As a third-year student working on completing his final year at BCIT, Shovon is excited to take the Biotechnology Club to where no club has gone before! Shovon intends to strengthen connections between the UBC and the BCIT Biotech students to create a community where BCIT students feel less isolated from their UBC counterparts while attending BCIT. He will work with outside collaborators to create new opportunities for his fellow biotechies, where they will have the chance to meet representatives from some of the top biotech employers in the province. He believes that these changes will help students in getting their foot out of the door and into the market, and help them in finding Co-Op positions. With the aid of the new club executives and his passion for the community, Shovon aims to make this the most successful year yet for the Biotechnology Club!
Nathan is a third-year undergrad in the Biotechnology program who leads an active lifestyle working out, and playing a variety of different sports such as basketball and volleyball. As an Assistant Youth Sports Coordinator in Richmond, he enjoys carrying over his love for sports to children, and teaching them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. He has a keen interest in immunology, specifically HIV triggers and drug development, as well as novel cell line generation. As Co-VP Finance, he aims to establish a financially stable and secure budget plan for an eventful and enjoyable year for the Biotechnology Club!
Jared is actually a 5th year arts student who just pretends to be a part of the Biotechnology program. Despite that, he somehow was elected to the position of Co-VP of Finance….He only really comes to BCIT so he can play with expensive things in the lab, wear a fancy lab coat, and make fun of Shovon.
Eui-Young is a third-year undergrad in the UBC-BCIT Biotechnology program who enjoys playing competitive ultimate and figher games in the little spare time he has in the program. He also has a passion for teaching as he tutors several students and helped coach an ultimate team. He enjoys the hands-on lab experience that the Biotechnology program has to offer and learning something new in the lab everyday. As Co-VP Internal, he is excited to work with the rest of the club executives on creating amazing events for everyone.
Li Jing is a second-year undergrad in the biotech program who enjoys spending time with her cats, playing D&D and taking photos. She loves storms and animals and hates olives and the sound of nails on a chalk board. When she was little, she dreamed of owning a wildlife rescue, but her mother told her she needed a job that would pay for it before she could own one. She’s not sure if that dream will ever come true now that she’s studying biotech, but she figures she’ll just produce the gene technology to save all the animals for when the world inevitably falls apart. As Co-VP Internal, she intends to keep everyone on track and organized beyond anything they’ve ever seen before (and hopefully they’ll appreciate it).
Jenna is a 2nd year undergrad in the Biotechnology program with an expertise in everything tattoos, Pokémon, and being your second mom. She loves rock music and eating desserts until she’s nauseous. She also loves to get creative, but currently considers herself a struggling artist because BCIT has taken up all of her time. So, instead of geeking out over smooth-gliding pens or a crisp clean canvas, a flawless application of a bacterial culture to a streak plate will have to do.
As one of the (technically) first Co-VPs Student Life, she wants to set the standard pretty high – as high as a 5’3” can reach.
Emmanuel is a third-year in the UBC-BCIT Biotechnology program who loves eating, making diamonds under pressure, and telling you why rain is a good thing. He joined the Biotech program to hone his lab skills, but mainly it was for economic reasons. Outside of class, Emmanuel’s interests include ultimate frisbee, lifting heavy objects, bouldering, and bringing the best fun-filled events to the community as one of the Co-VPs of Student Life!
With too many years of pondering under her belt, Erin is finally settling down. She is currently a second-year undergrad in the Biotechnology program, so she can get a viable pension pay by pursuing a prospective career path instead of waiting for the minimum wage to go up in Vancouver. After refusing to write more papers about old dead men’s achievements in the arts, Erin’s areas of expertise cover photography, latte art, and throwing shaka sign at any given situation. While being the first year VP of Communication, she wishes to spread the art of science by sharing how beautiful plant micropropagation is on her highly curated club Instagram account.
Derrick is a third-year biotechnology student with a passion for science education and communication. He is a member of the Board of Directors for one of Vancouver’s oldest non-profit organizations, the Environmental Youth Alliance, a group that strives to connect urban youth and nature. His first ever publication was in Science, which strangely lacked any form of experiments, rather, it was a short editorial about the benefits of outside hobbies contribute to better scientists. Derrick is most interested in applying biotechnology to ecology, which he believes is the most beautiful subset of biology – the science of interactions. He hopes that with his teammates, and as VP Communications, he can help create strong interactions within the BCIT Biotechnology ecology.
Gaining 100% of his classmates’ votes due to his charisma and leadership skills, Nabeel can’t wait to set his long term goals in motion. He hopes to take control of the biotechnology government, before establishing a communist regime with himself on top.
Looking for a job; hit me up if you’re offering.
Kevin is a 3rd-year student and is easily identified by his signature sea urchin/porcupine-hair or sexy dance moves in lab. He wishes he could be more involved in bioinformatics and is always searching for opportunities to learn more programming (holla @ me biotech companies)… In his free time, Kevin is either watching Netflix, stuffing his face with whatever’s in the fridge, or thinking about food.
Kevin aspires to run the BMO half-marathon to celebrate the end of his BCIT years and is always looking for a running buddy!
The serving executives of 2017 – 2018
Aya Zakaria | President
Aya is a 3rd year student who spends her time reading, experimenting with interesting foods and hanging out with her grandparents. She enjoys long romantic walks to the fridge and fan-girls over strangers’ dogs in public parks. When she’s not exploring the city for ice cream, Aya devotes herself to the biotech program and club. With her drive and sass, Aya will Make the Biotech Club Great Again.
Kashish Doshi | VP Finance
Kashish is the VP finance.
