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for the 21 st century
Predicting the future has always been a risky business. For this reason annual reports
generally focus on highlights of the past year, rather than featuring the next year's events.
This report does both.
While capturing the remarkable accomplishments of UBC students, faculty, staff and
alumni in 1997/98, it also features what is to come. For the first time in almost a decade,
UBC has been engaged in developing its vision for the future and has consulted as
widely as possible with individuals both on and off the campus.
And so, this report honours both the achievements of 1997/98, and the ideas and
innovative thinking of students, staff, faculty and the community who are helping to set
the vision for UBC in the 21st century. Our goals are grouped in five key areas: people,
learning, research, community and internationalization.
It is this vision, coupled with the outstanding record of years like 1997/98, that will
reinforce UBC's position as one of the world's finest universities and will help ensure
UBC's future is a bright one. Think About...
UBC's Year
in Review
It has been a year of great change and accomplishment at The University
of British Columbia. The following pages capture a few of the highlights that
marked an eventful 1997/98 year.
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Turning the dream
into reality
The dream of Rick Hansen's historic Man in
Motion World Tour was to heighten the world's
awareness about the potential of people with
disabilities and to focus attention on the many
barriers they face.
In 1997, Rick Hansen and The University
of British Columbia created the Rick Hansen
Institute with a vision that completely supports
that dream—to remove barriers that limit
people with disabilities from reaching their
full potential.
The institute provides leadership in the field of
disability, with a special emphasis on spinal cord
injury, by focusing on four core competency
areas: strategy development, fund development,
fund distribution and evaluation on all levels. UBC's 11th president
takes office
Dr. Martha C. Piper officially assumed her
new duties as president of The University of
British Columbia Aug. i, 1997, succeeding
Dr. David W. Strangway. Dr. Piper previously
served as vice-president, Research and External
Affairs, at the University of Alberta. The UBC
Board of Governors made the appointment on
the unanimous recommendation of a 19-
member Presidential Search Committee, which
conducted an extensive search throughout
North America.
Imagine your first day
of classes cancelled
In September 1997, more than 5,000 first-year
students participated in UBC's first-ever orientation for new students. The program, called
Imagine '97, was designed by co-chairs Allison
Dunnet, a third-year Political Science student
and Prof. Neil Guppy, an associate dean of Arts.
The objective of Imagine is to help students
make a personal connection with UBC through a
series of fun events and workshops for small
groups in the same faculty. Imagine was such a
success that the program was expanded
for September 1998 and it is hoped that it will
become a UBC tradition.
Carving out a shared vision
As a result of changes such as globalization, the rapid expansion of information technology and the
growing integration of academic fields of study, UBC is devel6ping a new vision for the 21st century
but not without help from students and the community.
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commurE and cultural groups, as well as provincial and municipal levels of government, was formed
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UBC claws out victory
at Vanier Cup
For the first time in a decade, the UBC Thunderbirds brought home the coveted Canadian
university football championship title—the
Vanier Cup. The T-Birds defeated the Ottawa
Gee-Gees 39-23 in the Canadian Interuniversity
Athletics Union (CIAU) championship game
in Toronto Nov. 22, 1997.
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About It was launched in 1997 to promote the
diversity and value of UBC research—one
of the most important ways the university serves
the people of British Columbia. The university's
research contributes to Canada's well-being
on numerous economic, social and cultural
fronts. The research campaign includes a variety
of print and radio advertisements, as well
as special events and initiatives. The campaign
has received two awards for public relations
programs from the Council for the Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE).
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Two new funds give research a boost
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an $8oo-million fund created in 1997 by the federa
jovernment to support innovation and research in universities, institutes and hospitals. It was developei
to support the renewal of university research infrastructure and provide support for new faculty in the
areas of health, environment, science and engineering. The fund provides up to 40 per cent of a project's
cost and universities must then find the balance from private donors, industry, endowment funds and
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superb acoustics
Residents of the Lower Mainland can now enjoy
critically acclaimed performances in Vancouver's
newest concert hall. The Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts opened in the spring of 1997,
providing a concert hall and learning facility for
the campus and the Vancouver community.
