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


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

Kevin Low

Kevin Low

Student, Biochemistry (Medical), Faculty of Science

Student, Treasurer for Biochemistry Course Union and UBC-O Peer Mentor. Starter for UBC-O Rugby team for two years. Love helping others and generating happiness!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016


Brett Finlay

Brett Finlay

Peter Wall Distinguished Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories, Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I study microbes, including the nasty ones that cause diseases such as diarrhea, as well as all the beneficial ones that help keep us healthy. Passionate about microbes and playing jazz sax. Bugs ’R Us!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016

Jeneen Frei Njootli

Jeneen Frei Njootli

Student, Master of Fine Arts

Gwich'in artist working in performance and sound. Pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree as an uninvited but grateful guest on unceded Musqueam territory at UBC.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016

Louise Soga

Louise Soga

Graduate Program Assistant, Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Aim to turn daunting administrative tasks into a compassionate exchange between people and allow students to leave my office feeling lighter and more human.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2016