Staff and Faculty
By Chelsey Maher on May 25, 2017
The Staff Pension Plan annual report, 2016 Year in Review, is online. The report includes a message from the SPP Board Chair, 2016 Plan highlights, membership and financial statistics, and a review of the Plan’s investment performance.
View the SPP Annual Report: 2016 Year in Review.
By Chelsey Maher on May 25, 2017
The May 2017 issue of the Staff Pension Plan Update newsletter was sent out this week. Members will have either received an electronic copy, or they will soon receive a paper copy of the newsletter along with their annual statement.
In this issue of the SPP Update:
- Join us for the Staff Pension Plan Fair: June 21
- Annual Report: 2016 Year In Review
- The 2017 Actuarial Valuation is underway
- Election Results
- New Pension Board Member: Michal Jaworski
- Annual Governance Update
- 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
- 2017 Workshops
View the May SPP Update newsletter.
By Chelsey Maher on April 13, 2017
The UBC Faculty Pension Plan’s annual report, 2016 Year in Review, is now available online. The report includes plan highlights, membership and financial statistics, fund and investment managers’ rates of return, and a market commentary. The Plan’s audited Financial statements will be available by the end of April 2017.
View the 2016 UBC FPP Annual Report.
By Chelsey Maher on April 13, 2017
On Wednesday, May 10, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the Plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2016 investment performance and a review of the 2016/17 initiatives.
This year, we are offering a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person. Webcast details will be emailed to members in early May. The webcast link will also be posted on the Plan’s website at faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum. Members are encouraged to make sure their email address is up-to-date.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Commons Block, Marine Drive Residence, 2205 Lower Mall, Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit the following link for event details and registration: faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum
By Breeonne Baxter on March 28, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017:
- UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university.
- UBC hosts an annual “Thrive” week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the “Not Myself Today” campaign — additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives.
- In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem.
Staff, faculty and students in the UBC community can take part in our renewed Positive Space training at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses:
- April 21 – 10:00 to 12:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
- May 16 – 1:00 to 3:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/
We invite those at our Okanagan campus to connect with us to discuss Positive Space training at email@example.com.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 17, 2017
By working together, we can all help to end bullying in schools and in the workplace. Please join us in supporting Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 22, 2017, and learn about how you can help to stop bullying in communities across the province at http://www.pinkshirtday.ca.
At UBC, we strive to provide a safe, respectful and productive environment for our faculty, staff and students. The UBC Respectful Environment Statement outlines our principles as we work to create a respectful environment for all.
The best possible environment for working, learning and living is one in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued. Everyone at the University of British Columbia is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds these principles in all communications and interactions with fellow UBC community members and the public in all University-related settings.
One of UBC’s initiatives to support a respectful environment is the Bullying and Harassment Prevention website. The website has information for UBC faculty, staff and student employees to support a respectful and positive work environment.
The UBC community works together every day to build a respectful environment for all. On Feb. 22, wear pink to show your support for an end to bullying and harassment.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 9, 2017
This year, BC’s Family Day holiday is Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The holiday is a good opportunity for us all to spend time with our family and friends, and to make connections in our communities.
See the full list of UBC Statutory Holidays.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 10, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2017, the only post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.
This is the fifth consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support young employees:
- a Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills; and
- employees can take advantage of a variety of learning and development programs, including Coaching@UBC, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty.
Young employees and employees who are new to the workplace can take part in many UBC programs and initiatives to help them to grow in their careers. UBC employees can access career navigation services, professional development funding and tuition waivers. As part of the university community, faculty and staff can take part in our workplace wellbeing initiatives, and access the athletics and recreation facilities at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s many attractions.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 21, 2016
The holiday season can be a great time of year, but it can also be a stressful time for some. UBC Faculty and Staff (and your eligible dependants) can access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to speak with a counsellor if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers confidential short-term counselling on many issues. You can call Shepell if you need to talk with someone about:
- Relationship problems
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Work-related issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcohol and drug dependencies
- Financial advisory services
- Nutritional counseling
Call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor, or visit their website at https://www.workhealthlife.com.
Please visit the HR EFAP page to learn more about the services provided by the UBC EFAP provider, enrolment information, and details on the eligibility of your dependants.
By Chelsey Maher on November 17, 2016
- UBC Staff Pension Plan as a Target Benefit Plan
- Your vote matters in the SPP Election
- Canada Pension Plan Changes
- We’ve gone green: Sign up for our electronic newsletter
- New SPP Website
- Missed the Pension Fair?
- Pension Office Holiday Closure