John Metras is Associate Vice-President, Facilities at UBC. John leads the strategic direction of facilities on the UBC Vancouver campus. The facilities portfolio contains, Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, and Infrastructure Development.
John has over 20 years experience in facilities operations and development, including his previous role as Director of UBC Plant Operations (now Building Operations) and positions with Carrier Corporation, Laidlaw Waste Systems and Canadian Waste Services.
John has led or been actively involved in a wide range of sustainability initiatives at UBC including the Campus as a Living Lab program, LEED Platinum and LEED Gold certified building projects and the development of the UBC In-Vessel Composting Facility, the first of its kind at a Canadian university.
John has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Jennifer Sanguinetti is the Managing Director of Infrastructure Development. Jennifer and her team are responsible for the planning and development of institutional facilities at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to create great spaces for learning, research, and campus life.
Jennifer has worked across the development industry from crown corporations through to engineering consulting. Throughout her career Jennifer has become noted for her expertise in green building design. Recognition has included multiple national awards for her work across the building industry.
Jennifer is the past-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee, and is the incoming chair of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Steering Committee. She has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University and is a Professional Engineer registered in BC, Washington, and California and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Suzanne Poohkay received a Master’s of Environmental Design (Architecture) at the University of Calgary and worked for private and public sector organizations before joining UBC in 1989 as development manager.
Suzanne works with campus constituents to identify infrastructure requirements and prepare an annual Capital Plan for UBC. With input from all Infrastructure Development teams, Space Inventory, Facilities Information Systems and Records, she develops business cases and approval requests for specific projects.
Catherine Alkenbrack holds architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo and UBC and has consulted for Canadian and new international universities on an array of early strategic formation and facilities planning projects.
In her time at UBC, Catherine has worked to develop early project planning models for capital facilities and renovations that link academic and research needs, broader campus requirements and equitable capital prioritization processes. Working as a consensus-builder, Catherine has helped clarify for project constituents the intricacies of mandatory provincial university space standards, increasingly complex project funding pro forma, and humane, yet highly functional and equitable learning, research and administration environments. Her commitments encourage the development of constructive academic and research cross-disciplinary synergies.
Aaron Mogerman, MASc, AScT, GSC, started his career in construction project management in 1996 and has since held senior project management positions in the public and private sector. Aaron’s experience includes large-scale institutional, industrial, commercial and residential projects throughout British Columbia.
Aaron holds a Masters of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) degree from UBC, specializing in Construction and Project Management. His research focused on project delivery and contract strategy selection for district energy projects. Aaron is a member of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC and is a Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certified Project Manager.
Kelly Husband has been with Project Services for more than 10 years in several different capacities: from projects office clerk to contracts administrator to administrator. She is currently working towards her Certified Management Accountant designation and holds a diploma in Administrative Management and a Bachelor of Science (Dietetics).
Aletha Utimati started her career in Brazil working in commercial and large scale hotel renovation projects. In 2013 she moved to Canada to pursue her Masters of Engineering in Project and Construction Management at UBC. Before joining Project Services, Aletha coordinated research projects for the Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability. She also has a background in architecture and urban planning, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Outside of work, Aletha likes to explore BC’s outdoors and playing the piano. She also enjoys experimenting with new cooking recipes.
Amrita Bastians is Infrastructure Development’s Office Assistant. With 25 years of prior experience as an Executive Assistant, she began her career at UBC in the position of Admin Assistant to the then University Architect. Two reorganizations and 16 years later she is now part of the ID team. She is the one you go to for all things admin, clerical, and/or any extra assistance you may require. She performs a wide variety of tasks for the department.
Outside of UBC, she is a chef of sorts and has catered several UBC and other events – small, medium and large. Her forte is spicy Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine!
Ana Policzer is a graduate of the McGill University School of Architecture and of UBC’s Faculty of Science. Prior to joining UBC, she worked for architecture and planning firms in Vancouver and Toronto, specializing in pre-design planning and functional programming for a broad range of public sector clients, with a strong focus on educational and cultural institutions.
Ana’s work at UBC includes developing functional programs for projects of varying scales and scope, developing schematic options, master plans and space use studies to help clients determine the best approach to spatial issues, and helping usher projects through UBC’s complex approval system. Recent and ongoing projects include functional programs and planning for the various mixed-use Commons projects, conversion of the Iona Building, and general planning, advising and space reviews for various units and faculties across campus.
Angela Monaghan joined Project Services in 2015 as the Projects Clerk.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys traveling and studying languages, especially Spanish.
Barbara Gordon Architect AIBC, is a professional architect. Prior to joining UBC, Barb spent 15 years in private practice designing a wide variety of building types including theatres, non-profit housing, and commercial projects.
At UBC Barb worked initially as a project architect and project manager for small projects, and had been a senior planner with Facilities Planning since 2005. This breadth of experience has positioned her well to respond effectively to planning challenges of all scales and to lead campus constituents through the full planning, design, and construction process.
Barb works with a wide range of campus groups, and specializes as the planner for UBC Renew projects and the Faculty of Science.
