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Media Release | Apr. 14, 2008

Corporate Director and Community Volunteer Elected UBC Chancellor; New Board Members Named

The chair of Canada’s largest port and Canada’s busiest maternity hospital foundation has been elected as the University of British Columbia’s 17th chancellor.

Sarah Morgan-Silvester, chair of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, begins a three-year term as on July 1, 2008. The UBC alumna succeeds the Hon. Allan McEachern, who was chancellor for six years. McEachern passed away earlier this year.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a well-respected member of the community,” says UBC President Stephen J. Toope. “Ms. Morgan-Silvester has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations. She is very well-suited to serve in this role.”

Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1982. She is a member of David Suzuki Foundation’s National Business Advisory Council and was HSBC Bank Canada’s Executive Vice President for nine years. In 2007, she chaired a blue ribbon council on Vancouver’s business climate. In 1998, she was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

“It is a special pleasure to be so honoured by the alumni and faculty of the university from which I graduated,” said Morgan-Silvester, who mentors UBC students as a longstanding member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board.

As chancellor, Morgan-Silvester will act as UBC’s ceremonial head. She will confer all degrees and serve on both the Senate, responsible for the university’s academic governance, and Board of Governors, responsible for managing the property, revenue, and business affairs of the university.

The position of chancellor is prescribed in the B.C. University Act -- the Centenary of which UBC is celebrating this year -- which requires an election every three years by UBC’s more than 250,000 alumni, as well as faculty members and members of the Senate.

Morgan-Silvester will be joined by eight new members on UBC’s 21-member Board of Governors:

Theresa Arsenault, a UBC alumna, has been practicing business and estate planning law since 1982. A member of the UBC Okanagan President’s Community Advisory Council, she has served on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

Anne-Marie Fenger, Assistant Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Arts, has been in senior administrative roles at UBC for 18 years. Fenger holds a Bachelor of Arts and B.C. Teachers Certificate from UBC, a Master of Business Administration from SFU and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.

Robert Fung has been active in Vancouver’s real estate development since 1990. He is founder and President of the Salient Group, focused on the creation and restoration of vibrant, walkable communities in urban environments. B.C. Business Magazine named Fung among the 50 most influential people in B.C.

Nassif Ghoussoub is a UBC professor of mathematics and a Distinguished University Scholar. Founding Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a UBC Killam Senior Research Fellowship recipient.

Janet Pau, born and raised in Hong Kong, was appointed Vice President and Treasurer of Canfor in May 1995. A Chartered Financial Analyst, she also held the position of Treasurer and Officer of Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Limited. Now retired from Canfor, Pau currently serves on boards as a corporate director.

The board also welcomes three student representatives elected by students: graduate student Tim Blair (Applied Science) and undergraduates Bijan Ahmadian (Law) and Alexandra Caldwell (Psychology, UBC Okanagan).

For more information, visit www.bog.ubc.ca.

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Basil Waugh
UBC Public Affairs
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Cell: 604.219.8077
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