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.

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


Patrick Lewis Wilkie

Patrick Lewis Wilkie

Zero Waste Researcher, Campus & Community Planning, Sustainability and Engineering

Founder of circular economy hub Melt Collective, and plastic-recycling Engineering Design Team UBC WasteNauts. Electrical Engineering graduate. Loves boarding: surf, snow, skate and key.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Beau Wuthrich

Beau Wuthrich

Event Assistant, UBC Robson Square

Proudly representing UBC, downtown at Robson Square. First point of contact for clients and visitors. UBC Arts alumnus, cycling aficionado, gardener. Interested in gadgetry, divergent philosophy… And getting to know you.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Marie-Claude Fortin

Marie-Claude Fortin

Shared Infrastructure Manager, VP Research & Innovation Office and Lecturer, Land and Food Systems

Dedicated to advancing core research facilities to provide high-end instrumentation and expertise to campus. Also passionate about teaching land management, agriculture and food security as components of a system with many interconnections. Specializes in online teaching with a community engagement component… sounds contradictory but it works really well!

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018


Susan Danard

Susan Danard

Managing Director, Public Affairs

A former TV/print journalist who loves telling stories and wrestling news issues for UBC. Passions include travelling, running marathons and being outdoors — preferably all 3 at the same time.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2018

Amori Mikami

Amori Mikami

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts

Researches how children and adolescents make friends — from kids having playdates, teens collaborating on a class assignment, to UBC students exchanging Facebook posts. Feels blessed to live in Vancouver amidst beaches and bubble tea!

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017

Jannik Eikenaar

Jannik Eikenaar

Sessional Lecturer, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Lecturer, English and Communication, fostering critical thinking and engagement.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017


Kristin Webster

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

Lucas Worsdell

Lucas Worsdell

Student, Geography — Environment & Sustainability, Faculty of Arts

Surf Club Sustainability Coordinator, Geography Students Association Vice-President and activist, I believe in the importance of integrating agroecology into regenerative communities through grassroots engagement with Deep Ecology and Permaculture.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn

Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts

Happiness researcher. New York Times contributor and co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.” Mountain biker, skier, and surfer. Got attacked by a shark while surfing. Still surfing.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017