Dan Nguyen, is a graduate of UBC and recently joined Project Services as a Project Administrator. Having worked as Project Manager Assistant for various companies in Vietnam before moving to Vancouver, Dan is eager to contribute his knowledge to UBC.
When not working, Dan spends his time enjoying hiking and practicing martial arts.
Darren Herrington specializes in the coordination of electrical projects with Project Services.
Darren Wong graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Masters of Architecture. After graduation he worked in various architect offices.
In 1998, Darren started work at UBC as a project designer, where he gained invaluable working knowledge of accessibility related projects. Darren became an associate project manager with Project Services in 2011 and his project portfolio continues to include accessibility projects.
David Kosub first noticed architectural features at age seven and has loved architecturally designed buildings ever since.
David started his working career by acquiring two trade qualifications right after high school. After many years running his own interior renovation company, David began employment at UBC as a cabinet maker. That role led to a position as an estimator and then as the senior estimator for 10 years. Currently, David works as a project coordinator/estimator with Project Services, dealing exclusively with contractors to enable building shutdowns and coordinate other project logistics.
Donna Waye is a Business Analyst with degrees in Library Science and Archival Studies. She works with clients to help them improve how they organize, access, and use information. In her six years at UBC, Donna has helped many within the UBC community, as well as those working as consultants on campus, find building and infrastructure information held by the Records Department. Recently, Donna has been consulting with UBC staff on their records and information management needs and helping to resolve business process issues.
Ellizabeth Lara is a CAD Technician with Facility Information Systems. Prior to her position at UBC, Ellizabeth worked as a draftsperson within the municipal and architectural fields in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ellizabeth holds a diploma in Architectural Technologies, and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Art History and a minor in Urban Planning. After graduating Ellizabeth decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to Vancouver where she enjoys dining at local restaurants.
Genesis Magat, has taken on the role of NAV Data Systems Administrator with Project Services after his time as a Project Administrator within the group. His previous experience as a construction contractor has exposed him to various projects in Alberta and British Columbia, including the new UBC Student Union Building. Genesis is excited to be a part of the Project Services team and hopes to make a positive impact on the evolving UBC Campus.
James Cornelia, BSc MRICS, is a Chartered Surveyor and an associate project manager in the Project Services office. James’ background includes 15 years of professional roles in the built environment including the areas of project management, building science, building repair, renovation and renewal, project monitoring, condition assessment and due diligence reporting.
In his downtime, James can often be found enjoying the BC coast and mountains.
Jay Hiscox Architect AIBC, OAQ, RAIC, LEED AP Jay joins UBC Project Services as a Senior Project Manager. He comes from a consulting background where he has worked on projects across a wide spectrum of building types and phases. He has worked in Vancouver offices since 1993, including experience on overseas projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining UBC, Jay was centrally involved in the Seismic Mitigation Program for the Vancouver School Board.
Jay’s focus centers on building performance, sustainability including natural daylighting, and issues of design and building craft. Outside of work, he spends his time with kids, hockey, and can be found outdoors as much as possible, with the family and a dog.
Jayant (Jay) Jethwa is a Corporate Architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has over 20 years of international experience in project management, architecture and interior design in commercial, institutional, industrial, and health projects.
Jay has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom and North America. He also worked in Singapore with the United Nations Development Programme. He is conversant in French, Swahili, Gujerati and Hindi.
In his role as a project manager with Project Services, Jay works on a wide variety of projects, with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $30 million.
Jodi Scott joined UBC in 2002 and since 2009, her work has mainly been focused on formal and informal learning spaces, first as Manager, Formal Learning with Classroom Services and then as Senior Planner with Facilities Planning. She is actively involved in the planning and construction of new learning space projects on campus, and provides strategic planning and oversight around UBC’s annual learning space upgrade program, and the day-to-day management of the learning space inventory. Jodi led a team that developed UBC’s Learning Space Design Guidelines, a document that provides recommendations for the current and future learning space development at UBC.
Jodi has a Project Management Certificate and has recently completed a Change Management Certification.
Joni joined the University of British Columbia in June, 2016. Prior to starting work at this great campus, she was a Production Manager (digital film) for commercials and corporate communications, and she also provided project, event, and administrative coordination for many industries. She holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and is currently studying Project Management at UBC Sauder School of Business.
Karen Abel-Co manages the Facility Information Systems Unit which provides a wide variety of drafting services and facility space information for the Point Grey and Okanagan Campus.
Karen joined UBC back in 2005 as a draftsperson in the Records group, maintaining record key plans for the Point Grey Campus. She moved to Facilities Planning as a Mapping Technician to support facilities planners in their data and drafting needs. Prior to UBC, she worked as a key member of the store development team for a major electronics retailer.
In 2009, Karen launched Archibus at UBC, a computer-aided facility management software. Archibus is now used as an enterprise resource for facilities information at UBC.
Karen is a self-proclaimed AutoCAD queen and is easily bribed with coffee and baked goods.
