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The University of British Columbia,
aspiring to be one of the world's
best universities, will prepare
students to become exceptional
global citizens, promote the values
of a civil and sustainable society,
and conduct outstanding research
to serve the people of British
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Opposite: students at UBC
Okanagan enjoy an intimate
learning experience on a
research-intensive campus;
Below: President and Vice-
Chancellor Martha Piper in
dialogue with new students
on the Kelowna campus
For more than three-quarters of a century, the idea of UBC has been indivisible from its
principal place - from the campus on Vancouver's exquisite Point Grey. Of course, the
reality of UBC transcended that physical location. British Columbia's oldest and biggest
university has long been a happy collaboration of academic schools, colleges and
faculties, of academic hospital partners and campuses ranging from exclusive spaces
such as UBC Robson Square to shared operations like the Bamfield Marine Sciences
Centre or the nascent Great Northern Way campus.
But nothing in our history has been quite like the opening of UBC Okanagan. For
the first time since 1922, when students and faculty trekked from inadequate facilities in
downtown Vancouver to the Point Grey site, UBC is marking the inauguration of a brand
new, freestanding and largely autonomous campus. The Kelowna incarnation, which
officially began operations in September, is a distinct entity, governed by its own Senate,
but it is also critically linked to take advantage of the experience and resources of the
UBC system. That could include everything from UBC's expertise in conceiving,
funding and executing Nobel-quality research to UBC's ability to connect to the wider
world through resources such as the new Asia Pacific Regional Office. With one stroke,
we have introduced UBC's world-class standards to the Southern Interior, expanding
opportunities for students in the Okanagan and Kootenay valleys and building the
educational and economic capacity of neighbouring communities.
The number one goal, at UBC Okanagan as at UBC Vancouver, will be to spread the
UBC Vision, a vision of citizenship, scholarship and sustainability. In updating UBC's Trek
Strategic Plan in November 2004, the UBC Board of Governors - guided by a consultative
process in the UBC community - realigned our most important priorities. Our new Vision
correctly identifies teaching and research excellence as the foundation stones on which we
can build toward a higher ideal. It is not enough only to train experts and professionals;
UBC must create leaders, educating citizens who are fully engaged in their communities
- in the fragile but endlessly promising global community.
Looking at the leaders in our community - at prominent citizens, alumni and UBC donors like Ike and Jean
Barber, Bill and Marjorie Sauder, Stewart and Marilyn
Blusson, and Ross and Trisha Beaty - it's clear that this
is a function that UBC has been performing for many
decades. It is our intent to build on that proud history, to
focus our efforts to ensure that every UBC student
graduates with that heightened sense of social
responsibility - as well as a heightened capacity to make
a difference, in their own lives and in the wider world.
On every front, we have enjoyed a stellar 12 months,
inaugurating new buildings like the Life Sciences
Centre and the Michael Smith Laboratories and cementing UBC's position as one of the top 50 research
universities in the world.
Our course is set. It will give us greater confidence and
great potential in this new year.
- Martha C. Piper, President and Vice Chancellor
The University of British Columbia |  2004/05 Annual  Report I—I
SEPTEMBER 04: The legacy of Nobel prize-
winning biochemist Michael Smith takes a
physical form with the opening of the $30-
million, 7,500-square-metre Michael Smith
Brett Finlay, the UBC Peter Wall
Distinguished Professor whom Smith recruited
personally in 1989, is one of 15 principal
investigators and 225 people who will work in
the three-storey building.
"This is a remarkable group of academic
investigators whose research discoveries have
crossed scientific disciplines in extraordinary
ways and who represent international
leadership in biotechnology," says Phil Hieter,
MSL director. "It would be no surprise if UBC's
next Nobel Prize came from this lab."
OCTOBER 04 Although modesty is not a
prerequisite for recipients of the Great Trekker
Award, UBC Learning Exchange Director Dr.
Margo Fryer could certainly have qualified on
that merit.
"It's really the Learning Exchange - not
just me - that's being recognized," she said
when receiving the award. "And it's especially
fitting that the Great Trekker Award is coming
to an initiative that is so tied to community
(outreach) and to the Trek vision (UBC's
strategic plan)."
The award is presented by the student-run
Alma Mater Society to an alumni member who
has achieved recognition in their chosen field,
made a special contribution to the community
and maintained a continued interest in UBC.
A new Victory Through Honour totem pole
stands tall again at Brock Hall more than 50
years after the original carving was first gifted
to the university.
As a symbol of welcome to Aboriginal
students, the original totem was carved by
renowned Kwickwasutaineuk artist Ellen Neel,
one of the first female carvers in the world. It
was presented to the Alma Mater Society by
the Neel family and the late Kwickwasutaineuk
Chief William Scow in 1948.