The impressive $25-million facility boasts a concert hall, a unique and flexible studio theatre and
a multi-purpose cinema linked by a two-storey
glass lobby and outdoor patios. It is ideal for
classical dramas, small musicals, dance cabarets
and solo performances.
A community plan for
future development
UBC and the Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD) have worked together for more than three
years to develop an Official Community Plan (OCP)
for the university area. This plan has been developed with considerable community input and was
officially approved by UBC's Board of Governors
and the GVRD's Board of Directors in July 1997.
As part of the OCP, the university has committed
to developing a transportation planning process,
new housing policy and services for permanent
campus residents. The plan proposes to reduce the
number of single occupancy vehicles travelling to
campus by 20 per cent over a five-year period.
It is estimated that UBC's resident population will
double to 18,000 in the next 20 years, with
commercial centres, new market housing south
of 16th Avenue, and a subsidized transit plan to
accommodate the development.
Genes research centre
to come to Vancouver
UBC's Nobel prizewinner, Michael Smith, will
head up the first research centre in Canada
devoted to decoding human genes. A project
of the BC Cancer Agency, the $25-million
Genome Sequence Centre opened in Vancouver
in the fall of 1998. This centre will attract
activity in the biomedical research sector and
encourage companies to work here and take
advantage of the technology and information
that will be developed.
Genome science identifies and decodes all of
a living organism's genes. By decoding the
sequence of genes in the human genome, which
is estimated to contain 100,000 genes, and
identifying when the order is incorrect, scientists
may find the cause of a genetic disease. UBC athletes make
a splash
UBC's men's and women's swimming
teams made a splash this year, winning both
championship titles in the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
competition for the first time ever. The teams
combined won i8 gold medals and brought
UBC its 39th and 40th national championship titles.
Establishing guidelines
for partnership
agreements
Universities across Canada are seeking alternative sources of revenue as traditional sources of
funding continue to shrink. UBC has concluded
partnership agreements with Coca Cola Bottling
Ltd., Versa Services and Canadian Airlines
International Ltd., and is finalizing agreements
with Royal Bank Financial Group, the Hongkong
Bank of Canada and BC TEL. These preferred
supplier agreements provide UBC with guaranteed revenues for a wide variety of initiatives,
including scholarships, disability access, research,
travel, varsity athletics and campus safety.
To ensure that the university preserves its fundamental and ethical values as it enters these
partnerships, an advisory committee of faculty,
staff, students and alumni, has developed a
comprehensive set of guidelines.
Canada's newest School
of Journalism
UBC's Sing Tao School of Journalism offers
Western Canada's first graduate journalism
program. September 1997 marked the official
opening of the School's building and classes
began in the fall of 1998. During the two-
year program, students will study journalism
history, ethics, law, theory and investigative
reporting, and will also participate in a three-
month internship. APEC leaders gather
at UBC
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Leaders' Meeting brought the heads of the
i8 leading economies around the Pacific Rim to
Vancouver in the fall of 1997. The economic
leaders held their centrepiece meeting at UBC's
Museum of Anthropology.
The APEC Leaders' Meeting made significant
advances in trade facilitation and liberalization
around the Pacific Rim. It also represented
the first opportunity for Asia-Pacific leaders to
hold face-to-face consultations on the emerging
Asian economic crisis.
Members of the university community objected
to a number of APEC leaders being on the campus
on human rights and moral grounds. There was
a significant anti-APEC demonstration at the meeting, which the RCMP controlled with a considerable degree of force. This is now the subject of an
RCMP Public Complaints Commission enquiry.
New cybersavvy
marketing program
It is now possible to earn a certificate in Internet
marketing through UBC's Continuing Studies
and Executive Programmes' new cybersavvy marketing program. The first of its kind in North
America, the program combines Web-based
instruction, face-to-face lectures, computer workshops and industry guest speakers in a six-
month part-time format.   It is designed for
UBC faculty claim top honours
Some of the country's top teaching, research and achievement awards were presented to UBC's
faculty this year.
