Professor Kay Teschke’s Retirement


After 33 years of outstanding contributions to research, teaching and service in the field of occupational and environmental health and hygiene, Professor Kay Teschke will be retiring from the University of British Columbia at the end of 2017.

In lieu of a retirement gift, please make a donation to a new student award that will pay tribute to Kay’s research and teaching legacy.

Kay joined UBC in 1984 and dedicated her career to educating, training and mentoring students in the occupational and environmental hygiene and health (OEH) field.  She was an integral part of the team that developed the only Occupational & Environmental Hygiene Graduate Program for this profession in Western Canada. Kay was also the principal architect and inaugural director of the Bridge Program, a pioneering training program that brought together students, faculty and professionals from across disciplines to identify novel approaches to occupational and environmental health issues. It resulted in multidisciplinary research collaborations on 36 projects.  In recognition of her teaching excellence, Kay was awarded the Killam University Teaching Award.

Kay’s work in exposure assessment set a new precedent of excellence in the field, outlining best practices for determining the critical factors that contribute to exposure levels, leading to improved health and safety outcomes. In recent years Kay re-directed much of her research to focus on cycling in cities. She is an internationally respected research expert in this area and implemented a strong ‘research to practice’ model that has been influential in improving cycling infrastructure across Canada. More people are cycling today under safer conditions because of Kay’s research.

Kay’s contributions to the field of occupational and environmental health and hygiene will have a lasting impact through those she has taught and mentored. Your contribution to the Graduate Award in Population Health and Engineering will recognize graduate students undertaking multidisciplinary research and training activities that bridge engineering and health, in honour of Kay’s research and teaching legacy. Please make your donation today.