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


Kristin Webster

Kristin Webster

Senior Early Childhood Educator, UBC Childcare Services

I believe that through teaching social justice and empathy, children can be the change we aspire to be. I value childcare as capable humans and leaders.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017

Lucas Worsdell

Lucas Worsdell

Student, Geography — Environment & Sustainability, Faculty of Arts

Surf Club Sustainability Coordinator, Geography Students Association Vice-President and activist, I believe in the importance of integrating agroecology into regenerative communities through grassroots engagement with Deep Ecology and Permaculture.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn

Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts

Happiness researcher. New York Times contributor and co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.” Mountain biker, skier, and surfer. Got attacked by a shark while surfing. Still surfing.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017


Scott Hinch

Scott Hinch

Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences Department, Forestry Faculty

Award winning researcher and teacher. Passionate about high tech gadgetry to study fish migrations, conducting ‘big science’, passing on knowledge, mentoring and helping others succeed, and hockey. Spends a lot of time herding cats.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017

Brittany Crooks

Brittany Crooks

Student, Mathematics and Physics Major, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Bagpiper, student, aspiring professor. A proud member of the UBC Alumni.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017

Chris Freek

Chris Freek

Senior Manager, VP Finance Communications, External Relations

Passionate about bringing people together: sometimes as a communicator, sometimes as a mediator, sometimes by rocking early 70’s Ludwig Vistalites… or the ukulele.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017


Bimal Lakhani

Bimal Lakhani

Brain Behaviour Lab post-doc, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Brain Behaviour Lab post-doc, neurorehabilitation enthusiast, sports junkie, food lover. Passionate about exploring how the human brain changes with practice and applying that understanding to improving the quality of life of stroke survivors.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017

Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker

Manager, Nutrition & Wellbeing, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Upbeet. Driven. Health promoter. Wellbeing advocate. Okanagan Charter supporter. Registered dietician. Popcorn enthusiast. Outdoor adventure seeker. Identical twin. Country music fan. Cariboo-raised. Proud UBC LFS alumna.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017

Michael Treschow

Michael Treschow

Associate Professor, Critical Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Elected Faculty Member, UBC Board of Governors

Old English scholar, Latinist, dabbler in Greek and Hebrew. A peripatetic by temperament, meandering through old words and stories, and wondering how they help us find our way.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017