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UBC recognized at APPA awards for creating a sustainable campus

For a second time in six years, the University of British Columbia (UBC) was honoured with a Sustainability Award from APPA. The award recognizes efforts to embed sustainable policies and practices across the institution.

One-on-one with Karyn Magnusson, Managing Director of Building Operations

Karyn Magnusson is the Managing Director of Building Operations at UBC Vancouver. A UBC alumna, Karyn is a registered professional engineer, and a former elite-level swimmer. She joined UBC in 2014 to lead the operations and maintenance of over nine million square feet of building space and over 1,000 acres of landscaping at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus. Click to read the entire interview at

Pollution Prevention Plans will be coming to UBC’s research labs

Metro Vancouver is currently developing a proposal that would require research laboratories to implement Pollution Prevention Plans, similar to Pollution Prevention Plan Regulation for Hospitals, to eliminate or reduce pollution at its source.

Bringing emergency preparedness to life at UBC

As the Manager, Emergency Management, at UBC Vancouver’s Risk Management Services, Danny Smutylo’s role is to build awareness and advocate for people to be prepared and know how to react when things go wrong. Learn more about Danny and this spring’s Emergency Management exercise on’s Faculty and Staff pages.

Uncollected initial payroll cheques (pre-2017)

It has come to light that some UBC employees have not collected their initial payroll cheques prior to December 31, 2016. We have contacted, by mail, all current employees who are affected and are replacing the uncollected payments, with interest, through our standard payroll runs on June 15 and June 23, 2017.

Sharing with peers from leading universities reveals common trends

I recently returned from a week of meetings and visits with a number of leading UK, Australian, and New Zealand universities. These meetings reminded me that we share a common purpose and mission, and that our challenges are also shared.

UBC’s Pre-authorized debit (PAD) list to centralize by June 30, 2017

UBC’s Treasury department is working with UBC’s bank to implement a centralized pre-authorized debit (PAD) list by June 30, 2017. PAD arrangements are used across UBC to allow our vendors to withdraw funds for bill payments directly from our bank account. However, the current PAD setup poses a risk of improper withdrawals due to error, […]

A balancing act for Project Services: installing the Haida Looplex X at UBC

Larger than the length of an average humpback whale, the Looplex X is imposing. Your thoughts might turn to… just how did they get it up there?

Global Ransomware Alert

As you may have seen in the media, there is currently a global ransomware attack affecting thousands of computers around the world.

Jodi Scott recognized with 2017 President’s Service Award for Excellence

Jodi Scott, Senior Planner, Facilities Planning has been recognized with the 2017 President’s Service Award for Excellence. This Award is presented each year to up to five staff members who have made outstanding contributions to UBC and who excel in their personal achievements. Jodi is dedicated to providing everyone in the UBC community with the best […]

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