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Elections & Voting

​Elections are held to elect members of Faculty of Medicine committees. Other voting may take place when significant Faculty of Medicine decisions are needed.


Notice of Election/Vote

Election of members of Faculty of Medicine committees for the 2018-2019 academic year will be held from Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018 by midnight.  If you have issues voting, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

The committees currently requiring election are:

1. MD Admissions Subcommittee
2. Organizational Development Committee
3. Research Committee

Eligibility

Each committee’s terms of reference indicate by whom the elected members are elected. Typically, elected members are elected by their peers.  If the terms of reference specify an elected academic faculty member (or simply faculty member) elected by peers, all academic faculty members are eligible to vote.  The same applies to clinical faculty members or to both (academic/clinical). 

Definitions of Voting Members:

  1. Academic faculty member (faculty member)

    An individual who holds a full-time or part-time appointment as a Lecturer, Instructor, Senior Instructor, Professor of Teaching, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor; Affiliate Instructor, Affiliate Senior Instructor, Affiliate Professor of Teaching, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Affiliate Associate Professor, or Affiliate Professor; Assistant Professor (Partner), Associate Professor (Partner), or Professor (Partner).
  2. Clinical faculty member

    An individual who holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor.
  3. Staff member

    An individual who holds a full-time or part-time staff appointment.

How to Vote

Eligible Faculty/Staff Members:

Note: the UBC WebVote system now uses Campus Wide Login (CWL) credentials for access.  After you have logged in using your CWL credentials, only those elections in which you are eligible to vote will be shown.  If you believe you should be able to vote in a given election but are not able to see it after logging in, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

  1. Review the Nominee Statements below by clicking on the nominee’s name. 
  2. Visit the UBC WebVote site to vote online.
  3. Log in with your CWL credentials* by clicking on the "CWL Login" button at the top right hand corner of the webpage.
  4. Click "Vote" next to the election you wish to vote in.
  5. Vote for your preferred candidate(s) by clicking on the box next to the candidate(s)' name.
  6. Click on "Submit Vote", then click "OK" to confirm you submission before voting in the next election or logging out.
  7. Repeat the process if you are eligible to vote in more than one committee election.

*If you have forgotten your CWL credentials, login names and passwords can be recovered at www.myaccount.ubc.ca .  If you are a faculty/staff member who does not have a CWL account, please visit https://it.ubc.ca/services/accounts-passwords/campus-wide-login-cwl/how-create-account and follow the instructions for faculty/staff.

Committees Requiring Election:

  1. MD Admissions Subcommittee (3 year term)
    Note: The new MD Admissions Subcommittee replaces the three former MD Admissions Selection, Ratification, and Policy Subcommittees.

    (a) To elect two (2) academic or clinical faculty members who are practicing clinical MDs.  Academic and clinical faculty members can vote in this election. There are three (3) nominees:
    Ari Giligson (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, VFMP)
    John Pawlovich (Family Practice, NMP)
    David Gordon Williams (Family Practice, IMP)

    (b) To elect two (2) academic faculty members who are scientists.  Academic faculty members can vote.  There are three (3) nominees:
    Sarah de Leeuw (Population and Public Health)
    Mahyar Etminan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
    Amina Zoubeidi (Urologic Sciences)

  2. Organizational Development Committee (2 year term)
    Note: This is a new committee created to focus on organizational development and effectiveness, including career development, leadership development, mentorship, recognition, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, and governance in support of all Faculty of Medicine staff, clinical faculty, and academic faculty.

    To elect one (1) staff member.  Staff members can vote. There are three (3) nominees:
    Katharine Casey (MedIT)
    Dylan King (Pediatrics)
    Anthony Knezevic (MedIT)

  3. Research Committee (3-year term)
    Note: The former Research Council has changed to the Research Committee, with a similar but updated mandate.

