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.

Eric Ma

Student, BASc Civil Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Passionate about helping people and our transportation system. Teaching assistant and president of CITE student chapter. Loves the beautiful Okanagan scenery and sense of community.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2019


Zining Wang

Zining Wang

UBC Alumna (2018), Faculty of Arts, Double Major Economics and Asian Area Studies

Born Chinese, international student, community connector, dialogue facilitator, Asia-Pacific enthusiast, and a life-long learner. The world is a big place, let your curiosity guide you!

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Danika Coulbourn

Danika Coulbourn

Student, BSc Natural Resources Conservation, Faculty of Forestry

Director at The Calendar and Student Ambassador. Passionate about building community through events and traditions. Catch me on campus leading the UBC Polar Bear Swim or Homecoming Trek!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019

Fok-Shuen Leung

Fok-Shuen Leung

Department of Mathematics, Academic Director, UBC First Year Experience

Mathematician and mentor. Students deserve real mathematics, with all of its difficulty and flinty grace.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019


Isabelle (Izzie) Fortuna

Isabelle (Izzie) Fortuna

Student, BSc Behavioural Neuroscience, Minor in Health and Society, Faculty of Science

Grateful for opportunities to engage with the community through campus tours, research & Filipino youth mentorship. Excited to study public health and education. Always in the mood for food!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019

Sepideh Pakpour

Sepideh Pakpour

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Adventurous. Yoga lover. Always looking for new inspiration and challenges. Dreaming of implementing change in human microbiome-based diagnostics and therapeutics.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019

Michael Daniels

Michael Daniels

Assistant Professor, Sauder School of Business, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Work psychologist focused on understanding how to make people happier and more productive at work. Lover of travel, nature, and good coffee. Hot sauce enthusiast.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2019


Maia Brundage

Maia Brundage

Student, Sauder School of Business, Operations and Logistics

Athlete-student, swimmer, book-lover, and food enthusiast on a quest to Tuum Est!

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2019

Avril Paice

Avril Paice

UBCO Alumna, MSW 2017, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Non-profit organizations are my passion. I feel fortunate to help build, deliver and evaluate the services that make Okanagan Valley communities great places for everyone to live.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019

M.V. Ramana

M.V. Ramana

Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

I obsess about nuclear things: nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, nuclear accidents, nuclear waste… I also love South Indian classical music, a good cappuccino and cooking.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019