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.

Kiran Alwani

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Global affairs enthusiast. Researcher, data analyst, and communicator. Passionate about public policy and international development — poverty alleviation, economic upliftment, and fair trade. Loves coffee and chocolate.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2017


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

George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Associate Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Born and raised in Vancouver, UBC alumnus. Founded the award-winning Bachelor of Global Resource Systems undergraduate program. Loves being outdoors, from moving irrigation pipes in the Okanagan Valley to trekking in the Nepal Himalaya.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018


Patrick Lewis Wilkie

Patrick Lewis Wilkie

Zero Waste Researcher, Campus & Community Planning, Sustainability and Engineering

Founder of circular economy hub Melt Collective, and plastic-recycling Engineering Design Team UBC WasteNauts. Electrical Engineering graduate. Loves boarding: surf, snow, skate and key.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Beau Wuthrich

Beau Wuthrich

Event Assistant, UBC Robson Square

Proudly representing UBC, downtown at Robson Square. First point of contact for clients and visitors. UBC Arts alumnus, cycling aficionado, gardener. Interested in gadgetry, divergent philosophy… And getting to know you.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Marie-Claude Fortin

Marie-Claude Fortin

Shared Infrastructure Manager, VP Research & Innovation Office and Lecturer, Land and Food Systems

Dedicated to advancing core research facilities to provide high-end instrumentation and expertise to campus. Also passionate about teaching land management, agriculture and food security as components of a system with many interconnections. Specializes in online teaching with a community engagement component… sounds contradictory but it works really well!

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018


Susan Danard

Susan Danard

Managing Director, Public Affairs

A former TV/print journalist who loves telling stories and wrestling news issues for UBC. Passions include travelling, running marathons and being outdoors — preferably all 3 at the same time.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Amori Mikami

Amori Mikami

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts

Researches how children and adolescents make friends — from kids having playdates, teens collaborating on a class assignment, to UBC students exchanging Facebook posts. Feels blessed to live in Vancouver amidst beaches and bubble tea!

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017

Jannik Eikenaar

Jannik Eikenaar

Sessional Lecturer, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

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

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017