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


Veronica Knott

Veronica Knott

Student, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Mining Engineering Student, Former EUS President and Passionate Student Leader. An eternal problem solver whether at the University, in the Engineering Undergraduate Society or in the mining industry.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2017

Erin Kotz

Erin Kotz

Student, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Law student, American expat, feminist and friend. My passionate and intelligent colleagues along with the short drive to Whistler are what motivate me. Always in pursuit of good laughs, new adventures, and breakfast foods.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2017

Kass Hakkaart

Kass Hakkaart

Student, Major in Visual Arts, Minor in Sociology, Faculty of Fine Arts, UBC Okanagan

Visual Art Major, photographer, world traveler, animal and nature lover. The one thing I’ve learned about life is that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2017


Michael Cheung

Michael Cheung

Residence Life Manager, Ponderosa Commons and Tallwood House, Student Housing and Hospitality Services

Student Affairs Professional & shopaholic. I love everything about Residence Life; from student development and support to programming. Community builder, badminton player & country music listener.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2017

Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing Program, Faculty of Arts

Poet. Fiction writer. A Canadian writer to watch, according to CBC. Formally inventive. Writes about you — the pronoun, at least. Most likely likes you.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2017

Cole Burton

Cole Burton

Assistant Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry

Scientist working to support coexistence between people and wildlife on a crowded planet. Inspired by nature and fascinated by diversity. Love exploring, reading, and family. Also a bit of a stats nerd.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2017


Declan Kelly

Declan Kelly

Student, Conservation, Faculty of Forestry

Natural Resource Conservation major, integral wreck league athlete, outdoor enthusiast just like any other forestry student.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2017

Leah Sanford

Leah Sanford

Manager, International Programs & Services and Language & Writing Services, AVP Students — International Programs & Services — UBC Okanagan

Manager, International Programs and Services. Contributing to an intercultural, social justice-driven globally engaged campus community (and having some fun while doing it!)

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2017

Zameena Dadani

Zameena Dadani

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts

Born Kenyan. Self-declared foodie. Exploring life through caffeine, compassion, and curiosity. Passionate to meet new people and discover new places. Driven by empowering women and learning innovative strategies to encourage engagement through policy and marketing.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2017