The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005. The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attracts exceptional students and faculty. More than 8,300 students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 80 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools.
No fewer than 17 Pushor Mitchell lawyers are graduates of UBC. The firm helped to establish the University’s Okanagan campus, and our lawyers are heavily involved with many UBCO boards. We sponsor the annual $10,000 Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize and provide a significant range of legal services to the institution.
Partner Theresa Arsenault is past Governor of the UBC Board of Governors and past Member of the UBC Okanagan President’s Advisory Council, and has received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from UBC. Paul Mitchell is a Member of the past UBCO Faculty of Management Advisory Board, Past Director of the UBC Alumni Association, and Founding Director of the U2000 Society for the creation of a university in Central Okanagan.
University of British Columbia, Okanagan
At $10,000, The Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize is the largest of the financial awards governed through UBCO that is available to students in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty has the highest enrollment on campus, graduating over 500 students annually, and the generous amount of this prestigious award makes it very attractive to our students. This award is highly competitive, and each year many deserving candidates apply. To be eligible, students must have an exceptionally strong GPA, and have dedicated hundreds of hours to leadership roles in one or more of the following areas: community service or volunteerism, cross-cultural relations, promotion of diversity, intellectual pursuits, and artistic or athletic endeavours. Students who have won this prize have gone on to take impactful positions in the community, further their studies in graduate school, and continue the meaningful work they started as undergraduates. We have heard from many past winners about how much this award has helped them achieve their dreams and further themselves and their education. We in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences are grateful to Pushor Mitchell LLP for the investment they make in our future leaders and for recognizing a top graduate from our faculty each year. We look forward to continuing the legacy of supporting the strong leadership of exceptional students in our Faculty.Dr. Barbara Rutherford, Acting Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and SciencesUniversity of British Columbia, Okanagan