UNBC History: Timeline

In June 1990, the members of the BC legislative assembly passed the UNBC Act, officially creating UNBC. The dream of having a northern university goes back much further, to the 1960s, when then-MLA Ray Williston set aside the land on which UNBC's Prince George campus is currently situated as a university reserve. Later, former Bishop Fergus O'Grady proposed a catholic university for Prince George. Instead Prince George College (now closed) became a high school, though the Prince George neighbourhood around the school (called College Heights) bears university street names as a legacy of his idea.

  • Wood Innovation Research Lab

    Wood Innvation Research Lab Achieves Passive House Certification

    July 2018
    The Wood Innovation Research Lab is the first building of its type in North America to achieve Passive House certification, an internationally recognized energy efficiency standard.
  • Sam Milligan, Helen Domshy Receive Alumni Awards

    June 2018
    Two outstanding Sam Milligan, a health-care provider who has worked with marginalized populations around the world, and Helen Domshy, a long-time champion for women’s health and education received Distinguished Alumni Awards.
  • Spencer Greening

    Greening named Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

    June 2018
    Spencer Greening is one of 15 graduate students from across Canada who has received a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in Canada in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Elite Young University

    June 2018
    UNBC is ranked among the elite young universities in the world, according to a list published by Times Higher Education. UNBC is included on the list of the best 250 universities that are aged 50 years or younger.
  • Erica Herandez-Read

    Archivist Leads National Response to TRC

    May 2018
    Archivist Erica Hernández-Read is ensuring the Canadian archival community's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is informed, culturally responsive & empowering for both archivists and Indigenous communities.
  • Lawrence Hill and Thomas Berger

    Hill, Berger Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2018
    Thomas Berger, a prominent lawyer and former B.C. Supreme Court Justice and Lawrence Hill, a critically acclaimed Canadian author and screenwriter received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at the 2018 convocation.
  • Yahlnaaw/Aaron Grant & Amy Blanding

    Two Students Named 3M Fellows

    May 2018
    Yahlnaaw/Aaron Grant & Amy Blanding received the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship. They are among a cohort of 10 students selected for their exceptional leadership & vision for enhancing educational experience.
  • Sukhpreet Buttar and Arctica Cunningham

    Buttar, Cunningham named Valedictorians

    May 2018
    Sukhpreet Buttar and Arctica Cunningham were selected at the Valedictorians for the 2019 Convocation ceremonies.
  • Dr. Greg Halseth

    Halseth Launches Into New Canada Research Chair Term

    May 2018
    Dr. Greg Halseth, one of UNBC's first Canada Research Chairs, begins his second term as a Tier 1 Chair.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Payne

    New Vice President Research and Graduate Programs

    March 2018
    Dr. Geoffrey Payne, a founding faculty member of the Northern Medical Program who spent nearly 15 years teaching, conducting research and providing service at UNBC, is named Vice President Research and Graduate Programs.
  • Edōsdi/Dr. Judy Thompson

    Professor Recognized for Language Revitalization Work

    March 2018
    Assistant First Nations Studies Professor Studies Edōsdi/Dr. Judy Thompson received a Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia Distinguished Academic Early in Career Award for service.
  • UNBC Partners in Technology Consortium

    February 2018
    UNBC is playing a leading role in the Digital Technology Supercluster Initiative. It is meant to spur new regional, national & global economic opportunities that address the productivity, health and sustainability challenges.
  • Margo Greenwood, Nadine Caron and Sarah de Leeuw

    Researchers Participate in Report on Canadian Health Care

    February 2018
    Three faculty members contributed to a special Canada-focused series published by The Lancet. Drs. Margo Greenwood, Sarah de Leeuw and Nadine Caron participated in the landmark report.
  • New Engineering Programs Announced

    January 2018
    UNBC received funding from the provincial government to launch two new standalone engineering programs. UNBC will now offer both Civil and Environmental Engineering at its Prince George campus.
  • Dr. Dustin Louie

    First Aboriginal Scholar in Residence

    January 2018
    First Nations scholar and educator Dr. Dustin Louie is the first Aboriginal Scholar in Residence.
  • Interior Universities Join Forces to Take Research to a New Level

    December 2017
    Students at British Columbia’s three Interior universities will benefit from enhanced research opportunities and increased mobility, thanks to an agreement that will be a game-changer for higher education in the region.
  • Dr. Thomas Tannert

    Engineering Professor Named Canada Research Chair

    December 2017
    Dr. Thomas Tannert, who teaches in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design Program, is named the Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering.
  • Dr. Brian Menounos working on a boulder

    Menounos Lead Author in Science

    November 2017
    Dr. Brian Menounos became the first UNBC researcher to be the lead author in an article published by Science.
  • Hira Rashid

    Student Named to Multicultural Advisory Council

    November 2017
    Social Work student Hira Rashid is lending her voice and personal experience to promote multiculturalism and combat racism as one of the newest members of the provincial Multicultural Advisory Council.
  • UNBC Ranked Among Elite Global Universities

    September 2017
    UNBC made its debut in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, placing among the top four per cent of higher-education institutions worldwide.
  • Dan Ryan

    UNBC Names New Senior Administration Leader

    August 2017
    Dr. Dan Ryan is named the Vice-President Academic and Provost. He played a key leadership role in developing the University’s integrated planning processes and in the academic planning process.
  • Dr. Alison Gerlach

