May 19, 2016

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Learn how to rock your next interview

When: Wednesday May 25
Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: USB Conference Room 1020
Facilitator: Chris Panadero, Senior HR Associate

Bring your lunch, gain skills and learn tips on how to prepare for interviews at UBC! This interactive session will focus on familiarizing participants with how interviews are conducted at UBC and what interviewers look for.

Learn about behavioural based interviews
Become familiar with commonly asked questions
Practice answering questions using successful methods

There are a lot of posting out right now in the department. Come to this session so you can be at your best when it’s time for the interview.

Wellness Centre staffing changes coming soon


The Centre for Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellbeing and the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre Physiotherapy would like to inform you of some upcoming staffing changes.

Eric Gartner is leaving us to return home to Saskatchewan with his wife who has taken on a medical practice there. Jonathan Wou and Amy Baatz have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and embarking on a new adventures as they take the next steps in their professional careers.

We would like to thank Eric, Jonathan and Amy for all of their hard work and support as they were an integral part of our operations over the last year and a half. We will miss them and all that they have contributed to our health and wellbeing. We wish them all the best with their future endeavors.

With these changes come some new faces. Elliott Usher and Michelle Ta will be joining us. Elliot will be working as a full time physiotherapist. His treatment approach consists of manual therapy-based intervention with a focus on body mechanics during return to work or sport.

Michelle is a fourth year UBC Kinesiology Co-Op Student who has a passion to improve health and wellbeing through exercise prescription. She has found a keen interest in rehabilitation and hopes to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Michelle will be assisting with our wellbeing programs as well as fulfilling some reception duties. Please join us in welcoming Elliot and Michelle to the USB.

Complete your “U Count at UBC Census” at

Count yourself in! Complete the UBC Employment Equity Survey by May 27.

UBC is conducting a census of its workforce. Completing the census is mandatory for each of us (answering all the questions is not). The information you provide will give valuable data on who works at UBC so we can continue to shape UBC’s employment equity initiatives and priorities.

The census is also required for UBC to comply with the Federal Contractors Program (UBS is the contractor) and federal employment equity regulations.

It only takes a few minutes to fill in the online survey—learn more at

More information will be coming to a crew talk near you.

Travel benefits – Know before you go


Before you travel for work or leisure, learn about your travel benefits coverage, what to do in a medical emergency, and hot to prepare for a smooth trip. Human Resources has collected a variety of resources on their website that can help including travel advisory information, travel benefits frequently asked questions and travel preparation trips.  Learn more.

Have your say —- join

You’re invited to have your say by joining the Open Minds Forum. The forum offers the opportunity to be part of a panel of staff, faculty, students and alumni who help influence how things work at UBC by regularly sharing feedback on UBC programs and initiatives. As a member of the panel, you will be invited to complete approximately one survey per month. Join today!

Quick Updates

Leaving UBC: Wayne McCoy, Vlodek Glapinski, Bruce Villman

NPS score increased to 81% with 7 new promoters.

Leaving UBC: Darren Duff

Gage Bus Loop work will begin on Student Union Boulevard from May 23 – June 10