Remembering Phil Lind



It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Phil Lind, a visionary leader, dedicated philanthropist, and the founder of the Phil Lind Initiative at the University of British Columbia. Since 2015, UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) has hosted this annual speaker series made possible by Phil’s generous gift.


“Phil’s commitment to encouraging meaningful conversations on topics of global significance and exploring diverse perspectives has left an enduring mark on the academic community here at UBC and beyond,” said Allison Macfarlane, director of SPPGA. “His intellectual curiosity, his dedication to the student community, and his boundless generosity were a constant source of inspiration.”


The Phil Lind Initiative team joins UBC Interim Vice-President Deborah Buszard in offering our deepest condolences to the Lind family.
Click here to read the President’s message. 



Tributes continue to pour in as those who were impacted by Phil Lind’s work reflect on his legacy. Here are just a few from those in the SPPGA community:


“Phil was a joy to work with. He knew the importance of understanding the United States in all its complexity, and he helped create an extraordinary program of speakers and courses that enriched the lives of everyone in our community.” – Max Cameron (The Phil Lind Initiative Advisory Board Member & UBC Poli Sci/SPPGA Professor)


“Phil’s boundless intellectual curiosity was the driving force in the Lind Initiative.” – Paul Quirk (The Phil Lind Initiative Advisory Board Member & UBC Poli Sci Professor)


“It was such a privilege to get to work with Phil and be part of the Lind Initiative. I truly admired both his unwavering commitment to students, as well as his commitment to fostering the vitally important but oftentimes difficult conversations about political life in the United States.” – Gregor Sharp (Academic Director for The Phil Lind Initiative)


We’ll miss you, Phil.