    UNBC Researcher Named Banting Fellow

    June 2017
    Dr. Alison Gerlach received a Banting Fellowship from CIHR for her research project Rethinking Early Intervention Therapy with Indigenous Communities and Families in Northern British Columbia: A Critical Inquiry.
  • Dr. Paul Winwood, Dr. Lisa Oliver,  Dr. Cindy Hardy and Dr. Geoff Payne

    UNBC Opens Research Data Centre

    June 2017
    A Statistics Canada Research Data Centre opened at the Prince George campus, giving researchers access to population, household survey and administrative microdata.
  • Roy J. Stewart and Fredy Peccerelli

    Stewart, Peccerelli Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2017
    UNBC founder and early champion Roy J. Stewart and world-renowned forensic anthropology expert Fredy Peccerelli received honorary degrees at the 2017 convocation in Prince George.
  • Northern Leadership Campaign launch

    Northern Leadership Campaign

    May 2017
    The Northern Leadership Campaign, UNBC's most ambitious fundraising effort, will strengthen research and teaching excellence, inspire next-generation leaders and create local solutions with global impact.
  • Dr. Darwyn Coxson

    Coxson Receives Career Achievement Award

    April 2017
    Dr. Darwyn Coxson won the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C.'s Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award for his research in the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park.
  • Dr. Dan Ryan, Interim Vice President, Academic and Provost, UNBC (left) and Dr. Ian Humphreys, Provost and Vice President, Academic and Students, Langara College

    Transfer Agreement With Langara

    April 2017
    UNBC and Langara College establish a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate students transferring successfully from Langara to UNBC.
  • International Students at UNBC

    Canada 150 Scholarships

    March 2017
    UNBC creates a new scholarship program intended to attract international students while celebrating the diversity that has made Canada the influential and inspiring country it has become in the 150 years since Confederation.
  • Dr. Pamela Wright works in the field

    Wright Named Wilburforce Fellow

    February 2017
    Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Associate Professor Dr. Pamela Wright is the first UNBC faculty member to be named a Wilburforce Fellow
  • Group photo witth Wood Innovation Lab sign

    Wood Innovation Research Lab

    February 2017
    A combined $4.5 million in federal and provincial funds support the construction of a new Wood Innovation Research Lab in downtown Prince George.
  • Students in the Masters program

    New Masters Degree Examines Northern Issues

    January 2017
    A collaborative, interdisciplinary, joint master’s degree program between UNBC and Nord University in Norway examines issues, opportunities and challenges associated with northern development in the circumpolar region.
  • Wolsey Elected Board Chair

    November 2016
    Tracey Wolsey, a University of Northern British Columbia graduate, has been elected the new Chair of UNBC’s Board of Governors.
  • UNBC Number 1

    UNBC Repeats at Top of Maclean’s Rankings

    October 2016
    For the second year in a row UNBC ranked first in its category in the Maclean's university rankings.
  • Dakelh welcome sign

    Lheidli T’enneh and UNBC Strengthen Ties

    September 2016
    UNBC and the Lheidli T’enneh Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a new welcome sign in the Dakelh sign was unveiled on campus. The translation of the sign is Northern House of Learning.
  • McCaffray Hall

    Charles J. McCaffray Hall Dedicated

    September 2016
    Charles J. McCaffray Hall at the Prince George campus was re-named after the late Charles McCaffray, a visionary and thought leader whose work helped spearhead the campaign to establish a University in the North.
  • Lane, Little Bear Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2016
    Internationally acclaimed writer Patrick Lane and Aboriginal educator Dr. Leroy Little Bear received honorary degrees at the 2016 convocation.
  • James Moore

    James Moore Named Chancellor

    November 2015
    The Honourable James Moore, who served in Canada’s House of Commons for 15 years, including in a number of senior cabinet roles, and who graduated from UNBC in 2001, was named UNBC’s sixth Chancellor.
  • UNBC takes top spot in university rankings

    UNBC takes top spot in university rankings

    October 2015
    The University of Northern British Columbia is the top university of its size in the country according to annual rankings released today by Maclean’s magazine.
  • Mayor Lyn Hall, NUGSS President Duncan Malkinson, student Tegan Lott, UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks

    Sponsoring Syrian Refugees

    September 2015
    UNBC committed $180,000 to expand the existing World University Service of Canada student refugee program to bring up to four more Syrian refugees to the University.
  • Dr. Margo Greenwood and Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

    Textbook Gives Voice to Indigenous Perspectives on Health

    September 2015
    Dr. Margo Greenwood and Dr. Sarah de Leeuw co-edited a groundbreaking new textbook on Indigenous health.
  • Rheanna Robinson

    Aboriginal Relations Senior Advisor

    July 2015
    Métis scholar and UNBC graduate Rheanna Robinson became the first Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Relations at UNBC.
  • Alumni Survey

    June 2015
    Graduates gave UNBC top marks after UNBC conducted its first comprehensive alumni survey.
  • Ryan Matheson

    Alum Named Board Chair

    June 2015
    Ryan Matheson became the first UNBC Alumnus to be named as Chair of the Board of Governors
  • 25th Anniversary celebration

    UNBC Caps off Milestone Year with Community Celebration

    June 2015
    The 25th Anniversary year reached a rousing climax with a community gathering that celebrated the University’s founding and its many achievements, while charting a course for its future.
  • UNBC researchers Elizabeth Dunn, Stephen Rader, and Martha Stark.

    UNBC Researchers Discover New Way to Study Gene Splicing

    March 2015
    UNBC researchers have discovered a new way to study gene splicing which could help provide a better understanding of how the process works in humans and lead to development of new treatments for genetic diseases.
  • Students Pave the Way, along with representatives for partnering organizations and donors at the bus loop of UNBC.

