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/.

IRP HR session June 4: Overview of Workday Security Roles

The next IRP HR Call-In session will be on June 4, 9:00-10:00 a.m., and will provide an overview of Workday Security Roles. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join.


  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Overview of Workday Security Roles


If you are interested in participating in the call, email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP. A member from the IRP team will follow up with an event invite.

IRP HR Call-In Session Recordings

A recording of all previous IRP HR Call-In sessions are available on the IRP Website under HR/Payroll Workstream Resources.  To obtain the password to view the IRP HR Call-In session recordings, please email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca.

UBC Community Leadership Program applications due June 14

The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) is an innovative leadership development opportunity designed for emerging staff, faculty, and graduate student leaders to enhance their leadership, lead and develop a team, develop practical project management skills, and learn how to build community.

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Leadership Program are due Friday, June 14, 2019. Information for supervisors is available online at http://clp.ubc.ca/application-process/.

If you have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Leadership Programs Lead.

Reminder to register by June 12 for the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

If you’re looking for opportunities to bring team wellbeing activities into your workplace this summer, the 2019 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17.

This four-week program is open to all UBC staff and faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan, no matter your level of motivation or ability. You can participate as an individual or register as a team. Weekly random prize draws, photo challenges and meet-up events will help give you the boost you need week-to-week.

Sign up by June 12 at 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Stair Challenge webpage

Congress: June 1-7

Congress: June 1-7

Congress 2019 takes place at the Vancouver campus next week. Running June 1-7, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada. There are a number of free events open to the UBC community. You are encouraged to visit https://www.congress2019.ca/calendar to see the full schedule, or check out some of the special programming:

Big Thinking lecture series

The free Big Thinking series is held each day throughout Congress. This year’s series will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. More information about the Big Thinking series can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/big-thinking.

Performances, exhibitions and featured events/talks

From soundscapes and visual art to literary readings and musical performances, there will be plenty of free performances and exhibitions to attend during Congress. Featured Talks will see UBC faculty and speakers from around the world discuss key issues in the humanities and social sciences.  More information about University programming can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/university.