Meet some of our scholars

Alexander Gillis

Alexander Gillis

Bachelor of Commerce, Year 3

Starting his first business at age 15, Alexander has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. Alexander's mission is to empower youth across Canada to realize that they have the potential to create any project and positively impact their communities. He previous advised Prime Minister Trudeau on the future of youth entrepreneurship, and his extracurricular involvements with the Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Commerce Undergraduate Society Awards Committee led Alexander to be a familiar and friendly face in Sauder. Most notably, Alexander partnered with Stanford University and President Santa Ono to bring the prestigious University Innovation Fellows program to UBC, adopting many aspects of this program into his work as an Innovation Scholar with AMS eHub and entrepreneurship@UBC. He also recently joined The Walking School Bus to help promote global access to education.

Susie He

Susie He

Bachelor of Arts, Year 2

Susie’s passion for social justice stems from her volunteer work with public services like the Distress Centre. She has focused heavily on effective communication and community-building by initiating a creative writing community in her high school and participating in her local Toastmasters Speech & Leadership Club. Susie is currently the VP External for the Social Enterprise Club, working to promote and connect students with socially-driven companies. The Scholars Community provided a tremendous amount support for Susie during her transition into first year through the Scholars Mentorship Program and meeting a group of welcoming people. She gives back to the community by participating on the Scholars Advisory Council and working as a Scholars Community Program Ambassador.

Andrew Min

Andrew Min

Bachelor of International Economics, Year 3

With a passion for learning about the social sciences, Andrew came to UBC to pursue the BIE program and has been actively engaged in his degree. Andrew is in the International Economics Business Association and has been heavily involved in planning events, such as a sustainability conference. Throughout high school, Andrew was heavily involved with clubs and has continued this commitment to involvement at UBC, but he has also found a new passion in academic research. He conducted research on the increasing rates of suicide among seniors in east Asia and presented his research at McGill University and UBC’s own Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. He is currently working as a Research Assistant at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Zamina Mithani

Zamina Mithani speaking at TEDx conference

Bachelor of Science + Master of Management, Year 4

Zamina is on a kindness-seeking and science-geeking mission. She is the President of the IC-Kindness Foundation, a non-profit which unites youth from diverse backgrounds to engage in acts of kindness across Vancouver, and the past president of the Thaqalayn Muslim Association AMS club focusing on interfaith activities. As an Integrated Science + Master of Management student, Zamina combines her love for global health with her background in business as a teaching assistant at the Sauder School of Business and as a marketing intern for a biotechnology company. In both the corporate and non-profit realm, she is an advocate for organizational diversity and has given a TEDx talk on judgement and stereotype. She strives to build a local and international community that prioritizes acceptance over tolerance, and compassion over apathy.

Vivian Tsang

Vivian Tsang

Doctor of Medicine, Year 2

Vivian is the founder of The Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) Initiative. H.O.P.E. celebrates different perspectives through working with and advocating for marginalized groups through story-telling. She is the Co-Chair of the Medical Undergraduate Society's Political Development Committee and recently represented the Faculty of Medicine in advocating for improved youth mental health to Minister of Health, Adrian Dix. Vivian will be interning at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva this summer and will be spending time in South Africa and Zimbabwe on infection control protocols for low-income countries. She hopes to dedicate her life to improving healthcare accessibility and reducing social inequalities for vulnerable population groups. 

Owen Yin

Owen Yin

Bachelor of Science, Year 3

Owen loves collaborative projects such as open-source projects, crowdsourcing, and crowdfunding. Owen’s passion for photography and graphic design allowed him to prosper as Co-Chair of the Yearbook & Prospectus Committee at the Commerce Undergraduate Society and as a Graphic Designer for the Science Undergraduate Society, UBC Red Cross, and the Scholars Community annual magazine. Most recently, he was inspired to back a crowdfunding project by UBC Sprouts, a student-led non-profit that works to develop sustainable food systems. Owen is also a Financial Wellness Peer and provides peer support to students looking to improve their financial wellbeing. Owen appreciates “the incredible energy and ambition emanating from the [Scholars Community]” and values his “network of peers with a diverse set of interests and experiences.”