Exporting University Education and Expertise: International Engagement at UBC
“Great universities are bridges between communities and continents. Hubs of intellectual and cultural interchange, they embody the values of respect and service while expanding
opportunities for individuals to carry these values into the world.” (the UBC Plan).
In the last twenty years UBC has developed from a mid-size regional university to a large, internationally recognized university. UBC is currently hosting students from more than 150 countries and has built strong academic ties with universities around the world. The Faculty of Forestry has one of the most diverse student bodies on campus. Nearly 1/4 of our undergraduate students are international representing 27 countries and almost 60% of graduate students come from outside of Canada representing 41 countries. Faculty has strong ties with China, India and Europa in many levels.
Jorma Neuvonen has been Director of Special Projects at the UBC Faculty of Forestry since 2007. He provides leadership and organization for new education and training programs, represents UBC Forestry in international fora, and coordinates international activities, symposia, delegations and agreements leading to the establishment of collaborations in research and education internationally. Besides academia, he has worked as a consulting forester internationally with work experience from Canada, Finland, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Philippines and India.
Paul Holden is President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade, the City’s preeminent business association with over 1000 members. Paul was born in London, England and joined the publishing industry in 1978 with Haymarket Publishing Ltd. In 1988 he moved to Hong Kong where he ran the local office of Asian Business Press and travelled extensively around the region publishing a wide variety of trade and business magazines before establishing his own media company in 1992.
In 1994 Paul and his wife moved to London where he ran a group of business to business magazines for Wilmington Group PLC before moving to Canada in 2003 where he worked for the Business in Vancouver Media Group. His last major project for BIV was to produce all the official programs and magazines for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics before joining the BBOT in May 2011.
Paul has volunteered on numerous boards over the years, most recently Vancouver AM Tourism Association, where he is President and Treasurer, and Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism. He also coached youth soccer for 8 years for the local Port Moody Soccer Club.
Paul lives in Port Moody with his Canadian wife Bernice and their children James, 17, and Abby, 14.
William W. Ting – Investigator
William Ting is a first-generation immigrant, born in Hong Kong, what he would like to call a cosmopolitan, and highly confused, dot in the world.
Immediately after graduating at SFU with a degree in Finance, William joined the Case Assessment Branch at the BCSC as an investigator. He would work in that unit for the next 9 years. In that role, William dealt with the public, listening to hundreds of stories from victims of fraud, and offering educational information to those victims so they knew about their choices. Then, William completely switched careers to become a photographer. Being somewhat of a rebel at heart willing to challenge the status quo, and, being someone who has never been afraid of technology, William stumbled upon a career with Apple Canada. He stayed with the World’s most admired company for over 4 years, inspiring others to Think Different©.
William recently rejoined the BCSC as an investigator in the Enforcement Division, with a renewed sense of mission to assist the public. William has also sung with the world renowned Chor Leoni Men’s Choir for 13 years.
Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert came to writing through a deep appreciation for books, first as a child and later through participation as a teacher on a Ministry of Education Textbook Selection
Committee. Ms Siebert’s "Management and Foods" is a ministry text and was the first book to achieve a much-coveted metric “M” designation in Canada. A
n education ministry contact led to her second work, "Food for Life", published in 1994 by McGraw-Hill Ryerson for students at grade nine and ten level across Canada.
She is a retired Registered Professional Home Economist who continues a special interest in management of time, energy and resources. A former teacher, she has enjoyed a wide range of careers including that of owner-operator of a small fast food outlet. Her other interests of a more personal nature change with the season or need: bookkeeper, homebuilder, kitchen designer, decorator and gardener.
Through many years of volunteer activities she has gained a valuable understanding of group leadership. Involvement with International Training in Communications has honed Myrtle’s public speaking skills. She has led beginners workshops in writing, family history research and life planning.
Myrtle has three children and lives with her husband near Sidney on Vancouver Island. "From Fjord to Floathouse" is the result of over three years of family history research. She is currently working on a fiction book and her memoir with the same setting as this publication.
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Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C., O.B.C.
Now a practicing lawyer in Vancouver, Thomas Berger served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia from 1971 – 1983. During that time, he was Commissioner of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry 1974-77. From 1983-85, he was Chairman of the Alaska Native Review Commission. In 1991 – 1992 he served as deputy chairman of the World Bank's Sardar Sarovar Commission in India. Before going on the bench Mr. Berger was counsel for the Nisga'a in the Calder case. Recently he was counsel for the Métis in Manitoba Métis Federation v. Canada.