Meet Janine Wood
Role: Project Manager, Strategic Projects
Janine Wood joined the Office of the Provost in 2019 as Executive Administrator to the Provost. She completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Waikato in New Zealand before coming to Canada in 2010. Before joining UBC Okanagan, she worked as a Legal Assistant, providing legal and administrative support for a small law firm in Salmon Arm.
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO IN THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST.
I am responsible for the management and implementation of strategic projects in the Provost’s Office. Much of my work happens behind the scenes to ensure our office’s initiatives are executed as smoothly as possible. I love that our projects span the whole campus (and beyond), giving me opportunities to interact with many wonderful people across our university. The projects change constantly, so there is never a dull moment.
I also support the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline on the Okanagan campus and academic leadership searches.
WHAT UPCOMING PROJECTS OR CURRENT INITIATIVES ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
I’m currently supporting searches for the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Deputy University Librarian, Okanagan campus. I enjoy search processes because I get to hear about the areas and initiatives that Faculties/units are excited to develop. It’s also inspiring to see the talent that our campus attracts and hear about their visions and ideas for the future. I learn something from every candidate that goes through the recruitment process.
I’m also working closely with the VPRI office to support the initial space allocation process in x̌əl sic snpax̌nwixʷtn. I’m excited to see how this space will come to life.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT UBC OKANAGAN?
I wanted to work in a place where I would feel like I am making a positive contribution to the world and supporting people to become better versions of themselves. I heard positive things about UBC Okanagan from my husband, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees here. Hearing about his experiences and the relationships he built made me excited to join this community. Plus, the campus is really pretty.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE OKANAGAN ACTIVITY OR SPOT AND WHY?
Anywhere with a lake view! I live in Lake Country, and I’ve enjoyed cycling along the rail trail and visiting the park with my cat. Having beautiful scenery so close by makes exercising much less of a chore!