Interim Vice-President, Human Resources: Marcia Buchholz

Marcia Buchholz has been appointed as the Interim Vice-President, Human Resources, effective Dec. 1, 2019.

Marcia joined UBC in August as Managing Director, Human Resources Advisory Partnerships, Central Operational Services, and HR Professional Standards. Prior to joining UBC, she was Associate Vice-President, Human Resources at the University of Calgary.

The current Vice-President, Human Resources, Barbara Meens Thistle, will continue until the end of December, 2019, to ensure a smooth transition for Marcia to this interim role.

The search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources, continues.

Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 3

Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 3, 2019. Clocks fall back one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Please encourage your staff to have a safe commute on Monday, Nov. 4.

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:

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

Next IRP HR call-in session: The employee lifecycle: Hire & change job: Nov. 5

The next Integrated Renewal Program HR call-in session will be Nov. 5, 9:00-10:00 a.m., where the team will provide an overview and demo of hire and change job information in Workday. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are welcome 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 and demo of hire and change job in Workday

Not yet on the Outlook invite? If you are interested in participating in the call, email to be sent the 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 ( New recordings are posted within three-to-four business days of the sessions.

Reminder: 2019 federal election: HR memo regarding faculty and staff voting on election day

As a reminder, the federal election day is Monday, Oct. 21. The HR memo regarding providing time for faculty and staff to vote is at:

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your HR Advisor.

IRP Change Readiness Survey #2: Extended to Oct. 23

The Integrated Renewal Program is once again seeking feedback on the university’s change readiness. This feedback will help ensure that staff and faculty will have the support needed to be prepared for April 2020.

The deadline for the survey has been extended to Oct. 23. Please take the survey online.

If you have any questions about the program or this survey, please email Visit the IRP site to see a summary results of the first survey and learn what actions were taken to help the university prepare for this important change.

Sign up for the HR Finance Workday demo #3: Oct. 30

As a reminder, IRP is hosting an HR and Finance Workday demo on Oct. 30, showcasing new material. This event is open to all. Sign up today for in-person tickets, or to get a copy of the call-in details.

Event information:

Date: Oct. 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, The Nest (2nd Floor) [map]

PD workshop: Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: Oct. 30

We are hosting Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who want to take a coach approach with their colleagues and direct reports.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what a coach approach means, the key principles and what is a coaching mindset
  • Understand how coaching skills complement and strengthen your wider communication skills
  • Be able to distinguish between coaching and mentoring/counselling/consulting/advising
  • Understand the structure of a coaching conversation
  • Be able to engage in fundamental coaching skills
  • Be able to identify where, when and how you can use coaching in your work at UBC
  • Be able to discern coachable moments, and identify when coaching is not the best form of communication

Course information

Date: Oct. 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Free flu clinics: Oct. 29-31

UBC hosts an annual flu immunization campaign offering free flu shots for all students, faculty, and staff. This year’s campaign will run Oct. 29-31, 2019 at the the Nest, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on a drop-in basis. At the clinic, show up and proceed to the registration table.

You can find more information at the Safety & Risk Services site.

Funding for Wellbeing Scholars: Call for proposals by Nov. 15

UBC staff or faculty are invited to submit a proposal to UBC Wellbeing, which is once again providing co-funding support for up to five wellbeing projects that support the health, wellbeing and social sustainability priorities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

Since 2017, UBC Wellbeing has co-funded a number of UBC Sustainability Scholars Program projects that support UBC’s various wellbeing strategies, from the Wellbeing Strategic Framework to UBC’s Strategic Plan.

If you have an applied research project that a sustainability scholar student can complete within 250 hours during the May 4 to Aug. 14, 2020, program period, please submit a proposal by Nov. 15, 2019.

Proposed topics will be evaluated based on how they further the goals and principles outlined in the Okanagan Charter and UBC’s 20-Year Sustainability Strategy.

For more information about the funding program or to apply using the proposal template, visit the Wellbeing Scholars website.

To learn more about the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program, visit their website.

2019 federal election: HR memo regarding faculty and staff voting on election day

We have issued a memo regarding providing time for faculty and staff to vote on the upcoming federal election day, Oct. 21, 2019.

Read the memo online at

See all HR memos at

Voting in the 2019 federal election

UBC Government Relations has complied a page of voting resources for the UBC community, available at

Accommodation of religious observances

Human Resources has information available on our website on the accommodation of religious observances in the workplace. Please visit 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.