When ChatGPT appeared in November 2022, it challenged higher education institutions to reimagine teaching and learning to incorporate the benefits of using GenAI tools while considering the risks. In this session, Jennifer Burns, CIO and AVP of UBC, will take us through the journey of how UBC is approaching Generative AI (GenAI). Topics discussed will include:  

  • Governance of GenAI in higher education 
  • The importance of taking a cross-functional approach 
  • The benefits GenAI can provide across teaching, learning, research, and administration 
  • Risks and considerations of GenAI and mitigation strategies  

While offering potential, responsible use of any technology must remain at the forefront for higher education institutions to achieve balance between AI and human interaction.


Summit Speaker

Jennifer Burns

Associate Vice-President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of British Columbia

Jennifer Burns serves as the Associate Vice President Information Technology & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). With a background in business and IT leadership, Jennifer has been spearheading modernization efforts for UBC's technology landscape. Currently, Jennifer is co-chairing the Generative AI Steering Committee aimed at understanding and providing recommendations on the impacts and use of generative AI among other AI tools within higher education and UBC.

During Jennifer’s tenure as CIO, her focus has been on orchestrating the transformation of UBC's technology infrastructure, protecting UBC’s data and information systems, and supporting IT teams in their efforts to embrace a progressive technological outlook through the adoption of cloud solutions and automation. Jennifer remains focused on delivering programs, products and services that enhance teaching, learning, research and student experiences, while building a strong, robust and collaborative culture of continuous improvement and inclusion.

Summit Speaker

Dr. Christina Hendricks

Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning, Pro Tem, University of British Columbia

Dr. Christina Hendricks is currently the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning, pro tem, in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Philosophy at UBC Vancouver where she has taught since joining UBC in 2004. Dr. Hendricks has also taught in the Arts One program within the Faculty of Arts for many years and served as the Chair of the program for four years. She was recently reappointed for a second term as the Academic Director for the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology following her pro tem term as Vice-Provost and AVP, Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Hendricks was a member of a working group that created a digital literacy framework as part of the Digital Learning Strategy from the BC Ministry of Post-secondary Education and Future Skills and is currently serving on an Initial Steering Committee for BCcampus. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Legal Information Institute, an organization dedicated to providing free and open access to Canadian law and legal commentary.

Summit Speaker

Dr. Bhushan Gopaluni

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning, University of British Columbia

Bhushan is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and a Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was previously an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Applied Science and an Associate Head in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. He is also an associate faculty in the Institute of Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, Pulp and Paper Center and the Clean Energy Research Center. Bhushan was the Elizabeth and Leslie Gould Teaching Professor from 2014 to 2017; and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Process Control and was previously an associate editor for The Journal of Franklin Institute and Results in Control and Optimization. He has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Uppsala University.

Bhushan received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 2003 and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, in 1997, both in the field of chemical engineering. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as an engineering consultant at Matrikon Inc. (now Honeywell Process Solutions), during which he designed and commissioned multivariable controllers in British Columbia’s forest bio-products industry and implemented numerous controller performance monitoring projects in the Oil & Gas and other chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Bhushan is a recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize and the Dean’s Service Medal from UBC, the D. G. Fisher Award in Process Control from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers, and the Drishti Award for Science and Technology from the Drishti Media Group.

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Technology Track

Session Format
Interactive Speaker Presentation (45 minutes)