UBC's Board of Governors

UBC's 15-member Board of Governors comprises the chancellor, the president, eight persons appointed by the lieutenant-governor, two faculty members elected by faculty, two full-time students elected by students and one person elected by and from the full-time employees of the university who are not faculty members.

By legislation, the board is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university including the appointment of senior officials and faculty on the recommendation of the president.

The governors represent diverse backgrounds which provide valuable input during board deliberations. Although members bring to the board the views of various constituencies, there are no advocates for any one group. Decisions are made in the best overall interests of the university and in support of UBC's mission to be a world renowned institution of higher education and research.


PictureLARRY BELL, appointed to the board in 1997, is president and chief executive officer of Shato Holdings Ltd., a food services company, and chair of its subsidiary White Spot Ltd. A graduate of UBC (BA '61), Bell completed a master's degree in California and then served the province as secretary to the B.C. Treasury Board, and deputy minister of: Housing and Transit; Lands, Parks and Housing; and Finance. He has acted as chair and CEO of B.C. Hydro, CEO of VanCity Savings Credit Union and has served on many boards including the Conference Board of Canada and the Business Council of B.C. In 1991 Bell's management innovations were recognized with the Award of Excellence from the Institute of Public Administration. Bell is a director of the Vancouver Hospital Foundation.


PictureDAVID BORINS, a student in the Faculty of Law, was elected for a one-year term in January. He completed a BA in political science at UBC after transferring from the University of London. His areas of interest include criminal, labour and employment law. Borins served as Alma Mater Society co-ordinator of external affairs where he advocated a tuition freeze and organized the B.C. Forum on Post-Secondary Education. He was AMS president in 1996.


PictureSHIRLEY CHAN, chair of UBC's Board of Governors and manager of Non-Market Housing, City of Vancouver, was appointed to the board in 1992. Educated in Ontario and B.C., she received a master's degree in environmental studies from Toronto's York University in 1978. Chan has served as a private consultant and as an environmental and community planner. She was the chief of staff to the mayor of Vancouver between 1981 and 1986 and executive assistant to the president of BCIT responsible for research planning, community and media relations, board support coordination and fundraising. Chan has been a director of VanCity Savings Credit Union since 1987 and served as chair from 1993 to 1995. She is also a director of Citizens Bank, Little Mountain Residential Care and Housing Society and vice-chair of VanCity Enterprises. In 1993, the Alumni Association of Simon Fraser University presented Chan with the Outstanding Alumni Award for service to the community. She gained national recognition in the late 1960s for her leadership role in obtaining changes to Canada's housing program.


PictureJOANNE EMERMAN, a professor of Anatomy, was elected by faculty to the board in 1996. She received her PhD and post doctoral training at the University of California at Berkeley before joining UBC in 1980. Emerman has served as acting head of the Dept. of Anatomy and as chair of the Faculty of Medicine Curriculum Evaluation Committee. She was a member of UBC's Faculty Association executive and also served on the university's Senior Appointments Committee. Currently, Emerman is a member of UBC's Faculty Pension Board, Faculty Development Mentoring Network and Advisory Committee for the Women's Resources Centre. She is also chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Health Research Foundation. A previous scholar of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, she presently serves on the boards of several international associations for cancer research.


PictureKEN GEORGETTI, president and chief executive officer of the B.C. Federation of Labour, the central labour body representing 340,000 members in the province, was appointed to the board in 1995. Georgetti also serves as provincial vice-president of the two-million member Canadian Labour Congress and as board chair of the Working Opportunity Fund. Active in community service, he is a board member of ABC Canada, a foundation which promotes literacy, and is the honorary chair of the Association of Learning Disabled Adults. Currently a member of the Treaty Negotiation Advisory Committee on Land Claims, Georgetti has also served as co-chair of the Premier's Summit on Trade and Economic Opportunity. Formerly a member of the dean's advisory council in UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Georgetti is a member of the dean's advisory committee in the Faculty of Law.


PictureHAROLD KALKE, president and owner of Kalico Developments Ltd., a real estate development and investment company, was appointed to the board in 1994. Kalke received a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. His real estate development projects are widely acclaimed as being critical elements in the re-establishment of "neighbourhood" and have won community and heritage awards, including the Ethics in Action Award. He is active in a variety of community based organizations with a focus on contributing to an increased understanding of neighbourhood, urban planning, and development issues. He serves as chair of the Advisory Planning Commission for the District of West Vancouver.