Maye Cheng | VP Internal
Whenever interviewers ask Maye Cheng the typical “tell me about yourself” question, she always replies with a standardized answer:
“Hi, my name is Maye and I’m a 3rd year student in the Honours in Biotechnology program. I originally wanted to pursue a career in music, however, I did not prepare adequately for my audition and got put on the waitlist. Ultimately, I just ended up picking biotechnology as my major.”
Some other important facts about Maye Cheng …
-She only sleeps 5 hours a day
-Her favourite colour is pink
-She has a matching tattoo with her mom
-She likes classical and indie alternative music (currently recruiting a partner to go listen to the VSO with her)
-She has 5354 followers on Tumblr
-She has a birthmark on her back that looks like a burn scar
-She procrastinates by reading manga (non-stop)
-She’s kinda derpy
Joshua De Guzman | 2nd Year Events Coordinator
Joshua De Guzman (aka JD) is the Speedy Gonzales of the Biotechnology second years. You’ll probably see him around BCIT and in the lab, running and running, never stopping. Don’t be surprised to see a science meme posted on Facebook at 4 am in the morning. And be ready to run to all the events he’s planned, because you don’t want to be that one person who’s left behind.
He also plays piano and draws in his spare time (if he’s not too busy running).
Shovon Das | 1st Year Events Coordinator
Shovon is the 1st year events coordinator.
Samantha Feng | 2nd Year Media Coordinator
Samantha Feng is a third year undergrad in the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program. She loves to swim, eat baked goods and watch Asian dramas and variety shows. At this time, she is currently looking for any available co-op position in an academic lab.
As one of this year’s media coordinators she hopes to be able to answer any questions prospective students may have as well as take inspiring and cool photos that promote the program and show just how much fun us Biotechies can have.
Kevin Lam | 1st Year Media Coordinator
Kevin is a second year student in the program. You can usually identify him by his porcupine/sea urchin-like hair structure. Kevin would like to spend more time at Kitsilano’s dog beach and one day become a professional dogspotter. He also aspires to be a Hobbit and is currently practicing their 7 meals a day routine.
As the first-year media coordinator, Kevin is always looking for situations to take pictures to create dank memes 🔥.
Rebecca Dos Remedios | 2nd Year Webmaster
Rebecca has made it to the 3rd year of biotech, yay! She likes plants, biking, video games and everything meme-y. During the summer you can find her prepping for the school year via semi-hibernation. She is fueled by bubble tea and pineapple only pizza (yah what a weirdo), and she thoroughly enjoys speaking in third person.
As webmaster, she wants to be the very best that no one ever was…to find problems is her real test and to fix them is her cause!:)
Jake Johnston | President
Jessica Ha | VP Finance
Helen Lin | VP Internal
Ian Lee | VP Internal
Blake Tamboline | 2nd Year Events Coordinator
Samantha Feng | 1st Year Events Coordinator
Vivian Li | 2nd Year Media Coordinator
Samantha Mar | 1st Year Media Coordinator
Karen Lau | 2nd Year Webmaster
Annie Wu | President
Wallace Yuen | VP Internal
Felix Ma | VP Finance
Jake Johnston | VP Finance
Aneka Lu | Event Coordinator
Helen Lin | Event Coordinator
Ronnie Lee | Media Coordinator
Jessica Ngo | Webmaster
Jessica Ha | Webmaster
Catherine Wang | President
Wallace Yuen | VP Internal
Felix Ma | VP Finance
Annie Wu | Event Coordinator
Stephanie Wong | Media Coordinator
Chris Yan | Media Coordinator
Gilbert Kim | President
Fiona Wong | Vice-President Internal
Junsu Kwon | Vice-President Finance
Angie Hui | Second Year Events Coordinator
Catherine Wang | First Year Events Coordinator
Michael Cheng | Second Year Media Coordinator
Chris Yan | First Year Media Coordinator
Carly Wong | President
Kevin Ao | Vice-President
Jordan Henriksen | Second Year Events Coordinator
Shary Chen | First Year Events Coordinator
Christine Sam | Media Coordinator
Chief Executive – Sharon Lau (2nd Year BCIT)
Chair of Finance – Darson Du (2nd Year BCIT)
Events Coordinators – Michael Wu (2nd Year BCIT) and Betina Ng (1st Year BCIT)
Recruitment Coordinators – Graham Heieis (2nd Year BCIT) and Gavin Lim (1st Year BCIT)
Media Coordinator – Katherine Lee (2nd Year BCIT)
Chief Executive – Jennifer Ji (4th Year UBC)
Chair of Finance – Sharon Lau (2nd Year BCIT)
Events Coordinator – Rhena Yoo (4th Year UBC) and Jordan McGarry (2nd Year BCIT)
Recruitment Coordinator – Samantha Mori (2nd Year BCIT)
Webmaster – Sophia Peng (4th Year UBC)
Executive Chair – Marc Solomon (2nd Year)
Chief Executive– Erika Diaz (3rd Year)
Chair of Finance – Alec Lee (3rd Year)
Public Relations and Marketing – Jolina Carson (3rd Year)
Recruitment Coordinator – Petra Lolic (4th Year)
Events Coordinator – Cameron Wong (3rd Year)
1st Year Rep – Jennifer Ji (1st Year)
4th Year Rep – Rebecca Chung (4th Year)
Executive Chair and co-founder – Alec Lee (2nd Year)
Chief Executive and co-founder – Erika Diaz (2nd Year)
Chair of Finance – Rebecca Chung (3rd Year)
Public Relations and Marketing – Jolina Carson (2nd Year)
Recruitment Coordinator – Petra Lolic (3rd Year)
Events Coordinator – Heidi Chu (2nd Year)
1st Year Rep – Tammy Kang (1st Year)
4th Year Rep – Beryl Luk (4th Year)