HR News

Understanding Your Travel Benefits Information Session: Dec. 11

With the winter months and the holidays fast approaching, many faculty and staff are preparing for vacations both at home and abroad. Sometimes, medical emergencies while travelling can happen – and it can end up being a frightening and costly experience.

Staff and faculty who are enrolled in the UBC extended health benefits plan are invited to attend an information session to understand their travel benefits.

Date: Dec. 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Centre for Brain Health, Room 101 (lower level), 2215 Wesbrook Mall
RSVP: Register now

UBC Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees Election

UBC Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees Election

Please share this with faculty in your unit

Voting is now open for the election of two UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) members to serve as trustees on the Board. If you are an FPP member, you are encouraged to cast your ballot now – your vote is important in determining who will sit on the pension board and represent the interests of FPP members. Follow the link below for candidate statements and information on how to vote: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-faculty-pension-plan-election-trustees

Voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, and the results of the election will be posted on our website on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this election, please email elections.information@ubc.ca.

Accommodation of religious observances

Human Resources has information available on our website on the accommodation of religious observances in the workplace. Please visit hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/accommodation-of-religious-observances/ to read more.

Background: On Sept. 24, 2019, the Board of Governors approved the repeal of Policy #65 (Religious Holidays). Former Policy #65 overlapped with Policy SC7 (Discrimination) (formerly numbered Policy #3) which sets out UBC’s commitment to maintain and respect human rights and prevent discrimination on all of the grounds prohibited by the Human Rights Code, including religion, and is also addressed in collective agreements, through the Senate Policy on Academic Concessions in both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan Academic Calendars, and information available on the website of the Equity & Inclusion Office. The repeal of Policy #65 removes the redundancy and furthers UBC’s goal of enhancing the consistency and cogency of the university’s governance. The information package that was provided to the Board of Governors is available here.

Update on Non-Union TRA PD fund

The 2019/20 Professional Development Fund for Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA) has limited funding remaining and is expected to run out in the next week. When the funding pool balance reaches zero, all staff individual balances will expire and no further PD expense claims will be accepted for the current fund year.

On Oct. 1, a message was sent to all Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants by Human Resources to inform them of the remaining availability.

If you receive any questions about this matter from staff in your unit, please direct them to the TRA PD webpage or contact our PD Funds team at pd.funds@ubc.ca.

UBC Orientations website

UBC Orientations website

It’s a new academic year, and many new staff and faculty have joined the university across our many sites and campuses. We invite you to share our Orientations portal with your new staff and faculty as part of helping them get set up for success.

Check out the site at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/orientation/. If you have any questions about staff orientation at UBC, please contact us at workplace.orientations@ubc.ca.

Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: September sessions

The Pensions Administration Office is hosting two upcoming September Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan sessions for members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. If you are interested in attending, please register soon as these sessions fill up quickly.

These workshops help attendees learn about the plan, about pensions in general, and related retirement considerations.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Visit https://staff.pensions.ubc.ca/news/workshops/ to register.

Search for the new Vice President, Human Resources

Search for the new Vice President, Human Resources

The search has been launched for the new Vice President, Human Resources.

UBC’s Vice President, Human Resources, reports to the President and oversees a human resources portfolio that includes equity and inclusion; human resources advisory partnerships; central operational services; total compensation; health & wellbeing; strategic workplace initiatives; learning & engagement; strategic faculty relations; housing and relocation services; and human resources management systems.

You can view the posting at executive search firm Caldwell Partner’s website, job ID 190525.

Call for input on search for new Vice-President, Human Resources

This week, UBC launched the search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources. The announcement included a call for input from faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead of the Human Resources portfolio in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

You are invited to submit comments by June 7, 2019, to the search firm Caldwell at drailton@caldwellpartners.com or acotterall@caldwellpartners.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

Read the full announcement at https://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2019/05/29/search-for-a-new-vice-president-human-resources/.

Reminder: HR Network News: User feedback survey

HR Network News is produced by the Department of Human Resources for the purpose of delivering timely, relevant information to the Human Resources community of practice at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

It has been a while since we made any changes to the content/format of the newsletter, and we want to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback and if you have any suggestions for how we can improve communications on HR matters to you and your teams. The survey will be open until the end of day Friday, May 17.

You can access the survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jQa70WGlegC7m5.

If you have any questions or other comments on this matter, please feel free to email us at communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Coaching@UBC: New coaches and coach interns

Coaching@UBC has added a number of new coaches to their roster:

Internal Coaches 

  • Mina Phaisaltantiwongs – (2018 Coach Intern)
  • Shannon Remillong  (2018 Coach Intern)

External Coaches 

  • Rebekah Bansback
  • Jennifer Dowdeswell
  • Andrea Fruhling
  • Elizabeth Froese
  • Tomomi Iwashina – Tomomi is able to provide coaching in Japanese and English.
  • Carol Poon – Carol is able to provide coaching in Mandarin and English

Visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/get-a-coach/community-of-coaches/ to learn more about all of UBC’s available coaches, and to sign up for coaching services at UBC.


The recipients of the 2019-2020 Coach Internship program are:

  • Dr. Lisa Loutzenheiser – Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)
  • Allison Mander-Wionzek – Student Development & Services/Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
  • Catalina Policzer – Human Resources
  • Patrice Steinmann – UBC IT

Also congratulations to the following Coach Internship recipients who have recently become certified Coaches. You will be able to find them on our list of Internal Coaches in the very near future.

  • Deborah Chen – Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • Lily Gu – UBC Extended Learning
  • Sukhbir Kaur – Psychology

Thank you to everyone who had expressed interest in our Coach Internship Award. We will open applications for the next round of the Coaching Internship Awards in October. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/.