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UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 8 | Aug. 7, 2003


UBC Names New Chair

John Reid, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver-based Terasen Inc., has been named chair of UBC’s 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 UBC’s Board of Governors, visit www.bog.ubc.ca.

UBC Law Professor Awarded the 2003 Thérèse F.-Casgrain Fellowship

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.

Women’s 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 senator’s work in the field of social justice.

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