The years having ravaged the first pole,
the Neel and Scow families participated in
commissioning a replica, carved by Calvin
"With just over 500 Aboriginal students
at UBC today, the pole will serve as a visua
New Life Sciences Centre: enables doubling of
medical graduates (photo by Howard Waisman)
reminder of UBC's commitment to increasing
Aboriginal student enrolment and to building
strong relationships with our First Nations
neighbours," says UBC Community Affairs
executive director Sid Katz.
Jeff Francis, the first member of a Canadian
university baseball team to be drafted and play
in Major League Baseball, joins the Chancellor's
Circle, having given more than $30,000 to the
UBC baseball program. Francis is now a starting
pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.
NOVEMBER 04 Medical training and
research in British Columbia leaps ahead in
the new Life Sciences Centre, a $134 million
interdisciplinary teaching and research facility.
The Centre includes three major elements: a
state-of-the-art teaching facility that will enable
UBC to help almost double the number of
doctors trained in British Columbia every year;
the Life Sciences Institute, a 25,000-square-
metre international hub for interdisciplinary,
basic biological research; and the Centre for
Blood Research, a national centre established
to help ensure the safety, security and quality
of Canada's blood supply, as well as to lead the
world on new blood-related research
DECEMBER 04 In the midst of one of the most
lavish celebrations in the Western tradition,
Vancouverites join the world in horror, watching
as a devastating earthquake and tsunami crash
the coasts of the Indian Ocean.
At a memorial service on January 5,
2005, UBC President Martha Piper called for
donations, directly to the tsunami victims and
also to a Global Service Learning Fund in
which UBC would match any donations given. Dr.
Piper said: "Today let us affirm the responsibility
of a global university - one that values all human
life; that uses knowledge and technology to
tackle problems that affect people around the
world; that promotes and supports humanitarian
efforts to reduce the amount of human suffering,
death and dislocation associated with disasters
and inequities around the globe."
So far, UBC students and staff have
responded with donations of more than
FEBRUARY 05 UBC swim teams, both men's
and women's, capture their 8th consecutive
Canadian University Championship this year - a
Canadian record. Two of their swimmers qualify
for the World Aquatic Championships in Montreal and nine qualify for the World University
Games in Izmir, Turkey. Three coaches, Deb
Huband, Kevin Hanson and Derrick Schoof,
also represent UBC at the World University
MARCH 05 College Days, College Nights, a
six-hour, three-part film with UBC students in
front of and behind the cameras, premieres of
the Documentary Channel.
The documentary followed 16 UBC
undergraduates through the 2003-04 academic
year, charting everything from student
achievements and romances to the emotional
discord between student and immigrant parents;
the stress of exams; and the struggles of those
far from home.
The project was the brainchild of John
Zaritsky, a well-known journalist and film
producer who became an adjunct professor
in the UBC Department of Theatre, Film and
Creative Writing for this project.
The crew members were fourth-year film
production students and they interned with
Zaritsky's company, Point Grey Pictures, for six
UBC credits. (continued on page 6)
For the third straight year, UBC ranked in the
top 40 of the world's best universities. In a
2005 study of life sciences technology transfer
and commercialization, UBC ranked ninth
in North America, ahead of such prestigious
universities as Columbia and Johns Hopkins
and all other Canadian universities
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Total sponsored research expenditures (CAD) UBC
Spin-off companies formed cumulative from 95/96 Defining - and Modeling - Global Citizenship
Global citizens are willing to think beyond boundaries op place, identity and category,
and recognize all human beings as their equals while respecting humanity's inherent
diversity. Within their own sphere op influence, global citizens seek to imagine and work
towards a better world.
- As defined by the UBC Okanagan Academic Planning Team, March 2005
Brett Finlay, UBC Peter Wall
Distinguished Professor, has
responded to the global
challenge to fight infections,
thanks to funding from the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation
The very notion of global citizenship is a challenge: it suggests big responsibilities in a
small world. It commands optimism in the face of certain knowledge that the earth is
vulnerable - environmentally, politically and socially.
But if it is difficult to define global citizenship, it's sometimes easy to identify a global
citizen, an exemplar. Dr. Brett Finlay, the UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor, set a
personal goal earlier in his career "to work on something that would have potential
benefits to humankind." His success to date has set him among the best in the world,
most recently attracting an US $8.7 million grant as part of the Grand Challenges in
Global Health (GCGH).
Dr. Brett Finlay is a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and the departments
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as in Microbiology and Immunology. The
late Nobel Laureate Michael Smith personally recruited Dr. Finlay in 1989 and Dr. Smith
deserves additional, posthumous recognition for his good
In the mid 1990s, Dr. Finlay led a team that was studying disease-
causing bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. In 1997, the team
identified the "protein harpoon" that E. coli uses to attach itself to
cells in the intestine - a discovery that led to a cattle vaccine that
will prevent meat contamination from pathogenic E. coli 0157. The
vaccine has been tested on thousands of animals across Canada and
the US and shown to be effective. It is now undergoing licensing in
these countries, and should go a long way toward preventing future
contaminations such as the lethal outbreak at Walkerton, Ont.
