Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson named SFU’s first Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion

January 05, 2022

Following extensive community consultation, an international search, and approval of the SFU Board of Governors, Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson will be SFU’s first Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion (VPPEI). She will begin April 15, 2022.   

Yabome has deep connections to the SFU community. She is both an alumnus and a current adjunct faculty member of the Beedie School of Business, and will become an associate faculty member as of her start date. She is well known to our alumni and partners as a leader in organizational development, people practices, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and transformational change. In previous roles she served as the Chief People Officer for the British Columbia Lotteries Corporation, Executive Director of Organizational Development for Fraser Health, and Regional Lead of Organizational Development for Vancouver Coastal Health, as well as a leader of several provincial leadership development and engagement healthcare committees. She is also the founder of Supporting Learning and Development Consulting Inc. I am thrilled to add her skills and talents, along with her understanding of working with university communities, to this role.

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The Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership across the university to advance SFU’s commitment to EDI, is the primary people leader and strategist of the university and a key member of the executive team. As the leader of SFU’s People Planning and Faculty Relations functions and driven by an EDI mandate, the VPPEI will be accountable for strategic, inspired and collaborative leadership that drives change and impacts culture as it relates to the recruitment, retention and engagement of exceptional staff and faculty who can thrive and reach their full potential. 

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I extend my gratitude to the members of the search committee, the Board of Governors and all those who took part in the position consultation. I believe this leadership position will be critical to achieving our shared goals, and am eager to welcome Yabome to her new role. Please join me in making her feel welcome and supported as we continue to advance this work together.

Joy Johnson