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: Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
- Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan
- Philip Barker, Associate Vice-President and Vice-Principal Research & Innovation
- Michelle Lowton, Interim Associate Vice-President, Students
- Rob Einarson, Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations
- Adrienne Vedan, Senior Advisor to the DVC on Indigenous Affairs
- Gordon Binsted, Associate Provost, Academic Health Initiatives and Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development
- Sarah Brears, Regional Associate Dean, Interior and Associate Vice-Provost, Medical Sciences, Southern Medical Program
- Gino DiLabio, Dean, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
- Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
- Rehan Sadiq, Executive Associate Dean, School of Engineering
- Peter Simpson, Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Roger Sugden, Dean, Faculty of Management
- Bryce Traister, Dean, Creative and Critical Studies and Dean pro tem Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Paul van Donkelaar, Associate Vice-Principal, Research
- Heather Berringer, Associate Provost, Learning Services and Chief Librarian
- Michael Burgess, Associate Provost, Strategy
- 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, Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
- Gillian Henderson, Executive Director, Human Resources
- Bud Mortenson, Director, University Relations
- Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the DVC
- Grace Absolom, Executive Administrative Assistant (administrative support)
The Indigenous 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.
- Co-Chair: Ian Foulds, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering
- Co-Chair Adrienne Vedan, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Indigenous Affairs
- Jeannette Armstrong, Associate Professor, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Julianne Barry, Post Doctoral Research Fellow
- Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
- Gino Dilabio, Dean, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
- Donna Kurtz, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
- Sheryl Lightfoot, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs
- Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan
- Braden Te Hiwi, Assistant Professor, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Social Sciences
- Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, DVC Office
- Tania Willard, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
- Sandra Young, Indigenous Community Liaison, Office of Research Services
- Cara Kirkey, Project, Project Coordinator (administrative support)
Pursuant to the University Act, the President of the university has the power to suspend a student and to deal summarily with any matter of student discipline. Student discipline at UBC’s Okanagan campus is governed by the Student Discipline section of the UBC Okanagan Calendar.
The President’s Advisory Committees on Student Discipline advise the President in his decisions with respect to academic discipline by impartially considering allegations of misconduct against students in light of relevant evidence presented.
Cases that involve Okanagan campus students will be heard by The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (Okanagan); committee membership includes faculty and student appointees from the Okanagan campus. The Chair provides recommendations to the President based on deliberations of the committee following a hearing.
Okanagan Campus Membership
Membership of the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (Okanagan) can be found here.
Please consult the website of the Office of the University Counsel for further information on the academic misconduct process, including rules and forms related to President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline.
c/o Grace Absolom
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
The University of British Columbia
The UBC Okanagan External Community Advisory Council (ECAC) provides an essential link between the university and the wider community. ECAC is made up of leaders from within government, business and Okanagan communities. Its members serve as ambassadors of UBC and the Okanagan campus.
Today’s ECAC evolved from 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.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Chair: Professor Lesley Cormack
Professor Lesley Cormack is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Professor Cormack joined UBC in July 2020 from the University of Alberta where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2010 to 2020. Previously, she was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University from 2007 to 2010 and, earlier, taught at the University of Alberta in the Department of History and Classics for 17 years. An historian of early modern science, Professor Cormack specializes in geography and mathematics in 16th century England. She earned both her PhD and Master of Arts from the University of Toronto where she studied history and philosophy of science and technology.
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).
Nick Arkle is Chief Forester at 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 (ex officio)
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 (ex officio)
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 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 (ex officio)
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 is CEO of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). 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.
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 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 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.
Ali Poostizadeh (ex officio)
Ali Poostizadeh is President of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) and a student of economics at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
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 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.
Paula Quinn is the Executive Director of the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence. She is a member of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Advisory Council. She is also a Director at Large for the Kelowna chapter of Mamas for Mamas, a national charitable organization the supports mothers experiencing poverty.
Gord Milsom (ex officio)
Gord Milsom is the Mayor of 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 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 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.
John Vassilaki (ex officio)
John Vassilaki is the Mayor of Penticton. He was elected Mayor in 2018 and previously served on Penticton Council from 2002 to 2014.
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.