Hot Lunch for UBC Staff

St. John’s College UBC
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2111 Lower Mall


Our first speaker for the 2019-2020 year is Professor Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. This event continues to be our most popular in this series. Stay tuned to register for the lottery to buy tickets to the lunch, which will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

The rest of the new schedule will be released soon. If you’d like to join our e-mailing list for updates, click here.


Please note that we use the service Eventbrite to sell tickets which is located outside Canada. If you do not wish to use this service, you may come to the Administration Office of St. John’s College, 2111 Lower Mall, and pay for your ticket in person during office hours:  Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. 


2018-2019 Schedule of speakers:

Wednesday, May 29
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ms. Heather McCaw, VP Development &
Alumni Engagement
Menu:  Mexican Buffet

Wednesday, April 24
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ms. Susan Parker, University Librarian
Menu: Cantonese Lunch Buffet

Wednesday, March 27
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ms. Eilis Courtney, Senior Advisor, Ceremonies & Protocol
Menu:  Middle Eastern Buffet

Wednesday, February 27
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ms. Barbara Meens Thistle, VP of Human Resources
Menu: Italian Buffet

Wednesday, January 30
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dr. Henry Yu, Principal St. John’s College, Associate Professor, History
Menu: Golden Fortune Buffet

Wednesday, November 28 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ms. Carole Jolly, Director, Community Development
Menu: “Fall Comfort” buffet

Wednesday, October 31
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mr. Don Thompson, Chief Information Security Officer
Menu: “Hot as Hell” buffet

Wednesday, September 26
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Professor Santa Ono President and Vice-Chancellor
Menu: “A Touch of Singapore” buffet



HotLunchCross-campus UBC Staff Networking Initiative

We know that many of us here at UBC recognize the challenge in creating meaningful conversations and connections between staff from different units, and that our own personal networks play a key role in sustaining and supporting us in our UBC roles.What if we could share those networks with each other in a way that could foster better linkages and community among colleagues from across the institution, and across bargaining units and staff associations as well? If we could create innovative ways to build relationships, and nurture those networks, could we foster a more inclusive and productive working environment at UBC?
Food Talk

Our thought: absolutely yes, and so “Hot Lunch” was born. Let’s meet over lunch with a group of our colleagues from across the University, and share thoughts and conversations about how we might work toward the goal of establishing richer and more meaningful networks across the institution.

Hot Lunch Committee:

Stacy Barber
Office Manager, St. John’s College
Eilis Courtney

Senior Advisor, Ceremonies and Protocol

Shirley Nakata
Ombudsperson for Students
Andrew Parr
Managing Director, Student Housing & Hospitality Services
Grace Wong
Senior Advisor International, Office of the Provost and VP Academic
Henry Yu
Principal, St. John’s College and Associate Professor, Department of History

Ex-Officio
Sandra Shepard
Assistant Principal, St. John’s College, retired


Hot Lunch is a cross-campus staff networking initiative hosted by St. John’s College and co-sponsored by the office of each of the Vice-Presidents with the special support of Human Resources.

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Previous Speakers: 

2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14