    Student Public Transit Initiative Achieves Its Goal

    January 2015
    A group of UNBC students have achieved their goal of raising enough money to support the provision of free public transit in Prince George during the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
  • Celebrating UNBC’s Fair Trade Campus designation

    UNBC Designated a Fair Trade Campus

    January 2015
    The University of Northern British Columbia is now a Fair Trade Campus.
  • First year NMP students with dignitaries at the 10th anniversary event

    Northern Medical Program Celebrates 10 Years of Teaching Future Doctors at UNBC

    January 2015
    The Northern Medical Program is celebrating a decade of medical education in the North.
  • William Krane, UNBC's new Vice President Academic and Provost

    UNBC names new Vice President Academic and Provost

    December 2014
    William (Bill) Krane, who has an extensive background in university teaching, research, and administration, is the University of Northern British Columbia’s new Vice President Academic and Provost.
  • UNBC Improves to Second in Maclean’s Rankings

    October 2014
    UNBC ranks second in the annual Maclean's rankings of Canadian universities.
  • UNBC Assistant Professor of Nursing Greg Thomas-Reilly.

    UNBC Professor Will Help Fight Ebola in Liberia

    October 2014
    UNBC Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Greg Thomas-Reilly is joining the international effort to combat the Ebola virus by training local healthcare providers and assist as part of the rapid response team.
  • QRRC Manager Sam Albers.

    UNBC releases initial findings from tailings pond breach

    October 2014
    Researchers and staff at UNBC released initial findings regarding the tailings pond breach at the Mt. Polley Mine.
  • Course instructor Vince Prince, left, and Curtis Seymour place logs above the entrance of the pit house.

    Official Unveiling of Pit House

    September 2014
    Fifteen students, including university students from UNBC and high school students from Lheidli T'enneh First Nation built a traditional First Nations dwelling while learning about aboriginal culture and earning school credit
  • Revealing of UNBC's Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project

    Government Contributes to Expansion of UNBC's Bioenergy System

    September 2014
    Expansion of the bioenergy heating system at UNBC will effectively cut down on the use of fossil fuels for heating many parts of campus.
  • UNBC kicks off a 10-month celebration of the school's 25th Anniversary

    Celebrations Begin for UNBC’s 25th Anniversary

    September 2014
    UNBC kicks off year long celebration of the school's 25th Anniversary
  • Daniel Weeks

    Daniel Weeks Named New President

    July 2014
    Respected researcher Dr. Daniel Weeks is named the new UNBC president.
  • Michael Green

    Green, Turner Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2014
    Wood Innovation and Design Centre architect Michael Green was one of the honorary degree recipients at convocation.
  • Water Research Group

    Water Research Funding

    May 2014
    UNBC researchers secured $1 million worth of funding to study the Nechako River watershed.
  • Timberwolves Official Members of Canada West

    May 2014
    UNBC to now compete as an official member of CIS
  • Timberwolves Receive Full Canada West Membership

    May 2014
    UNBC officially became a full member in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.
  • UNBC, Canfor Partner on Forestry Course

    January 2014
    UNBC and Canfor partner to offer a unique course taught by front line personnel working in the industry.
  • Mark Dale

    Dale Named Interim President

    November 2013
    Dr. Mark Dale is selected as UNBC's Interim President as the Board of Governors continues the search for a permanent replacement.
  • Mireille Rizkalla

    Student Receives Record Scholarship

    September 2013
    UNBC Doctoral Candidate Mireille Rizkalla won a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to continue her studies in brain functions.
  • Bioenergy Plant Award

    Bioenergy Plant LEED Platinum Certified

    August 2013
    The Bioenergy Plant at UNBC became the first LEED Platinum-certified building in Northern BC.
  • Shchepotkin Named Women's Basketball Coach

    August 2013
    Sergey Shchepotkin is named the new head coach of UNBC's women's basketball team.
  • Wood Master Programs

    Funding Confirmed for New Master Programs

    July 2013
    Two new masters-level programs focusing on wood use and design received government funding to go ahead.
  • Wilson to Lead Library

    July 2013
    Allan Wilson is named the University Librarian at UNBC after a long spell as the Chief Librarian at the Prince George Public Library.
  • John MacDonald

    MacDonald Gets Second Term as Chancellor

    May 2013
    UNBC's Board of Governors elects John MacDonald to a second term as Chancellor.
  • Loralyn Murdoch

    Murdoch Named New Director of Athletics

    May 2013
    After a long career as the women's basketball coach at UNBC, Loralyn Murdoch is named the university's director of athletics.
  • Stephanie Doherty

    Student Wins National Fellowship

    March 2013
    Stephanie Doherty became the third UNBC student in two years to earn a 3M National Student Fellowship.
  • Engineering students

    Engineering Gold

    March 2013
    Four UNBC environmental engineering students won gold in the junior design category at the Canadian Engineering Competition.
  • Bill McGill

    Professor Elected to Prestigious Fellowship

    March 2013
    UNBC Professor Bill McGill is elected a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Trans-Pacific Learning

    December 2012
    The University of Northern British Columbia completes what is believed to be the first university course ever delivered to Japan via videoconferencing technology.
  • Maggie de Vries

    Writer-in-Residence

    August 2012
    UNBC welcomes a writer-in-residence to its English program.
  • Healing Hands for the North

    April 2012
    A new program aimed at producing more physiotherapists for northern and rural communities officially begins with ten students at UNBC.
  • Greener than Ever

    April 2012
    UNBC is named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the first time in the list’s five-year history.
  • Canada West Accpets Timberwolves

