UBC start an evolution Campaign Update

Campaign Update

Winter 2015

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR POWERFUL CAMPAIGN

UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Martha C. Piper Over the course of my time at UBC, I have had the privilege of watching our magnificent university grow and thrive. I have seen the many ways in which our pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching, and research is making a lasting and positive difference. Now in its Centennial year, UBC has emerged as one of the world’s pre-eminent public universities.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our community of alumni and donors. I am truly proud and appreciative of all that we have accomplished together through the start an evolution campaign.

The campaign’s fusion of alumni and donor energies has proved to be uniquely powerful. Whether it is students creating change in their home communities using the skills they have gained at UBC, researchers discovering new materials that transform technology and enable new industries, or alumni reconnecting with their university, the impact of your contributions can be felt on our campuses and in communities across BC, Canada, and the world. We hope you will continue to see UBC as a willing partner in creating change with positive and long lasting effects.

When I think of all that has been achieved and look to UBC’s exciting future, I am filled with pride and gratitude for your passion for our university. Together, we can start an evolution that will change the world.

Dr. Martha C. Piper
President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia

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Infographic - Final Campaign Report
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ACCELERATING THE QUEST TO TREAT ALZHEIMER'S

Charles Fipke and Haakon Nygaard Dr. Haakon Nygaard, UBC’s new Fipke Professor in Alzheimer’s Research, says Alzheimer’s affects everybody, not just those afflicted with it. “It’s everyone’s disease,” he says. “The economic impact and societal burden is so massive.” Dr. Nygaard hopes to speed up the quest to find new treatments thanks largely in part to a leadership gift to UBC’s start an evolution campaign.

Charles Fipke, whose geological discoveries made Canada one of the leading producers of diamonds, has pledged a total of $9.1 million to the Faculty of Medicine, a portion of which endowed Dr. Nygaard’s professorship at UBC and equipped his lab with cutting-edge equipment.

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TRAINING MORE ABORIGINAL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health UBC is growing the number of Aboriginal students studying to be doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals thanks to two $1-million donations to the start an evolution campaign.

The pair of gifts – one from Chancellor Lindsay Gordon and his wife Elizabeth, and the other from Rudy, Patricia, Caroline and Rory North – support the university’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, created in 2014 to train more Aboriginal health providers, to optimize Indigenous curriculum in the health sciences and to foster research into Aboriginal health issues.

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A NEW HOME FOR UBC ALUMNI

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre While the start an evolution campaign has concluded, its legacy of uniting UBC’s global community of more than 305,000 alumni will continue to contribute to the university’s success well into the future. That vital relationship is symbolized by the recently opened
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
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“I feel privileged to have been able to give back to my university,” says Dr. Robert H. Lee, CM, OBC, BCom'56, LLD'96, for whom the building is named. “My family and I are deeply grateful for this honour. I hope that other alumni and friends will understand the importance of UBC to future generations, and will find ways to support this university and its students.”

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MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS FROM AFRICA HOPE TO RETURN HOME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mastercard Foundation Scholars 2015 "I believe education is a crucial part of [solving] the big challenges facing Africa, including unemployment and poverty," says Eddie Amaitum, one of 112 students from Africa who are living and working at UBC thanks to a $25 million grant from the MasterCard Foundation. The program supports academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from Africa as they pursue degrees at some of the world’s top universities. It’s all part of an initiative to foster a new generation of leaders that will contribute to the growth, development and transformation of their communities.

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HELPING ALUMNI CHANGE THE WORLD

your evolution Part of UBC’s start an evolution alumni engagement campaign, your evolution is a unique online project-sharing platform that supports the many ways the 305,000 strong global alumni community is changing the world for the better. One of the many legacies of the campaign, the your evolution website allows the UBC community to share details of socially beneficial projects and connect with fellow alumni, find supporters, and inspire others to make a difference.

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