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.

Jannik Eikenaar

Sessional Lecturer, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Lecturer, English and Communication, fostering critical thinking and engagement.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017


Dominique Bautista

Dominique Bautista

Student, English Literature, Minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migrations

Always curious. Globally minded, locally grounded. UBC community engagement nerd, cultural hybrid, and tea junky. Searching for sunshine in a city that always rains.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2015

Ryan Hirakida

Ryan Hirakida

Student, Integrated Engineering, Specialization in Transportation Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Loves podcasts, bicycle touring, and beach runs with the UBC Tri Club. Fascinated by cities. DFTBA: Don’t forget to be awesome!

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2015

Margo Yacheshyn

Margo Yacheshyn

Designer, University Relations, UBC Okanagan

Graphic designer, artist, mother, lover of beautiful things. Interests include music, art, photography, writing, and wine.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2015


Samantha So

Samantha So

Student, Biology, Faculty of Science

AMS Rep. Forest explorer, chronic doodler and painter, poetry enthusiast. Collector of tacky patterned shirts. Student for students. I live to learn, teach, and help others love learning.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2015

Olusegun Oyedele

Olusegun Oyedele

Anatomy Instructor, Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine

Medical educator, anatomist, doctor. Always amazed at the wonders of the human body. To digest and decant these secrets with eager young minds is pure joy!

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2015

Aysia Lowell-Guy

Aysia Lowell-Guy

Master's Student, Architecture, Faculty of Applied Science

Along with the expansive travels I’ve been fortunate enough to experience and the special people I have encountered along the way, UBC’s MArch program is among my favourite adventures.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2015


Blake Nill

Blake Nill

Head Coach, UBC Thunderbird Football

Football Coach, strong believer in the power of varsity sport. Together with the university, and the vision of our 13th Man Foundation I am looking forward to bringing football success back to the Point Grey Campus.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2015

Avril Espinosa-Malpica

Avril Espinosa-Malpica

Student, Combined Major in Economics and Political Science, Minor in French, Faculty of Arts

Student interested in global issues and interconnectedness. Loves languages, photography, volleyball and tea. Aim to have a positive impact in our world!

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Structural geologist, mountain geek, elucidator of Earth’s physical spaces.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015