Dr. Finlay's next major project was as director of the BC government-funded SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative (SAVI), followed
by his success in winning the GCGH grant to develop new medicines
to boost the human body's ability to fight infections such as malaria,
typhoid fever, E. coli and tuberculosis - all of which have
devastating effects in the developing world.
The grant is part of a $450 million initiative, funded by the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and operated through the US
t Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Finlay was
chosen from among 1,500 applicants in 75 countries and his was
the largest grant of only three approved in Canada. He will lead a
team from Oxford University; the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
and the University of London in the U.K.; The Walter and Eliza Hall
Institute of Medical Research in Australia; France's Institut Pasteur;
and Stanford University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine in the US.
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APRIL 05 UBC and the federal government
announce the identity of six new Canada
Research Chairs, bringing UBC's current
total to 119 (out of an ultimate 1 58) top
international researchers recruited under the
Roger Francois, Canada Research Chair
in Marine Biogeochemistry and Climate
Change Studies, comes from Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution.
Jeffrey Kleim, Canada Research Chair in
Cortical Plasticity and Recovery from Stroke.
Robert Shadwick, Canada Research Chair
in Integrative Animal Physiology, comes from
the University of California at San Diego.
Richard Kenyon, a mathematician who
studies problems in the physics of interfaces
and surfaces, comes from France.
Loren Rieseberg, an evolutionary biologist
whose investigation of how species arise will
contribute to crop improvement and weed
control, comes from Indiana University
Mark Vellend, a conservation biologist
who studies how biodiversity will respond to
natural and human-induced environmental
change, comes from the U.S. National Center
for Ecological Analysis and Synthesisis.
Direct federal funding supporting these
chairs amounts amounts to $6.6 million
and the Canada Foundation for Innovation
contributed an additional $686,000.
APRIL 05 After six months of heated
competition and 12 hours of debate by an
internationally renowned jury of architects,
UBC chooses a top international team - Santa
Monica's Moore Ruble Yudell Architects
and Planners (MRY) and Vancouver's Hughes
Condon Marler: Architects (HCMA) - to
redesign University Boulevard and create a
signature gateway and new social heart for
The University Boulevard competition sets
a cornerstone in UBC's plan, over the next 15
years, to build out the remaining 1,145 acres
still available in UBC's original endowment
to sustain and support the University's future
growth. The goal is a complete and sustainable
campus community and a magnet for new
investment of many forms - academic, applied
research, cultural and residential.
- Dennis Pavlich,
Vice President, UBC External and Legal Affairs
UB C's first Midwifery degree graduates celebrate
at Spring Congregation
MAY 05 UBC puts permanent roots in Asia
with the opening in Hong Kong of the Asia
Pacific Regional Office.
Although UBC has had an Alumni office
in Hong Kong for four years, the Regional
Office - the first such facility for any Canadian
university - is intended to cement the already
good relationships that UBC has in Asia.
"As Canada's leading university in Asia
Pacific issues, UBC has had partnerships in the
region for decades," says Dr. Ken McGillivray,
Director of the Office of UBC International and
Acting Associate Vice President, International.
"By establishing a permanent presence, we
can strengthen these existing partnerships and
foster new, dynamic academic, government,
and private sector relationships."
Seven UBC students become the first ever to
receive Bachelor of Midwifery degrees at the
Spring Congregation.
"It's very exciting to birth our first
graduating class," says Elaine Carty, director
of the program, which is part of the Faculty of
Medicine's Dept. of Family Practice.
B.C. now joins Ontario and Quebec in
offering such a program. Midwives attend about
2,300 births in B.C. every year.
UBC receives about 100 applications
annually for the class. About 80 per cent of
applicants have previous degrees, in both arts
and sciences. The graduating class ranges in
age from mid-20s to mid-40s and includes
single and married women, mothers and a
JUNE 05 UBC investigators claim $6.5 million in
federal research support for 73 social, economic
and cultural research projects, earning them
second place among Canadian universities in the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada (SSHRC) annual grants competition.
"The innovation of these UBC scholars
continues to place us among the world's
top research universities," says Prof. David
Dolphin, acting vice-president, Research.
June is a BLAST for UBC astronomer Mark
Halpern, part of a team involved in building
and launching the Balloon-borne Large Aperture
Submillimetre Telescope.
The telescope set off from Sweden, dangling
from a 33-storey balloon that carried it to
the edge of space. There it drifted free of the
obscurity of earth's atmosphere, observing the
cosmos for four days before being released by
remote control and floating back to earth on a
Scientists hope the telescope will have
gathered information that will help unravel the
history of the universe.
This is the second June running that UBC
has turned heads in the international astronomy
community. In 2003, a Russian rocket launched
the UBC-built Microvariability & Oscillations
of Stars (MOST) telescope, a suitcase-sized
instrument dubbed the "Humble" satellite for
its diminutive proportions and its relatively small
($10 million) budget.
