The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia today confirmed that the Council’s president, Don Avison, will be leaving the organization in September of this year to pursue other opportunities.

“This is the best job I have ever had,” said Avison, “but the time has come to explore new challenges.” Avison was appointed President of the University Presidents’ Council of BC in 1999 and later became the first president of the Research Universities’ Council which now represents the interests of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia. 

Before joining British Columbia’s research universities Avison held many senior public service positions.  These included Deputy Minister positions in Health, Education, Advanced Education and Crown Corporations in British Columbia, the Deputy Minister of Justice in the Northwest Territories and several senior level positions with the federal Department of Justice where he was a Regional Director, General Counsel and also served as the Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Initiative.

President Stephen Toope of UBC, who also serves as Chair of RUC, said “Don Avison has been a superb leader for the Research Universities’ Council of BC, and an articulate and passionate voice for higher education in Canada.  I am sorry to see him leave, and wish him well in his future endeavors”.

The RUC will be initiating a search to replace Avison.

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