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.

Liska Richer

Manager, SEEDS Sustainability Program (Community Development, C+CP); Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Mobilizer, strategist, implementer, teacher/learner committed to addressing societal issues through community partnerships. Research in biodiversity, food, eco-human health. Foodie+DIY/Maker.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018


Juan Daniel Leaño

Juan Daniel Leaño

UBC Alumnus (2017), BA in Psychology, Minor in Health and Society, Faculty of Arts

Health promoter and lifestyle enthusiast. Fostering community engagement and inclusion spark my joy. I believe that through collaboration, care and a touch of charm, we can do it all.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2019

Nicholas Reitsma

Nicholas Reitsma

Student, BA in Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Goal of becoming a physician. Varsity goalkeeper, mental health advocate and avid reader.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2019

Becky Bradley

Becky Bradley

Student, BA Human Geography and BA Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Made in Tanzania, born in England, nurtured on three continents — a global nomad who loves running, health, coffee and the sun. (The latter can be tricky to find in Vancouver at times!)

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2019


Eric Ma

Eric Ma

Student, BASc Civil Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Passionate about helping people and our transportation system. Teaching assistant and president of CITE student chapter. Loves the beautiful Okanagan scenery and sense of community.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2019

Melissa Carr

Melissa Carr

Communications Strategist, Student Communications, VP Students

Strategic thinking, problem solving, Comms professional. Committed to user-centred design. Always asking “why?” Bike commuter, skier and lover of travel. Keeping it simple since forever.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2019

Rob Boushel

Rob Boushel

Professor, Director, Kinesiology, Faculty of Education

Dr. Boushel’s research covers broad areas of exercise physiology including regulation of the circulation, the oxygen cascade during exercise and the adaptive response to training.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2019


Adam Schubel

Adam Schubel

Staff, Communications and Government Relations Officer, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Public policy enthusiast, speech writer and fan of all things B.C. Turning a love of politics, current affairs and the Okanagan into a living.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Nadja Kunz

Nadja Kunz

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

Knowledge broker seeking to inspire the private sector towards more responsible water management and stewardship practices. Climber, mountaineer, sun seeker, global traveler.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Samarth Shyamanur

Samarth Shyamanur

Student, Faculty of Applied Science, BASc in Integrated Engineering

Exploring the confluence of energy, transportation and urban systems. Fascinated by the power of thoughtful design and the magic of storytelling. Constantly inspired by nature, and by family.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019