    September 2011
    The Canada West Universities Athletics Association accpets UNBC has a full-time probationary member.
  • New paper

    UNBC Uses Locally Sourced Paper

    September 2011
    UNBC created a specialty paper stock which uses pulp sourced from Northern BC.
  • Jake Edwards and Waqar Haque

    Professor, Student Win Multiple Research Paper Awards

    September 2011
    Computer Science Professor Waqar Haque and undergraduate student Jake Edwards win two awards for a research paper on analyzing raw data.
  • Stephen Rader

    Genetic Breakthrough

    July 2011
    UNBC researchers discover the role that a certain section of RNA plays in gene splicing, a major breakthrough in the field of genetics.
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier

    Honorary Degrees Awarded

    May 2011
    Three distinguished individuals received honorary degrees at the 2011 convocation: physician Gabor Mate, UNBC Act author Ian (Jim) Soles and Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier (pictured).
  • Bioenergy Plant

    Bioenergy Plant Opens

    March 2011
    The UNBC Bioenergy Plant opens its doors, marking a major step in one of the most significant post-secondary sustainability projects.
  • Lisa Dickson

    English Professor Wins National Award

    March 2011
    UNBC English Professor Lisa Dickson wins a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
  • UNBC Joints TRIUMF

    January 2011
    UNBC joins a group of Canadian universities in the TRIUMF particle and nuclear physics laboratory.
  • PhD in Health Sciences Announced

    December 2010
    The university adds another building block to its health-related programming with the addition of a doctorate-level degree in Health Sciences.
  • George Iwama

    UNBC Fires up Bioenergy System

    November 2010
    UNBC President George Iwama uses a torch to set alight the first wood chips used to fuel the university’s bioenergy system.
  • #1 in Research

    November 2010
    For the first time in its history, UNBC was ranked first in a national survey of Canada’s research universities.
  • The UNBC Gathering Place

    A Place to Gather

    September 2010
    To support Aboriginal students in their post-secondary education, the university in Ministry of Advanced Education opened The UNBC Gathering Place.
  • James Adamson

    Honouring an Earthquake Survivor

    September 2010
    A geoscientist who first survived the earthquake in Haiti then helped victims was made UNBC's Alumni of the Year.
  • Former UNBC Chancellor gets Order of Canada

    June 2010
    Alex C. Michalos, a former UNBC chancellor and professor emeritus, is made a Member of the Order of Canada for his significant contributions to education.
  • Historic Rally Anniversary

    June 2010
    UNBC hosts an event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a rally where nearly 7,000 people filled the Multiplex in Prince George to protest the state of health care in northern B.C.
  • Timberwolves basketball team

    Nothing but Net

    March 2010
    The UNBC Northern Timberwolves live up to their number one ranking and capture a national championship for the first time.
  • Home of Top Athletes

    March 2010
    Inderbir Singh Gill and Christine Kennedy were named CCAA Athletes of the Year for the 2009-2010 season. Both were members of UNBC’s Timberwolves basketball team.
  • UNBC Celebrates Winter Olympics

    February 2010
    To celebrate British Columbia’s first Olympic Games, UNBC holds a community carnival at its campus, organized by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society
  • Wood pellet facility

    Wood Pellet System Operational

    June 2009
    UNBC's first major foray into bioenergy is complete as the wood pellet plant opens at the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory.
  • Alfred Joseph

    Three honorary degrees awarded

    May 2009
    Forest scientist John Borden, Witsuwit’en elder Alfred Joseph (pictured) and medical philanthropist Dr. Donald Rix receive honorary degrees from UNBC.
  • UNBC Team Wins Donner Prize

    May 2009
    UNBC History professor William Morrison is among a group of researchers to win the Donner Prize for their book on the arctic.
  • Iona Campagnolo

    Campagnolo Donates Records

    April 2009
    UNBC's Founding Chancellor Iona Campagnolo hands over her records to UNBC.
  • Bioenergy Plant Funding Approved

    April 2009
    The provincial and federal governments commit funding to UNBC's Bioenergy Plant project.
  • Dr. George Iwama

    New President

    April 2009
    Dr. George Iwama is appointed as the new president of UNBC.
  • Nursing simulation

    Stimulating simulation

    March 2009
    Nurses across the north gain access to new simulation equipment and training possibilities.
  • Fans

    Timberwolves Fourth at Home Nationals

    March 2009
    The Northern Sport Centre was packed for the CCAA men's basketball tournament. The Timberwolves placed fourth, just out of the medals.
  • Sarah de Leeuw

    Professor Wins CBC Literary Award

    February 2009
    UNBC professor Sarah de Leeuw won a CBC non-fiction literary award for her essay on a fire at the Columbus Hotel.
  • Pat Maher

    Antarctica Bound

    February 2009
    UNBC Professor Pat Maher and four students head to Antarctica for a special hands-on course.
  • Dr. Laurie Chan

    Studying First Nations Health

    December 2008
    The federal government announces $11 million in funding for two studies on Aboriginal health, the largest research project in the school’s history up to that point.
  • Encouraging Entrepreneurship

    November 2008
    In an effort to help support local opportunities for economic diversification, UNBC begins offering an Aboriginal and Small Business Leadership Certificate program in Williams Lake, Vanderhoof, and Quesnel.
  • UNBC Named a Research University of the Year

    October 2008
    For only the second time, the University of Northern British Columbia was named one of Canada’s “Research Universities of the Year” in a report published in the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.
  • China research partnership

