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The University of British Columbia
m We are turning
the way we look
at achievement
on its head.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 3 And engaging
the world from
a different point
of view to effect
real change.
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2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 5 We are changing the world
from the inside out.
Page 16
Benjamin Perrin
Page 14
Sarah Otto
We are students, professors, staff and alumni succeeding at the highest level in
our individual pursuits. We are investing our curiosity, talents and passions in the
communities around us to help make our world a better place. We are creating an
extraordinary learning environment that inspires the best in personal achievement.
Page 10
Pooja Viswanathan
Page 12
Jake Wetzel
X The journey from individual to
community member that young
people take during their university
experience is one of the most
significant transformations
that society can encourage.
From The President
Stephen Toope
A transformational student journey
Where do I fit in? Will I fail? How will I
know the right path for me?
These are questions I asked myself as
I took my first undergraduate steps on a
university campus.
The journey from individual to community
member that young people take during
their university experience is one of the
most significant transformations that
society can encourage.
All students make this journey. How
far they get, how quickly they get there,
and how prepared they are to go further
speaks to the quality of the university
community they have joined.
And a measure of that quality includes
the degree to which the university
community forges its own links with the
world around it as it pursues its mission of
teaching, research and community service.
The University of British Columbia, from
our unique place in the world, reaches
out in all directions, not as an institution
but rather through the energy and talent
of its community members.
What I find common in the people
and accomplishments we celebrate in
this Annual Report is the power to be
found when individuals join dynamic
communities that radiate out from self to
the world.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 9 G
Viswanathan has developed a
prototype smart wheelchair that
may give people suffering from
degenerative diseases their mobility.
Pooja Viswanathan
Independence for the elderly
Pooja Viswanathan believes computer
scientists can help find novel
solutions to complex challenges
in the healthcare system.
Drawing from the interdisciplinary
expertise in the Dept. of Computer
Science, the PhD candidate and award
recipient wants to give independence
back to elderly people living with
physical and cognitive impairments
in long-term care facilities.
People suffering from degenerative
diseases such as Alzheimer's aren't
granted access to powered wheelchairs
due to safety concerns and are often too
weak physically to propel manual ones.
Viswanathan has developed a
prototype smart wheelchair that may give
them back their mobility by retrofitting
stereo-vision cameras and artificial
intelligence software onto a commercial
powered wheelchair. It detects objects
and calculates distances to avoid
collision, memorizes landmarks to
create maps, and provides way-finding
guidance through audio prompts.
It even learns the daily routines and
decision-making patterns of its user
to issue automated reminders.
By developing new assisting
features that make possible more
user control, Viswanathan sees the
potential for technology to maximize,
not hinder, human potential.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 11 In Wetzel's sport, achievement
depends on working with others. "In
the men's eight, members of the
boat must be synchronized, unified
and in tune with each other so that
together they function as one unit."
Jake Wetzel
A touch of gold
UBC finance student Jake Wetzel
knows something about the effort it
takes to be the best in the world. At
the 2004 Athens Olympics, he and
three rowing teammates finished
second to Great Britain by one
eight hundredths of a second.
He focused the next years on the
2008 Beijing games. Following relentless
training, he and his teammates, this time
competing in men's eight, struck gold.
"I can't describe the feeling of
pride I felt for my team and for
my country," says Wetzel.
In his sport, achievement depends
on working with others. "In the men's
eight, members of the boat must be
completely synchronized, unified and in
tune with each other so that together
they function as one unit," says Wetzel.
As a board member of the Canadian
Athletes Now Fund, Wetzel helps raise
awareness and funds to support future
Olympic athletes. The fund has raised
more than $6 million since 1997.
"UBC has equipped me with a set
of tools and an approach to problem
solving that has served me well already'
says Wetzel. "I have been exposed
to a broad cross section of ideas and
people here. The skills I have acquired
at UBC allow me to give back and
help others fulfill their dreams."
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 13 Winner of the 2007 Steacie Prize as
one of Canada's top young scientists,
Otto's study of evolution has
sometimes challenged conventional
wisdom and proven what most people
believe to be true - that sex is good.
Sarah Otto
The fundamental questions of life
Zoology Prof. Sarah Otto has
proven what most people believe
to be true - that sex is good.
