Andrew Parr
Interim Vice-President, Students

Andrew Parr currently serves as the Interim Vice-President, Students at the University of British Columbia.

In his role as Interim Vice-President, Students, to which he was appointed in September 2018, Andrew is responsible for Student Development and Services, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Athletics and Recreation, and University Community Services.

Andrew and his team in the Office of the Vice-President, Students are committed to supporting and contributing to an exceptional student experience where all students can achieve their full potential and contribute to a civil and sustainable society.

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Prior to his appointment as Interim Vice-President, Students, Andrew was the Managing Director of Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS) at UBC, where he was responsible for the operation of Student Housing, Conferences & Accommodation, Child Care Services, and Food Services.

During Andrew’s tenure in this role, the entire portfolio saw significant service improvements that contributed to an enhanced campus experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to both UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Additionally, annual revenues in SHHS increased from $90 million in 2009 to over $190 million in 2018. UBC Food Services became a national leader in sustainability under Andrew’s leadership. Over the past 7 years, he oversaw a substantial increase to the number of on-campus student residence spaces. There are now 11,800 beds on UBC’s Vancouver campus, with another 2,500 planned for development by 2022.

During his time at UBC, which began in UBC Food Services in 1988, Andrew has been an active member of the university community. He has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the President’s Service Award for Excellence in 2010.

Andrew graduated from BCIT in 1986 and worked with Sheraton and Pan Pacific Hotels before joining UBC. He was born and raised in North Vancouver, where he lives today with his wife and three children.

Janet Teasdale
Managing Director, Student Development & Services

Janet Teasdale provides strategic leadership and direction to UBC Vancouver’s division of Student Development & Services, and is a member of the Vice-President, Students’ Executive team. 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 Student Development & Services portfolio 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).  These services 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.

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.  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. 

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.  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. 

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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. 

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

As the Senior Human Resources Manager 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. His 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Harley
Executive Assistant to the Interim Vice-President, Students

Erin Harley is the Executive Assistant to the Interim Vice-President, Students. She supports the Interim VPS and VPS portfolio teams to help create an exceptional student experience at UBC. Prior to this role, Erin was the Administration Manager for Student Housing & Hospitality Services. She joined UBC in 2003 and recently acquired a Certificate in Professional Project Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

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