VANCOUVER, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - Business and community leader Sarah
Morgan-Silvester has been nominated by the UBC Alumni Association to stand for
the position of chancellor of the university. If elected by the convocation
(faculty and alumni) of UBC next spring, Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82, will
become UBC's youngest and only the second female chancellor in the
university's history. Phyllis Ross served as Chancellor from 1961 to 1966.
Morgan-Silvester has a track record of success across a diverse set of
organizations, and is a skilled strategist and consensus-builder. She is
currently chair of the Vancouver Port Authority and the Lower Mainland Port
Amalgamation Transition Committee responsible for overseeing the merger of the
three ports in the Lower Mainland, which include Canada's largest port.
Morgan-Silvester chairs the BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre
Foundation and the Blue Ribbon Council on Vancouver's Business Climate for the
City of Vancouver. She is a director of ENMAX Corporation, serves on the David
Suzuki Foundation National Business Advisory Council and on UBC's Sauder
School of Business Faculty Advisory Board. Currently a director of the CD Howe
Institute and Women in the Lead, Inc., she served formerly on the board of
Family Services of the North Shore.
Morgan-Silvester has extensive experience in the financial services
sector, having worked with HSBC Bank Canada in a career that culminated in her
appointment as executive vice president, Personal Financial Services and
Wealth Management. In that position, she had national responsibilities for
retail banking, brokerage, asset management, trust, insurance, and private
banking services. Lindsay Gordon, BA '73, MBA '76, President and Chief
Executive Officer HSBC Bank Canada, says of his former colleague, "Sarah
Morgan-Silvester is an outstanding individual who has held significant roles
in the corporate, public and community sectors. Sarah is a leader who
understands large, complex organizations while never forgetting the impact of
decisions on the individual."
Morgan-Silvester was nominated by a twelve-member committee representing
five major stakeholder groups (alumni, students, faculty, staff and the
community) which was constituted by the UBC Alumni Association. "Our committee
felt Sarah Morgan-Silvester's commitments and accomplishments were consistent
with UBC's mission and values. We're excited at the prospect of such a dynamic
Chancellor," said Brendon Goodmurphy, current UBC student, VP Academic of the
Alma Mater Society, and Chancellor Nominating Committee member.
The position of chancellor is filled every three years through an
election held by the UBC registrar's office, as outlined in the University
Act. Nominations close December 7, 2007, with the election to be held in
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For further information:
For further information: Doug F. Robinson, Chair, UBC Alumni
Association, (604) 219-9453