Professor Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Professor Deborah Buszard is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

Before joining UBC in 2012, Professor Buszard was at Dalhousie University where she served as Director of Environmental Programs and coordinated an initiative to create a new College and university-wide academic programming in sustainability. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2006, she was Professor of Plant Science at McGill University and 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, Professor Buszard is author of numerous scientific and technical publications. She holds an academic appointment as Professor of Biology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science on the Okanagan campus. Her current research interests include institutional innovation and sustainability.

Professor Buszard was born in the U.K. and received her PhD from the University of London. In addition to her academic work she is active in her profession and as a volunteer, including serving on the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way, Okanagan region; as Chair of the Board of Vanier College in Montreal; and as President of the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Role

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal provides overall leadership for UBC in the Okanagan and is a member of the UBC system executive leadership team. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal ensures an effective organizational structure that reflects operational needs and is responsible for strategic planning based on the imperatives outlined in the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal also has responsibility to ensure the strategic allocation of resources and stewardship of those resources for a sustainable financial plan. Externally, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal works to foster effective relationships for the campus and the university at the local, national and international level.

One-on-One interview

One-on-One is an ongoing series aimed at getting ‘behind the scenes’ with senior leadership at UBC. Click here for the One-on-One interview with Professor Buszard.