UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 8 | Aug.
UBC Names New Chair
John Reid, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver-based
Terasen Inc., has been named chair of UBCs Board of
Governors, for a term ending August 31, 2004.
Reid has headed Terasen Inc. (formerly BC Gas Inc) since
1997. Prior to joining the company, he worked for many years
for Scott Paper Ltd. in a number of executive positions and
as president and CEO.
A UBC board member since 2002, Mr. Reid has served on several
boards including MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.,
Lester B. Pearson College, B.C. Business Council, and the
Vancouver Board of Trade. He is a past chair of the United
Way campaign for the Lower Mainland.
Reid takes over from UBC alumnus and business executive Larry
Bell who served as UBC board chair since 2000.
There are currently two vacancies on the board. For more
information on UBCs Board of Governors, visit www.bog.ubc.ca.
UBC Law Professor Awarded the 2003 Thérèse
UBC Law Prof. Claire Young, an expert on the impact of tax
policy changes on Canadian women, has been awarded the 2003
Thérèse F.-Casgrain Fellowship. Young will examine
the negative impact on women of existing tax laws that give
deductions for contributions to Registered Retirement Savings
Plans (RRSPs) and workplace pension plans.
Womens ability to save for their retirement continues
to be compromised by the fact they more often fall in the
category of low-income earners and make up the majority of
part-time or seasonal workers, homemakers and caregivers for
their families, including their aging parents.
In addition to examining ways to increase the fairness of
the tax system, Young will determine whether making changes
to the pension system could help women to have more access
to retirement savings. She will study the impact of recent
changes to the pension systems in Australia and New Zealand
to determine whether they might benefit Canadian women.
Awarded biennially, the 12-month, $40,000 fellowship advances
research on the economic and social interests of women. Administered
by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada and sponsored by the Thérèse F.-Casgrain
Foundation, it honours the late senators work in the
field of social justice.