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


Santa Ono

Santa Ono

UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor

15th President and Vice-Chancellor at UBC. An accomplished researcher who is blazing a trail through social media. A cellist who can play both Bach and Purple Rain. Born in Vancouver and the son of a former UBC professor. Has come home to lead UBC as it embarks on its next 100 years.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2016

Aaron Bailey

Aaron Bailey

Student, Integrated Science, Faculty of Science

Student, politician and problem solver in-training. 106th President of the AMS. Strong advocate against the War on Fun.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2016

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