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


Ralph Tsang

Ralph Tsang

Student, B.A., Major in International Relations, Minor in Political Science

Go Global Ambassador, Co-op student and occasional exerciser. Big believer in building connections through work and play. Shoe addict, avid traveller and an advocate for all forms of diplomacy.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2017

Suzie Lavallee

Suzie Lavallee

Senior Instructor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry

Traveler, backpacker, cyclist, skier, mom, and sailor with a passion for conservation. Bringing the classroom to the great outdoors across the globe. Finding new ways to inspire learning.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2017

Tiffany Mintah

Tiffany Mintah

Assistant Director, Residence Life, Student Housing and Hospitality Services

Working to support well-being at UBC, maximize intercultural understanding, and position students in residence for personal growth and academic success. Passionate about community building and learning-centered workplaces. Educator. Master’s Student. Tea enthusiast. Art, music and theatre keep me grounded.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2017


Christina Girardi

Christina Girardi

Administrative Coordinator, Ceremonies and Events

Brooklyn expat. Student of Traditional Chinese Qigong. Current tickles: plant-based cheese making and lunchtimes at the new aquatic centre. Dreams of senior cohousing in the West End. Prince fan.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2017

David Kosub

David Kosub

Project Coordinator, Project & Planning Resources, Infrastructure Development

I have always loved construction and heritage style buildings. I had the opportunity to join UBC 17 years ago, continuing that love by working on major campus wide renovations. I have met so many people from so many backgrounds that I feel honoured to work here. Coming to work is still a joy.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 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