Committees & Advisory Groups

The DVC chairs and participates in a number of committees and advisory groups, both internal and external, as part of UBC Okanagan’s shared leadership model and to gather advice on key administrative decisions for the campus.

The Okanagan Leadership Team (OLT) is the senior advisory body to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal on key administrative decisions for UBC’s Okanagan campus.

OLT is a working committee that takes shared leadership of campus-wide administrative planning and goal setting and provides advice and leadership on key initiatives and issues.


  • Chair: Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
  • Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic
  • Philip Barker, Associate Vice-President and Vice-Principal Research & Innovation
  • Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President, Students
  • Rob Einarson, Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations
  • Gordon Binsted, Associate Provost, Academic Health Initiatives and Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
  • Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Interior and Associate Vice-Provost, Medical Sciences, Southern Medical Program
  • Barbara Rutherford, Dean pro tem, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Rehan Sadiq, Associate Dean, School of Engineering
  • Roger Sugden, Dean, Faculty of Management
  • Dwayne Tannant, Dean pro tem, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Bryce Traister, Dean, Creative and Critical Studies
  • Paul van Donkelaar, Associate Vice-Principal, Research
  • Heather Berringer, Associate Provost, Learning Services and Chief Librarian
  • Jennifer Burns, Associate Vice-President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
  • Fred Vogt, Deputy Registrar
  • Adrienne Nolan, Director, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Gillian Henderson, Director, Human Resources
  • Bud Mortenson, Director, University Relations
  • Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the DVC
  • Christine Diel, Executive Assistant to the DVC (administrative support)

The Aboriginal Advisory Committee considers the current state of Aboriginal activities on UBC’s Okanagan campus, identifies priority areas of focus for the future, and helps implement strategies to advance these initiatives.

Current priorities for the Committee include development of a professional development program for Indigenous awareness and cultural sensitivity, establishment of an Aboriginal mentorship program for staff and faculty through an Indigenous Caucus, and Indigenous curriculum development.


  • Chair: Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President Students
  • Co-Chair: Ian Foulds, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering
  • Jeannette Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
  • Stephen Foster, Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Donna Kurtz, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Sheryl Lightfoot, Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Indigenous Affairs
  • Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic
  • Lisa Renoud, graduate student
  • Barbara Rutherford, Dean pro tem, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives
  • Adrienne Vedan, Director, Aboriginal Programs and Services
  • Sandra Young, graduate student
  • Cara Kirkey, Project and Management Assistant (administrative support)

This Committee is constituted to assist the President in his disciplinary decision by impartially considering allegations of misconduct against students in light of the relevant evidence presented to it and communicating its findings to the President.


There is a single President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline with membership from the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The Vice-Chair of the committee is based at UBC’s Okanagan campus and is the contact for information relating to the functions of the Committee.

Cases that involve Okanagan campus students will be heard by a panel comprised of the Vice-Chair, faculty representatives and a student representative, and will be held on the Okanagan campus.

Okanagan Campus Membership

Visit the Office of the University Counsel website for The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (Okanagan) membership details.


c/o Grace Absolom
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
The University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus
Tel: 250-807-8005

The UBC Okanagan External Community Advisory Council, as it exists today, is the evolution of the UBC Okanagan President’s Community Advisory Council. Formed in 2004 by the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Advisory Council was conceived to better connect UBC with Okanagan communities and to guide the development of the Okanagan campus. As UBC Okanagan has evolved, so too has the External Community Advisory Council.

The Council’s membership draws from leaders within government, business and the community. As ambassadors of UBC and the Okanagan campus, members of the External Community Advisory Council provide an essential link between the university and the wider community.


Christine Diel
Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Tel: 250-807-8447


Chair: Professor Deborah Buszard
Professor Deborah Buszard is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. Before coming to UBC in 2012, Prof. Buszard was a professor and member of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2006, she was Professor of Plant Science at McGill University and she served as Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal of the Macdonald Campus from 1996 to 2005. A plant scientist and strawberry breeder, Prof. Buszard is author of numerous refereed scientific and technical publications on agriculture, fruit physiology, breeding and management. Her current research interests include institutional innovation and sustainability.

Co-Chair: Theresa Arsenault
Theresa Arsenault is a Partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP. In 2009, she was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC), an honorary title to recognize exceptional merit and contributions to the legal profession. Among her many community service endeavours, Theresa served on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1986-1989, was a founder (and chair) of Friends of Okanagan College, and served as Chair of the UBC Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Okanagan University College Board of Governors. She is a UBC alumna (BA and Bachelor of Laws).

Amal Alhuwayshil
Amal Alhuwayshil is President of the UBC Students Union Okanagan (UBCSUO), a TEDx speaker, and a fifth year Management student.

