning profile – or not. The choice is up to you, and you can change your mind down the road.
To learn more about the upgrade, including how to activate your account and the benefits of connecting your profiles, please visit Before the Upgrade.
For news and updates, please continue to visit hr.ubc.ca.
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By Chelsey Maher on May 24, 2019
This year’s UBC Staff Pension Fair takes place on Thursday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on the Vancouver campus. This is a drop-in event; no RSVP is required.
The Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and increase their pension knowledge. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:
- UBC Retirement and Survivor Benefits
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program
- UBC Investment Management Trust (IMANT) Inc.
- CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons)
- BC Federation of Retired Union Members (FORUM) (new in 2019!)
Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for more details.
By Chelsey Maher on May 24, 2019
The Staff Pension Plan 2018 Annual Report is now available online.
The report includes a Message from the Chair and Executive Director, highlights for the Plan, membership and administration statistics, a review of the Plan’s funds and investment performance and information about how to access your pension information online. View the 2018 Annual Report.
By Chelsey Maher on April 25, 2019
The UBC Faculty Pension Plan’s annual report is now available online. The report includes plan highlights, membership and financial statistics, fund and investment managers’ rates of return, and an investment commentary. The Plan’s audited Financial statements as at December 31, 2018 are also available online. Read More
By Chelsey Maher on April 17, 2019
On Wednesday, May 15, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Vancouver Campus. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the UBC FPP trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2018 investment performance and a review of the 2018/19 initiatives.
We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit the following link for event details and registration: faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum
Members who wish to attend in person are required to register by May 3. No registration is required for the webcast.
By Melissa Baluk on April 15, 2019
This special award recognizes Canadian employers who create a culture of environmental awareness, develop exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and – because of their environmental leadership – are attracting employees.
Some of reasons why UBC is being recognized with this award include:
- UBC’s Climate Action Plan commits to reducing the university’s greenhouse gas emissions 67% by 2020 and 100% by 2050, over the 2007 baseline year. The Vancouver campus has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% while the building footprint and overall student population has increased.
- UBC has an incredible number of highly focused sustainability initiatives across campus to encourage its community to adopt more sustainable behaviours, such as sustainability tours, Sustainability e-newsletters, a Sustainable Campus Food Guide, the UBCBuySmart purchasing program and the Walk’n Roll to School transportation program.
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings with 26 registered and certified buildings – the most for any Canadian university. And with over 400 buildings the university also has an ongoing Building Tune-Up Program as well as a longstanding building retrofit program.
UBC was recently ranked first in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).
To see all of this year’s Greenest employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/green/