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


Aki Ezure

Aki Ezure

Student, B.A. Linguistics Major, Commerce Minor, Faculty of Arts

Linguistics student, Student Ambassador, researcher, and kitchen-dweller. Dark chocolate, good sleep, language, and theatre are the key ingredients to my wonderful UBC life.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2018

Bryce Traister

Bryce Traister

Dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Joined UBC as Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies in August 2017, by way of Western University. Books and art! What could be better? Perhaps a season’s pass at Big White? Still a lot to discover.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2018

Shawna Narayan

Shawna Narayan

Student, Physics, Faculty of Science, and Research Assistant, Work Learn Program, Digital Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Mental health advocate & community health researcher. Founder of Empower The Future. SUS Physics representative. Committed to helping others. Loves Earl Grey tea, volleyball, & Netflix.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018


Shannon Kolind

Shannon Kolind

Assistant Professor, Neurology, Faculty of Medicine

I have always loved numbers and imaging but had no idea what to do with that passion until I discovered MRI. Now I am a physicist co-existing in harmony with clinicians.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018

Parsa Rajabi

Parsa Rajabi

Student, Computer Science, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Full-time computer nerd, part-time meal prepper, Research & Teaching Assistant, First Responder and Library’s tech support. Passionate about making a difference on campus & in the community

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018

Peter Meiszner

Peter Meiszner

Digital Editor and Social Media Strategist, UBC Media Relations

Lives and breathes social media. Loves to travel and has the collection of photos to prove it. Sometimes seen on two wheels, especially when the sun is shining.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018


Michael Shakespeare

Michael Shakespeare

Executive Director, Finance & Operations, Faculty of Medicine

Provides critical strategic, financial and organizational support to the Faculty of Medicine. Gives back to his community through his role as Director of the UNA, or chasing after his two boys.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018

Ashwika Alexander

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

Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes

Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes

Associate Professor, Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

Researcher in public health and substance use, testing controversial treatments for long-term opioid dependency, hoping one day drug policies will be evidence based.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018