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When faced with our
world’s most pressing
challenges, we believe
that we can shape a
different future.

The potential is yours.

Aaron Derrickson
PhD candidate,
Indigenous Studies

Balpreet Kukreja
Master of Engineering
Leadership (MEL),
Clean Energy Engineering

Dr. Toni Schmader
Professor and Canada
Research Chair in
Social Psychology

Lindsay Richter
MSc student,
Reproductive and
Developmental Sciences

Alicia Lau
Student,
Arts & Business

Dr. Gary Hinshaw
Professor,
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Dr. Haakon Nygaard
Fipke Professor in
Alzheimer’s Research

Aaron Derrickson
is working to
reclaim the past.

Balpreet Kukreja is
working to reduce
climate change.

Dr. Toni Schmader
is working towards
equality for everyone.

Lindsay Richter wants
to help solve
the overdose crisis.

Alicia Lau
wants to help
protect our oceans.

Dr. Gary Hinshaw is
working to answer some
of our biggest questions.

Dr. Haakon Nygaard
is working towards
curing Alzheimer’s.

As an Indigenous person, it’s important to Aaron that his people reclaim who they are. That’s why his research is focused on finding the leadership structures and styles of governance that works best for each Indigenous community, tribe, or nation. He believes that living out the principles found in oral traditions can inevitably help Indigenous leaders shine.

As our population grows, it’s becoming economically unfeasible to ignore the need for clean energy. This is why Balpreet was drawn to the Master of Engineering Leadership Program at UBC, where he’s now working on energy production, storage, and consumption challenges of the future. Even something as simple as placing solar panels and energy-storage units in unused urban spaces can make a big difference.

Ever since she was a teenager, Dr. Toni Schmader has been trying to figure out why we treat each other as ‘us’ and ‘them’. As a professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, she’s been diligently working to determine how educating people about their implicit biases can make a difference in changing the culture of an organization. The end goal? Designed and tested interventions that will counteract the negative effects that biases can have on how we treat each other.

As the opioid overdose crisis continues to grow, its effects have shifted to more diverse populations, including pregnant women. Through her research, Lindsay Richter hopes to better understand the health outcomes of infants born during the opioid crisis and from there design innovative solutions to ensure their well being.

Living in British Columbia, Alicia has developed a strong connection to nature. She never realized how much her choices could impact the environment until she moved to Vancouver, and more specifically, UBC. Learning more about her decisions and what she can do to help protect the environment have become part of her new normal.

How did the universe begin? How will it end? Currently, Dr. Gary Hinshaw, a winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, is working on a revolutionary new radio telescope called Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME). Once completed, work will begin on creating the largest map of the universe ever attempted. Hopefully, this feat will get us one step closer to answering some of our biggest questions.

Even today, Dr. Haakon Nygaard finds the brain just as fascinating as when he first started studying it back in medical school. As Director of the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at UBC Hospital, Dr. Nygaard is working to repurpose existing drugs, in the hopes of finding new ways of treating those living with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s.

See who else is
shaping our future.

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