Karen Koyama is a project manager with Project Services. Her recent projects include the installation of 18 electric vehicle charging stations on campus, the Laboratory for Atomic Imaging (LAIR), and the Energy Storage Systems, a Campus as a Living Laboratory project.
Karen managed the conservation project of Haida House at the Museum of Anthropology. This was a unique project which required the original roof assembly to be deconstructed and reshaped using roof beams claimed from a dismantled long house at the Royal BC Museum.
Kate West, Dipl.Tech., LEED Green Associate graduated with a Diploma in Architectural and Building Technology from BCIT in 2005 and then travelled with her newly acquired knowledge to London, England for an adventure. Her experience there includes architectural detailing on Richard Rogers’ Heathrow Terminal 5, pre-construction services in high-end interior renovations, and project management of select packages including logistics at Heathrow Airport and at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Goodwood plant.
Since her return to Canada, Kate has worked exclusively in general construction and is now looking forward to developing her new role as Pre-Construction Project Manager within Project Services. Outside of work she has a young family keeping her on her toes and enjoys spending time outdoors, and in her garden with her kids.
Kevin Phelan started in the plumbing trade right out of high school and has over 25 years’ experience in the mechanical field. He has worked on Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Institutional projects. Responsible for running large projects with large crews, his problem solving and determination have helped him deliver projects on time to very satisfied customers. He came to UBC in 2012, starting in Building Operation’s plumbing department and currently working as a project coordinator within Project Services with a specialty in Mechanical.
When not working, Kevin enjoys the great outdoors and biking. He also loves to coach and watch the game of baseball.
Leanne Feichtinger was first hired in Facilities Planning as a summer student in 2013 when she was finishing her Bachelor of Science in Statistics. In 2014, she returned to work on the Restricted Teaching Space Audit and has been helping to articulate the learning space needs for current and future planning ever since. In addition to her analysis work, she was the lead on the development and implementation of the recent UBC Learning Spaces website and is currently providing inventory expertise as part of the planning committee for Congress 2019.
Matt Shannon started at UBC in 2005 on an eight month contract scanning record drawings. Somehow he’s still working at records, even though the drawings have all been scanned. Along the way he created an online system for the record drawings which is now on it’s fourth major version.
He now devotes his time to maintaining and expanding electronic record systems for Infrastructure Development, Building Operations, and Campus + Community Planning. He also keeps Infrastructure Development’s websites running, including the one you’re reading right now (again).
Pauline Li is a CAD technician within Facility Information Systems. Her role involves maintaining building key plans, campus base maps and custom drafting as well as the Emergency Procedure key plans. Pauline also facilitates door IDs for the Locksmith Shop.
Pauline enjoys making good healthy food and is not afraid to try anything new and interesting. She is always looking for a new taste bud adventure.
Ryan Huffman, P.Eng., is a professional engineer, registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). Ryan comes to UBC Project Services with seven years of industrial engineering experience over which time he worked with many different contractors and trades throughout the lower mainland. Ryan’s background includes two years manufacturing and designing fiberglass equipment and over four years in a mill environment working on various capital projects and integrating different departments throughout the mill, beginning to end.
Ryan’s ability to adapt quickly to new environments is a credit to his strong communication skills as well as his ability to work effectively and efficiently within a multidisciplinary environment. When he’s not working, Ryan loves barreling down the North Shore mountains on his downhill bikes.
Sandy Ho is responsible for the administration of all project contracts and invoices for Project Services. She has been with the unit for more than 10 years in various roles including the Design Office clerk and, most recently, the contracts administrator.
Steven Lee joined UBC in 2008 first with the Classroom Services Unit then moving to Facilities Planning in 2012. His work is primarily focused on supporting the student experience on campus through the revitalization of physical learning spaces such as classrooms, lecture theatres, informal learning spaces and teaching labs. He plays a key role in the day-to-day operation of UBC’s 350 general-use classrooms and manages a large program that improves learning spaces annually. Steven is an expert around informal learning spaces and works with the VP Students and campus constituents to identify opportunities for the development and enhancement of student study and social spaces.
Outside of UBC, Steven is an aspiring photographer and can be found around town with his camera.
Teresa Syrnyk is a registered architect and UBC School of Architecture graduate. She worked as a project architect for firms in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia and as a development manager on private sector mixed use and hospitality projects throughout BC.
As a senior planner, Teresa works on a variety of projects of differing scope with a current focus on UBC’s Library facilities. Recent projects include the UBC Okanagan Facilities Study, the Earth Sciences Building and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Building.
Yvonne Kwok joined UBC in 2016 having previously worked for a global investment management firm, where she managed the creation and delivery of client reports and publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Publishing from Simon Fraser University, a Certificate in Project Management from UBC, and a Certificate in Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Yvonne brings a blend of skills in relationship management, communications, and design. She is interested in working together with the UBC campus community to develop strategic communications plans to support operational programs and activities.
Outside the office, Yvonne volunteers as a graphic designer at The Source/La Source Newspaper, a forum for diversity. She is eager to capture new experiences through travel, and has plans to explore a different country every year.