Ainsley Carry
Vice President, Students

Ainsley Carry joined UBC on April 1, 2019 as the Vice President, Students. Dr. Carry has responsibility for a portfolio which includes Student Development and Services, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, University Community Services, and Athletics and Recreation, along with strategic priorities such as Wellbeing Strategy and overseeing the newly created Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, among others. 

Dr. Carry joins UBC from the University of Southern California (USC) where he served as Vice President for Student Affairs from 2013 through 2019 and prior to that Auburn University were he served in the same position from 2009 through 2013.

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He held a faculty position in the Rossier School of Education and has served in leadership positions at Auburn University, Temple University, the University of Arkansas, and Southern Methodist University.

He is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelors degree, Masters degree, and Doctorate of Educational Leadership. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University.

Carry brings nearly 25 years of experience in college administration and creating educational experiences outside the classroom. Carry has led a number of institutional initiatives including efforts to combat sexual misconduct, prevent hazing, and respond to campus protests.

Yet he is most proud of his work to enhance the student experience. Carry wrote, “Throughout my career I have come to realize that our greatest responsibility as academic leaders includes the health, wellness, and safety of all students. Issues of sexual misconduct, mental health, overconsumption of alcohol, and equity are matters of public health. When any student is negatively impacted by any one of these experiences, their learning experience is severely compromised. We must tackle these challenges with the same rigour with which we approach public health issues — evidence-based and prevention-focused. There is no reason why UBC cannot be the healthiest campus in Canada.”

Carry begins his journey at UBC with a mission to interact with students daily and build academic partnerships outside the classroom. Carry joins UBC with his wife Jessica and daughter Aliyah.

Debbie Harvie
Managing Director, University Community Services

Debbie Harvie joined UBC as Director of the UBC Bookstore in 1990 and became Managing Director, University Community Services, in 2009. Her areas of responsibility include the UBC Bookstores (Point Grey and Okanagan campuses), as well as Campus Security and Parking, and Access Control Services on the Point Grey campus. Each of these units is focused on providing customer experiences that support a caring, accessible and inclusive campus community.  

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Prior to joining UBC, Debbie worked in a variety of retail businesses. She managed the Simon Fraser Bookstore from 1985 to 1990, overseeing the store’s modernization and improved customer experience. Prior to joining SFU, she worked for Classic Bookshops as a regional manager, store manager and sales person. 

Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. An active participant in various campus committees and industry associations, she has served as president of both the National Association of College Stores and NACS Foundation. Debbie earned the Certified Collegiate Retailer designation and is a certified trainer for NACS. In 2014, she was awarded the NACS Eagle Award for exemplary service to the college store industry. 

Outside of work, Debbie is an avid golfer and tries to play as often as possible. She also enjoys cruising to interesting and historical ports of call. 

Brian Heathcote
Financial Director, Vice-President Students

As Financial Director for the Office of the Vice-President, Students, Brian Heathcote is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership to the operational units within the VPS portfolio. Directly reporting to the university comptroller, Brian works closely with other members of the VPS Leadership Team and oversees the delivery of finance support for all VPS units.  

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Brian has spent over 15 years at UBC, holding several financial positions. Prior to joining the university, Brian worked with BC Gas and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a UBC alumnus, holding a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant.  Outside of work, Brian enjoys travel, ice hockey, water sports, the outdoors, Thunderbird games, and watching his children’s sports endeavours. On occasion, Brian can be found with friends and family touring Okanagan vintners or Vancouver craft breweries. 

 

Gilles Lépine
Senior Athletics Director

Gilles has been the UBC Senior Athletics Director since July 2016. He responsible for the Thunderbirds, the best Varsity program in the country. The Thunderbirds program has 26 teams, 70 coaches, 700 students athletes, and thousands of fans.

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With a focus on student success at school and on the field, his ambition is to use the T-Birds, in collaboration with other UBC services, as an extraordinary tool to develop community involvement and campus pride. Prior to UBC, Gilles was Director of Excellence for the Laval University Rouge et Or in Quebec City.

Involved in many committees at the national and international level, he is the volleyball Technical delegate for the FISU (International University Sports Federation) and was TV analyst for volleyball at the last six Olympic Games.

 

Andrew Parr
Managing Director, Student Housing & Hospitality Services

Andrew is the Managing Director of Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS), where he is responsible for the ancillary operations of Student Housing, Conference Services, and Food Services at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and for Child Care at the Vancouver campus.

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Andrew has worked at UBC since 1988, starting in Food Services where he held various management positions before becoming Director of UBC Food Services in 1998, a position he held until 2009 when he moved to his current role as Managing Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

Along with ongoing operational responsibilities for these businesses, which generate annual revenues of $195 million and employ over 1,900 full- and part-time employees, he and his team are in the process of executing a growth plan to add up to 7,000 new bed spaces and 240 new child care spaces at UBC’s Vancouver campus between 2011 and 2024.

The student housing operations are currently the largest of any Canadian university, providing 14,125 bed spaces. UBC’s child care, conference and accommodation and food services are also the largest of any Canadian university. All of these services are essential to UBC’s success and enhance the academic and social experience for students of UBC and support the creation of a strong and fulsome campus community at both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. 

Janet Teasdale
Managing Director, Student Development & Services

Janet Teasdale provides strategic leadership and direction to UBC Vancouver’s division of Student Development & Services (SD&S), a portfolio which includes: Centre for Accessibility, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, Centre for Community Engaged Learning, International Student Development, Student Conduct & Safety, and Student Health & Wellbeing (Health Promotion & Education, Counselling Services, Student Health Service). 

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Leading a cross-functional team of Directors, she works across the institution with Faculties and student government to support students’ academic and experiential learning, mental health and wellbeing, and to improve student life at UBC.   

The services under SD&S provide students with necessary resources and information and significantly assist in their ability to learn and be prepared for engagement at UBC, as well as in the community, industry and workplaces. Janet and her team work in partnership with Faculties to support student learning and students’ academic aspirations that develop as they engage in the rich learning environment at UBC.

 

Kavie Toor
Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnerships.

Kavie is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the recreation and facilities portfolios including capital planning, student and community programming, business operations, facility operations and large event management.

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Kavie has over 15 years of leadership roles in progressive leadership positions in sport and business. He is a UBC grad with a Masters in Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degrees. In his spare time Kavie enjoys playing hockey, running, tennis, reading and chasing around his three children.

 

Keith Kawa
Director, Human Resources, Office of the Vice-President Students

As the Director of Human Resources for the Vice-President, Students portfolio, Keith provides strategic leadership and direction on a wide variety of human resource matters to the operational units within the VP Students portfolio, including Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Student Development and Services, Athletics and Recreation and University Community Services. 

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Keith's employment with the University began in 2005, and prior to joining the VP Students portfolio in 2014, he was the Director of Human Resources for the UBC Library, a role in which he was responsible for the creation, development and management of comprehensive and innovative human resources initiatives designed to create an exceptional workplace environment. Keith holds a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Ottawa.

 

Carolina Cerna
Executive Assistant to the Vice-President Students

As the Executive Assistant to the Vice-President Students, Carolina is the main liaison or point of contact for the office and for information requests for the VP Students executive team. 

Carolina is a seasoned administrative professional and has achieved progressive administrative positions in industries from aerospace engineering and financial services in Toronto, Ontario, to chartered accountancy and retail in Vancouver, British Columbia, before joining UBC in 2009. 

Carolina is currently pursuing a Business Analysis Certificate at UBC, to be followed by Project Management certification.

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