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


Juliana Fridman

Juliana Fridman

Director of Interactive Marketing - Communications, Development and Alumni Engagement

A digital strategist and proud geek. Wearable technology enthusiast. Lives by the Holstee Manifesto, an adventurer by nature. Passionate about using the digital space to build connections and communities across the world to support sustainable and meaningful change.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015

Julie Robillard

Julie Robillard

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Neurology), Faculty of Medicine. National Core for Neuroethics and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Assistant professor of neurology. Neuroscientist and neuroethicist. Advocates for fact over fiction when it comes to brain health. Passionate about science outreach. Avid mountain biker and sailor.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015

Matt Brassil

Matt Brassil

PhD Student, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Mathematician focusing on algebraic geometry. Pianist, coffee enthusiast.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015


Zuwena Haji Machano

Zuwena Haji Machano

Student, Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Health and Exercise Sciences

Alum from SOS-HGIC in Ghana, developed unique academic programs that relied on the impact of emerging knowledge and services. Active in clubs and organizing events, including the Rejoice fashion show.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015

Alden E. Habacon

Alden E. Habacon

Director, Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development, Equity and Inclusion Office

Dad of 2 boys. Diversity+inclusion strategist. Director, Intercultural Understanding #UBC. Innovation/media junkie. Publisher, SchemaMag.ca

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2015

Anne Fleming

Anne Fleming

Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Department of Creative Studies, Creative Writing Program

Novelist, short story writer, Creative Writing prof. Fired up by students’ creativity. Reading connects us across time, space, and difference. Ukulele buff, paddler, lesbian dad.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2015


Ashley Dudill

Ashley Dudill

PhD Student, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts

PhD student, passionate about understanding rivers and global water issues. Loves travelling, photography, field hockey and exploring Vancouver.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2015

Gordon Katic

Gordon Katic

Student, Graduate School of Journalism

Creator and co-host of the Terry Project on CiTR, a radio newsmagzine about how big academic ideas affect ordinary people. Tardy journalism student.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2015

Sunaina Assanand

Sunaina Assanand

Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Psychology Prof and Associate Dean. Committed to student empowerment and social change. Cooking enthusiast. Loves tea, chocolate, and classic rock. Adoring mother, wife, and daughter.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2015