Year in Review 2022 – University of Northern British Columbia


Dr . Kendra Furber, Assistant Professor, UBC Northern Medical Program and the Division associated with Medical Sciences at UNBC , is working to pinpoint the causes of brain aging and how we can prevent or reverse the damage of time. She is using the Mid-IR beamline at the Canadian Light Source facility in the University of Saskatchewan, to look at biochemical changes in the brain.

UNBC researchers install new plus improved weather stations that will help us better understand atmospheric rivers storms and their impact.   The Monitoring Extreme Climate and Hydrometeorological Events project led by Natural Sciences plus Engineering Research Council associated with Canada/Rio Tinto Industrial Study Chair in Climate Change and Water Security Doctor Stephen Déry includes new monitoring equipment in Terrace and at the site of the Huckleberry Mine near the Tahtsa Narrows in the particular Upper Nechako Watershed.  


Four students stand in the kitchen in the Agora Dining Hall A group of UNBC students create Eco-Living Kitchen   in response to a call from the Fraser Basin Council for youth to produce climate solutions in a province-wide project called Co-Creating the Sustainable BC.   Students Ann Duong, Helga Holler-Busch, Shauna Kelly, Hannah Lawrence (pictured on the right)  won the largest prize in the Nourishing Innovation: Campus Nutrition and Food Security Contest.  

Men’s basketball player Vova Pluzhnikov organizes the Run for Ukraine and runs 44 kiolmetres, one kilometre for every one million Ukrainians.   Pluzhnikov was born and raised within Krhakiv, Ukraine. Through the run, he raises funds to support people displaced by the war. Pluzhnikov graduated with a Bachelor associated with Commerce in Finance within 2021.  


Dr . Geoff Payne begins his term as UNBC President plus Vice-Chanceller after having served as the interim President since 2020. A founding faculty member in UBC’s North Medical System (NMP) from UNBC, Dr. Payne came to UNBC in 2004 to teach physiology following a post-doctoral fellowship with Yale University. His phrase runs until June 2025.  

Wildlife and Fisheries student Rachelle Foubert becomes the first Canadian college student to participate in the Student Wildlands Adventure program. Based out of the United States, the program brings together young people interested in natural resource conservation. As part of the program, Foubert visits Booker T. Washington State Park in Tennessee, as she learns about everything through black bear management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the diverse aquatic organisms in Cherokee National Forest.

Geography Professor Doctor Catherine Nolin and Adjunct Professor Grahame Russell from Rights Action are finalists for the particular Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes with regard to their book Testimonio: Canadian Mining within the Aftermath associated with Genocides within Guatemala. This prize will be dedicated in order to writers whose work embodies a spirit of perseverance and a commitment to pushing boundaries plus changing the status quo. Testimonio, co-edited by Nolin and Russell, documents Canadian mining company-linked human rights violations, forced evictions, repressions and corruption in Guatemala.


Sports Information Officer Rich Abney wins the particular video of the year and social media campaign of the year awards from Canada West regarding his work related to the launch from the brand new UNBC Timberwolves Indigenous logo and uniforms in 2021.
For the video, Abney wins the award along with 6ixSigma Productions, Marcel Gagnon, and the Lheidli T’enneh . The social networking award is usually shared with Trevor Angus, 6ix Sigma Productions , Christos Sagiorgis, the First Nations Centre , the Lheidli T’enneh, and Marcel Gagnon.

Doctor. Sean Maurice earns the 2022 3M National Teaching Fellowship . Maurice, a senior laboratory instructor along with the Northern Medical Plan, earned the particular prestigious honour for his excellence in educational leadership.  

The particular Ceremonial Fire Circle on our Prince George campus officially opens. Under the guidance associated with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives the particular circle is a place where we can join together in ceremony and celebration and share stories as we learn about our shared history.

A group of graduates in cap and gown

The Class of 2022 crosses the stage at UNBC’s first in-person Convocation in three years. The event marks the significant milestone as the particular ranks of UNBC alumni grows in order to more than 16, 000, mirroring the sixteen, 000 petition signers who advocated intended for the creation of UNBC in the late 1980s.
Valedictorians Mackenzie Bouchard Hooker plus Dyra Pridham share their own stories.  
Pictured on the right are the Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates through the South-Central campus within Quesnel.  


