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.

Leah Sanford

Manager, International Programs & Services and Language & Writing Services, AVP Students — International Programs & Services — UBC Okanagan

Manager, International Programs and Services. Contributing to an intercultural, social justice-driven globally engaged campus community (and having some fun while doing it!)

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2017


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

I joined the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies in August 2017. It has been a wonderful and renewing experience getting to know is a new community.

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


Parsa Rajabi

Parsa Rajabi

Student, Computer Science, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Full-time computer nerd, part-time meal prepper, Research & Teaching Assistant, First Responder and Library’s tech support. Passionate about making a difference on campus & in the community

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018

Peter Meiszner

Peter Meiszner

Digital Editor and Social Media Strategist, UBC Media Relations

Lives and breathes social media. Loves to travel and has the collection of photos to prove it. Sometimes seen on two wheels, especially when the sun is shining.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2018

Michael Shakespeare

Michael Shakespeare

Executive Director, Finance & Operations, Faculty of Medicine

Provides critical strategic, financial and organizational support to the Faculty of Medicine. Gives back to his community through his role as Director of the UNA, or chasing after his two boys.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018