UBC confirms its position among North
American patent powerhouses, ranking ninth
among universities that secured US patents in
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Demand for access to quality post-secondary
education has prompted the British Columbia
government to allocate 25,000 new seats.
UBC is doing its part, with 3,700 new students
now enrolled at UBC Okanagan.  Recognizing
the high value of graduate education, UBC is
planning to increase enrolment of master's,
doctoral and post-doctoral students to meet
Canada's needs in the global knowledge
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UBC Fall Enrolment Headcount
Full-time Faculty November 1st Recruiting Allies in a More Civil Society
Planning graduate student
Marisol Petersen has put
inner city residents and new
Canadians together in a true
demonstration of global
From its earliest days, the overarching goal of the UBC Learning Exchange has always
been to enhance civil society. The Exchange exists to build capacity, connection and
community. It aspires to help both students and Learning Exchange inner city patrons
become conscientious conspirators in pursuit of the common good - to help them fulfill
their full potential as true global citizens.
Those being the aims, there can be few better exemplars than Marisol Petersen, a
Master's candidate in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, and a
font of energy, optimism and goodwill at the Learning Exchange storefront in what has
been called Canada's poorest neighbourhood.
Inspired by a call from Learning Exchange Director Margo Fryer to incorporate the
goals of global citizenship into her own studies, Petersen began a Community Service
Learning project in 2004, looking for ways to make use of the energy and expertise of
Learning Exchange patrons.
As a former teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), Petersen soon realized
the opportunity. The residents of the Downtown Eastside are overwhelmingly fluent in
English, a skill that is enormously valuable to Vancouver's large population of immigrants and refugees - many of whom are isolated by the language barrier and unable to
afford expensive conversational English classes. Petersen designed a program in which
Learning Exchange patrons could become facilitators in ESL conversation groups - a
proposal that earned a Learning Exchange Chapman Summer Project award in the
spring of 2004.
The pilot project was an immediate success, well staffed by eager patrons and oversubscribed by ESL participants. During the fall, Petersen prepared a proposal to take
the program full time, which was made possible when
HSBC Bank Canada and the Vancouver Foundation
stepped forward with funding.
A final, perfect piece fell into place early this year
when UBC's English Language Institute agreed to
provide instruction to the ESL facilitators. Four days a
week, Downtown Eastside residents preside over ESL
discussion groups, and one day a week they travel to
UBC to improve their own skills. "We empower the
facilitators by demonstrating that their knowledge and
contribution is a value to society and we empower
immigrants and refugees by giving them the opportunity
to develop their English skills," Petersen says.
On a personal level, Petersen says, "It's been
amazing. I have a real feeling of accomplishment, of
having made a difference in people's lives." She is
currently writing a Masters thesis based on her work.
The program has also helped show the true potential
of the Learning Exchange, says Margo Fryer. It shows
that UBC can do much more than deliver volunteer energy to the inner city. "We can play a role as a catalyst
in the community, really helping to build a civil society."
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77ie University Patent Powerhouses
survey, conducted by the New Jersey
intellectual property consulting firm 1790
Analytics and published in The Scientist
magazine, measured both the quantity and
quality of life sciences patents issued to
North American universities.
UBC, which registered 27 such patents
in 2004 placed 9th, outperforming big US
institutions such as Columbia University
(10th) and Johns Hopkins University (14th).
UBC was the only Canadian university listed
among the top 15.
Three UBC students are named 2005
Trudeau Scholars for their research and
leadership in environmental law, global
sustainability and law reform to protect
children in non-traditional families.
David Boyd is a PhD candidate in UBC's
Resource Management and Environmental
Studies program and author of Unnatural
Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental
Law and Policy.
Aliette Frank is a geography PhD
candidate who has researched endangered
mountain gorillas in Uganda and conducted
other diverse field studies in Alaska, Costa
Rica, New Zealand, Jamaica and India.
Fiona Kelly is a PhD candidate in law,
who will look at advancing legal reforms to
protect parents and children in lesbian and
gay families.
Established by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Foundation in 2003, the scholarships are
given to students who are expected to
become national and international leaders
and whose studies advance four areas:
human rights and social justice, responsible
citizenship, Canada and the world and
humans and their natural environment.
UBC joins the ranks of Johns Hopkins
University, the University of California San
Diego and Indiana University, becoming the
first Canadian post-secondary institution
designated an IBM Life Sciences Institute of
With the designation comes a cash
and in-kind donation valued at $550,000
over three years to support bioinformatics
research in areas such as human genetic
disorders, heart disease, adverse drug
Physics and Astronomy Professor John
Hepburn became a member of the Royal Society
of Canada and, in October, UBC's Vice-
President, Research
reactions in children and prostate cancer.
IBM was already an established support
of the UBC Bioinformatics Centre (UBIC),
having recently supplied the centre with two
IBM servers to support the high-performance
computing requirements of their research. The
new designation boosts IBM's support to UBIC
to $1.5 million.