Dr. Wendy Rodgers becomes UNBC’s new Vice President Academic and Provost. Rodgers joins UNBC from the particular University associated with Alberta. In her brand new role, the girl leads the comprehensive strategic planning, development, and implementation of academic priorities in UNBC.  

UNBC, the particular University of British Columbia Faculty associated with Medicine plus Northern Health announce the new North Centre to get Clinical Analysis. It is definitely focused on enabling clinical trials and research as well as biomedical science that is relevant to northern, remote and Native populations.    

Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada provides $1. 9 million in funding to aid the establishment of the particular Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub .
The new hub is housed in the Northern Analytical Laboratory Services lab and allows UNBC to procure the advanced analytical instruments and personnel needed to meet an ever-expanding demand from local and regional natural resource-based firms to perform chemical plus analytical function.


The National Collaborating Centre pertaining to Indigenous Health and the Wellness Arts Research Centre, both housed from UNBC, receive a $1-million federal grant to support a two-year project focused on promoting cultural safety and Local knowledge within health care. The Hearts-based Education and Anticolonial Learning (HEAL) initiative is anchored in training and educating health care students and professionals to create much better health outcomes for Indigenous people. “We need to remember transformational change, including much-needed anti-colonial modify in health care, requires shifts in both feelings plus thoughts, ” says Dr . Sarah de Leeuw, Study Director on the Health Arts Research Center. “It’s regarding head and heart work. We’re excited to put arts and humanities to function within the service of cultural humility plus anti-oppression. ”

A shared passion meant for preserving their particular Nisga’a culture bridged any generational gap between the youngest and oldest graduates in the history of the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’an Institute. Kaitlyn Nyce and Hubert Haldane both earned their Bachelors of Artistry in 1st Nations Studies degrees from WWNI, which has a federated agreement with UNBC.

UNBC finds a meaningful way in order to support community efforts within hosting the particular Prince George 2022 BC Summer Games, including a tuition credit to athlete participants. “This is an exciting ‘first’ designed for the Online games, ” says Host Society President Renee McCloskey. “It would be wonderful to see these young athletes have their experience with these Video games spark their own post-secondary journey. ”

Chancellor Darlene McIntosh in McCaffray Hall

Lheidli T’enneh Elder Darlene McIntosh, pictured upon the right,   is named UNBC’s eighth Chancellor. “I am honoured to serve as UNBC’s Chancellor and in order to be the 1st Chancellor in UNBC’s background from the Lheidli T’enneh Nation. The immense responsibility UNBC has to the region it serves is important. ”


UNBC Faculty Member plus UBC North Medical Program Professor Doctor Nadine Caron is appointed to the particular Order associated with British Columbia. “From pupil mentorship to groundbreaking study to ensuring Native voices and perspectives on health care are acknowledged and hear, Dr. Caron has dedicated her career to helping foster important and critical changes in order to norther, rural and Local health support, ” states UNBC Chief executive Dr. Geoff Payne.

Kyndra Farrell, a good UNBC Bachelor of Commerce student, uses Fellowship from your Herrendorf Family Foundation to intern with the Fraser Lake Eco Co-op. Farrell spends the summer creating a pilot project aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs in countryside communities.

UNBC partners with Mitacs, the national not-for-profit research organization, to offer a set of new research internships and scholarships. The Indigenous Research Ambassador Program plus Mitacs Native Research Award will engage students within experiential learning opportunities; connect them with researchers and communities; and facilitate leadership and mentorship opportunities.

Environmental Engineering student Madeline Clarke puts a new spin on a standard machine as her summer time project along with Northern Analytical Laboratory Services at UNBC. Clarke designs and builds a rotating indoor Workplace Atmosphere Sampler , believed to become the very first of its kind in North america and one of only a handful in the world.


Civil Architectural Assistant Teacher Dr. Ramla Qureshi receives a $132, 000 for a five-year project through the particular Natural Sciences and Executive Research Authorities Discovery Grant program in order to put wood-steel hybrid building designs to the test. Qureshi will examine how hybrid buildings handle fire, earthquakes and other cascading events.

UNBC announces three honorary Doctor associated with Laws degrees will end up being handed out during a special ceremony in order to celebrate the Classes of 2020 plus 2021 on our Knight in shining armor George campus in October. The recipients are: acclaimed northwest coast Indigenous artist Ron Sebastian, longtime advocate for Local children and families, Carrier Sekani Family members Services Executive Officer Warner Adam plus Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Leader Natan Obed, a leader committed to improving social equity for Inuit in Europe.

