UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 17 | November
Educator, Ballard chair join UBC's Board of Governors
Two are latest appointed to 15-member group
A former head of the B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the leader of a local alternative energy
company have joined UBC's Board of Governors, each for a
Elsie McMurphy served the BCTF for 15 years in a variety of capacities,
including vice-president, president and executive director.
A teacher with almost 20 years' experience in B.C. public schools, she
pursued teacher training at UBC. She received undergraduate and graduate
Education degrees from the University of Victoria.
She has also taught at the University of Victoria, in Thailand and St.
Firoz Rasul is chair and CEO of Ballard Power Systems, Inc., a company
that is widely acknowledged as a world leader in the development and
manufacture of fuel cells for use in zero emission passenger vehicles, portable
power generators and all stationary power applications.
His community service includes presidency of the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for
Canada. He previously chaired Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, an
international emergency relief agency, and served on the boards of BC
Telecom Inc., Royal Bank Capital Corp. and Science World of British
An industrial engineering graduate from the University of Hertsfordshire in the
United Kingdom, Rasul holds a master's degree in Business Administration from
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. Decisions are made in support of UBC's mission to
be the best university in Canada and one of the world's finest public