People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Andrew Szeri

UBC Provost and Vice-President Academic

Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBC. Experienced senior academic administrator and research, teaching and mentoring award-winning engineering professor. Avid hiker, voracious reader and ukulele aficionado. Ready to lead the charge in furthering an exceptional environment for teaching and learning, research and engagement at UBC.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2017


Andrea Globa

Andrea Globa

UBC alumna, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine

I studied how changes in synaptic proteins affect behaviour. Now I help UBC professors and students access research funding through my work with Mitacs.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

David Speight

David Speight

Executive Chef & Culinary Director, UBC Food Services

Passionate chef creating a sustainable and healthy campus food scene. Supporter of local food and huge fan of our very own UBC Farm. Vancouver Food Policy Council. Bike commuter. Proud Papa.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Katila Whiteman

Katila Whiteman

Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Major, Art History Minor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Consistently inspired and driven by nature to continue participating in the cycle of creation, explores physical spaces for hints to metaphysical truth and understanding.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018


Mike Marin

Mike Marin

Instructor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

Passionate developer of web-based teaching & learning material. Loves teaching, probability, and games of chance. Ex-blackjack & poker dealer. Fantasy football champion. Husband and father.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Shagufta Pasta

Shagufta Pasta

Educator, Career & Experiential Learning, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Storyteller. Social planner. Builder of community. Energized by stories, faith and cities. Committed to helping students navigate the new world of work. Lover of chocolate and cardamom tea.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Simone Castellarin

Simone Castellarin

Assistant Professor, Wine Research Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Canada Research Chair in Viticulture and Plant Genomics

Likes plants, agriculture, and wine. Studies how the climate affects grape ripening and works on developing new practices to increase grape and wine quality.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018


Camille Pahl

Camille Pahl

Student, Human Geography Major, Sociology Minor, Faculty of Arts

Senior Student Ambassador. Fascinated by where geography and sociology meet. Passionate about sustainable urban design. Lover of maps, meeting new people, and exploring the world.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Shauna Oddleifson

Shauna Oddleifson

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

UBC staff and BFA alumna. Visual artist, world traveler, horror aficionado. She is a feisty, fast talker and an enthusiastic hard worker, with an insatiable curiosity.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Farhan Hussain

Farhan Hussain

Student, B.A. Economics, Faculty of Arts

Economics student with a passion for visual storytelling. Big believer in global citizenship and making small impacts in a big world. When I’m not dreaming, you can find me filming.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018