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.

Terri Kennedy

Communications Designer, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Graphic designer, travel junkie, avid runner and lover of the great outdoors. Committed to staying current with design trends and constantly challenging myself to learn more!

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019


Tanya Chartrand

Tanya Chartrand

Undergraduate Program Assistant, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Proud UBC alumna and staff member, firefighter, healthy living advocate and new parent of a teenager. Passionate about travel, country music, anything vintage, fun hair and line dancing.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Tommy Koh

Tommy Koh

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Researcher and policymaker. Adopting a scholar-practitioner approach to solving society’s problems. Committed to persuade and be persuaded. Frequently on planes, sometimes at the controls.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk

Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry

Passionate about trees, and especially about contributions trees and nature make to better cities. Also an avid writer, and working on urban forestry matters across the globe.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018


Laila Telawi

Laila Telawi

UBC Alumna, BA International Relations (2017), Faculty of Arts

I can’t tell a joke. I either misplace the punch line or forget it entirely. And so I listen, because I find a unique form of beauty in the way people choose to share what makes them laugh.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Renita Drakes

Renita Drakes

Manager, Digital Communications & Technology, Faculty of Forestry

Barbados born, digital strategist, UBC alumna, saxophonist, and avid seeker of knowledge. Always on a quest to curate new experiences, preferably involving music, good food, and sunshine!

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Shahria Alam

Shahria Alam

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Professor in structural engineering at UBC Okanagan. Works closely with industry and community for developing safer and sustainable civil infrastructure.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018


Ainsley MacDougall

Ainsley MacDougall

Student, Global Resource Systems, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Student senator, senior student ambassador, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, aspiring food and resource economist. Always looking for a new adventure!

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Catherine Rawn

Catherine Rawn

Senior Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Here to teach students about psychology and what makes it a science, and to help support colleagues toward teaching excellence. Enjoys yoga, running, travel, Vancouver, good friends, good food.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Michael Brauer

Michael Brauer

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

I study how the environments we live in impact the health of populations here and around the world. Some of my most productive thinking happens while cycling or watching baseball.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018