Three UBC professors and a member of the Board of Governors are among 14 people who received
the Order of British Columbia—the province's highest award for outstanding achievement. The award
recognizes their unique contributions beyond the university throughout the province. This honour^
went to Mechanical Engineering Prof. Martha Salcudean, Electrical Engineering Prof. Emeritus Charles
Laszlo, Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy, a clinical professor of Pathology, and Board of Governors member
Ken Georgetti.
Three UBC researchers received one of the highest honours in the Canadian academic community—
appointment to the Royal Society of Canada. The fellows for 1997 were Botany Prof. Thomas Cavalier-
Smith, Chemistry Prof. Michael Fryzuk and Zoology Prof. John Gosline. UBC has the impressive
position of ranking number two in the country in number of Royal Society of Canada fellows.
Prof. Martha Salcudean—regarded as a dynamic engineer and leader in the Canadian scientific
community—was one of three Canadians to receive a prestigious Canada Council for the Art's 1998 Killam
Prize for research excellence.
In 1997, UBC-Biotechnology Lab Prof. Terry Snutch won the Steacie Prize—Canada's most prestigious
award for young scientists and engineers. The award was in recognition of his outstanding research
into the function of calcium channels in the human body. Think About
People
A teacher, a mentor and a student
For Chief Steven Point, getting a law degree was as much for his community
as it was for himself. He was inspired by the fact that there was not one native
lawyer practising in Chilliwack, BC.
After graduating from UBC's law program in 1985, he returned to Skowkale—
the First Nations community in the Fraser Valley where he grew up—
to become its chief and first and only lawyer. He has not only helped to
introduce many positive changes in the community, but has become
an inspiration for others to pursue their dreams.
"I believe that we are all teachers and that we all have something to learn,"
says Point. "Encouraging young people in my community to pursue higher
education is extremely important. I remind them that all it takes is a goal and
lots of hard work."
One of Point's key accomplishments has been to develop a constitution
that now forms the basis of the Sto:lo Nation's self-governance. He teaches
a few university courses and has also helped to establish several
community programs, including a training program for new chiefs
and counsellors.
Chief Steven Point is currently working towards a
master's degree in Law at UBC.
He serves as spokesperson for the
Sto:lo Nation and was lead
negotiator for the treaty process.
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(LLB '85, UBC) facts
In 1997/98, $23.3 million in
scholarships, fellowships and
bursaries were awarded to
more than 8,000 UBC students.
In national student awards,
such as Rhodes Scholarships,
Fulbright Awards and
Medical Research Council of
Canada Scholarships, UBC
ranked second in a survey
of Canadian universities by
Maclean's magazine.
• Six UBC staff members
received President's Service
Awards of Excellence in
1997 and five in 1998 for
distinguished contributions
to the university.
• The number of students
registered in degree programs
at UBC in 1997/98:
Undergraduate
students
27.293
Graduate students
6,181
High honours for long-serving couple
It is one of the highest honours a UBC staff member can receive—the President's
Service Award for Excellence. It is an award that recognizes those who go above and
beyond the call of duty in service excellence.
Allan and Patricia Lackie were honoured with President's Service Awards this year.
The couple has dedicated more than 65 combined years of service to the university.
Patricia Lackie, a supervisor of administration in the English Dept., is described
by colleagues as a supervisor and mentor of office staff, bookkeeper and financial
conscience, and energetic fighter for equipment and funding in the constant
struggle to improve facilities. Her nomination for this award also received strong
endorsement from students through the English Students' Society.
Complex contract proposals and purchasing agreements are Allan Lackie's stock-
in-trade and his warmth and sense of humour are his trademark. As a major
contracts officer in the Purchasing Dept., requests to Lackie are normally submitted
or requested on very tight deadlines and he is noted by other staff members for his
ability to deliver.
