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Meet Your New Neighbours

9 February 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

You’ve heard about the building, but what about the people who will be there and the work they do?

Join UBC Okanagan Principal Dr. Lesley Cormack on February 9 for a special after-work event as she provides an insider’s view of UBCO Downtown and introduces you to some of the amazing people who will be part of it.

Joining Dr. Cormack on stage will be three outstanding researchers who will offer a glimpse into their groundbreaking work with local partners in critical areas that affect the overall health of our community. Afterward, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Rogers will moderate an audience Q&A.

We encourage everyone to come and meet your new neighbours at the UBCO Downtown event and enjoy a special after-hours networking opportunity with fellow Chamber members.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards for a chance to win coveted UBCO swag.



Dr. Lesley Cormack

Dr. Lesley Cormack is the Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UBC’s Okanagan campus. Dr. Cormack joined UBC in July 2020 from the University of Alberta where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2010 to 2020. An historian of early modern science, Dr. Cormack specializes in geography and mathematics of 16th-century England and holds an academic appointment as a Professor of History at UBC Okanagan.

Dr. Mary Jung

Dr. Jung is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Centre for Health Behaviour Change at UBC Okanagan. Her research aims to reduce the risk of type two diabetes in a culturally-safe and equitable manner. Since 2017, she has offered her evidence-based Small Steps for Big Change diabetes prevention program in partnership with the YMCA. Her program has supported more than 500 participants locally, and is now being implemented in multiple YMCAs across Canada, Portugal and Australia.

Dr. Shelly Ben-David

Dr. Ben-David is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at UBC Okanagan. Her research interest is youth mental health and the importance of early intervention. In partnership with the Foundry, which offers wellness services to BC youth aged 12 to 24, she applies her research to increase the number of youths accessing mental health services by better understanding the factors that influence them to avoid seeking help.

Lauren Airth

Doctoral student Lauren Airth in the School of Nursing at UBC Okanagan is researching drug-checking models as a way of preventing toxic drug poisonings. As co-founder and director of the Harm Reduction Team (HaRT), she works to research, create and deliver harm reduction programs, with the support of community partners like the BC Centre on Substance Use, non-profit groups, and Interior Health. These programs include the delivery of free drug checking and harm reduction resources throughout the Okanagan.

This event is sold out! To add your name to the waitlist should tickets become available please email

Registration opens at 4:30PM with the event to begin at 4:45PM.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 5 business days prior to the event.




9 February 2023
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
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Okanagan Innovation Centre
460 Doyle Avenue
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 0C2 Canada
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