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Certificate in International Development and Security at UBC is now open for applications! 

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IVET Executive Directors Tim Laidler on Global BC Remembrance Day 2020 Special

Watch IVET Executive Director Tim Laidler on Global News BC, Remembers Day 2020 Special about the UBC Veterans Friendly Campus programs pioneered by IVET. You can find Tim starting at 23:10! 

“Transition home, a big thing I found successful was being with other Veterans in a group. We have a counselling program that brings Veterans together in a group. They get to do a retreat for 10 days, and at the end of that many Veterans often come out looking for what can they serve as a mission and where can they start a career. And that’s where the University of British Columbia steps up. We want to make UBC a Veterans Friendly Campus, which means a number of things:

  • Social Connection for Veterans on Campus

  • Help with admission to the university

  • We build a specialty program to help train Veterans develop in International Develop Field

  • And despite all of the COVID changes, we created a Royal Canadian Legion at UBC.”

IVET Executive Directors Tim Laidler speaks on CKNW about Free Parking for Veterans 

Vancouver city council has voted unanimously to move ahead with a year-round free parking program for veterans, over the objections of city staff. 

Listen to IVET Executive Director advocating for Free Parking for Veterans in Vancouver! 

"It can be a tough time of year for the Veterans community going into Remembrance Week. Hopefully, this helps anyone struggling hold their head up a bit higher!" - Tim 




March 6, 2020

On Friday, March 6th UBC President Santa J. Ono hosted a reception for military-connected students at the Norman MacKenzie House on UBC’s Point Grey campus. Several dozen UBC students, alumni, staff, and faculty were in attendance in addition to special guests from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and MP for Cardigan, General Walter Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Honourable David Eby, BC’s Attorney General and MLA for Vancouver – Point Grey. In his remarks, President Ono reiterated UBC’s support for military-connected students through both existing programs as well as UBC’s new Veteran Friendly Campus Initiative.

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Oct 20, 2019

The IVET would like to thank everyone who attended Sunday's “Support Veterans” fundraiser. Because of your support the event was a great success. The funds raised will allow us to provide UBC Veterans with additional mental health resources, community-building activities, and expenses for essential materials (textbooks, licensed software, and school supplies). Thank you again to our sponsors Empowering Med, Brains Bioceutical, and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as well as our generous Donors.

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Oct 10, 2019

On Sept.23rd, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has been successful formed. The formation of this branch will be a part of a larger initiative to create a Veteran Friendly Campus at UBC. We hope to have your support to attend this meeting and show your interest to help form the first campus-oriented Legion branch in Canada.

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September 3, 2019

In celebration of UBC’s Imagine Day, on September 3rd the IVET hosted a Veterans Welcome BBQ from 1:00 to 5:00 PM outside the Scarfe Building. The purpose is to welcome veterans enrolling in UBC and familiarize them with the university environment. At the same time, this event welcomes all UBC students and faculty members to celebrate the start of a new semester and learn about the proud history of veterans at UBC. We served hundreds and raised awareness about UBC’s Veteran history and future plan to thousands.

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