New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.

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

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 or All responses will be kept confidential.

Read the full announcement at

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 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

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

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 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

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

HR memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective June 1, 2019 (May 16, 2019)

HR has issued a memo regarding the upcoming increase in the provincial minimum wage. Effective June 1, 2019, the new minimum wage will be $13.85/hour.

Please visit to read the full memo.

Staff salary scales will be updated on the Compensation website in advance of June 1.

New guidelines available for the use of preferred names for faculty and staff

As part of UBC’s commitment to create a welcoming, inclusive and nondiscriminatory environment, Human Resources and the Equity & Inclusion Office have created guidelines regarding the use of preferred names for faculty and staff.

Whether for professional, personal or privacy reasons, a number of faculty and staff use names other than their legal names to identify themselves at the university. For trans and non-binary faculty and staff who are protected on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in BC Human Rights legislation, the use of preferred names can be especially important to ensure safety and privacy. Addressing a person’s preferred name and gender has been recognized by human rights tribunals as best practice for non-discrimination.

These new guidelines provide you with background on the importance of preferred names, their use at the university, and the few legal limitations of using preferred names. We encourage you to review the guidelines:

Thank you for your support in helping to create a respectful and nondiscriminatory environment for our colleagues.

Find out how UBC plans to be an inspiring place to work, research and teach

Find out how UBC plans to be an inspiring place to work, research and teach

We heard from students, faculty and staff about would inspire them to work at the university in 2025. Now available online, the Focus on People 2025 framework speaks to how the university intends to lead as a first-choice place to work – including our biggest opportunities and the actions we intend to take to get us there.

For HR practitioners and leaders, Focus on People 2025 offers us an opportunity to focus, align and elevate our work.

As you familiarize yourself with the framework, we invite you to consider:

  • What connections do you see between your unit/Faculty/portfolio priorities and Focus on People 2025?
  • Which catalyst areas align and support your work?
  • What opportunities do you see for collaboration to move our collective priorities forward?
  • In contrast, what are some of the small actions you can take day-to-day to make UBC an inclusive, vibrant, and inspiring place for you and your colleagues?

Whether it’s the focus of your work or the daily interactions we have with one another, together we make UBC an inspiring place to work, research, and teach. Read the framework online:

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

Academic institutions have embraced principles of equity as a core value underpinning their mission. But what do we mean by equity and diversity?

Can we have diversity but neglect inclusion? Do we have any blind spots on who we embrace under the equity, diversity and inclusion tent? How do we know who we have missed if our ability to measure diversity is varied? How do we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in this area?

You are invited to Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?, a mini-symposium on June 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Office of the Provost, the Faculty of Science, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

Please share this invitation with your faculty and staff colleagues involved with faculty hiring, tenure/promotion, or graduate advising for a conversation on how we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in the area.

Visit to learn more and to register. A livestream will also be available on the day of the event.

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

If you have any questions or other comments on this matter, please feel free to email us at

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 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