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


Ali McManus

Ali McManus

Associate Professor, Health and Social Development, Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Every parent should ask, ‘Is the amount of time my child spends sitting harmful?’ I am passionate about understanding the effect too much sitting has on vascular function and the role exercise plays in preserving vascular health in the child.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2016

Darran Fernandez

Darran Fernandez

Associate Registrar and Director, Enrolment Services; Member, UBC Board of Governors

Higher Education Professional. Student-centered. UBC Alumnus. A lover of politics, books and wine. A believer in making mistakes and that sticking to the status quo ultimately leads to regression.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2016

Jesse Robert Grist

Jesse Robert Grist

Student, Honours CAPS, Faculty of Science

SUS VP Finance, Thunderbird rugby player, and Honours CAPS student, but I usually would rather be playing Smash with some friends!

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2016


Jory Wong

Jory Wong

Student, Engineering Physics, Faculty of Applied Science

Globetrotting photographer turned engineering student. Infatuated by the beauty and tragedy of global food systems. Often musing about agricultural intelligence and ethics debates. Lover of glacier peaks, dry humour, and impeccably grilled eggplant. Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2016

Bronwyn Malloy

Bronwyn Malloy

PhD Student, English Literature, Faculty of Arts

Full-time English Lit PhD student, part-time wannabe rockstar. Planning to write my dissertation on Canadian indie song lyrics. Yes, you can do that!

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2016

Daniel Heath Justice

Daniel Heath Justice

Chair, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Professor, English, English Department, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program (FNIS)

Cherokee Nation literature scholar, professor, and fantasy writer. Imagining otherwise in criticism and fiction.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2016


Joanne Gervais

Joanne Gervais

Media Technician, Video/New Media, Creative Studies - UBC Okanagan

Multi-media/digital artist, tech enthusiast, paddling adventurer, bike commuter, UBC alumna. Enjoys the diversity and creativity of her work environment.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2016

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Student, B.Sc. Computer Science and Philosophy Double Major, Faculty of Science

Photographer, programmer, obsessed with philosophical ethics. Indiscriminate reader, interested in everything. Planning on chasing light across the globe.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2016

Santa Ono

Santa Ono

UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor

15th President and Vice-Chancellor at UBC. An accomplished researcher who is blazing a trail through social media. A cellist who can play both Bach and Purple Rain. Born in Vancouver and the son of a former UBC professor. Has come home to lead UBC as it embarks on its next 100 years.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2016