Otto, director of the UBC Centre
for Biodiversity Research, studies
how environmental factors affect
evolution. Her research has revealed
the circumstances under which
sexual reproduction creates genetic
diversity and improves adaptability.
Otto's research prowess is only
matched by her efforts to translate
complex evolutionary theories into
relatable stories. She engages the
public through frequent interaction
with the popular press to shed light
on how scientists are tackling some
of the most fundamental questions:
Where do we come from, and
where do we go from here?
Winner of the 2007 Steacie Prize as
one of Canada's top young scientists,
Otto's study of evolution has sometimes
challenged conventional wisdom.
She has, for example, demonstrated
that mothers may actually evolve
preferences for bland fathers in some
species because such fathers increase
the survival of female offspring.
Her recent work is laying the foundation
for understanding whether a trait is
common in nature because the trait
promotes the formation of new species,
decreases the risk of extinction, or is
merely persistent and unlikely to change.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 15 "Human trafficking offends our
most fundamental values of liberty
and freedom. It demands a greater
response," says Perrin, who in
2001 traveled to Phnom Penh to
work with children whose lives had
been shattered by trafficking.
Benjamin Perrin
A catalyst for international action
Benjamin Perrin is one of Canada's
leading experts on human trafficking
and child sex tourism, focusing on
the measures needed to protect the
innocent and to prosecute offenders.
"Human trafficking offends our
most fundamental values of liberty
and freedom. It demands a greater
response," says Perrin, an assistant
professor in the Faculty of Law.
Perrin was first inspired to confront
these crimes after his undergraduate
degree in international business. In
2001, Perrin traveled to Phnom Penh
to work with children whose lives
had been shattered by trafficking.
"I never forgot their stories."
After his experience in Cambodia,
Perrin decided to study law. While
finishing graduate school, he was
appointed as senior policy advisor
to the Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration, and helped to bring in
measures to assist trafficking victims.
Perrin's teaching and research interests
include domestic and international
criminal law, international humanitarian
law and human rights. He has appeared
as an expert witness before Parliamentary
committees studying the problem, most
recently on the increased risk of human
trafficking and sex tourism around
mega-events such as Vancouver's
2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Known for his passionate engagement
with local, national and international
media on the topic, Perrin has been
lauded as a needed catalyst for
Canadian and international action.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 17 Their 20-minute film, What I Learned
in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in
the Classroom, asks hard questions
about how to maintain a positive
classroom climate when discussing
sensitive topics such as race.
Karrmen Crey and Amy Perreault
A tool to change the way we think
"Why are Aboriginal people so screwed
up?" It was too many hurtful classroom
comments like this that caused Karrmen
Crey and Amy Perreault to take action.
With their documentary film, What I
Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues
in the Classroom, the two graduates of
UBC's First Nations Studies Program
have created a powerful tool for teaching
Aboriginal issues in the classroom.
The 20-minute film asks hard
questions about how to maintain
a positive classroom climate when
discussing sensitive topics such as
race. Their project combines footage
of Aboriginal students speaking
candidly about campus experiences
with online teaching materials.
"Classroom discussions can leave
students feeling angry and alienated
if mishandled," says Perreault, who is
Metis. "We wanted to raise awareness
and provide educators with tools
to help foster more productive and
professional classroom discussions."
Their project has been embraced
since premiering to an audience of
international educators in 2007. At
UBC, which is developing an Aboriginal
Strategic Plan, it has been screened to
students, faculty and administrators.
The 29-year-old filmmakers are
now fielding a constant stream of
requests from other organizations.
"This film really shows the influence
students can have," says Crey, who
is Sto:lo. "If you see something
that needs improvement, we have
the power to affect change."
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 19 "Whether you are working with patients, delivering
babies, caring for new families, or shaping young
minds, you are touching lives around you."
Lianne Jones and Jessica Barker
Nursing a passion
Lianne Jones and Jessica Barker caught
the travel bug when they visited Ghana
during their fourth year of nursing studies
at UBC Okanagan last year. Since then,
they've graduated with nursing degrees,
worked as nurses in Nicaragua, and
are now back in Africa sharing their
passion for nursing by volunteering
and teaching basic skills to students at
Lewanika Nursing School in Mongu, the
capital of Zambia's Western Province.
"The experience in Ghana and
Nicaragua has given me the drive to
continue nursing in developing countries,"
says Barker. "It's so rewarding to use
the community development tools I
learned at UBC Okanagan, and see
how they can help to change the
lives of people all over the world."