"We felt honoured to receive this award
because it demonstrates the university
values employees for faithful service on
campus and in the community."
Patricia Lackie,
Dept. of English
Allan Lackie,
Purchasing Dept. Think About
Learning
Professor makes learning contagious
If you've ever encountered someone so enthusiastic about what they
were doing that you were inspired to go out and do the same thing, then
you would agree that learning can be contagious.
That's exactly what the students who take Prof. Jerry Wasserman's
classes say about his teaching style. "Prof. Wasserman has the rare ability
to make learning contagious," says Julie McCracken, a fourth-year
Theatre major.
A UBC professor for more than 25 years, Jerry Wasserman has taught Theatre
along with English for the past six. He was recently recognized with UBC's
highest teaching honour—a Killam Teaching Prize.
The unique way he teaches Canadian theatre
prompted one student to describe him
as "having the wisdom of a Buddhist
monk, the enthusiasm of a four-year-
^ old and the presence of a rock star."
To warm first-year English students
up to literature Wasserman takes
well-known pop songs and reviews
them as though they were poems. "This
helps them understand that poetry is not
something alien or incomprehensible,"
says Wasserman.
His goal is to get students enthusiastic
about learning—and according to his students
he does just that. "He devours creativity—with a
huge appetite for anything out of the ordinary.
This makes me want to be a better student," says
Karen Ihssen, a fourth-year English major.
Prof. Jerry Wasserman,
Dept. of English facts
University Killam Teaching
Prizes—UBC's highest
teaching honour—were
awarded to 24 faculty
members at UBC in 1997/98.
> In Maclean's national
university rankings for 1997,
UBC faculty ranked first
in social sciences and
humanities grants and second
in medical and science grants
per faculty member.
• UBC-has the impressive
position as number two in
the country in members
of Royal Society of Canada
fellows—one of the highest
honours in the Canadian
academic community.
Patients help teach medical and dental students
Imagine the benefits of breast cancer survivors helping to teach students how to break
bad news to patients, or multiple sclerosis sufferers inviting students into their homes
to learn what it is like to live with a chronic illness.
Introduced in 1997, a new undergraduate curriculum for the Faculty of Medicine and
first- and second-year Dentistry students takes a problem-based learning approach
that integrates basic sciences and clinical studies to resemble real life situations more
closely. This integrated approach is important because it helps students develop
better skills in problem solving, and an understanding of the social science, ethics
and economics of medicine.
Small groups and case-based course work are also key aspects of
the curriculum. "It's a chance to work on communication and
group interaction skills not acquired in undergraduate lectures,"
says Alex Hoechsmann, a second-year medical student.
"In the way a good mystery novel gets you hooked
on wanting more clues, the group sessions give us a
better appreciation of our labs and lectures." Think About
Research
Technology for cleaner air
Westport Innovations—just one of many UBC-spin-off companies—
is commercializing a new technology that has the potential to significantly
improve air quality around the world.
Westport's patented High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) allows diesel
engines in buses, trucks, locomotives and other heavy duty vehicles to run on
natural gas. A technological breakthrough, HPDI delivers the reliability
and performance of standard diesel engines with the cost-effectiveness and
cleanliness of natural gas.
Developed by Prof. Philip Hill from UBC's Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,
the HPDI system has been shown to drastically
reduce three pollutants: particulate matter, a
known carcinogen; nitrogen oxides, a main
precursor to ground-level ozone and smog;
and carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.
I The company has experienced tremendous
p growth since going public in 1995 and its
leadership has been recognized through the
support of numerous government and industry
partners in North America. It employs close
to 40 engineers, designers and
research staff, many of whom are
UBC graduates.
Westport's technology is presently
being adapted for the Detroit Diesel
6V-92, the predominant engine for
North America's 60,000 transit buses.
Prof. Philip Hill,
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering;
Scientific Founder,
Westport Innovations Inc.
