Science Dean Maria Klawe was recently named Educator of
the Year at the annual Canadian New Media Awards Ceremony and Gala
Recognized for her accomplishments as a leading researcher in educational
software, Klawe was one of 60 finalists nominated in 12 categories.
She is the holder of the NSERC-IBM Chair for Women in Science
and Engineering for B.C. and the Yukon.
The awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals and companies
in the Canadian new media sector.
William Koty, director of UBC Continuing Studies' Applied
Technology Division, has been appointed to the Premier's Technology
As one of 14 members of the new council, Koty will advise the provincial
government on how to make British Columbia a global magnet for high-tech
investment, growth and job creation. He and fellow council members
will also devise strategies for placing B.C. at the forefront of
the world's technology-based economies.
UBC alumni on the council include: Greg Aasen, founder
and CEO of PMC-Sierra; Michael Calyniuk, senior audit partner
of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Norm Francis, chair of Pivotal
Corporation; Greg Kerfoot, president and CEO of Crystal Decisions;
and Paul Lee, senior vice-president of Electronic Arts Inc.
Also on the council are Dr. Victor Ling, vice-president
of cancer research at the B.C. Cancer Agency and vice-dean of cancer
research at UBC, and Firoz Rasul, CEO of Ballard Power Systems,
who serves on the UBC Board of Governors.
UBC President Martha Piper was recently appointed to the
provincial government's B.C. Progress Board.
The independent 16-member panel will advise the premier on ways
to fuel economic growth by setting performance benchmarks for the
provincial economy, and identify issues of importance to the province's
future economic prosperity.
UBC alumni on the Progress Board include: Pat Corbett,
president of Hills Health Ranch; Herman Driediger, CEO of
Eze Rent-it Centre Ltd.; Norman Keevil, chairman and CEO
of Teck Corp.; Derek Lee, president of Prospero International
Realty Inc.; Stephanie Sharp, managing director of corporate
finance at Arthur Anderson LLP.; Ken Shields, president and
CEO of Raymond James Ltd.; and Gerri Sinclair, founder and
former president and CEO of Ncompass Labs.