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.

Kristin Webster

Senior Early Childhood Educator, UBC Childcare Services

I believe that through teaching social justice and empathy, children can be the change we aspire to be. I value childcare as capable humans and leaders.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017


Sean Smukler

Sean Smukler

Assistant Professor, Applied Biology, Land and Food Systems

Agroecologist working with farmers to help them better manage their lands. I thrive on being outside, getting my hands dirty, working with plants, soil and students.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2018

Guy Noah

Guy Noah

Student, English Literature, Honours, Faculty of Arts

Student. Dreamer. Laughing too much at too little. Being bad at video games but playing them anyway (for the story). Believer in the eternal generative potential of childlike wonder.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2018

Taylor Siemens

Taylor Siemens

Student, B.A. Computer Science, Minor in Visual Arts, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Computer Science and Visual Arts student. Lives and breathes digital media whether it be film, game/app development or marketing. Travel enthusiast. Gamer. Artist.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2018


Katra Farah

Katra Farah

Web Marketing Strategist, International Student Initiative

An Ontario native trying to enjoy the Pacific Northwest, I’m always asking ‘and where’s that?’ Sums me up, as I’m also asking questions with both inside and outside voice.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2018

Susan Porter

Susan Porter

Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Passionate about nurturing the next generation of scholars. Also about DNA, Bach, the forest, and family. Have a dream job working with amazing people and helping to shape the future.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2018

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