Nick Arkle
Nick Arkle is the Chief Forester of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. He served as Co-Chair of the Okanagan Partnership Society, acting as a steward for forest industry interests. He has also served on the UBC Faculty of Forestry Advisory board. Nick is a UBC alumnus (Bachelor of Science in Forestry, 1984).

James Baker
James Baker is the Mayor of Lake Country (re-elected in 2018) and serves as a Director on the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board. He spent approximately three decades as a professor of Anthropology at Langara College and Okanagan College. In 2007, UBC’s Okanagan campus named Mr. Baker an Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.

Colin Basran
Colin Basran is the Mayor of Kelowna. He was elected in 2014 following one term on Kelowna City Council; he was re-elected Mayor in 2018. Earlier he worked as a journalist at Global Okanagan and as a realtor. He is an alumnus of Okanagan University College.

Pat Bowen
Pat Bowen is a whole-plant physiologist and viticulture researcher at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in Summerland. An Associate of the UBC Wine Research Centre, Dr. Bowen’s research is on understanding vineyard ecology.

Victor Cumming
Victor Cumming is the Mayor of Vernon. He was elected Mayor in 2018. He is an economist and has worked as principal of a consulting firm.

Laurel Douglas
Laurel Douglas is CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, which provides business loans, advisory services, resources, training and mentors to women business owners throughout BC. She was the founding Executive Director of the Science & Technology Council of the Okanagan (now Accelerate Okanagan). In 2017 she was named one of BC Business’ Most Influential Women.

James Eccott
James Eccott is a Director at Canterra Minerals Corp. and past President & CEO of Dia Met Minerals Ltd. He has sat on various corporate boards since he retired in 2001 including tenures as Vice Chairman of Sun-Rype Products Ltd. and Chairman of Northern Air Support. Jim is a UBC alumnus (BComm, 1955) and completed a six-year term on the UBC Board of Governors.

Dick Fletcher
Dick Fletcher is a partner in the Kelowna offices of Urban Systems Ltd. As co-chair of the Okanagan Partnership, Engineering Advisory Committee, Dick was instrumental in assuring that the newly formed Okanagan campus of UBC developed full-degree engineering programs.

Mal Griffin
Mal Griffin is the VP Human Resources for the Interior Health Authority. Prior to his appointment in 2016, he served as Interior Health’s VP and Chief Information Officer. Mal has experience in a variety of areas of health care including laboratory, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, staffing services, and clinical and business information management and technology.

Corie Griffiths
Corie Griffiths is Manager of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Originally from California, Corie emigrated to the Okanagan in 2002 and joined COEDC as the Marketing and Research Assistant in 2006, moving to Business Development Officer in 2010, and taking on the lead role of Manager in 2015.

Al Klar
Al Klar operates R&R Plastics Ltd., Klar Global Distribution Inc., and is part of the chain of Canopy West Truck Accessories. He manages a family orchard in Keremeos and is a Principal in Top Five Developments Inc. Al is a former President of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and a Director for the Okanagan Partnership, South Okanagan.

Douglas Manning
Douglas Manning is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Bridges Transitions Inc. In 2006, he left his post as Bridges President in order to invest more time as an Educational Consultant. In 2017 he was a nominee for the Kelowna Top Forty Over 40.

Lorraine McGrath
Lorraine McGrath is a consultant and past president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. She co-founded the Okanagan Innovation Fund and has served on the Okanagan College School of Business’s Advisory Board. In 2007 she was awarded the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award as Kelowna’s Woman of the Year.

Tracy Medve
Tracy Medve is the President of KF Aerospace. Earlier, she served as the President of Canadian North Airlines and has been involved in the aviation industry since 1985. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Fortis BC.

Gord Milsom
Gord Milsom is the Mayor of the West Kelowna. He was elected Mayor in 2018 and previously served on West Kelowna Council. His professional work was as a Certified Financial Planner.

Jason Neale
Jason Neale is the past CEO of Accelerate Okanagan and founder of OmniGlobe Networks. His career spans wireless, software, security, telecommunications, cellular, satellite, networking, protocols, broadcasting and Internet. In 2009 he was honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

Edna Terbasket
Edna Terbasket is the Executive Director of the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, a non-profit organization working with and for First Nations people and the Okanagan community at-large. She also serves on School District #23’s Aboriginal Education Committee.

Renée Wasylyk
Renée Wasylyk is the CEO of Troika Group, a Western Canadian organization of development projects and construction companies including Troika Developments and CorWest Builders in Kelowna and TroiWest Builders in Edmonton. Renée was recognized in 2017 as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.