    To elect three (3) academic faculty members with a mix of clinical and laboratory research settings.  Academic faculty members can vote. There are four (4) nominees:
    Shernaz Bamji (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
    John Boyd (Medicine)
    Kurt Haas (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
    Wendy Norman (Family Practice) – for re-election

Nominee Statements

Shernaz Bamji (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
I am a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, a member of the Center for Brain Health and an affiliated member of the School of Biomedical Engineering. The overarching goal of my research program is to elucidate how neuronal connections are formed and function in order to better understand how dysfunctions in neuronal connectivity contribute to diseases of the brain. I have been very active in providing service for the university and the neuroscience community and am currently the Head of the Neuroscience Research Group (10 labs) at the Life Sciences Institute, the Chair of the Neuroscience colloquia committee, a member of the post-animal monitoring (PAM) committee and an elected member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience (CAN). Most notably, I am a soccer mom extraordinaire with daily ambitions to sit down with a glass of wine and a sci-fi novel.

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John Boyd (Medicine)
I am a critical care physician with a program of research in the field of sepsis, focusing on Translational Biology. Having tackled many issues I feel would be critical to furthering the academic excellence here at UBC (Clinical Trials, biobanking including genomic material, developing intellectual property and forming a spin-off company) I feel I would bring a broad approach to the committee.

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Katharine Casey (MedIT)
I would be honoured to serve as a staff member on the Organizational Development Committee to leverage my experiences and ideas from faculty and staff to fulfill the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic goals. Creating high performing teams by leveraging people’s strengths and mentoring people to their potential is my “super power”. I have been exercising this super power for the Faculty of Medicine since 2011. I believe people who are learning and growing in the workplace are engaged and committed to reinvesting their energy to the continuous improvement of the workplace. The Faculty of Medicine is a great workplace. Through organizational development, we can make it incredible.

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Sarah de Leeuw (Population and Public Health)
With a duo focus on Indigenous/northern health inequities and on health and medical humanities, Sarah de Leeuw (PhD) is an Associate Professor with UBC's Northern Medical Program, located in Prince George. She is keenly interested in ensuring and bringing forth rural and northern interests to discussions about admissions to our undergraduate medical program and has served for two terms with this committee in the past. Dr. de Leeuw brings a commitment to professional engagement with colleagues, combined with focus on evidence and contemporary literatures and conversations about future medical professionals, to all Admissions Committee work.

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Mahyar Etminan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
I am currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and an adjunct in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. I have been teaching CBL to first year students since 2015 and have also participated in Flex since 2016 training 5 students to date. I have also participated in reviewing CBL course material for MED 421 and have been an interviewer for the undergraduate MD program since 2008. Generally other than research I am very passionate about medical education and am very interested in joining the MD admissions subcommittee which I expect to be a fascinating experience.

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Ari Giligson (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Ari Giligson graduated from UBC Medical School in 1995 and completed Residency training at UBC Ophthalmology in 2000.  He has been involved in Medical education since that time.  He regularly teaches medical students and residents. He was UBC Ophthalmology Undergraduate program director from 2004-2010 and UBC Ophthalmology Residency program director from 2011-2018.  He also enjoys participating in physical education as Head Instructor at UBC Shito-Ryu Karate club from 1991-1993 and is currently Assistant Instructor for the Central Shito-Ryu Dojo children’s class (2015 onwards).  He has been involved in organizational management and advocacy as President of the Science Undergraduate Society, President of the Medical Undergraduate Society, Representative on PAR-BC, and President of the BC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He also worked as a member of the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons – Non Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Committee (2011-2018).

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Kurt Haas (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
Kurt Haas is a Full Professor and head of the Research Committee in the Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, is a founding faculty of the School of Biomedical Engineering, and current holder of a CIHR Foundation Grant. He is a leading innovator of strategies to investigate neural circuit formation in the awake developing brain with a focus on Autism. His lab designs and constructs advanced two-photon microscopes, and develops techniques for targeted transfection for direct imaging of neuronal growth and activity in vivo to determine how experiences drive structural and functional plasticity to improve encoding. His recent work has been published in Cell, Neuron and PLoS Biology. As Co-Director of the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre in the Centre for Brain Health, Dr. Haas develops programs to promote technology development and implementation, and collaboration across our research communities. Dr. Haas is on the advisory board of the Brain Canada Foundation.