Brad Douville,
(MASc '94, UBC) Chief Engineer,
Westport Innovations Inc. facts
UBC research has created 78
spin-off companies that
attract more than $630 million
in private investment.
More than 1,500 jobs created
by UBC spin-off companies
boost both the provincial and
national economies—96 per
cent of these jobs are in BC.
More than 223 technologies
developed at UBC have been
licensed for use in BC and
Canada as well as the US and
countries around the world.
In 1997/98, $137 million in
research funds was awarded
to UBC.
Research awards by Faculty ($):
Medicine
58 million
Science
30 million
Applied Science
16 million
Other
16 million
Forestry
8 million
Arts
5 million
Graduate Studies
4 million
Weaving together Canada's cultural mosaic
Multiculturalism is an essential part of the fabric of Canada. Studying the
existence of racism, how it fits within a multicultural society and how schools and
educators should respond is the focus of UBC Education Prof. Kogila Adam-Moodley's research.
"The key to understanding racial inequalities in Canada is to compare how things
work differently in other societies," says Adam-Moodley. She believes that looking
at similar issues in other countries, such as South Africa and Germany, helps
us to learn from the mistakes and experiences with ethnic relations in other parts
of the world.
Racism in Canada exists in very subtle forms according to Adam-Moodley.
"Multiculturalism education needs to be integrated into all areas of study—not
just separate courses. Students need to learn the analytical skills nece"—
understand how racism works and question conventional wisdom.'
Adam-Moodley is the first holder of the David Lam Chair of Mu
Education and the former director of UBC's Multicultural Liaisor
She is currently the president of the International Sociological As;
Research Committee on Ethnic Minority and Race Relations.
"Multiculturalism education needs to be integ
into all areas of study—not just separate /
courses. Students need to learn the analytica    .
skills necessary to understand how racism
works and question conventional wisdom."
Prof. Kogila Adam-Moodley,
Dept. of Educational Studies Think About
nternationalization
Language, culture and technology
influence work experience
Imagine giving a presentation at a South American university on what you
learned during your recent work experience at a multinational company—all in
Spanish. Now imagine that less than a year ago you spoke hardly any Spanish.
Kevin Maloney, a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student, doesn't need to
imagine this scenario. It is one of many incredible memo«6es collected
during his one-year work term at Methanex in Punta Arenas, Chile, as part
of UBC's Engineering Co-operative Program.
Students can apply to work in one of more than 22 countries—including
Japan, Chile, Australia, Malaysia, Peru, Germany and Canada—for their co-op
work term. The program is designed to provide students with technical skills
and experience in another culture and language.
"While working abroad you never stop learning," says Maloney. "Every day is a
new blend of language, culture and hands-on work experience."
As the first co-op student to work at the Methanex Chilean plant, Kevin
has paved the way for other UBC students. "The commitment
and enthusiasm shown by Methanex in establishing
this position was a real boost to me—
as I'm sure it will be for future students
who get the same opportunity."
Kevin credits his work term in Chile for
gaining valuable industry experience. He
worked on a range of interesting projects,
including the development of a software
program that monitors the efficiency of the
methanol plant. This program resulted in
significant cost-savings for the company and
continues to be used today.
Kevin Maloney,
(BSc, 2000, UBC), Engineering
Co-op Program facts
Approximately 84 universities
throughout Asia, Europe,
Australia, New Zealand, Africa,
South America, the US and
Mexico have been approved
for UBC Education Abroad
programs for undergraduates.
• The Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration
received recognition from the
Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
in 1997 for its success in
building educational ties
between Chinese universities,
academics, business and
government officials and the
Vancouver academic
and business communities.
• UBC has linkage agreements
with 171 universities in 44
countries around the world.
• The total number of
international undergraduate
and graduate students at
UBC is 2,134.
• UBC alumni live in 120 nations.
Strengthening ties between Canada and Japan
Co-op Japan is a Canadian university-based international placement program that
links science and engineering students and recent graduates to internship
opportunities at leading companies in Japan.