The personal rewards have been
remarkable. The nursing grads aren't
just following their calling as nurses,
they're growing and contributing to
the world in meaningful ways.
"Whether you are working with palliative
patients, delivering babies, caring for
new families, or shaping the young
minds of the world, you are touching
lives around you in some way," says
Jones. "We are so lucky to be nurses.
We get to teach and be with patients.
It is the best of both worlds here."
"You drive through the Downtown Eastside and there
is so much disease and poverty. Even as a young
child it struck me as incredible that this could exist."
Emma Preston
Making new drugs accessible
Emma Preston's passion for
improving the health of the world's
poor started while she was
growing up in East Vancouver.
"You drive through the Downtown
Eastside and there is so much
disease and poverty," says the
recent UBC science graduate. "Even
as a young child it struck me as
incredible that this could exist."
So she took action. Preston co-
founded a UBC chapter of Universities
Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM),
an international student organization
dedicated to enhancing the impact of
biomedical research on global health.
Thanks in part to her efforts, in 2007
UBC became the first university
in Canada to commit to a UAEM
initiative to make university-patented
technologies and pharmaceuticals
accessible in developing countries.
"Each year millions die, primarily
in developing countries, because
they lack access to existing medical
treatments," says the 22-year-old,
an outdoors enthusiast and avid
intramural basketball player.
While at UBC, Preston received
numerous awards, including the HSBC
Emerging Leader Scholarship. For her
actions in and out of the classroom,
Preston received a Rhodes Scholarship
to pursue a masters degree in global
health science at Oxford University.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 21 Matthew has volunteered as head coach of the
Special Olympics Swim Club, and helped educate
teenagers on HIV/AIDS in rural Tanzania.
Matthew Li
Surfer, researcher, global volunteer
Mathew Li defies the jock stereotype.
The competitive swimmer, triathlete and
multiple award recipient graduated from
UBC last spring with a pharmacology
degree and was awarded the Dean's
Undergraduate Citation in Medicine with
his admission to the University of Alberta
medical school.
He learned to surf on the California
coast while developing a cell-based
assay that his co-op employer, Roche
Bioscience, now uses to screen for
asthma treatment. And he co-authored a
paper that was published in the top-tier
medical journal Rheumatology.
But what the 23-year-old would most
like to be known for is his involvement as
head coach of the Special Olympics
Swim Club in Richmond, B.C., and
educating teenagers on HIV/AIDS
in rural Tanzania last summer.
There he saw firsthand that HIV/AIDS
isn't inflicted upon individuals alone, but
also their loved ones and communities.
It will take the whole global village to
help, and he wants to do his part.
22 V\
"My personal view is that it shouldn't be a big deal to
contribute to your community," says Courtney. "Do
something to give back."
Eilis Courtney
Make the community a better place
"People want to be engaged but
sometimes do not know how," says
UBC's Director of Ceremonies, Eilis
Courtney. "My hope is that as I share my
experiences, I will inspire people to get
more involved."
At UBC, Courtney and her team are
responsible for ensuring special events,
such as those organized for visiting
dignitaries, graduation and recognition
events, are seamless. The first big event
Courtney recalls helping organize was
the APEC summit in 1997, and the most
memorable was the visit of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama to UBC in 2004.
This past year, Courtney took a leave
to spend three months in Uganda
volunteering with The AIDS Support
Organization (TASO). UBC is now
collaborating with the agency by organizing
student volunteers in Uganda. She
believes her trip helped strengthen the
collaboration and connections with UBC.
Courtney's commitment to the
community also involves fundraising
and raising awareness for community
needs by managing UBC's annual United
Way campaign. This fall, Courtney and
the team of volunteers aim to raise
$500,000. "My personal view is that it
shouldn't be a big deal to contribute to
your community," says Courtney. "Do
something to give back."
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 23 The Year
in Headlines
Babies pick up visual cues.
Doctoral student Whitney Weikum
and Psychology Professor and
Canada Research Chair Janet Werker
made headlines with their study on
infant language processing.
YIH Online
To read the complete
Year in Headlines,
visit us online at
UBC faculty researchers and students made
headlines around the world last year for their
scholarly achievements.
