Moura Quayle

CIRDI board chair, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues; professor, strategic design, UBC

Moura Quayle’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her current focus is the Sauder d.studio at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a research and teaching studio that helps students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools to co‐create innovative solutions to complex problems.

Ms. Quayle has brought her education and professional background in urban design and landscape architecture to bear on a variety of leadership positions. Her experience includes serving as deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the British Columbia (BC) Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States. In addition, she guided the transformation of a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at UBC, first as dean to update UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and then as associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has served on the board of Genome British Columbia and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Ms. Quayle’s community work has included developing and serving as chair of a City of Vancouver Urban Landscape Task Force, as well as her current service on the board of the Vancouver Economic Commission and as a representative to Leading Cities, a research partnership among global cities and their post-secondary institutions. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA, a Distinguished Alumna by University of California, Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Guelph.

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