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.

Shelley Robinson

Executive Chef, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, UBC Okanagan

Top Chef Canada competitor, Chopped Canada champion. Surfer, skier, cookbook author. Loves campervans.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2019


Matt Warburton

Matt Warburton

Design Manager, UBC Brand & Marketing

Proud dad. Design/typography nerd. Always on two wheels; lives for the perfect endless wheelie.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020

Yu Yang (Sally) Lin

Yu Yang (Sally) Lin

Student, BA Political Science and Human Geography (Double Major), Faculty of Arts

Shanghai-born, Vancouver-raised. Passionate about building better communities through policy, planning and design.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020

Xi (Sunny) Chen

Xi (Sunny) Chen

Alum, BSc Integrated Sciences (2019), Faculty of Science

Inspired by youth. Devoted to building compassionate communities. Loves queer sports, ukulele and goofy puns.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020


Surabhi Shakkarwar

Surabhi Shakkarwar

Alumna (2019), Master of Urban Design, Faculty of Applied Science

Born and raised in India. Passionate about creating healthy communities. Loves mascara and reading in the park.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020

Thandi Fletcher

Thandi Fletcher

Senior Media Relations Specialist, Media Relations

Recovering journalist. Passions include running marathons, travelling, wine-tasting and interior decorating.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020

Thilini Leitan

Thilini Leitan

Student Engagement Officer, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dedicated to connecting students with learning opportunities. Passionate about empowering youth. Loves travel and dessert.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020


Larissa Franco

Larissa Franco

Student, BCom, Marketing, UBC Sauder School of Business

Student ambassador passionate about building connections. Enjoys London Fog lattes and all things “hygge.”

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2020

Pooja Khandelwal

Pooja Khandelwal

Director, Career Retention, Navigation & Transition, HR Advisory Partnerships

Mumbai-born. Single parent. Avid hiker. Active meditator. Admires people who lead with courage and trust.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2020

Amelia Pitt-Brooke

Amelia Pitt-Brooke

Communications and Community Engagement Officer, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Connects people and ideas. Explores intersections of science, equity and diversity, and the arts. Coffee fan.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2020