JULY 05 Five University of British Columbia
faculty members are elected to the Royal
Society of Canada for their outstanding
achievement. The five include:
• Physicist Douglas Bonn, whose pioneering
work in quasi particle dynamics has shed new
light on superconductors;
• Sauder School of Business Professor Izak
Benbasat, who specializes in the design of
human-computer interfaces, especially for
web-based business;
• Dean of Science John Hepburn, an expert
on the interaction of laser light with atoms
and molecules;
• Geneticist Philip Hieter, whose studies of
cell division on the molecular level will lead to
more effective cancer therapies; and
• Psychiatry professor John Livesley, Canada's
pre-eminent expert on personality disorders
Established in 1882, the Royal Society
of Canada is Canada's most prominent
academy of scholars and scientists -
including 160 faculty members from UBC.
The Institute for Computing, Information
and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) and the
UBC Computer Science Department team
up to celebrate a $40 million building
addition that will revolutionize research
in animation, artificial intelligence and
autonomous robotics technology, even as it
doubles UBC's capacity to train students in
computer science, electrical, and computer
Even before the Computer Science
component was added, the ICICS
expansion was on the planning table,
thanks to the biggest Canada Foundation
for Innovation grant ever awarded in this
category. When the B.C. government
stepped up with new funding to Double
the Opportunity in Electrical and Computer
Engineering, both parties saw the potential
for this huge and mutually beneficial
SEPTEMBER 05 The old Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences officially arises as the
new Faculty of Land and Food Systems,
a change that "exemplifies the diversity
of our faculty in a world more concerned
about the interconnectedness of our land,
food, water, health and environment,"
says Murray Isman, the faculty's Dean
pro tern.
The change in title, approved by
Senate in February is also part of a larger
international trend to tackle misperceptions
associated with the word agriculture as
being primarily farming-related.
UBC is the third agricultural faculty
in Canada to achieve a similar change in
image, and follows the lead of numerous
schools in Australia and the United
States.  Pedagogical changes now include
an increasing focus on student-centred
learning and practical work experience,
and the faculty is also transforming its role
at the new UBC Okanagan campus with
plans to expand its agroecology program
to the school in the near
Before U-Pass
After U-Pass
Single-occupant vehicles
Carpools and vanpools
Multi-modal (S0V + carpool or transit)
Students at UBC's Vancouver campus have
ed the way on sustainability by once again
saying yes in a referendum to a universa
transit pass (U-Pass). With some 1,800 new
student residence spaces being built, and
a goal for 50 per cent of new University
Town residences to be occupied by people
who work or study at UBC, the university
is creating a more vibrant, and sustainable,
Reported Most-Often Used Modes of Travel by UBC Students
Source: TransLink A Sustainable UBC - A Sustainable University Town
Research Associate Ralph Wells,
resident of the emerging
University Town on UBC's
Vancouver campus, finds time
- much more time - for
relaxation with a sustainable
For the first nine years that he worked as a Research Associate at the UBC Centre for
Conservation Research, Ralph Wells lived the fragmented life of a commuter,
spending as much as three hours a day driving back and forth from his home in
Coquitlam. Then, two years ago, Wells stepped out of his car and into the on-campus
faculty and staff housing on Hawthorn Lane.
"I knew I'd like not commuting," Wells says. "But the improvement in my quality of
life went well beyond what I expected. It was just so nice to get all that time back."
Even bigger benefits came in what Wells characterizes as an overall improvement
in his quality of life. He runs and cycles in nearby Pacific Spirit Park. He works from
home more often, confident that he can still get to a meeting quickly if something pops
up. And best of all, he avoids the angst and chaos of the daily rush-hour drive. "I am,"
he says, "a more relaxed person all around."
It's a perfect illustration of one of the goals of UBC Properties Trust in developing
University Town's mix of sustainable housing. UBC is working to ensure that more
than 50 per cent of the 7,000 new residences planned for University Town will be targeted for people who work and study on campus. This will reduce the number of daily
trips to and from campus (reducing the burden of traffic and air pollution on surrounding neighbourhoods), even as it builds a more sustainable and coherent work-study
community at UBC - an intellectually vibrant social habitat. (And land lease revenues
will contribute substantially to UBC's endowment, thereby increasing student financial
assistance and research opportunities.)
For his part, Wells is now making a
permanent commitment to his new way of
life. He has signed on as a "co-developer" of
a new a sustainable housing project called
Clement's Green - also located in the Hawthorn neighbourhood.
UBC Properties designed the co-development system in order to make new campus
housing more available and affordable to
UBC faculty and staff. Under the system,
prospective buyers take a role as developers,
putting up equity for the project, while UBC
Properties manages the project. This provides
working capital and eliminates sales commissions and other expenses that can amount to
up to 20 per cent of the cost of a new home.