PictureROSLYN KUNIN, executive director of the Laurier Institution, was appointed to the board in 1993. She was educated in Quebec and Ontario and received a PhD in economics from UBC in 1970. Kunin was a visiting assistant professor in agricultural economics at the university in 1972-73, before joining Employment and Immigration Canada as a regional economist where she served for 20 years. She also sits as a member of the National Statistics Council and on the board of the Vancouver Stock Exchange. Kunin has been honoured by the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. on several occasions with the Crystal Ball Award for forecasting the Canadian economy. She has received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Management and the Professions and an honorary degree from the University of Victoria.


PictureKERA MCARTHUR is one of the two student members elected to the board for a one-year term this year. She is completing the fourth year of a bachelor's degree in English. McArthur is president of the English Students Society and a member of both the Arts Undergraduate Society council and the AMS student council.






PictureLOIS MOEN, an administrative clerk in the Faculty of Medicine, Dean's Office, Postgraduate Education, was first elected by staff to the board in 1993 and was re-elected to a second three-year term in 1996. She has held her current position since 1989 after joining UBC a year earlier as a clerk in the Telecommunications Dept. Moen has served as a shop steward for CUPE 2950 for the past seven years, and has sat on the union local's executive since 1991.





PictureGUNINDER C. MUMICK was appointed to the board this year. Manager of the Multicultural Health Education/Promotion program of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, she obtained two master's degrees in the U.S. and holds a certificate in management from Simon Fraser University. Mumick has extensive experience in adult education and administration, having served on the boards of Vancouver Community College, Langara College and the Langara College Foundation. Her areas of expertise are in working with diverse populations especially in the health system, and international and intercultural communication. She has served on the boards of many community organizations, including the YWCA, MOSAIC, and Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services.


PictureMARTHA PIPER president and vice-chancellor of UBC, became a member of the board upon her appointment as president in 1997. She received her bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, her master's degree in Child Development from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. She served as director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University and was dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta from 1985 to 1992. In 1993, she was appointed vice-president, Research and External Affairs at the University of Alberta and served in that capacity until leaving to join UBC. Piper's teaching and research interests focus on the developmentally delayed infant. She was recently appointed as a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Piper received the Leadership Award in Science and Technology from the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation and serves on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council for Science and Technology.


PicturePHILIP RESNICK, a Political Science professor, was elected by faculty to the board in 1996. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto, he joined UBC in 1971 and served as a UBC senator between 1990 and 1993. In addition to being a frequent media commentator on public affairs, Resnick is the author of six books and numerous academic articles, and a recipient of the Harold Innis Book Award. His major commitment as a member of the board is to the defence of the principles of a liberal university.


PictureWILLIAM SAUDER, chancellor of the university, is a UBC graduate (BCom '48) and chair of International Forest Products and Sauder Industries Limited. He was a member of UBC's Board of Governors from 1981 to 1987, and served as chair of the board for the last two years of his term. He received an honorary degree from UBC in 1990. Long-time patrons of the university, the Sauder family has supported several medical science initiatives at the university. The Sauder Family Chair in Pediatric Diseases and the Sauder Family Chair in Viral Diseases of Children are named in recognition of the family's philanthropy.



PictureLINDA THORSTAD was recently appointed to the board. She is vice-president of corporate relations for Viceroy Resources Corporation, a gold producer. Educated at UBC (BSc'77, MSc'84), Thorstad specializes in strategic planning and communications. Committed to resource management issues, Thorstad served on the board of the B.C. Commission on Resources and the Environment (CORE) and the Fraser Basin Management Board and is currently on the board of B.C. Heritage Rivers. In 1996, Thorstad was named YWCA Woman of Distinction for Management and the Professions.


PictureMARION YORK was appointed to the board in 1994. York, who received a BEd, MEd and a diploma in Special Education from UBC, works with community resource personnel, providing information and workshops on childhood learning difficulties. York is a member of the Kamloops school district's advisory council on the role of learning assistance teachers. Since 1989 she has served on the Council for Exceptional Children as the executive member in charge of educational technology.