In 1998, 59 students from across Canada participated in Co-op Japan. Twenty-
seven of these students were from UBC, including Marnie Williston, a third-year
Engineering student. Marnie is on an 11-month stint working for Chichibu
Onoda Cement Corp.
According to the leader of Chichibu Onoda's central research laboratory
management team, these types of exchanges are important because
they strengthen international ties and provide direct benefits to
the company.
Marnie is gaining valuable experience developing English
manuals for high-tech analytical machines, and giving
reports and presentations on her experiments. "I am pleased
to be able to share Canadian culture by speaking regularly
to high school students—particularly about women in
science and engineering," she says. "And I continue to be
amazed by Japan's extremely rich culture." Think About
Community
Industry need led to new
co-op program
Training today's young people for the challenging careers of tomorrow has
always been among the roles of a university.
That's what led to the creation of a new co-operative program at UBC
that was specifically designed to meet the changing needs of industry—
and it's proving the enormous value of partnerships with industry.
UBC's Wood Products Processing Program was launched in 1995 after
UBC was selected to develop the program by an industry-led national education
initiative. And the program's more than 85 students are in
high demand.
More than 40 companies across Canada have employed
UBC's Wood Products Processing co-op students.
They see the specialized knowledge students are gaining
as key to ensuring the Canadian industry can compete
internationally according to Assoc. Prof. Tom Maness, who
heads up the co-op program.
"The strength of this dynamic and challenging program is that
it integrates engineering, forestry, business and computer
1   principles—providing students with skills to adapt to a
rapidly changing global economy," says Rahim
Nazarali, a student in his fourth year of the program.
Members of industry play an important role in
shaping the program and ensuring its relevancy
and also serve as frequent guest lecturers.
Rahim Nazarali,
(BSc, 2001, UBC), Wood Products
Processing Co-op Program
Assoc. Prof. Tom Maness,
Centre for Advanced
Wood Processing facts
Each year more than 40,000
students and community
members participate in fitness
and recreation activities
on campus.
• Donations to UBC-from
alumni, parents, faculty and
staff, individuals and
organizations through annual
giving, planned giving
(deferred gifts) and other fund
raising activities totaled
more than $37 million in 1997.
• UBC offers 100 distance
education courses to more
than 4,000 people across
Canada and around the
world through its Continuing
Studies programme.
A long-standing community resource in
downtown Vancouver
People throughout the Lower Mainland rely on a valuable UBC community service for
counselling on personal and career planning issues. In fact, no less than 20,000 people
every year turn to the services of the UBC Women's Resources Centre.
From its store-front location on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, the Women's
Resources Centre offers drop-in counselling, advice and guidance to women and men
in crisis. This year, the centre celebrates 25 years of community service.
More than 100 trained volunteer counsellors provide a number of services
who want to make positive changes in their personal and professional live;
which the counsellors can offer assistance include life planning, building s
stress management, career programs and positive relationship skills.
The centre is able to operate thanks to the support of extremely well-edi
and talented volunteers, who, if paid, would cost the centre over $1 milli
operation costs.
"There are a lot of people in the community
around us falling through the cracks.
I think we help catch a few at the Women's
Resources Centre—and that's a very
rewarding feeling."
Judi Majewski
Volunteer Counsellor,
UBC Women's Resources Centre The University of British Columbia's financial statements for the year ended March 31, 1998
have been reported on by the Auditor General of the Province of British Columbia, the
auditor appointed under the University Act. The following represents highlights of UBC's
Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 1998.
($ millions)
1997/98
1996/97
Total Revenues
Research Awarded to UBC
Endowment Market Value
Operating Deficit
793-9
749-2
137.0
134.0
579-9
498.4
(2-7)
(1.8)
The provincial government's 1997/98
operating grant to UBC was reduced by
$1.3 million from 1996/97.
Domestic student tuition fees were frozen
in 1997/98 at the same levels as 1996/97.
The university's investment income
increased by $16.3 million, and sales and
services income increased by $11.3
million in 1997/98.
