Appointed for a term ending December 31, 2022.
Gwendolyn (“Wendy”) Yip trained in immunology at McGill University and law at Boston University, and spent a decade practising patent, civil rights, and other areas of law. She currently uses her problem-solving and connecting skills to promote education, good will, and intercultural understanding in Vancouver, whether at Knowledge Network or in other settings.
As President of the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre / Museum of Migration Society (PCHC-MoM)—a non-profit dedicated to building a more inclusive narrative of Canada—Wendy facilitates collaborative relationships among diverse communities and education partners, to share knowledge across generations and to reveal the migration stories of all those living in Pacific Canada, especially marginalized and racialized communities. She is also on the Advisory Board of the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre, a project of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.
As University Ambassador for the University of British Columbia, Wendy supports and publicizes the endeavours of UBC people and helps to address unmet needs as she is able, to foster a stronger community. She engages substantively with the Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies program, the Museum of Anthropology, the Transcending Boundaries Initiative (which promotes wellness and brain health through the holistic integration of the arts, humanities, sciences, and health disciplines), the UBC Faculty Women’s Club, UBC Opera, the Belkin Gallery, and St John’s and Green Colleges for graduate students. She supports the performing and visual arts at UBC and beyond.
Wendy served as First Lady of the University of Cincinnati (2012-16) and volunteered extensively in that city, including bringing together assorted Asian American organizations to combat racism and bullying. From 2012 to the present, she volunteered at and serves on the board of Seven Hills Neighborhood House in a low-income, predominantly African American neighbourhood of Cincinnati.
Wendy worked on issues of affirmative action and anti-Asian racism as the Legal Fellow (1995-97) at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, a predecessor to Advancing Justice-AAJC, in Washington, DC. Between 1991 – 2001, she practised patent and health law at law firms in Boston, MA and Alexandria, VA. She also taught patent law as a Visiting Fellow at the London School for Economics (2001-03).
When not working for a salary, Wendy has volunteered in the cities where her family has lived. She is married to Santa J. Ono, 15th President of UBC, with whom she is raising two daughters to be independent, resilient and compassionate.