Wells is the first to acknowledge that
his new residence will still strain his budget
- "There will be no money left over for a nice
True, but now when he walks through the
front door, he is closer to his Forest Science
Centre office than he was in the lot where he
used to park his car.
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Mental Health gift largest in Canada
A generous donor, who wished to be
identified only as a close friend of UBC, has
contributed $10 million -the largest gift ever
to mental health in Canada.
With a $10 million match from the
provincial government, UBC is using the
gift to establish the UBC Institute of Mental
$1 5-million will be endowed to
support three chairs in the fields of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry
and Depression, and Psychotherapy. The $5
million balance, also endowed, will create
fellowships, junior faculty positions, and help
to foster greater collaboration and communication between basic and clinical researchers
and mental health professionals throughout
the province of British Columbia.
Alumni couple give $8 million to
Ross Beaty, B.Sc, LLB, a 53-year-old
geologist, mining entrepreneur and chairman
of Pan American Silver Corp., and his wife,
Trisha, B.Sc, MD„ have contributed $8
million toward a biodiversity project that is
unique in Canada.
The Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre, a
$50-million project that will include the Beaty
Museum of Natural History, will house more
than 30 UBC scientists in disciplines ranging
from genomics to oceanography.
The five-storey, 12,600 sq.-metre centre is
expected to open in November 2007.
Ross and Tricia Beaty's $8 million contribution
to biodiversity is set to open in 2007
Chan family leads again
The Chan family has stepped forth yet again
to support culture, the arts and UBC. In 1991,
two brothers, Tom Chan and Caleb Chan,
made a generous donation to UBC (matched
by the provincial government) to create a
signature building on the Point Grey campus,
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,
and to establish the Chan Endowment Fund.
The Chan Shun Concert Hall within the Chan
Centre was named in honour of their father,
Chan Shun (1917- 1997).
Now, the Chans have committed an
additional $1 million toward the Chan
Endowment Fund, bringing it to $5 million,
halfway to its $10-million goal.
This Fund was established to support
cultural and performing groups, including the
UBC School of Music and the Department of
Theatre, Film and Creative Writing.
A gift from Stewart and Marilyn Blusson helped
realize the laboratory, left, named for UB C's late
Nobel Laureate Michael Smith
Impact of UBC's largest donation still
In 1998, Dr. Stewart and Mrs. Marilyn
Blusson gave UBC the largest donation in its
history: $50 million. That money has since been
essential to the realization of 61 projects
involving federal and/or provincial grants that
were conditional upon UBC providing a
contribution from non-government sources.
The Blusson contribution has thus facilitated
projects totaling $292.3 million in value,
including $108.8 million from the federal
Canada Foundation for Innovation, $108.7
million from the BC Knowledge Development
Fund and $31.8 million from other partners.
In the last year, the Blusson gift supported
projects such as the Institute for Computing,
Information, and Cognitive Systems, the
Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Centre for
Blood Research.
Banking on international relations
More Canadian and Mexican students can forge
international links thanks to a Scotiabank gift of
$750,000 to UBC and The Monterrey Institute of
Technology University System (Tec de Monterrey).
UBC and Tec de Monterrey established a Joint
Academic Program in 2001 and in 2003 added
a joint residence on the Point Grey campus to
encourage students from both countries to travel
and share their distinct cultures.
Scotiabank's funding will help participating
students pay tuition or living costs. About 100
Tec de Monterrey students are currently at UBC,
while 20 UBC students are attending Tec de
Choquette backs "cultural fluency"
The Choquette Family Foundation has
established the Choquette Family Foundation
Global Student Mobility Award, to help make
more students "culturally fluent."
The Choquette Family Foundation will offer
awards totaling $100,000, currently $10,000
each, for undergraduate or graduate UBC
students participating in recognized student
exchange programs in Quebec or elsewhere
outside of Canada, excluding the United
States of America.
The 10 inaugural recipients of the award
have recently been chosen and the students
have now departed for universities around the
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A key strength of any university is its
endowment, that fund from which investment
ncome literally makes a world of difference
Endowment income supplies scholarships that
level the playing field for promising students,
and it supports research by leveraging
government and other research investments
into tomorrow's discoveries. UBC alumni and
other generous supporters are now seeing their
gifts grow as revenue from property leases
from the emerging University Town begins to
enter the endowment
UBC Endowment Fund at Market Value (Smillion)
UBCTotal Funds Raised Investing in a New Generation - a New UBC
Irving K. Barber, right: creating
better-rounded students at UBC
Okanagan's Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences
In 1945, a high school dropout named Irving K. Barber got an unexpected leg up from the
Canadian government. Having served nearly five years as a pilot in the RCAF, the young
husband and father was facing a post-war return to his job as a "parts boy" in the Edmonton
Caterpillar dealership. Instead, he took advantage of a government offer to go to university,
to finish his high school and earn a degree. "I chose Forestry - because it looked easy and I
didnDt have to take Physics 100 - and I came to UBC.
"It turned my thinking around."