ABC TV News May 25,2007
Does Your Baby Know French? Maybe
"Psychologists at the University of British Columbia
in Canada have found that babies -just 4 to
6 months old - seem already able to tell the
difference between different languages. . . .
Some of this has been known for years. But the
Canadian researchers found that young babies
could even tell the difference between languages
if they couldn't hear the words. They could pick
up the subtle differences in the movements of an
adult's face." (photo left)
The L.A. Times June 25,2007
Proud of yourself? Everyone can tell
"In a summary of current scientific thinking on the
nature of pride and a review of four of their own
papers on the topic, Jessica Tracy, an assistant
professor of psychology at the University of
British Columbia and Richard Robins, a UC Davis
psychology professor, suggest that pride is a
cross-cultural phenomenon — that even remote-
living tribal cultures know it when they see it — and
that humans recognize two distinct types of pride:
justifiable pride and arrogant, or conceited, pride."
The Toronto Star Jan. 6,2008
Much to-do about... too much to do
"But at least some baby boomers, too, don't want
to miss out on any worldly delights. Historian Doug
Owram, 60, author of Born at the Right Time:
A History of the Baby Boom, observes that his
generation has always yearned for self-satisfaction.
. . .Boomers got more pragmatic as they grew up,
says Owram, who's deputy vice-chancellor at the
University of BritishColumbia (Okanagan)."
BBC NeWS  Jan. 15, 2008
Hubble peers into dark matter web
"Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of
scientists mapped the dark matter at a better
resolution than has ever been achieved before.
Co-author Catherine Heymans, of the University
of British Columbia in Canada, said the survey
covered one of the largest patches of sky to be
observed by Hubble."
The Wall Street Journal Jan 30,2008
Trouble Brews Over Merck Product
"In a recent study involving nearly 88,000 people
reported in the Journal of Rheumatology, scientists
found that those taking oral bisphosphonate
medications have nearly three times the risk
of developing osteonecrosis, compared with
those not taking them. The risk is increased
for nonspecificosteonecrosis,' says Mahyar
Etminan, a pharmacoepidemiologist at Centre
for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation
and the University of British Columbia.'"
The New York Times Oct. 12,2007
Unfazed by His Earlier Loss, Francis Prevails
"For the uninitiated, Jeff Francis is the best
pitcher on what is right now the best team in
baseball, the Colorado Rockies. He is 26 years
old, left-handed and majored in physics and
astronomy at the University of British Columbia."
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2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 25 2007/2008
Go Thunderbirds Go!
The beautiful new UBC Thunderbird
Arena, an important host venue for
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic games, opened ahead of
schedule in July 2008.
UBC's institutional achievements contribute
to our consistent position among the
world's 40 best universities.
UBC Thunderbird Arena
The University and the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC) opened the UBC
Thunderbird Arena, which will host men's and
women's ice hockey, and men's ice sledge hockey
during the 2010 Winter Games. A partnership with
the Government of Canada and the Province of
B.C., the project involved refurbishing the Father
Bauer Arena, built in 1963, and the construction
of two new rinks: a practice rink and a 7,500-seat
competition arena. The facility is home to the UBC
Thunderbirds' varsity hockey program and student,
staff and community programs, (photo left)
One Hundred Years of Foresight
Premier Gordon Campbell and UBC President
Stephen Toope recognized the centenary of
the 1908 University Act that created UBC as
B.C.'s first post-secondary institution by signing
a re-dedication of the Act exactly 100 years
after its original March 7, 1908 signing. The
community celebrated all year with special events,
performances and a Canada Post stamp.
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
The $79.7 million refurbishment of the Main
Library was completed with the opening of
the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, named
for the UBC alumnus and donor who founded
Slocan Forest Products Ltd. The Learning
Centre offers UBC students unprecedented
access to the resources of the second-largest
research library in Canada. It is also home to
programs that have pioneered interdisciplinary
learning for undergraduates, including Arts
One, Science One and the Coordinated Arts
and Coordinated Science programs.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus
Renowned economist Muhammad Yunus,
who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his
leadership in the field of microcredit, visited UBC
to receive an honorary degree and participate in
a colloquium on corporate social responsibility.
Known as "the world's banker to the poor,"
Yunus discussed with students, faculty, staff
and alumni his efforts to extend more than $6
million in small loans to more than seven million
of the world's poor through Grameen Bank,
which he founded in Bangladesh in 1983.
