Please Participate: Department of Psychiatry Strategic Planning Survey and On-Site Sessions in October


Dear Department Members,

As we embark on the process to develop a Strategic Plan for the Department of Psychiatry, I am pleased to share the Department’s proposed strategic pillars of Research, Education, Partnerships, and People, which will be closely aligned with the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.  In order to implement a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning strategy based around these four pillars, we welcome the participation of faculty, staff, and students from all over BC.  Your engagement will be not only important, but vital, to its success. 

We have developed a Department-wide survey as a means to gather your ideas, feedback and concerns with respect to the four strategic pillars and the future direction of the Department.  The Strategic Planning Survey (click here), comprised of approximately 20 multiple-choice or open-ended questions, may be completed anonymously and will take 30-45 minutes from start to finish. The survey will close at 11:59pm on Friday October 4, 2019. There is no obligation to answer all of the questions, however I strongly encourage you to participate to the best of your ability and ask that you take the time to answer each question thoughtfully, thoroughly, and candidly. The information and feedback collected from this survey will serve as a valuable resource in our strategic planning process. 

Following collection and evaluation of the survey results, the Associate Heads and I will host a series of in-person Strategic Planning Sessions at various sites across the province.  We have enlisted the expertise of corporate and governance strategist Glenn Wong (, who will oversee the facilitation of these sessions.  We invite faculty, staff and students to join us in these important sessions, as your participation will be instrumental in developing a Strategic Plan which will broadly encompass the interests and priorities of our Department members province-wide.  These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for face-to-face discussions on a broad range of topics and issues that will have an impact on our Department over the next few years.  The location and dates of the sessions are as follows:


Strategic Planning Session in Victoria, BC
Thursday October 17, 2019, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Royal Jubilee Hospital, Eric Martin Pavilion Boardroom, 188
1952 Bay St, Victoria BC, V8R 1J8 

Strategic Planning Session in Kelowna, BC
Wednesday October 23, 2019, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Kelowna Community Health Centre (KCHC), 5th Floor Boardroom
505 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna BC, V1Y 0C5

Strategic Planning Session in Surrey, BC
Thursday October 24, 2019, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fraser Health Authority, Central City Tower, 1st Floor, CHEHALIS Room
13450 – 102nd Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 0H1


Teleconference and/or video conference will be made available if you are not able to attend in person.  Additional sessions will be organized for Prince George and Vancouver, the details of which will be shared once they are confirmed.

Please contact Rachel Schweikert at if you would like any further information about these sessions.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head

Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & Continuing Professional Development

Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs & Partnerships

Dr. Raymond W. Lam, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs

Dr. Lynn Raymond, Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Education