    The China Connection

    July 2008
    Three UNBC professors were among the first to establish research partnerships with China as part of a British Columbia Innovation Council program.
  • Jago Becomes Interim President

    June 2008
    Former UNBC President Charles Jago is appointed interim president of UNBC until a permanent president was selected by the University’s Board of Governors.
  • Researcher analyzing hair

    $100 Million in Research Funding

    June 2008
    The University reaches a milestone in establishing itself as a small, research-intensive university, by raising over $100 million in research funding to date.
  • President Cozzetto Steps Down

    June 2008
    After nearly two years as the University of Northern British Columbia’s fourth president, Don Cozzetto steps down from the position.
  • Northern Medical Program graduates

    Making Doctors for the North

    May 2008
    Twenty-three students become the first graduates of the Northern Medical Program, an innovative response to the critical shortage of physicians in northern/rural communities in northern BC and across Canada.
  • Timberwolves athletes with their BCCAA trophy

    BCCAA Champions

    March 2008
    The UNBC Timberwolves women are the provincial champions after beating Camosun College 71-54 in front of nearly 2,000 fans at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre on Saturday night.
  • Student centre renovations

    Building a Centre for Students

    February 2008
    Renovations begin on changing the former Fitness Centre into the Northern University Student Centre, a project led by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS).
  • Green day

    First Annual Green Day

    February 2008
  • Best in the West for Three Years Running

    November 2007
    Once again UNBC topped the charts among Western Canadian schools in its category of the Maclean's university rankings.
  • Researchers exploring a glacier

    Research University of the Year

    October 2007
    UNBC is named a National "Research University of the Year", by placing third among 20 small universities in a study for the National Post.
  • Northern Sport Centre

    The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre Opens

    September 2007
  • Legendary Coach Joins Timberwolves

    June 2007
    Ken Shields, one of the highest regarded coaches in Canadian university athletics history, signs on to help coach the UNBC basketball teams.
  • Moose

    UNBC Hosts Moose Conference

    May 2007
    Nearly 100 biologists interested in moose research visit UNBC for a conference focused on the species.
  • Teaching and Learning Centre

    Teaching & Learning Centre Opens

    May 2007
    UNBC celebrates the grand opening of the Teaching and Learning Centre adding new capacity for some of UNBC's most popular programs.
  • Matt Reid

    UNBC Professor Sets Terahertz Record

    May 2007
    UNBC Physics Professor Matt Reid sets a new record for terahertz using an ultrafast laser. The discovery could help the forest industry with imaging technology.
  • Anonymous Donor Allows NMPT to Reach Goal

    May 2007
    The Northern Medical Programs Trust received an anonymous donation worth $2 million which allowed it to hit its $6 million fundraising goal a year early.
  • Canfor donation

    Canfor Donates $500,000 to Northern Sport Centre

    April 2007
    Months before it officially opens its doors, Canfor makes a major contribution to the Northern Sport Centre
  • Bill Morrison

    UNBC Professor Receives Honorary Degree

    April 2007
    Brandon University confers an honorary degree on longtime UNBC professor Bill Morrison.
  • Alex Michalos

    Michalos Named Chancellor

    January 2007
    Former UNBC professor Alex Michalos is elected as the fourth Chancellor of the University in January. He officially begins the position in May, 2007.
  • Best in the West

    November 2006
    For the second year in a row, UNBC ranks best small university in all of western Canada by Maclean's, and places 4th in the magazine’s “primarily undergraduate” category .
  • Don Cozetto

    New President Takes Over

    October 2006
    UNBC gets a new president, Don Cozzetto, who set a goal of embracing change and promoting excellence for his term as head of the university.
  • Understanding the North

    October 2006
    UNBC plays a leading role in one of the biggest research projects ever undertaken in northern Canada.
  • UNBC X2

    July 2006
    The province and Lheidli T’enneh First Nation give 248 hectares of Crown land to the university, nearly doubling the size of the Prince George campus.
  • UNBC engineering team

    All-female Team Excels at National Engineering Competition

    May 2006
    UNBC earns a silver medal during its first-ever performance at an engineering competition that attracted top students in the field.
  • Charles Jago

    Sports Centre Named for Charles Jago

    May 2006
    Outgoing UNBC President Charles Jago is recognized for his work by having his name grace the new sports centre
  • Charles Jago and Governor General Michelle Jean

    President Gets Nation's Top Honour

    February 2006
    "What an incredible experience it has been for my family and me,” says UNBC President Charles Jago, after getting the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
  • Emily Carr agreement with UNBC

    A Fine Arts Degree for Northern BC

    February 2006
    UNBC and the Emily Carr Institute sign an agreement that leads to the development of the first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to be offered in northern BC.
  • New $12-Million Campus for Quesnel

    January 2006
    The new North Cariboo Community Campus officially opens its doors, with space for more than 400 students in a state-of-the-art building.
  • North Cariboo Community Campus

    North Cariboo Community Campus

    January 2006
    New North Cariboo Community Campus officially opens, doubling the amount of space and programs offered in Quesnel by UNBC.
  • Dr. Don Cozzetto

    New President

    December 2005
    Dr. Don Cozzetto is appointed as the new president of UNBC, taking over from Charles J. Jago.
  • UNBC Climbs to Fourth in University Rankings

    November 2005
    UNBC jumped to fourth place in the 2005 edition of the Maclean's university rankings. Among the highlights was a first-place finish in research in social sciences and humanities.
  • Best in the West

    Best in the West

    November 2005
    Maclean's Magazine ranks UNBC as #4 in its Canadian University rankings. It is named "Best in the West" for small universities in western Canada.
  • Charles Jago

