President & Vice Chancellor
About the President
Dr. George Iwama has an extensive background in higher education. He received his PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia specializing in fish physiology. After postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas and Dalhousie University, he returned to UBC, where he was subsequently tenured and granted full professorship.
Dr. Iwama has a wealth of experience in Canadian academic administration, including terms as Dean of Science and Vice President Academic at Acadia University, Dean of Science at Carleton University, and President of the University of Northern British Columbia. During his time as President, he strengthened the university’s relationship within the University of the Arctic consortium and hosted the Undergraduate Regional Office for North America. In addition, he spearheaded campus sustainability efforts at UNBC, sharing the 2010 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education award with Harvard University.
George was an early pioneer of the Block Plan in Canada, and consulted with David Strangway about his introduction of the plan in biology at Acadia in the early days of planning that led to the birth of Quest.
Recently he served as Executive Vice President of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. Most recently he has served UBC in several capacities including Special Advisor to the Vice President Research and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Fisheries, Assistant Director of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and as the Vice Dean for Aquaculture and Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. He has served as the Quest Chancellor since May 2017, and will now take Quest into its second decade as President and Vice Chancellor.