All on Board for UBC
Members' diverse backgrounds help guide university
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 the best university in Canada
and one of the world's finest public universities.
Maryann Adamec is a fourth-year student in the Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration. She has served as president
of the Alma Mater Society and been involved in initiatives such
as Parent Orientation and UBC's Annual General Meeting.
Larry Bell, board chair, was appointed to the board in 1997.
He is chair of B.C. Hydro and vice-chair of Shato Holdings Ltd.,
a food services company, and chair of its subsidiary White Spot
Ltd. A graduate of UBC, Bell served the province as secretary to
the B.C. Treasury Board, and deputy minister of the ministries of
Housing and Transit, Lands, Parks and Housing, and Finance.
Linda Crompton is a UBC alumna and former president and
chief executive officer of Citizens Bank. Known in the business
community for her strong commitment to social issues, Crompton is
an advocate for corporate responsibility and ethical business practice.
Joanne Emerman, a professor of Anatomy and associate dean,
Research, in the Faculty of Medicine, joined UBC in 1980. Emerman
has served as chair of the Faculty of Medicine Curriculum Evaluation
Committee and was a member of UBC's Faculty Association executive
for six years.
Stephen Howard, director of communications and research
for the Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) is a graduate of Simon Fraser
University. He is also active in a number of community organizations,
including CoDevelopment Canada, a Vancouver-based international
Gregory Lawrence, a professor of Civil Engineering since
1987, was elected to the board by faculty this year. Also an associate
member of the Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Lawrence is a member
of the Institute of Applied Mathematics.
Elsie McMurphy served the BCTF for 15 years in a variety
of capacities, including vice-president, president and executive
director, a position she held for 10 years. A teacher with almost
20 years' experience in B.C. public schools, she pursued teacher
training at UBC and obtained undergraduate and graduate Education
degrees from the University of Victoria.
Tieg Martin, a fourth-year Arts student, aims to improve
communication with students and help them better understand how
the university works. An international traveler, Martin has visited
Australia, North Africa, the Balkans, Central America and other
Guninder C. Mumick manages the Multicultural Health Education/Promotion
program of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board and has extensive
experience in adult education. Her expertise lies in working with
diverse populations, especially in the health system, and international
and intercultural communication.
Martha Piper, president and vice-chancellor of UBC, is a
member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation. Piper is on the board of the Prime Minister's
Advisory Council on Science and Technology and the board of the
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Ben Pong was elected by staff to the board in 1999. A computer
specialist at the UBC Bookstore, Pong is treasurer of CUPE Local
Firoz Rasul is chair and CEO of Ballard Power Systems, Inc.,
a leader in the development and manufacture of fuel cells. His community
service includes presidency of the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for
William Sauder, chancellor of the university, is a UBC
graduate 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
Linda Thorstad was educated at UBC and specializes in strategic
planning, communications and business development. Committed to
sustainable development issues, Thorstad is executive director for
the Vancouver Economic Development Commission and has served as
an associate of the B.C. Commission on Resources and the Environment
and the Fraser Basin Management Board.
Joe Wai, a UBC alumnus and architect, designed the Dr.
Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver. Wai's practice
reflects his interests in social and seniors' housing as well as
community and cultural projects.