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Virtual Coffee with President Santa Ono (Postponed)

Date & Time

Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 11:00am to Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 12:00pm
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Online via Zoom


Postdoctoral Fellows Office


** As of Friday, October 1, 2021, this session has been postponed. **

In this unique event, UBC postdocs are invited to join UBC President Dr. Santa Ono for an hour of networking and conversation. In order to facilitate networking in this session, the number of seats available is limited. 

The theme of this month's virtual coffee session will be equity, diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia

Santa J. Ono PhD FRSC FCAHS is the 15th President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

Installed as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2016, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada, as Vice-Chair of the U15 Group of Universities and as Chair of Research Universities of British Columbia. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Keio University and the Boards of Fulbright and MITACS. He has also served on the Boards of the American Council on Education and the Council on Competitiveness and as Chief Innovation Advisor to the Province of British Columbia. 

Prior to his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, Dr. Ono served as the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati and Senior Vice-Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University.

A molecular immunologist educated at the University of Chicago and McGill, Dr. Ono has taught at Johns Hopkins, Harvard University and University College London. He has advised national and regional governments on higher education and mental health. He has also advised companies such as GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Novartis on R&D. 

He has served on a number of editorial boards, including Immunology, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The Journal of Immunology and The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 

Dr. Ono has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, USA and the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. 

He holds Honorary Doctorates from Chiba University and the Vancouver School of Theology and is a recipient of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education, the Professional Achievement Award from University of Chicago, a Grand Challenges Hero Award from UCLA and the NAAAP 100 Award from the National Association of Asian American Professionals.


As of Friday, October 1, 2021, this session has been postponed.

Registration in this session is required. Those successfully registered will receive an email confirmation from the PDFO within a week of the session date.

NO-SHOW PENALTY: If you register and do not attend or cancel after 3pm on the day before the event, it may affect your eligibility to join future events. To avoid this no-show penalty, please cancel by at least 3pm the day before the event by e-mailing


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email in advance of the event.


Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, this session will be delivered online via Zoom. The following suggestions may help to improve the online experience:

  • Use headphones to reduce noise and avoid feedback between your mic and speaker.
  • Ensure that you are in a quiet location so that the audio does not get polluted with unwanted noise.
  • Keep your microphone on mute unless you are speaking during the session.
  • In case of technical problems, time for plugin downloads, etc., please attempt to log into the Zoom meeting 10-15 minutes before the start. You will be placed in the waiting room until the official start time.

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