    Jago Participates in Cancer Consultation

    November 2005
    UNBC President Charles Jago plays an active role in consultations around ways to improve cancer care in northern BC.
  • Medical Student

    Northern Medical Programs Trust

    October 2005
    Northern Medical Programs Trust is created as a partnership involving UNBC and the communities and citizens of Northern BC to ensure quality physician training in the region.
  • BMO building

    Downtown Campus

    October 2005
    BMO Bank of Montreal handed over the keys of its downtown branch to UNBC. The University uses the facility as a downtown campus in Prince George
  • Nurse Practitioner Program Begins

    September 2005
    The Family Nurse Practitioner programs gets underway, expanding the scope of nursing training offered at UNBC.
  • Charles Jago

    Jago Named to Order of Canada

    August 2005
    UNBC President Charles Jago is named to the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
  • Alcan Donates $500,000 to NMPT

    August 2005
    Alcan donates half a million dollars to the Northern Medical Programs Trust, putting the trust closer to its goal of $6 million in fundraising.
  • Rix Named Chair of UNBC Board

    June 2005
    Dr. Donald Rix takes over the role of chair of UNBC's Board of Directors, while Noreen Rustad becomes the vice-chair.
  • Mary Alice Danaher

    Pedersen, Danaher Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2005
    Educator Mary Alice Danaher and former UNBC Chancellor George Pedersen receive honorary degrees at the 2005 convocation in Prince George.
  • Province Approves MBA Program

    April 2005
    The provincial government gave its stamp of approval to UNBC's new master’s degree in Business Administration.
  • CN Donates $300,000 to NMPT

    April 2005
    CN donated $300,000 to the Northern Medical Programs Trust over five years to help train more physicians for the north.
  • Canfor Hits $1 Million in Donations

    February 2005
    Canfor donated $300,000 to the Northern Medical Programs Trust, bringing the forest company's total contributions to UNBC to $1 million.
  • Dr. Donald Rix

    Dr. Donald Rix Donates $3 Million to UNBC

    January 2005
    Dr. Donald Rix makes the largest donation ever to UNBC. His $3 million contribution is aimed at enhancing health research in the north.
  • Northern Medical Program

    Classes Begin at Northern Medical Program

    January 2005
    Dignitaries from across the province came to celebrate the opening of the Northern Medical Program on the UNBC campus.
  • Teaching Laboratory

    More High-tech Tools at UNBC

    November 2004
    Advanced Education Minister Shirley Bond attended the official opening ceremony for a $6.36 million expansion to the University's Teaching Laboratory.
  • Best Small Research University

    November 2004
    The National Post ranks UNBC as the second best small research University in Canada, and the 20th best overall. This places UNBC ahead of SFU in research activity.
  • John Donaghy

    New Zealand Commissioner Visits

    October 2004
    Canada's High Commissioner to New Zealand visits UNBC and speaks to an International Studies class about Canada's place in the world.
  • Adrienne Clarkson

    Hello Governor

    October 2004
    Governor General Adrienne Clarkson visits the Prince George campus and speaks about Canada’s role as a northern nation.
  • Northern Health Sciences Centre

    Northern Health Sciences Centre

    August 2004
    The Northern Health Sciences Centre puts its finishing touches on construction and sets first classes to begin in January 2005.
  • Honorary Degree Recipients

    10th Anniversary

    August 2004
    UNBC celebrated the tenth anniversary of its opening by hosting a Special Convocation ceremony at the Prince George campus.
  • CFI Research

    High-tech Research Expanded

    March 2004
    A UNBC research centre gets a funding commitment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to expand its capacity.
  • Olympics symposium

    Assessing the Economic Impacts of the 2010 Olympics

    February 2004
    The UNBC economics program and the Northern Economics Student Society hosts a public symposium focusing on the economic impacts of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
  • Marilyn Davies

    Davies Named First NMPT President

    December 2003
    Terrace Coun. Marilyn Davies is named the first president of the Northern Medical Programs Trust as communities across the north come together for local healthcare training.
  • Peter Bentley

    Bentley Named Chancellor

    December 2003
    Lumber executive and UNBC donor Peter Bentley is named the third person to hold the title of UNBC Chancellor.
  • Climbing in Maclean's

    November 2003
    The University climbs to 7th place in the annual Maclean's Magazine University ranking. UNBC is recognized for attracting top quality students who benefit from small class sizes.
  • Dr. David and Moira Snadden

    Tumbler Ridge First to Meet NMPT Target

    August 2003
    Dr. David Snadden and his wife Moira ride from Prince George to Tumbler Ridge to celebrate the community for becoming the first to meet its target for the Northern Medical Program Trust.
  • First Graduation Celebration in Fort St. John

    July 2003
    UNBC holds its first convocation ceremony in Fort St. John to celebrate with students who have completed their coursework in the Peace region.
  • UNBC President Charles Jago and Duke Director of Pipeline Operations Stan Watchhorn

    Major Donation Helps Northern Medical Program

    May 2003
    Duke Energy makes the first major corporate donation in support of the Northern Medical Program hosted at UNBC with a $500,000 contribution.
  • Basketball Teams Hit New Heights

    November 2002
    The UNBC Northern Timberwolves men's and women's basketball teams both receive their highest-ever national rankings.
  • Bentley Centre Officially Opened

    September 2002
    Donors, government officials, and UNBC representatives celebrated the official opening ceremonies for the Bentley Centre and new Teaching Laboratory expansion.
  • International Partnership

