Associate Provosts

Associate Provosts bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Provost’s Office.  Under the direction of the Provost, they apply this information in their area of expertise to spearhead initiatives and provide the necessary administrative supports to ensure the initiatives thrive.


Associate Provost, Academic Health Initiatives

Gordon Binsted

Working through the Provost’s Office, the Associate Provost, Academic Health Initiatives, will provide leadership and oversight for health-related academic programming on our campus (excluding that of medical education).

The Associate Provost creates partnerships and works collaboratively with colleagues and senior staff to ensure that relevant constituencies are involved in the development and implementation of the portfolio’s strategies and initiatives, ensuring that quality education programs related to health care available to students. The Associate Provost fosters strong academic and research links among health-related disciplines.

The position is held concurrently with Binsted’s Dean position. An active researcher in the field of human kinetics, Dr. Binsted has served as Dean since 2012. He has also served in various other UBC Okanagan capacities, namely that of AVP Research and most recently, Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Education.


Associate Provost, Learning Services

Heather Berringer

The Associate Provost, Learning Services, provides leadership in the planning, development, and coordination of an integrated vision for learning services for UBC’s Okanagan campus. This involves harnessing synergies between different campus entities such as the Library, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Makerspace UBCO, and other student learning supports.

This position is currently filled by Heather Berringer, who also serves as the Okanagan Campus’ Chief Librarian, a role she assumed in 2014. Since that time, Heather has led the development of new programs, spaces, and innovative partnerships that have significantly enhanced the learning experience at UBC Okanagan and established the Library as a thriving nexus of scholarly engagement for faculty and researchers.


Associate Provost, Strategy

Michael Burgess


The Associate Provost, Strategy, provides leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to advance academic innovation. This role works in accordance with UBC’s Strategic Plan Shaping the Next Century and Outlook 2040;

  • to help foster an institution-wide climate of academic innovation, in particular, interdisciplinary
  • to oversee the development, evaluation, and review of relevant programs
  • to help develop processes of shared governance to ensure the timely implementation of new academic initiatives.

In addition to his role in the Provost’s office, Burgess is the Chair in Biomedical Ethics at UBC’s W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. His currently funded research includes deliberation on the use of big data in health, cancer care funding decisions, animal welfare and food policy in Norway, and the release of gene-edited organisms into the environment. He is also working on projects involving the governance of remote and Indigenous biobanks and on an SSHRC funded project on concepts of diversity and inclusiveness.