Invitation for Department-wide Review of the Draft Strategic Plan for 2020-2025



Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

As you are aware, the Department has been engaged in developing a strategic plan that focused on the four pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships to identify the strategic direction and priorities for the Department over the next five years.  Although our integrative strategic planning process – which involved a departmental wide consultation that included visits to our distributed sites to obtain input – was completed last winter, the COVID-19 pandemic-related disruptions to the functioning of the Department had delayed our timeline by several months. In spite of the circumstances, I am very pleased to announce that a draft of the 5-year Strategic Plan has been prepared and is ready for department-wide review and feedback.

Attached is the draft UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, titled Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation & Leadership. The priorities articulated in the plan are based on the input provided during the consultation process, and the actions outlined are deliberately concrete so that we can look back 5 years from now, and determine easily what has been accomplished. At this stage, I would like to invite Department members to review and consider each section of the draft, keeping in mind our aim to incorporate the Department’s collective goals and priorities while delineating clear objectives and concrete plans of action. Should you wish to contribute your suggestions or comments, please add them to the PDF document using the Comment tool, then send the annotated copy to Margaret Koshi at by Friday October 9th. Please note that the presentation and layout will be refined in the final version of the Strategic Plan.

This process of soliciting and gathering your feedback on the draft will serve as a crucial step to finalizing a Strategic Plan that strongly and accurately represents the interests of our Department as a whole.  Therefore, I sincerely hope you will take this opportunity to participate. I, in turn, will be grateful for your valuable input.


Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry