New chancellor, president begin UBC duties

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Media Release June 27, 2014

UBC’s new chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, and president, Arvind Gupta, begin their duties at the beginning of July.

The University of British Columbia’s new chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, and president, Arvind Gupta, officially begin their duties on July 1, 2014.

Prof. Arvind Gupta

“With this transition, we start an exciting new chapter,” said UBC Board of Governors Chair John Montalbano. “In Lindsay Gordon, we have a double alumnus with an extraordinary record of business leadership and community service.

At the same time, Professor Arvind Gupta brings tremendous expertise in research and innovation policy that will ensure UBC continues to serve the people of B.C.

Gordon succeeds previous chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester, who served UBC with distinction since 2008. Gupta was appointed to replace Prof. Stephen Toope after his eight years of service.

Lindsay Gordon

Gupta has been a UBC professor of computer science since 2009. He has also been a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council since 2012. He most recently served as CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, a national organization with headquarters at UBC. There will be an installation ceremony for Prof. Gupta on September 12.  For more on his appointment, click here.

Gordon is the recently retired President and CEO of HSBC Bank Canada. He had a 25-year career with the bank, following 10 years in senior roles with Export Development Canada. He has served on the boards of numerous Canadian business and volunteer organizations. There will be an official installation for him during fall congregation ceremonies in November 2014. For more on Gordon’s appointment, click here.

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