John Hepburn


  • Vice-President, Research


PhD (Chemistry), University of Toronto


John joined CIFAR as Vice-President, Research in 2016.

He is a highly respected researcher and accomplished university leader. He was influential in building the capacity of UBC’s research portfolio and creating new institutional partnerships in China and around the world. His previous positions at UBC include Vice-President, Research and International, Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Head of Chemistry. He is also a former Canada Council Killam Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

John has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate Chemistry degree at the University of Waterloo. He was a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Waterloo between 1991 and 2001.

John has received a number of honours and awards, including the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada, elected fellowships in the American Physical Society and the Chemical Institute of Canada, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He has supervised more than two dozen graduate theses and authored more than a hundred peer-reviewed publications.