• $23.3 million in scholarships, fellowships
and bursaries were awarded to more than
8,000 UBC students.
• The university's total assets are recorded
at a book value of $1.4 billion.
• UBC has an accumulated operating deficit
of $4.5 million as of March 31,1998. Total Revenues
Revenues for the university are generated from a variety of sources, including provincial
operating grants, endowments, government grants and contracts, student fees, sales and
services, non-government grants, contracts and donations and other investment income.
Revenues for the 1997/98 fiscal year totaled $794 million, with the provincial government
operating grant accounting for $272 million of the total.
Total Expenses and Transfers
Expenses for the 1997/98 fiscal year totaled $797 million, with salaries and benefits
accounting for $478 million of the total.
Operating Deficit
The university ended the 1997/98 academic year with an operating deficit of $2.7 million.
The deficit results from a new sewerage charge retroactive to 1996/97 pursuant to an
agreement between UBC and the Greater Vancouver Regional District. When this deficit is
combined with the 1996/97 operating deficit of $1.8 million, the accumulated operating
deficit is $4.5 million. This deficit will be eliminated over the 1999/2000 and 2000/2001
fiscal years.
Endowment Highlights
The university's endowment consists of restricted donations to the university and internal
allocations, the principal of which is required to be maintained in perpetuity. The investment
income generated from endowments can be spent only in accordance with the various
purposes established by the donors or UBC's Board of Governors. University policy
stipulates that the endowment's economic value must be protected. This is achieved by
limiting the amount of income that may be expended annually, thereby ensuring growth in
endowment purchasing power in the face of inflation.
The endowment has grown significantly over the past loyears from a book value of$i2i.2
million in 1989. In fiscal 1997/98, contributions of $23 million and capitalized income of
$21.2 million brought the endowment to a total book value of $470.7 million. The market
value of all endowments held for the benefit of UBC is $579.9 million at March 31, 1998.
The overall growth in the endowment is attributable to donations, the leasing of university
property for the construction of market housing and return on investments.
The following graph shows the growth of the university's endowment over the past 10 years:
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Total Revenues by Source ($794)
For the year ended March 31, 1998
(millions of dollars)
A Government grants and contracts ($153) 19?*
B  Endowment income ($52) 6%
C  Provincial operating grant ($272) 34%
D Other investment income ($5) i%
E   Sales and services ($156) 20%
F   Student fees ($95) 12%
G  Non-government grants, contracts and
donations ($6i) 8%
Total Expenses and Transfers ($797)
For the year ended March 31, 1998
(millions of dollars)
A Salaries and employee benefits ($478) 60%
B  Grants to other agencies ($io) i%
C   Renovations and alterations ($13) 2%
D  Depreciation ($49) 6%
E   Other transfers ($17) 2%
F   Transfer to endowment principal ($21) 3%
G  Supplies and expenses ($151) 19%
H Cost of goods sold ($35) 4%
I    Student awards ($23) 3%
1996
Endowment Fund
(millions of dollars) Summary
The University of British Columbia
For the year ended March 31, 1998 (in thousands of dollars)
1997
Statement of Revenues, Expenses and Changes in Operating Equity
Revenues