After a stunning career in the BC forest industry, culminating with the founding and
development of Slocan Forest Products, Dr. Barber found that "I had accumulated some
disposable income," and during the last five years he has set about finding the most creative
and most productive way to effect that disposal.
"During my career I worked in nearly every corner of the province, so I wanted to invest
in things that provide a benefit to every corner of the province.
"My first gift was to the University of Northern British Columbia to establish an
Enhanced Forest Products Laboratory, with the focus to grow trees faster and better in
northern B.C.
"My second gift was to the University of British Columbia for diabetes research, which
sparked the creation of the Ike Barber Islet Transplant Laboratory, where people with insulin
deficiencies could receive insulin-producing islet cell transplants.
"The biggest gift came in response to (UBC President) Martha PiperDssuggestion that I
make a contribution, together with the Provincial government, to the creation of a new
Learning Centre located at UBC. I was happy to
see that the Centre would reach out to all British
Columbians and the world.
"At around the same time, I asked Martha
what we were doing to make better citizens. We
need to educate specialists, but we also need to
be focusing on training and teaching people how
to live with each other. And thatds what led to
the contribution to the (Irving K. Barber) School
of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan as well
as the Interface Program located at the Irving
K. Barber Learning Centre. We hope that by
combining what are usually separate
jurisdictions (Arts and Science) we might help
to create better rounded students."
The whole process of designing gifts and
following up on their implementation ("Ids in
my nature to take a hands-on approach.") has
provided Dr. Barber with something of a second
career. Ids also given him a hand in a major
reform in the nature of post-secondary
education in BC.
"And does that give me satisfaction? The
answer has to be, yes!"
The University of British Columbia |  2004/05 Annual  Report Financial Highlights
Financial Highlights (in millions)
Total revenue
Operating surplus for the year
Accumulated operating surplus at end of year
Revenues (in thousands)
Government grants & contracts
Sales, services and other
Student fees
Non-government grants, contracts & donations
Investment income
Total Revenues
Expenses (in thousands)
Salaries and benefits
Supplies and general expenses
Cost of goods sold
Scholarships, fellowships and bursaries
Grants and reimbursements to other agencies
Total Expenses
Assets (in thousands)
Current assets
Property, plant and equipment
Total Assets
Liabilities & Net Assets (in thousands)
Current liabilities
Employee future benefits
Deferred contributions
Deferred capital contributions
Deferred land lease revenue
Long-term debt
Net assets
Total liabilities and net assets
UBC has become a more than $1 billion
operation, reflecting the tremendous
growth of student enrolment and
government-supported research that
has occurred in the past decade.
The University of British Columbia  |  2004/05 Annual Report Social Highlights
UBC recognizes the importance of setting an example for social sustainability. It is
committed to growing its contributions to local communities, support for students, and
progressive policies for faculty and staff.
Through the UBC Learning Exchange, 800 students gave assistance in 36 community
organizations, including 17 schools and 19 non-profit organizations in the Downtown
Eastside. In addition to the large portion that is purely volunteer work, there are now
Community Service Learning options in 13 separate courses, offering academic credit
for work conducted in the community.
The Learning Exchange has also begun to attract faculty, staff and alumni
participation in community events. These include such things as volunteer building
projects in inner city schools: for example, 30 volunteers from the UBC Finance
Department participated in a project at Laura Secord School. Other events include a
series of public lectures and concerts conducted by students and faculty at the
Vancouver Public Library.
Approximately 50 inner city residents drop in daily at the Learning Exchange's Main
Street storefront, some taking advantage of computer workshops and ESL programs
supported by HSBC Bank Canada.
UBC students also served the community through independent organizations like
the Law Students Legal Advice Program. Between September 2004 and April 2005, 249
UBC law student volunteers spent 2,779 hours giving free legal advice and
representation to 1,093 clients. During the summer, when some students are also
employed full-time, 30 students (volunteers and employees) spent 4,142 hours giving
free legal advice and representation to 1,818 clients.
The UBC Law School also has two Community Service Learning projects through
which students can earn academic credit for delivering free legal services in the
community. These include the Criminal Clinic and the First Nations Legal Clinic. In the
latter, six students per term offer legal assistance to more than a thousand low income
First Nations people per year, as well as offering assistance to and advocacy for First
Nations band councils throughout the province.
In the newly renamed Faculty of Land and Food Systems (formerly the Faculty
of Agriculture), the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm continues its
community outreach and involvement through such things as: education programs for
school-age and university students; weekly summer market gardens; and involvement
with community groups such as the artist in residence program and a traditional
Mayan Food garden built with members of the Vancouver Mayan community.
Land and Food Systems is also leading the 10-year UBC Avian Research program,
using a $1.5 million contribution from the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands to
conduct community-based research in the Fraser Valley on issues including economics
and marketing, breeding stock, biology and genetics, environment, production
management, food science, bio-security and disease impacts and control.
