Peer Networking

Information-Sharing, Knowledge Exchange, & Networking

In an institution as large as UBC, it’s good to connect with peers and colleagues that you can count on for information-sharing, knowledge exchange, and networking. There are a number of networking groups on campus that regularly meet to discuss industry issues and campus initiatives.

Communicators Network

The Communicators Network comprises more than 350 communications professionals from the various academic and administrative units across both campuses. This group includes writers, photographers, designers, communications, marketing and web professionals. Led by UBC Communications, the Communicators Network meets every two months to share best practices, provide information and stay connected. Please email comm.marketing@ubc.ca to join the network.

Event Professionals Network (EPN)

The Event Professionals Network (EPN) is a professional development and networking group for UBC staff members involved in planning or supporting events. In collaboration with a number of UBC partners, the EPN hosts a series of professional development sessions as well as networking socials where colleagues can share their professional and institutional knowledge and event resources. Past events have included venue tours, food tastings, survey software training, and lunch & learn sessions on topics such as risk management, sustainability and event protocol. Email Helen Gabor to join the network and receive emails about upcoming EPN events.

Graduate Staff Network

The Graduate Staff Network is a self-organized group of grad program staff from around campus who work directly with over 9,000 graduate-level students or in graduate related activities. As well as providing information on best practices and university services, professional development workshops, and a mentorship program for new staff, this group fosters an interactive and supportive community through regular meetings. For more information, visit blogs.ubc.ca/gradstaff/.

Healthy Contacts

Healthy Contacts are a group of self-selected faculty and staff curious in learning more about health and wellbeing at UBC and interested in sharing this news with their work area or team. Every week, this group receives emails from UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits with up-to-the-minute information on free workshops, fitness discounts, on-and off-campus offers. To become a Healthy Contact, subscribe here or contact melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca.

HR Networks

If you are a human resource provider for your department or faculty, consider joining HR Networks. A collective of HR Managers, Administrators, and staff from central HR, the group was shares working knowledge and case studies, and engages in dialogue around HR matters. For information about HR Network initiatives, visit the HR Networks website.

Research Grant Facilitators Network

The Research Grant Facilitators Network consists of grant facilitators and faculty members, with the goal of sharing information and strategies among people responsible for applying for research grants from all funding agencies. For a current list of individuals in the network, visit the Research Grant Facilitators Network website.

Sustainability Coordinators

UBC’s Sustainability Coordinators enthusiastically spread a message of conservation by acting as early sustainability adopters, helping colleagues understand the impacts of their daily activities, and inspire positive change within their department and faculty. For more details on joining this group, visit the Sustainability Coordinators website or email sc.program@ubc.ca.

Systems and Network Administrators Group (SNAG)

The Systems and Network Administrators Group (SNAG) consists of individuals who are involved with computer networking and systems administration / IT at UBC. Visit the SNAG Slack for more details.

 

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