Focus on People Updates

UBC named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020

UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020. This designation recognizes the British Columbian employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Some of the reasons that UBC was selected as one of BC’s Top Employers this year:

  • Encouraging employees to get involved in the wider community through the Community Leadership Program, an innovative six-month leadership development program that allows employees to lead and implement a community service learning project within their community.
  • UBC employees work in one of Canada’s most beautiful workplaces, featuring a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea. Employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized membership to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility as well as an aquatic centre (complete with a 25 metre pool, lazy river and hot tub), skating rinks and year-round tennis courts.
  • UBC provides its new moms and dads with maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments (varying by position) and employees can take advantage of on-campus daycare centres with over 600 spaces for children.

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2020 UBC President’s Awards for Staff: call for nominations

We all know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the University community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2020 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package:

The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 13, 2020.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence
This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year. The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)
Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Wellbeing (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)

Up to 14 recipients are selected each year (two awards per category), and each recipient receives $2,000.

Note: UBC staff who work at sites such as the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, the Dairy Education and Research Centre, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Robson Square, and hospital sites in the Vancouver Fraser, Northern, and Island Medical Programs are considered part of the Vancouver campus. UBC staff who are part of the Southern Medical Program are considered part of the Okanagan campus.

View our past recipient profiles and read about their contributions to making UBC a great place to work, learn, and research.