Distributed Medical
Program First Class
The largest class of doctors in B.C.'s history
completed their UBC degrees this year. The
195 new MDs were the first to graduate
as part of a dramatic expansion of medical
education announced by the Province in
2002, with an investment of $134 million.
The expanded program is North America's
first four-year "distributed" model. The UBC
degree is delivered in collaboration with the
University of Northern B.C., the University
of Victoria and B.C.'s health authorities.
Green Globes for Fipke Centre
Students at UBC Okanagan have a new space
for interdisciplinary research and learning, thanks
to the generosity of UBC alumnus Charles Fipke.
The Fipke Centre for Innovative Research includes
a leading-edge computer lab, 300-seat theatre,
classrooms and lecture theatres of varying sizes,
and wet and dry labs. The building has earned five
Green Globes (equivalent to LEED platinum status).
It is heated and cooled by groundwater, and is
naturally ventilated by a wind tower on the roof.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 27 Supporting UBC
Research and Teaching
New Home for Law
The Faculty of Law Building Fund welcomed
generous gifts from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP,
Fasken Martineau LLP, Davis LLP, and Richards
Buell Sutton LLP, with matching funds from
the Law Foundation of British Columbia. The
new Law building will provide a home for more
than 60 faculty members, 600 undergraduate
and 100 graduate students and will replace
the current aging and deficient structure.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2009.
Brain Research Centre
In March 2008 the Brain Research Centre was
awarded $25 million in provincial government
funding to establish the Centre for Brain Health,
which will focus on translational research that turns
discoveries from labs into better diagnoses and
treatments for patients. The Brain Research Centre
is a collaboration between UBC and Vancouver
Coastal Health (UBC Hospital), and has been at
the forefront of neuroscience research since 1997.
Support for Alzheimer's Research
A generous gift of $7.5 million from David
Townsend will establish The Townsend Family
Laboratories for Alzheimer's disease (AD)
research. Dr. Weihong Song, UBC Professor of
Psychiatry, will direct the lab. He and his team are
dedicated to finding the molecular and cellular
mechanisms of AD and developing therapies
to treat the disease. AD currently affects an
estimated 300,000 Canadians, who incur more
than $5 billion per year in health care costs.
New Addiction Research Chair
A provincial investment of $2.25 million in a
new B.C. Leadership Chair is supporting the
development of innovative treatment approaches
by a world authority on addictions. Dr. Michael
Krausz, a noted psychiatrist and researcher
recruited from Germany is the first Addiction
Research Chair at UBC. He also holds a
clinical appointment at St. Paul's Hospital,
part of Providence Health Care. Among other
issues, he will be researching the impact
of violence and sexual abuse on addiction,
as well as looking at medications and other
therapies that can improve people's lives.
Funding Fact
The Province of B.C. provided
significant support for capital
projects, medical program
Funding Fact
UBC received more than $469
million in research funding from the
federal and provincial governments
expansion and research in addition      and private sector for 7,074 projects
to its annual UBC operating grant of
$477 million
Partnering with alumni, government, industry
and community, UBC shapes new opportunities
for future generations of British Columbians.
Students Invest in SUB
Students made the largest-ever donation to
UBC through the Alma Mater Society, investing
$85 million in a new Student Union Building
(SUB) to be constructed at University Square.
The oriqinal SUB was built in 1968 and was
half of today's student body. Students have
been important donors to UBC throughout its
history, supporting the construction of the origir
SUB, Student Recreation Centre, Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre, and much more.
Five New Centres of Excellence
The University of British Columbia is an active
'itish OolumPia is an active
: 11 grants awarded by
Canada for new Centres
Dmmercialization and
$163 million national program goes to UBC's
Centre for Drug Research and Development,
Advanced Applied Physics Solutions, the
Prevention of Epidemic Organ Failure , the
Prostate Centre's Translational Research Initiative
for Accelerated Discovery and Development
and the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise.
Wallace B. Chung and
Madeline H. Chung Collection
With the opening of the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre, the wonderful Wallace B. Chung and
Madeline H. Chung Collection has a permanent
home in the Chung Room. This national treasure of
documents, rare books, maps, posters, paintings,
photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and
other artifacts helps tell the story of the Canadian
Pacific Railway, the Asian experience in North
America, and West Coast history and exploration.
