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


Deanna Cheng

Deanna Cheng

Student, B.A. International Relations Major, English Literature Minor, Faculty of Arts

Always moving. Passionate about world change and 20th century poetry. Arts non-profit fundraiser, theater reviewer, and ceramic collector. Fan of late night eats and early morning sleeps.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2017

John-Tyler Binfet

John-Tyler Binfet

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Binfet is a former teacher and school counsellor and carries forward his interest in helping others in the work he does at UBC Okanagan. He is the Director of the Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.) program that brings forty-five therapy dogs to campus, including his dog, Frances, a rescue from Los Angeles who helped start the B.A.R.K. program.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2017

Kari Marken

Kari Marken

Educational Designer, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Teacher. Creative design-thinker. Doctoral student. Theatre director. Bike Commuter. Fuelled by laughter, coffee, and playing with the large-scale possibilities for higher education.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2017


Lianne Lardizabal

Lianne Lardizabal

Student, Computer Science and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Interested in developing solutions to challenging problems in artificial intelligence, systems, and computation. Member of UBC’s Department of Computer Science for research, Focus on Women in CS, and REC elite women’s volleyball. Hobbies include painting, competitive muay thai, and weightlifting.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2017

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Student, Visual Arts Major in Bachelor Fine Arts program, UBC Okanagan

Artist and visual creator, passionate about communicating big ideas and concepts through visual interpretations. Nap enthusiast, dog lover, and sustainability advocate.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2017

Karan D’Souza

Karan D’Souza

Student, Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine

Future physician eager to leverage technology to lead + advocate for collaborative solutions to challenges in health care delivery + medical education

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2017


Miranda Huron

Miranda Huron

Program Manager, Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education, Sauder School of Business

Algonquin woman who runs an Aboriginal scholarship/mentorship program. PhD student who sits on senate. Spare time? I ride my bike — so far across Canada, Russia, and Africa.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2017

Nikkita Nair

Nikkita Nair

Student, B.A. International Relations Major, Commerce Minor, Faculty of Arts

Singaporean but a global citizen at heart. Global affairs enthusiast, avid traveller who loves immersing myself in new cultures. Looking for ways to make the world a better place through tech, travel and language!

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2017

Tim Silk

Tim Silk

Assistant Professor, Marketing & Behavioural Science Division, Sauder School of Business

Uses consumer behavior to help inform public policy and works with industry mentors to better connect students with industry. Loves teaching and finds human behavior fascinating. Avid skier, hiker, and former racing driver.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2017