The particular art gallery at UNBC can be re-named the particular Robert Frederick Gallery right after the accomplished Lheidli T’enneh carver, storyteller and educator.

Simon James presents the artwork Reconciling Light

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Simon Daniel James, who also goes simply by the name Winadzi, unveils their piece, Reconciling Light , in the Studying Commons associated with the Geoffrey R. Weller Library. “Reconciling Light has been an extremely emotional piece of artwork, probably the most emotional piece I have ever been asked to do, ” Winadzi says. “In order to get into the right frame of mind, I had to keep in mind the tales told in order to me by my parents about their particular experiences in residential school. ”
The unveiling ceremony is certainly pictured upon the correct.  


UNBC retains its position in the particular top echelon of small Canadian universities, placing second within the latest edition associated with the Maclean’s magazine rankings.  

Dr. Hossein Kazemian and his research team at UNBC are collaborating with the seafood industry to generate plant-based options to Styrofoam and other petroleum-based packaging. Kazemian and Brown Bay Packaging Company Limited are awarded a $300, 000 Ignite give from Innovate BC to continue their research.  

School of Planning plus Sustainability Constituent Professor Dr . Theresa Healy is recognized for her years of community-building work in Prince George, receiving the Drug Awareness Recovery Team’s inaugural Bob Scott Award. “I am truly honoured in order to be selected as the particular first recipient of the annual Bob Scott honor. I knew Bob well and he was an inspiration to me, as well as a friend and colleague, ” Healy states. “He was a man associated with faith that understood forgiveness, he was obviously a man of action who else understood the necessity of patience and the tower associated with strength within believing change was possible, through the individual wrapped in struggles with addition to the particular larger collective and policy questions that need our best as a society. ”

The entire UNBC community joined together in order to celebrate the special in-person ceremony for the Classes of 2020 plus 2021 in our Knight in shining armor George campus. It has been wonderful to see graduates have the particular opportunity in order to cross the stage, gather with friends and family and get congratulations just for achieving their own personal educational milestones.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appoints Dr. Margo Greenwood to the Senate associated with Canada. Greenwood joined UNBC in 1997 and is currently the Academic Director of the Nationwide Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health and the Interim Scientific Director of the Institute of Native Peoples’ Health using the Canadian Institutes associated with Health Analysis. “The entire UNBC community is celebrating with Dr. Greenwood on this tremendous achievement, ” says UNBC President Doctor Geoff Payne. “For 25 years, Dr. Greenwood has already been one of the difference makers within our local community. Now that she’s joining the Senate of Canada, the rest of the country will benefit from the girl extensive knowledge, wisdom, commitment to analysis and advocacy. ” 

After a record-setting season around the pitch, men’s soccer player Michael Henman earns  the particular Canada West men’s soccer player from the year prize , a first for the UNBC Timberwolves. Henman tied the North america West single-season record along with 19 goals. Men’s football coach Steve Simonson earns the Europe West plus USports coach of the 12 months award after leading the particular Timberwolves to their best-ever result in Canada Western.  

Environmental Engineering student Aur Hager earns a Women within Technology Scholarship from the BC Scholarship or grant Society. “Receiving this award is a great honor, but I also see it as the responsibility in order to help pave the way for some other women and gender non-conforming individuals to obtain an education and start a career in science, technology, engineering or even math, ” Hager says.

UNBC launches its tactical renewal process. After maturing into a celebrated research-intensive and learner-centred university, community input is being sought to shape UNBC’s unique path forward.

The Laxgalts’ap Cultural Dancers travelled through their home community in the Nass Valley to UNBC’s Prince George campus to share some of the Nisga’a Nation’s rich history through singing, dancing and drumming. The performance was an opportunity for college students, staff plus faculty to witness Nisga’a tradition and culture.


UNBC and Northern Health renew their partnership in studying and research with all the signing of a new Memorandum associated with Understanding . The MOU recognizes a shared dedication to furthering knowledge plus developing capacity for the particular advancement from the health of northern Uk Columbians through the integration associated with practice, schooling and study.

UNBC joins with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club to offer a good exceptional experience to cross-country ski sports athletes coming in order to Prince George to compete within the Nordiq Canada Selection Trials and Nordiq Cup in January 2023. The particular athletes will certainly be eligible for a $2000 tuition credit score to UNBC – an initial in Nordiq Canada occasion history!

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