    September 2002
    Officials from UNBC and Syktyvkar State University in the Komi Republic of Russia signed an agreement for the continued development of student and faculty linkages between the two institutions.
  • UNBC's Prince George Campus

    The University Act

    July 2002
    UNBC is recognized as a fully functioning university and is now governed by the University Act of British Columbia, the same legislation that governs UBC, SFU, and UVic.
  • UNBC/UBC Partner on Engineering Program

    November 2001
    UNBC's first engineering program comes as a partnership between UNBC and UBC in environmental engineering.
  • Geoffrey

    Library Name to Honour Founding President

    November 2001
    The library at UNBC is renamed to honour the late Founding President Geoffrey Weller, just over a year after his death.
  • British High Commissioner Speaks About Terrorism

    November 2001
    Shortly after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, British High Commissioner to Canada Sir Andrew Burns visited UNBC to give the British perspective on how to combat terrorism.
  • Northern Medical Program Approved

    November 2001
    UNBC's Senate approves the Northern Medical Program, a major step towards being able to educate doctors in the north.
  • Greg Halseth

    Halseth Named Tier 1 Research Chair

    October 2001
    Geography Professor Greg Halseth, an expert on small and rural towns, becomes UNBC's first Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.
  • Student in Ottawa

    National Student Exchanges

    September 2001
    UNBC is accepted into the National Student Exchange, increasing the number of exchange opportunities for students to nearly 190 schools.
  • John Prince Research Forest

    John Prince Research Forest Opens

    August 2001
    UNBC and the Tl'azt'en Nation officially open the John Prince Research Forest, located north of Fort St. James.
  • UNBC Grad Receives Commonwealth Scholarship

    July 2001
    UNBC student Deborah Thien received a Commonwealth scholarship to complete her PhD studies at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Chong, Simons Receive Honorary Degrees

    May 2001
    Author Denise Chong and philanthropist Jennifer Simons receive honorary degrees at convocation ceremonies.
  • Theresa Healy

    Quesnel Students Publish History Book

    May 2001
    Fourth-year history students at the Quesnel campus collaborate to write a book about the history of women in the region. History professor Theresa Healy (picture) supervised the project.
  • Joselito Arocena

    Arocena, Halseth Named Canada Research Chairs

    May 2001
    Joselito Arocena (pictured) and Greg Halseth are named the first two Canada Research Chairs at UNBC.
  • Japanese Consul General Visits UNBC

    March 2001
    Japanese Counsel General Yuichi Kusumoto visits UNBC and meets with students in Japanese language and Japanese studies classes.
  • George Pedersen

    Pedersen Re-elected as Chancellor

    March 2001
    George Pedersen is elected to a second term as Chancellor of UNBC.
  • Mim Hughes

    UNBC Student Receives $100,000 Scholarship

    March 2001
    UNBC Women's Studies student Mim Hughes receives a $100,000 scholarship for doctoral studies in Australia.
  • Premier Dosanjh Visits UNBC

    February 2001
    Premier Ujjal Dosanjh visits UNBC and meets with political science students.
  • New Master’s Program in First Nations Studies

    January 2001
    UNBC expands its course offerings in the Northwest region by introducing a new Master's program in First Nations studies.
  • First Step Towards Teacher Education

    December 2000
    The University of Northern British Columbia Senate approves a new bachelor's degree program in teacher education.
  • James Moore

    UNBC Student Elected to Parliament

    December 2000
    UNBC alumni James Moore is elected a Member of Parliament at the ripe old age of 24.
  • Northern BC Archives Open

    November 2000
    The Northern British Columbia Archives officially opened at UNBC with the goal of preserving Northern B.C. history.
  • Terrace Campus

    Grand Opening of Terrace Campus

    October 2000
    The new Terrace Campus of UNBC officially opens, a 3,000-square-foot space with facilities to deliver 11 courses.
  • Geoffrey Weller

    Losing a Legend

    July 2000
    Dr. Geoffrey R. Weller, UNBC’s founding president, passes away in Prince George after a short illness, at the age of 58.
  • Dr. Charles Jago

    Second Presidential Term for Jago

    December 1999
    Dr. Charles Jago is re-appointed UNBC president for a second term.
  • Sportsplex Plans Released

    December 1999
    UNBC unveils early plans for the Sportsplex, including designs for indoor soccer pitch, fitness facility and basketball court.
  • New Board of Governors Chair Named

    July 1999
    Canfor's Pulp and Paper Group Human Resources Manager Alice Downing takes over as the new Chair of the Board of Governors.
  • Professor Mary-Ellen Kelm

    Professor Wins Major History Award

    June 1999
    History professor Mary-Ellen Kelm won the John A. Macdonald prize for her book on B.C. history from 1900 to 1950.
  •  Iona Campagnolo

    Campagnolo Receives Honorary Degree

    May 1999
    UNBC's Founding Chancellor Iona Campagnolo receives an honorary degree from UNBC at graduation ceremonies.
  • Timberwolves Join BCCAA

    May 1999
    The BCCAA grant the UNBC Timberwolves entry into the league with teams to begin play in the fall of 1999.
  • Governor General Visits UNBC

    May 1999
    Governor General Romeo LeBlanc vists the Prince George campus for a tour and a series of presentations.
  • Cathy McGregor

    Nearly $1 Million for Northern Rockies Research

    April 1999
    Environment, Lands and Parks Minister and future UNBC faculty member Cathy McGregor announces new research funds.
  • Barb Sharp

