UBC / University of British Columbia
Sustainability theories at UBC get put into practice at the university's on-campus 'UTown' model community, home to over 18,000 faculty, staff, students and residents   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt Photography)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • UBC employees enjoy working in one of Canada's most beautiful campuses which features 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 memberships to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis and even rock climbing
  • UBC encourages employees to continue their own development and education through a variety of in-house training programs, as well as full tuition subsidies for university courses that are both related and not directly related to their current position
  • UBC helps its employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for those nearing retirement, and generous contributions to a defined benefit or contribution pension plan (plans vary by employee group, with the majority of employees enrolled in the defined benefit plan)
An aerial view of UBC's main campus in Vancouver, British Columbia   (Photo credit: Hover Collective)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Part-time employees in Canada 3,992
Average age of employees in Canada 44.6
Longest serving employee 47.67 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $125 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • UBC employees can take advantage of a variety of in-house training programs including the award winning "Coaching@UBC" program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty
  • UBC established a Postdoctoral Fellows Office which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills --- the Office offers semi-annual orientation sessions for all incoming postdocs and created a series of professional development workshops on topics including time management, grant writing, interview-to-job negotiation strategies and career building
UBC employees at the university's annual Welcome Back Barbecue

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,615 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives monthly cross-campus staff networking lunches (with up to 100 participants)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university
  • UBC hosts an annual "Thrive" week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the "Not Myself Today" campaign -- additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives
  • In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem
UBC employees taking part in the university's Thrive Week events promoting positive mental health

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
Formal commitment maintains an Equity and Inclusion Office and an Aboriginal Strategic Plan to enhance recruitment, support and advancement of Aboriginal staff and faculty
Employee resource groups Indigenous Academic Caucus (informal association of faculty members who identify as Indigenous), Faculty Equity Leads network (associate deans and senior staff from each faculty who examine, identify and share core strategies to support leadership and implementation of equity and inclusion commitments)
Diversity training and awareness barrier-free recruitment and selection workshops, equity training for faculty search committees, Speak Up! workshop which includes information on using inclusive language and interrupting discriminatory practices, mental health training to faculty representatives, Beyond the Binary training on awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals
Diversity highlights Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, annual "Thrive" week to encourage awareness of mental wellbeing, on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, community-based CampOUT leadership summer camp to help queer, trans and allied youth build self-esteem and leadership skills (offered in association with UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice), celebrations and events to recognize international dates such as Pink Shirt Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Lunar New Year, to name a few
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Neil Squire Society (job fair for persons with disabilities), "Untapped" conference for job-seekers from underrepresented groups

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Campus Sustainability Office a year later -- in 2010, the UBC Sustainability Initiative was established to create a framework to deeply integrate its academic and operational efforts to create a truly sustainable campus for the long term
  • As part of its many ongoing sustainability programs, UBC created the Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability program in 2010 to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees -- since its inception, the program has led to over 1,100 research reports and over 100 applied research projects covering topics such as waste management, procurement, materials, building water, energy, transportation, climate, food systems and biodiversity
  • UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings -- the University now has 15 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings, and developed a long-term implementation plan to create the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university
UBC employees at the university's Harvest Feast event   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt Photography)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinator Program (in its second decade with over 70 employees across campus)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Provost and Vice President, Academic (the UBC Sustainability Initiative is led by an Executive Director and reports to a formal Steering Committee that includes senior leaders and student representatives)
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy (est. 1997) and the formal Sustainability Initiative (est. 2010)
Green highlights Climate Action Plan (commits the University to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 67 percent by 2020 over the 2007 baseline year), first Canadian university to become a signatory to the International Sustainable Campus Charter in 2012 and join the International Sustainable Campus Network, numerous sustainability awareness initiatives across campus for employees and students (from the Sustainability in Residence Program to the Employee Sustainability Guide), unique "Walk and Roll to School" program to encourage elementary kids (the campus is home to 2 elementary schools) to walk or bike to school, UBC Food System Project (includes initiatives from an on-campus garden to publishing the "Farm to Fork Cookbook"), over 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are oriented towards sustainability, adopted a Green Fleet strategy to reduce emissions (includes right-sizing and fuel efficient vehicles, driving training and bicycles)
Extended recycling batteries, laboratory plastics, compostable materials, furniture and equipment reuse programs, hazardous waste, styrofoam, organics, styrofoam (has established the "Zero Waste Action Plan" with the goal of becoming a zero waste campus (and has already achieved a waste diversion rate of 63 percent)
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, new "Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility" uses clean wood chippings and sawmill residues to generate up to two megawatts of energy for its Vancouver campus (enough electricity to power 1,500 homes as well as reducing the university's natural gas consumption by 12 percent), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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