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Dylan King (Pediatrics)
Since joining my Department over five years ago, I've had a uniquely broad role in providing administrative support to all our Postgraduate & Undergraduate training in Pediatrics; engaging our stakeholders and developing strategic initiatives & processes to ensure ongoing simultaneous delivery of our programs.

During this time, I've also had the pleasure of participating in a number of committees at Departmental, FoM, and National levels. Notably, as a member of the TTPS & RMS workgroups, which oversaw successful development and implementation of large scale solutions and enterprise systems seen as critical to UGME & PGME, and also as a member of the Royal College ICRE Admin committee, contributing to the professional development of my peers at UBC and across the country.

I'd be humbled to have the opportunity to share my subject matter expertise of our training program delivery & cross-functional collaboration to contribute to the work of this committee.

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Anthony Knezevic (MedIT)
Having worked with the Faculty of Medicine for over 10 years, I have lived through the unprecedented phase of growth and expansion. Within our IT group, development and growth of our people was a key reason for success, ensuring we retained institutional knowledge, honed specific skills to deliver the unique needs across a complex geography.  In the process we improved engagement, retention and commitment of our staff.  With the Faculty of Medicine’s new strategic plan, we enter a phase of innovation, where our people again will be a critical success factor.  I would love the opportunity to share our learning from the IT perspective and ideas for staff engagement and development to the broadest level.  It doesn’t require money to develop staff, it requires us to be inquisitive, question status quo, identify individual strengths, create opportunities, trust our staff and praise both successes and failures.

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Wendy Norman (Family Practice) – for re-election
Dr. Wendy V. Norman, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FCFP, DTM&H, has three years experience on the Research Committee, and is standing for re-election. She is a clinician-researcher and holds a CIHR Chair in Family Planning Public Health Research. She is an Associate Professor, and the Director for Family Practice Research Training and the Clinician Scholars Program, in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia; a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; and Immediate Past Chair of the Section of Researchers for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 2015 Dr. Norman was awarded the internationally prestigious Guttmacher Darroch Award for advancing reproductive health policy research.

Norman’s research program and staff, located within BC Women’s Hospital, seek to improve family planning access, quality of care, and health policy. She founded and leads the national collaboration: Canadian Contraception and Abortion Research Team. (www.cart-grac.ca)

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John Pawlovich (Family Practice, NMP)
Dr. John Pawlovich is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his medical degree in 1994 at UBC. He then went to Chilliwack, BC where he completed a two year Family Practice Residency. He has worked in many rural and remote sites across Canada. However, the vast majority of his professional life has involved providing service to rural and remote communities in north central BC. Over the last twenty plus years an interest in Aboriginal Health evolved with a focus of bringing innovative primary care and specialty services onto reserve to reach the people most in need. Dr. Pawlovich has been regularly involved with the teaching of USC medical students, Family Practice residents in addition to residents from other UBC departments such as dermatology and internal medicine. He is currently the Medical Director for Carrier Sekani Family Services as well as the Director of the Rural Education Action Plan in BC.

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David Gordon Williams (Family Practice, IMP)
I have enjoyed teaching medical students (year 1 – 4) and residents in multiple capacities over a 32 year career both in B.C. and in the United Arab Emirates.  Serving as a teacher has provided a constant reminder of the thrill of guiding students from the early stages of enthusiasm to competent practitioners.  For the last three years, I have worked full time as a surgical assistant, something that allows me more time for administrative service.  I would sincerely enjoy the opportunity to help our profession select the best possible medical student candidates.
Dr. David Williams (UBC Class of 86’)
Clinical Assistant Professor (Department of Family Practice, UBC since 1999)

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Amina Zoubeidi (Urologic Sciences)
Dr. Zoubeidi is an associate professor in the department of Urological Sciences. She is an internationally renowned prostate cancer researcher, well funded, and with extensive experience in grant review panels nationally and internationally including the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the US National Institute of Health. She will bring to the committee her expertise gained after 3 years serving on the UBC MD Admission subcommittee, her successful mentoring track record of undergraduate and graduate students who have gone on to successful careers in Medicine and Science. In addition, she brings both ethnic and linguistic diversity to the committee.

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If you have issues voting, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

For further information, please contact the Governance & Recognition Assistant.