Boost for Cancer Research
The Province has provided $4 million to the
Canadian Cancer Society to endow a resear<
chair at UBC in the primary prevention of
cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society Chair
in Cancer Primary Prevention will be held by
Carolyn Cook Gotay. She is helping develop
a national cancer prevention strategy by
researching the links between diet, exercise,
body weight, stress and environmental
carcinogens to specific types of cancer.
Funding Fact
The university received nearly
22,000 gifts totaling more than $121
million in support of academic
programs, student scholarships
and bursaries, research and
infrastructure upgrades
Funding Fact
More than $57 million was provided
to students in scholarships,
fellowships and bursaries
D8 UBC Annual Report 29 Triple Bottom Line
Social Economic Environmental
A World Leader in Sustainability
This year, UBC earned the top grade among Canadian post-secondary institutions
and was third overall - ahead of Harvard, Columbia and Stanford - in the annual
College Sustainability Report Card released by the Sustainable Endowments
Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts. UBC's campus-wide strategy, Inspirations
and Aspirations: the Sustainability Strategy 2006-2010, commits UBC's Okanagan
and Vancouver campuses to tracking action against 89 sustainability targets. UBC
published its first sustainability report against these targets for the period 2006/2007.
The following provides a snapshot of progress for 2007/2008. For the complete
sustainability strategy visit
Fipke Centre for Innovative Research The Fipke Centre for Innovative Research at UBC
Okanagan will be the first building to use the campus geoexchange groundwater energy
system - an emissions-reducing and cost-saving system that will eventually provide heating
and cooling to every academic building on the campus.
Triple Bottom Line
Social Highlights
UBC is committed to creating a safe and rewarding environment for faculty and staff,
fostering a supportive learning setting for students, and delivering real benefits to our
communities through research and teaching.
1 Improve Human Health and Safety
2 Make UBC a Model Sustainable Community
3 Increase Understanding of Sustainability Inside and Outside the University
Livable Campus: Develop a series of targets,
priorities, action plans, and measures for
enhancing the work environment at UBC.
Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC
was approved by the UBC Board February 7th,
2008. This framework sets out five strategies and
corresponding initiatives to improve workplace
practices at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.
Livable Campus: At UBC Vancouver 20% of new
residential dwellings will be rental housing.
Livable Campus: Work to maintain at least
a 25% ratio of housing provided specifically
for full-time undergraduate students. UBC
Okanagan will be a 20% ratio by 2010 and
working towards 25% or more longer term.
26% of built residential dwellings are rental
housing as of 2008.
• UBC Vancouver -29.1 % ratio of housing
provided for full-time undergraduate students.
• UBC Okanagan ~ 33% ratio of housing
provided for full-time undergraduate students.
Sustainability Purchasing: Use triple bottom line
for procurement at the unit level.
Developed and implemented Principles of
Sustainability for procurement.
Developed a Supplier Code of Conduct.
An Aboriginal Strategic Plan is currently being developed to support Aboriginal access and success
through appropriate policies, programs, engagement strategies and budgetary commitments.
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 31 Triple Bottom Line
Economic Highlights
UBC is committed to generating long-term, sustainable value for those we serve.
This requires responsible management of public assets, effective stewardship of our
endowment, and excellence in research and innovation contributing to a strong local
and national economy.
1 Ensure Ongoing Economic Viability
Maintain and Enhance the Asset Base
3 Maintain and Maximize the Utilization of the Physical Infrastructure
Research Funding: Be one of the top recipients
of government research funding for Canadian
UBC research funding increased from last yea,
($399.5 million) for a total of $469 million.
Endowment: Increase the endowment
investments to $1 billion.
Fundraising: Increase our fundraising to n
$150 million annually by 2010.
2007/08 endowment investment value
The 2007/08 fundraising target of $120 million
was surpassed, for a total of $121.9 million.
Control space and Infrastructure costs: Seek
Provincial Government support for Phase II of
UBC Renew*.
The UBC Renew Phase II business case is
currently being reviewed to determine its viability
for a Public Private Partnership (P3).