The University of British Columbia |  2004/05 Annual  Report Environmental Highlights
In 1997, UBC became Canada's first university to adopt a sustainable development
policy. It opened the Campus Sustainability Office in 1998 and has since made
significant progress in reducing its environmental impact. In 2003, UBC became
Canada's first and only university to receive Green Campus Recognition from the
US-based National Wildlife Federation. In 2004, UBC demonstrated leadership by
purchasing enough Green Power Certificates from BC Hydro to power UBC's world
renowned green buildings.
Reducing Resource Use
• Despite a 24 per cent increase in student population since 1998, UBC has reduced
building energy use by 10 per cent, for annual savings of $2.5 million in 2004-05 and
enough energy to meet the heating and electricity needs of 1,700 homes.
• Water use has been reduced by 32 per cent from 1998 levels, saving more than 1.7
billion litres in 2004-05; this is enough water to supply 14,700 Vancouver residents for
one year.
• UBC has reduced its per capita consumption of paper by 31 per cent since 1998, and
overall use of recycled paper has increased by 21 per cent.
This annual report was printed on
recycled paper.  Based on data supplied
by Metropolitan Fine Printers, this saved
26 trees, 2,331 pounds of waste, 2,564
gallons of water, 3,345 kilowatt hours
of electricity and 4,237 pounds of
greenhouse gases
Reducing Environmental Impact
• UBC has reduced C02 emissions from buildings and transportation by nine per cent
from 1998 levels, saving 12,300 tonnes last year alone.
• Upgrades to the central steam boilers lowered N02 emissions by 85 per cent and
reduced natural gas use by 3 per cent, enough to heat 650 homes for a year.
• UBC Waste Management diverted 46 per cent, or 2,490 tonnes, of material to
recycling or composting last year. UBC is the first and only university to launch an "in
vessel" composting system for organic wastes.
• Transit ridership has increased 163 per cent since 1998, due in large part to the
popular U-Pass program, and single occupancy vehicle traffic decreased by 20 per cent.
Improving Eco-efficiency
• Last year, 130 volunteer sustainability coordinators in units across UBC undertook
more than 250 sustainability initiatives from the UBC sustainability toolkit designed to
foster more sustainable behaviours; and saved the university $75,000 in electricity.
• In 2004/05, UBC's Innovative Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies
(SEEDS) program attracted 350 students, faculty and staff to various research projects,
saving $60,000 in energy and other costs.
Academic Leadership
• UBC researchers such as Dr. Daniel Pauly, who studies diminishing international fish
stocks, and Dr. William Rees, who has developed the influential Ecological Footprint
analysis of environmental load, are international leaders in their fields.
• Prof. Larry Frank's analysis of obesity and suburban lifestyles has been widely
discussed, and Dr. Patrick Condon's views on the way we build cities are highly sought.
• UBC Architecture Prof. Ray Cole developed the Residential Environmental
Assessment Program (REAP), a new building rating standard for residential construction that encourages innovative heating systems, local materials, and high-efficiency
appliances to minimize energy and water consumption and decrease waste production.
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Agricultural Sciences
Moura Quayle
Applied Science
Michael Isaacson
Nancy Gallini
Edwin Yen
Robert Tierney
Jack Saddler
Graduate Studies
Frieda Granot
Mary Anne Bobinski
Gavin Stuart
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Robert Sindelar
John Hepburn
Sauder School of Business
Daniel Muzyka
College of Health Disciplines
Dr. John H.V Gilbert, Principal
University Librarian
Catherine Quinlan
Director of Athletics
Bob Philip
Applied Science
Michael Isaacson
Creative & Critical Studies
Robert Belton
Robert Campbell (Acting)
Graduate Studies
Marvin Krank
Health & Social Development
Joan Bottorff
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
Bernard Bauer
Blaize Horner Reich
President and Vice Chancellor
Martha C. Piper
Deputy Vice Chancellor, UBC Okanagan
Barry McBride
Vice President, Academic and Provost
Lome Whitehead
Vice President, Administration and Finance
Terry Sumner
Vice President, External and Legal Affairs
Dennis Pavlich
Vice President, Research
Indira Samarasekera
Vice President, Students
Brian Sullivan
Allan McEachern, B.A., LL.B.,LL.D.(Hon.)
President and Vice-Chancellor
Martha C. Piper, B.Sc, M.A., Ph.D.
W. J. Brad Bennett
Nicole Byres, LL.B
Belle Dale-Wills
James Eccott, B Com
Jay Grewa
Jacki Hoffman-Zehner, B Com
Andrew D. Irvine, B.A. (Hon.), M.A., Ph.D.
Arun Garg, Ph.D.,M.D.,F.R.C.RC
Gregory A. Lawrence, B.E., M.S., Ph.D.
Tim Louman-Gardiner
Quinn Teiji Omori
John Reid, F.C.A.
Bryce Rositch, B.A., B.Arch
Douglas Whitehead B.Ap.Sc, M.B.A
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