Government grants and contracts
$   425,213
$
410,612
Student fees
95,303
89,753
Non-government grants, contracts and donations
60,836
63,923
Investment income
57,oi3
40,702
Sales and services
155,570
H4,259
793,935
749,249
Expenses
Salaries and employee benefits
Supplies and general expenses
Depreciation
Cost of goods sold
Renovations and alterations
Scholarships, fellowships and bursaries
Grants to other agencies
477,8i3
150,634
48,663
34,602
12,860
23,305
10,149
461,367
140,804
45,174
3i,35i
10,695
20,885
11,282
758,026
721,558
Excess of revenues over expenses
Increase in equity in capital assets
Transferred to endowment principal
Increase in reserves
Increase in equity in related organizations
35,909
(6,961)
(21,157)
(i,99o)
(8,468)
27,691
(7,751)
(16,659)
(1,523)
(3,429)
Net change in operating equity
Operating equity, beginning of year
(2,667)
(i,793)
(1,671)
(122)
Operating equity, end of year
$     (4,460)
0,793)
Balance Sheet
Assets
Current assets
Investments
Capital assets
152,606
$ 163,893
458,172
397,499
778,102
731,307
Total assets
1,388,880
1,292,699
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Non-current liabilities
88,710
662,764
83,757
630,493
Total liabilities
751,474
714,250
Equity
637,406
578,449
Total liabilities and equity
$ 1,388,880
$1,292,699 UBC Leadership 1997/98
Chancellor
William L Sauder
Chair
Martha C. Piper
Vice - Pres i den t
(Academic
and Provost)
Barry McBride
P. Adebar
T. Au Yeung
I. Benbasat
J.D. Berger
G.W. Bluman
P.T. Brady
P.C. Burns
P.T. Burns
A. Chui
L Chui
R. L. de Pfyffer
V. Froese
J.H.V. Gilbert
V. Gomel
C. Gorman
H.D. Gray
A.G. Hannam
J. Hanrahan
P.G. Harrison
F.G. Herring
M.R. Ito
j. Keng
V.J. Kirkness
S.B. Knight
A. Kwong
E. Lai
S. Larchs
G. Lau
O.C.W. Lau
D.K. Leung
M. Levine
*AII Deans are members of the Senate.
P.T.K. Lin
Agricultural Sciences
President and
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T.P.T. Lo
Moura Quayle
Chancellor
Vice- Chancellor
S. Lohachitranont
R.W. Lowe
Applied Science
William L. Sauder
Martha C. Piper
D.M. Lyster
D.J. MacDougall
Michael Isaacson
President and
Vice - Pres i den t
Arts
Vice- Chancellor
(Academic and Provost)
M. MacEntee
Shirley Neuman
Martha C. Piper
Barry McBride
P.L Marshall
Commerce and
Larry Bell
Vice - Pres i den t
K. May
Business
David Borins
(Research)
W.R. McMaster
W McMichael
W.B. McNulty
S. Mui
B. Murphy
J. Nobbs-Thiessen
A dministration
Shirley Chan (chair)
Bernie Bressler
Derek Atkins
Joanne Emerman
Vice - Pres i den t
(Acting Dean)
Kenneth Georgetti
(Student and
Dentistry
Edwin Yen
Harold Kalke
Roslyn Kunin
Kera McArthur
Academic Services)
Maria Klawe
V. Pacradouni
Fduratinti
Lois Moen
Vice - Pres i den t
W.J. Phillips
G. Podersky-Cannon
Nancy Sheehan
Guninder Mumick
Philip Resnick
(External Affairs)
Peter Ufford
C. Quinlan
Forestry
Linda Thorstad
Vice - Presiden t
J.A. Rice
H.B. Richer
Clark Binkley
Marion York
(Finance and
D.P. Rolfsen
Graduate Studies
A dministra tion)
H.J. Rosengarten
Frieda Granot
Terry Sumner
R.W. Schutz
Law
C.E. Slonecker
Joost Blom
lumni board
N. Sonik
Medicine
of
' Directors
A.H. Soroka
President
L.M. Sparrow
Dr. John Cairns
Haig Farris
J.R. Thompson
Pharmaceutical
Members
M. Thompson
Sciences
Gregory Clark
S. Thorne
Frank Abbott
A. Tse
Ryan Davies
Science
Jean Forrest
W Uegama
J. Vanderstoep
D.R. Verma
David Measday
(Acting Dean)
Thomas Hasker
Thomas Hobley
Peter Ladner
P.A. Vertinsky
Sophia Leung
D.Williams
Timothy Lo
W.C.Wright Jr.
Arthur Ng
R.A. Yaworsky
Tricia Smith
Louanne Twaites
William Webber
Senate.
Don Wells
Lo
rne Whitehead
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