Control Space and Infrastructure Costs
Increase space utilization by at least 5% from
UBC Renew renovates rather than demolishes aging infrastructure
compared to new construction
UBC Vancouver campus intensification has
increased the space utilization rate by 7% since
The initiative has saved nearly $89 million in construction costs
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) on the Vancouver campus was approved
for construction this year. It will be the most innovative and high performance building in North America,
demonstrating leading edge research and sustainable design, products, systems and decision making.
Triple Bottom Line
Environmental Highlights
In the face of the pressing global challenge of climate change, the UBC community
is intensifying efforts to advance sustainability and the climate agenda. Since 1997,
UBC has made significant progress through projects that include: UBC ECOTrek, a
$34 million energy and water infrastructure upgrade that has reduced emissions by
approximately 8,000 tonnes a year; UBC U-Pass that has increased transit ridership
and reduced emissions by 16,000 tonnes a year, and; UBC Renew, a project that
renovates rather than demolishes aging infrastructure, has saved nearly $89 million in
construction and prevented the release of 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
1 Reduce Pollution
2 Conserve Resources
3 Protect Biodiversity
Reduce Pollution: Maintain annual average auto
traffic at or below 1997 per capita levels for
UBC's auto levels are 20% below 1997levels,
based on fall 2007 data.
Reduce Pollution: Develop sustainable
transportation strategy.
Waste Management: Expand organics collection
at UBC Vancouver's on-site composter to
include all Food Services retail outlets.
Implementation of U-Pass at UBC Okanagan in
2007 resulted in transit rider-ship increase of 50%.
Food Services now provides organic waste
collection in all food services units across
Reduce Water Consumption: Phase in
computerized irrigation system that reduces
water usage by 30% at UBC Okanagan by 2010.
Phase one in place - will reduce water demand
by 50% from 19 million liters a month to 10
million liters a month.
A Complete Community Innovative housing initiatives support UBC's commitment to a diverse live-work-
study community. At UBC Vancouver, these include new student rental housing (Fraser Hall on East Mall),
more faculty and staff rental housing and seniors housing (both under construction in Wesbrook Place).
2007/2008 UBC Annual Report 33 For full financial statements
Financial highlights for 2008
Revenues (in thousands)
Government grants and contracts
Sales, services and other
Student fees
Non-government grants, contracts and donations
Investment income
Expenses (in thousands)
Salaries and benefits
Supplies, general expenses and interest
Cost of goods sold
Scholarships, fellowships and bursaries
Grants and reimbursements to other agencies
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
'Includes accounting policy change due to the implementation of the Financial Instruments guideline.
tComparative figures have been reclassified where necessary to be consistent with the presentation adopted in the current year
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Senior Administration and Board of Governors
Deans UBC Vancouver
Deans UBC Okanagan
Board of Governors
Tyseer Aboulnasr (incoming)
Michael Isaacson (outgoing)
Nancy Gallini
Charles Shuler
Robert Tierney
Jack Saddler
Barbara Evans
od Systems
Murray Isman
Mary Anne Bobinski
Gavin Stuart
Robert Sindelar
Simon Peacock
Daniel Muzyka
Louise Nasmith
W. Peter Ward (acting)
Michael Burgess
Robert Philip
Tyseer Aboulnasr (incoming)
Michael Isaacson (outgoing)
Robert Belton
Robert Campbell
Marvin Krank (leave)
Cynthia Mathieson (acting)
Kathy Rush (acting)
Joan Bottorff (outgoing)
Bernard Bauer
lan Stuart
Stephen J. Toope
Doug Owram
nee President,
David H. Farrar
Lisa Castle (acting)
Terry Sumner (outgoing)
Barbara Miles
Stephen Owen
:nt, External, Legal
lity Relations
John Hepburn
Brad Bennett
Sarah Morgan-Silvester
Stephen J. Toope
Bijan Ahmadian
Theresa M. Arseneault
Bonnie Bates Gibbs
Tim Blair
Alexandra Caldwell
James Eccott
Anne-Marie Fenger
Robert Fung
Arun K. Garg
Jacki Hoffman-Zehner
Andrew D. Irvine
Barry Lapointe
H.B. McCullough
Bill Levine
Janet Pau
Ross S. Smith
Susan Yurkovich
Annual Report produced by
UBC Public Affairs
Concept and Graphic Design
Online Designer
Principal Photographer
nt, Students
Brian Sullivan
Total Students
Faculty & Staff
Campus Hectares
105 To view the annual report online and to provide
feedback please visit
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