UBC / University of British Columbia
UBC employees and students near the main campus' reflection pool   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt Photography 778-834-)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • UBC organizes an annual Gender Diversity in Leadership Forum to connect female faculty members to leaders in their faculty as well as within the university, and maintains a Leadership Advisory Group, responsible for expanding existing leadership opportunities at UBC and increasing diversity in related succession pipelines
  • UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to help promote initiatives that contribute significantly to the enhancement of equity and diversity at the university -- funds of up to $25,000 per project are available at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses
  • UBC appointed a Director of Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development to help develop a framework for advancing UBC's commitment to intercultural understanding, which acknowledges the existing and growing diversity of the university's student body, faculty, and staff -- as part of this initiative UBC conducted interviews with faculty and staff and organized student focus groups in order to identify barriers to intercultural understanding on campus
UBC employees on the Rule Out Racism panel   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt)


Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,524
Workforce representation female employees (56.3 %), female managers (63.7 %), visible minority employees (30.8 %), visible minority managers (29.7 %), Aboriginal employees (1.9 %), Aboriginal managers (2.1 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Formal commitment equity and inclusion office, Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Aboriginal Strategic Plan (to enhance recruitment, support and advancement of Aboriginal staff and faculty)
Diversity highlights on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative, to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, celebrations for international days of significance
Some of the diversity community 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 (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Sustainability Office a year after -- more recently, the University became the first Canadian school to sign the International Sustainable Campus Charter and join the International Sustainable Campus Network
  • UBC manages a longstanding "Sustainability Coordinator Program", involving over 80 employees and faculty who receive resources to promote and implement sustainable initiatives in their respective departments, such as monthly e-newsletters, lunchtime seminars and networking opportunities -- through the "Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund", Sustainability Coordinators can apply for funding of up to $1,000 for their own initiatives, from energy conservation, sustainable food systems and green transportation to waste management and water conservation initiatives
  • UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings -- the University has eight LEED certified buildings thus far (with 15 registered) is preparing to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations as part of a provincial wide initiative, which will be available for employee use
UBC employees working at the on-campus farmer's market


Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,524
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinator Program (a 15 year-old program with over 80 employees across campus)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Associate Provost, Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy (est. 1997) and the formal Sustainability Initiative (est. 2010)
Green highlights first Canadian university to sign the "International Sustainable Campus Charter" (and has since released its 20 Year Sustainability Strategy that is focused on integrating sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations, infrastructure and community), UBC Sustainable Campus Food Guide (to create awareness about sustainable food systems), annual "Aim to Sustain" energy and water conservation competition (student residence compete to reduce energy and water consumption), on-campus farmers market
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, laboratory plastics, compostable materials, furniture and equipment re-use programs, hazardous waste, styrofoam, organics, and 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 61percent),
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
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 Pending
Building footprint includes solar water heating, 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), electric vehicle charging stations (and the adoption of a green fleet strategy), comprehensive green housekeeping initiative, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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


Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
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)

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