    Olympian to Coach Nordic Ski Team

    April 1999
    Olympian Tony Fiala, who competed for Canada at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, volunteers to coach the UNBC biathlon team. Barb Sharp (pictured) is one of the athletes under Fiala's guidance.
  • Geoffrey Weller

    Weller Gets Honorary Degree in Finland

    March 1999
    The University of Lapland in Finland confers an honorary degree on UNBC founding president Geoffrey Weller.
  • First nations carving

    Métis Studies Certificate

    January 1999
    The University launches a new certificate program in Métis Studies, developed with the local Prince George Métis community. This is the first certificate of its kind in Canada.
  • Rob van Adrichem and Charles Jago with Maclean's Magazine University Ranking issue

    First Maclean's Magazine Rankings

    November 1998
    UNBC receives their inaugural ranking in Maclean's Magazine, placing 9th out of 21 universities in the primarily undergraduate category.
  • UNBC Joins University of the Arctic

    December 1997
    UNBC's Senate approves plans to help develop the international University of the Arctic.
  • Psychology Doctorate, Master of Science Added

    December 1997
    UNBC builds on graduate programs by launching new PhD program in Psychology and new Master of Science
  • Student Wins Prestigious Reclamation Award

    October 1997
    UNBC student Nina Suutarinen won a prestigious award for research she has been conducting on reclamation practices at the Quintette Coal Mine at Tumbler Ridge.
  • Enrolment Cracks 3,000

    October 1997
    For the first time in UNBC's history, more than 3,000 students are enroled at the university.
  • First PhD Students Begin Studies

    September 1997
    When classes began in the fall of 1997, the first four PhD students began their studies.
  • Dr. Winifred Kessler

    Forest Management Centre Moves to UNBC

    June 1997
    UNBC Forestry Chair Dr. Winifred Kessler announces that UNBC will host the administrative centre for the Network of Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Forest Management.
  • Ray Williston

    McTaggart-Cowan, Williston Receive Honorary Doctorates

    May 1997
    Ray Williston, who helped create the University Reserve Lands, received an honorary doctorate along with Dr Ian McTaggart-Cowan.
  • New Scholarship for Students in Northwest

    May 1997
    Methanex Corporation created a new scholarship for students from the Northwest.
  • Support for Rural and First Nations Students

    April 1997
    New Northern Advancement Program helps students transition to university
  • Mark Shegelski

    Researchers Solve Curling Rock Mystery

    March 1997
    UNBC researchers determine why curling rocks curl the way they do.
  • Nursing Program Launched

    September 1996
    The Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program is offered collaboratively between CNC and UNBC and provides entry to practice in the nursing profession as Registered Nurses.
  • Researchers in the forest

    Research Forest Established

    September 1996
    The John Prince Research Forest was established near Fort St James, providing access to approximately 14,000 hectares of Crown land.
  • NAFTA Stirs Debate

    May 1996
    UNBC hosts a workshop to examine the effects the newly signed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was having on the rural economy.
  • UNBC Timberwolves Logo

    UNBC Mascot Selection

    May 1995
    A mascot contest in the spring of 1995 results in the Timberwolves as UNBC's official mascot.
  • Student reading "Over the Edge"

    Student Newspaper

    October 1994
    Over the Edge, the weekly student newspaper is established.
  • Students register at UNBC for the first time

    First Day of Registration at UNBC

    September 1994
    Student street fills with tables to register future UNBC students for their first day at the new Northern University.
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens UNBC

    Official Opening

    August 1994
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens UNBC with 1500 students.
  • Man wearing Celebrate UNBC t-shirt

    Celebrate UNBC

    July 1994
    A "Celebrate UNBC" t-shirt campaign was organized for Prince George businesses. In only a few months the t-shirt sales reached 12,000 showing the extraordinary support for UNBC from the local community.
  • Celebration of a construction milestone

    Main Structures are Complete

    May 1994
    In mid-May a brief ceremony took place to mark the completion of the main structures of the Cranbrook Hill campus. "I Built UNBC" baseball caps were given out to members of the workforce.
  • Group of UNBC's first graduates

    First Graduates

    May 1994
    Six students from the "QuickStart" Program graduate from UNBC.
  • UNBC Coat of Arms

    'En Cha Hunà

    May 1994
    UNBC's Motto and Coat of Arms are established.
  • Ron Sebastian with the Ceremonial Chairs

    Ceremonial Chairs

    March 1994
    Carver Ron Sebastian presents the Ceremonial Chancellor's and President's Chairs to the University.
  • Creation of Senate

    January 1993
    By the fall of 1993, faculty, officers and students are in place, and the creation of a Senate body is now under way.
  • Amanda Bullock

    First UNBC Student

    September 1992
    Amanda Bullock gains a place in University history by becoming UNBC's first student.
  • Construction of the Prince George campus

    Constructions Begins

    May 1992
    Construction begins on the University's Prince George campus.
  • Iona Campagnolo

    The First Chancellor

    March 1992
    The University's first Chancellor, Iona Campagnolo.
  • Model of the UNBC Campus

    Model Campus

    February 1992
    The model of the Prince George campus is unveiled.
  • Bruce Strachan and company

    The Government accepts the IPG recommendations.

    January 1990
    On January 9, Minister Bruce Strachan makes a formal statement that the government has accepted the IPG recommendations: that a university is to be established in the north with a main campus in Prince George.
  • Bruce Strachan Appointed as the Minister of Advanced Education

    November 1989
    On November 1st, the Government announces that Bruce Strachan, a clear advocate of the North, is appointed as the Minister of Advanced Education.
  • The Origins

    January 1987
    The first meeting to discuss the idea of a northern university was held.