Monday Update

Updates from UBC

Updates on UBC’s response to COVID-19 are at

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Operations updates


Building Operations, Custodial Services, Customer Services & Informatics, Energy & Water Services, Infrastructure Development, and Municipal Services

  • Upgrades to the Campus Energy Centre (CEC) and Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facilities (BRDF): Learn more about the anticipated upgrades and renovations to the CEC and BRDF, including an upgrade to reduce rumbling and a project to increase the efficiency of heating the UBC campus. Read more
  • Road closures on Chancellor Boulevard westbound lane (April 11 to July 29): Chancellor Boulevard westbound lane will be closed to traffic between Western Parkway and Theology Mall. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Chancellor Boulevard will alternate using the eastbound lane on Chancellor Boulevard. For more information on the Westbrook Mall Upgrades project and road closures, visit Campus & Community Planning.

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Comptroller, Finance & Operational Excellence and Treasury

  • UBC Budget Update: This week, the proposed UBC budget for 2022/23 was presented to the Board of Governors’ Finance Committee for review, in advance of consideration for approval by the full Board of Governors on March 31, 2022. Once approved, the budget report will be made available on the UBC Finance website.
  • UBC’s progress with Lean Six Sigma Training: Since launching Lean Six Sigma training last year, Operational Excellence has coached three cohorts of staff through yellow belt training and one cohort through green belt training. For a detailed breakdown of program participants, visit the Operational Excellence website.
  • Upcoming Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt cohort: The next cohort of the yellow belt training — a two-day workshop designed for managers and team members who lead small projects — is taking place on Apr 1& 4. Learn more
  • Claiming unidentified wire transfers and direct deposits: Please check through the list of unidentified wire transfers and direct deposits (updated as of Mar 24) to see if any payments belong to your department.

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Operations & Advising

Communications & Engagement, Human Resources, and Safety & Risk Services

  • Ordering UBC branded stationary from Xerox: Reminder that you can order branded letterheads and envelopes in Microsoft Word format by registering for a Xerox online account. Learn more
  • New Campus Security website launching tomorrow: The new Campus Security website will be launching on Tues, Mar 29 at 8:00 a.m. Visit the website today to see a VPFO-only preview of the new look & feel, as well as information about our Campus Security team and tips on staying safe on campus. Bookmark for the site’s permenent address.

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People in motion

Please join us in welcoming those who are joining us, celebrating promotions, and saying goodbye to team members who are moving on to their next steps.

  • Avalon Ferrao joins Safety & Risk Services today as Lead Advisor, Privacy and Information Security Risk for the IRP Student program.
  • Steve Carey starts his role today as Blue Zone Facilities Manager within Customer Services & Informatics in Facilities.
  • Farewell to Doug Doyle, Senior Manager Mechanical Utilities with Energy & Water Services in Facilities. This Thursday will be his last day.

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VPFO job openings

All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the posting end date. The following VPFO positions are currently open:

  • Associate Project Manager (JR6702) – closing Mar 30
  • Project Manager I (JR6700) – closing Mar 30
  • Business System Analyst (JR6656) – closing Apr 4
  • Trades 2 – Steamfitter (JR6783) – closing Apr 4
  • GIS Technologist – Emergency Management Student Assistant (JR6914) – closing Apr 8

Please remember to apply as an internal candidate. This ISC Knowledge Base article shows how: How do I apply for an internal job posting?.

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Other notable updates

Shape your campus through Campus Vision 2050

UBC is planning for the future of the Vancouver campus. With community input, we created a set of draft guiding principles and strategies that paint a picture for what is important for the future campus and outline some potential ways to get us there.

Share your feedback on the draft principles and strategies through a short survey or by attending an upcoming public engagement session. Complete the survey to enter to win one of 10 $100 gift cards.

Learn more

Updated Course: Workday Basics

Our updated Workday Basics course for all faculty and staff was updated to reflect the recent home page, search, and navigation changes as part of the latest Workday release, as well as to incorporate community feedback.

This course now has additional information on checking the status of business processes, handling errors and alerts in Workday, viewing your organization, accessing support, and accessibility for people using assistive technologies.

Learn more

Spring session: Understanding your UBC Benefits

Do you know what is covered under your benefits plan or how to view your benefits information in Workday?

Janet McHugh and Truelove Twumasi from UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team will help you better understand the wide range of benefits available to you with a focus on the Out of Province/Country Emergency Medical Coverage included under the Extended Health Plan.

Join this Spring session on April 12 — spaces are limited.

Register today

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) occurs every year on March 31st. This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people, their contributions to society and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

The day was founded by US transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009. While violence against the transgender community has been recognized through days like Transgender Day of Remembrance, Rachel wanted to create a day that celebrates and acknowledges active members of the community.

Learn more

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Helpful news

Some interesting news articles our team members have found informative, helpful, or fun! These are provided for information and entertainment only. Unless noted, UBC doesn’t specifically endorse or supply this content.

  • Canadian gas prices are higher than ever before. While you can’t control prices at the pump, you can learn techniques to help you cut fuel costs. Read more
  • In this FastCompany article, the CEO and founder of ReadySet, one of the leading diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firms, shares 5 things to know to have a productive conversation about race with your boss. Read more
  • The VPFO EDI committee also has some helpful tips for navigating difficult conversations about race and racism. Read more

Have an article for the VPFO team? Email