Associate Vice-President, Campus and Community Planning
Michael White is responsible for a broad set of municipal functions including campus planning and design for both campuses, planning and development services, sustainability and engineering, community development, and consultation. Michael is an urban planning professional with 17 years of experience in North America, the Middle East and Asia. His areas of specialization include: urban and regional planning, strategic planning, team building and management, and public engagement.
As a key member of the City of Vancouver's Planning Department for over a decade, Michael had a leading role in community planning programs, transit integration, and citywide policy initiatives. Of particular note was his role in managing both the technical teams as well the stakeholder engagement processes. Projects included Canada Line station planning, Community Vision Implementation, Neighbourhood Centres, False Creek Flats planning, EcoDensity and the City's Public Involvement Review.
From Vancouver, Michael moved on to become an accomplished international planner. As one of the founding managers of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Michael played a key role in managing and guiding the Council's Planning Policy team from inception in 2007 to 2011. His team led the creation of a range of plans and policies, including a new capital city plan for the UAE, revitalization plans for existing communities, and pioneered public engagement in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. After returning from the Middle East in 2011, Michael became a Principal for AECOM Canada based in Vancouver. He led and participated in a range of projects including design guidelines for Calgary's Centre City, a strategic plan for Toronto's Planning Division, community plans in Western Canada and city plans in Abu Dhabi and the Philippines.
Michael holds a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Director, Community Development
"My vision for UBC is a place that cultivates vibrancy and animation and fosters a strong sense of community. A place that provides opportunities for meaningful intellectual, social, and cultural interactions across campus, creating unforgettable and extraordinary campus experiences."
As Director of Community Development, Carole is responsible for supporting the University’s strategic priority of making its campus more vibrant. This includes leveraging public space, campus landscape and infrastructure investments with cultural and social assets to develop strong community programs and create extraordinary campus experiences. Carole joined UBC in 2001 while working on her Master’s degree and was the Director of Transportation Planning from 2006-2013. Throughout her career, Carole has invested over 12 years of volunteer work with the Planning Institute of British Columbia, serving on several committees in support of the profession and is currently a member of PIBC council.
Carole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an honors in Geography from the University of Guelph (1998) and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia (2003). She is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Director, Planning and Design (University Architect)
“My vision for UBC is to create campus environments that nurture the wellbeing of UBC’s community, visitors and the ecology.”
Gerry and his team of planners and designers are the stewards of the built environment of UBC’s three campuses. They shape the campus neighbourhoods, precincts, buildings and landscapes by leading integrated planning, policy and design processes engaging a broad set of stakeholders and experts.
With 25 years of professional practice in planning, urban design and architecture as Senior Planner for the City of Vancouver, Adjunct Professor University of Victoria, and an architect specializing in inner city development in Montreal. He also serves on a National Capital Commission Advisory Committee, the board of ICOMOS Canada and is Chair of the Association of University Architect’s Sustainability Committee.
Gerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from McGill University (1986) and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University (1992).
Director of Planning, Development Services
“My vision for UBC is to support faculty, students, staff and residents in creating a vibrant and stimulating campus community with exceptional buildings, open spaces and amenities appropriate to our educational mission and spectacular location.”
As Director of Planning, Development Services, Grant and his team are responsible for ensuring that development of the Vancouver Campus, including its residential neighbourhoods, proceeds in accordance with UBC’s Land Use Plan and related policies. They coordinate the review of complex development and building applications, issue permits and perform inspections.
Grant came to UBC in 2015, with 18 years municipal planning experience in Vancouver. His experience includes current planning, policy development, area planning and transit oriented development. Most recently, during a time of unprecedented development activity, Grant led a team of Planners assessing rezoning applications for the South Division of the City of Vancouver Planning Department. He holds a B.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University and was in the first cohort of SFU’s Urban Studies Graduate program.
Director, Sustainability and Engineering
“My vision for UBC is to advance towards a regenerative condition through forging strategic partnerships that results in an environment of inspiration, learning and excitement.”
In this role, John directs the activities of the Sustainability and Engineering unit. Sustainability and Engineering is responsible for setting policy on resource and infrastructure management plans, operational sustainability planning and reporting, creating incentives for sustainable behaviours among staff, faculty and students, green building programs and providing engineering services for land use planning and permitting processes. John is responsible for advising the UBC Okanagan campus efforts in sustainability and infrastructure management planning and ensuring alignment between the University Sustainability Initiative and Campus Sustainability.
John brings over 18 years of experience working for local municipal government, international agencies and non-profit consulting working to advance sustainability policies and implementation strategies. While working in the Middle East, John led efforts in the design and implementation of an innovative green building and sustainability program which was awarded the “Best Regional Sustainability Initiative” by the World Green Building Council. John is also a sessional instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design teaching on the subject of Sustainable Master Planning. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia as well as graduate studies at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.