A renowned expert in research and innovation policy who has forged close collaborations between universities, civil society and business has been appointed the 13th president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Arvind Gupta is currently chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization recognized internationally for nurturing the next generation of research and business-savvy innovators. Gupta succeeds Professor Stephen Toope, who completes his eight years’ service on June 30, 2014.  Gupta will become president on July 1 for a five-year term, while retaining his position at UBC as professor of computer science. The UBC Board of Governors made the appointment following an international search by a 22-member committee comprising faculty, staff, students, alumni, senate and board members from UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and chaired by UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester.

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Dr. Arvind Gupta, UBC’s 13th President and Vice Chancellor (effective July 1, 2014) and Professor Stephen Toope, current UBC President and Vice Chancellor, co-authored an opinion-editorial piece in The Vancouver Sun on May 2, 2012 entitled, Building bridges from B.C. to Brazil : ties being developed through student exchanges will provide a foundation for future relationships that benefit all. In cIRcle, it is openly accessible in the Office of the President community under the Speeches by UBC President Stephen J. Toope collection at: and appears among the “Top 10 Items (from this collection) For All Time”.

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