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.

Ashwika Alexander

Student, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts

Campus Ambassador, Trek volunteer and avid coin collector. Known for my laugh and also for my sense of adventure. You can find me hiking the Westcoast, at a concert downtown or exploring UBC.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018


Jae Yung Kwon

Jae Yung Kwon

Student, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science

PhD student in patient-centred outcome research with a focus on the frail elderly. Vision to advance the practice of healthcare in a changing world. Advice I give to myself: Learn something new everyday!

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2016

Kate Ross

Kate Ross

Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

AVP, Enrolment Services & University Registrar, Keeper of the Record, #UBCSASI, access to education advocate, first generation university graduate, lover of the beautiful game and the pairing of food and wine.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2016

Margo Tamez

Margo Tamez

Assistant Professor, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, CCGS, UBC Okanagan

Nde’ (Lipan Apache) faculty; Passionate about re-emergent re-search of Nde’ knowing, being, belonging, & doing by Nde’ peoples leading the way.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2016


Martin Dee

Martin Dee

University Photographer from 1986 to 2016

Photographer extraordinaire capturing images and portraits of what has made UBC special for the past 29 years. Most memorable moment was meeting and photographing the Dalai Lama.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2016

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Astrophysicist and educator, searching for alien worlds (including possible homes of aliens) and helping science overtake science fiction.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2016

Margaret Leathley

Margaret Leathley

Pension Administrator, Human Resources, Pension Administration Office

UBC Staff Pension Plan advocating member’s education, facilitating seminars and retirement planning. Love sewing, travelling, and passionate about animal rescue.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2016


Sydney Ren

Sydney Ren

Student, Transportation & Logistics and Business Technology Management, Sauder School of Business

Vancouver born, California/Bay Area raised, UBC Sauder educated. Honest, smiley goofball who likes improving processes, connecting communities, and eating corn.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2016

Kevin Low

Kevin Low

Student, Biochemistry (Medical), Faculty of Science

Student, Treasurer for Biochemistry Course Union and UBCO Peer Mentor. Starter for UBCO Rugby team for two years. Love helping others and generating happiness!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016

Brett Finlay

Brett Finlay

Peter Wall Distinguished Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories, Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I study microbes, including the nasty ones that cause diseases such as diarrhea, as well as all the beneficial ones that help keep us healthy. Passionate about microbes and playing jazz sax. Bugs ’R Us!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016