Our Team

Portrait of Katie McCallum

Katie McCallum

Manager
katie.mccallum@ubc.ca

Katie joined the Community Engagement office as an Advisor in 2013, and has been managing the team since 2017. As Manager, Katie sets direction and supports a lean team with great ambitions where equity and justice are at the core of our purpose. In her role, she develops and executes university wide programming and strategies to advance reciprocal community-university engagement. She also supports and coordinates administrative leads across the institution around a central engagement table.

Before joining UBC, Katie worked across urban, rural, remote and Northern BC in social research, evaluation, planning and proposal writing in the non-profit sector. She is honoured to have worked with many different communities on issues relating to immigration, housing, Indigenous community planning, food security, climate action and the opioid overdose crisis.

Katie holds a Master of Arts in Geography from UBC.


Portrait of Kat Cureton

Kat Cureton

Advisor
kat.cureton@ubc.ca


I joined the CE team in 2016. I am an advisor on community-university partnerships. My role is to help community partners navigate UBC and find helpful people, programs, and resources. I also co-lead the Community Engagement Network. Before joining the CE office, I was a sessional instructor in the School of Kinesiology where I taught a community-engaged learning course for three years. I spent a number of years working in non-profit organizations in Vancouver, like AMSSA, Red Fox Healthy Living Society, and Collingwood Neighbourhood House, which is where I built my knowledge of community engagement. I have a M.A. from UBC and a B.A. from Western University, both in kinesiology.


Ask me about: If you are a community partner interested in exploring partnership opportunities with the university and don’t know where to start, let’s chat!


Ryan Brown

Advisor
ryan.brown@ubc.ca

I joined the Community Engagement team in 2017 with the aim of supporting innovative and progressive community-university engagement at UBC. My focus is on creating infrastructure, programs, tools and other resources that can drive mutually beneficial and reciprocal collaborations with community partners.

Prior to joining Community Engagement I was a research analyst with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Ontario, helping to co-develop an Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy. I was privileged to work closely with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit partners to co-create a culturally appropriate outcomes framework that acknowledges, respects and empowers Indigenous ways of knowing in telling a story of wellness with Indigenous children, families and communities.

I hold a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Social Policy Analysis from Simon Fraser University, where I explored the interplay of biopolitics and affect in childbirth experiences in British Columbia.

Ask me about: community-university engagement programs, policies, and planning at UBC.


Holly Kim

Operations and Program Coordinator
holly.kim@ubc.ca

I joined the Community Engagement team in 2017, and my role is to manage the day-to-day functioning of the unit and the administration of the funding programs (CUES and PRF). I support other areas of the operations including finance and budgeting, project management and human resources. When I am not in the Community Engagement office, I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with my private practice. Before joining UBC, I worked for a large bank and managed branches.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UBC and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.

Ask me about: CUES and PRF funding programs, finance, budgeting and HR


Oliver Mann

Communications Strategist
oliver.mann@ubc.ca

I joined in February 2022 and support the team with communications and the promotion of our various initiatives. I also create stories that demonstrate the value of reciprocal community-university engagement at UBC and beyond.

I have a decade of experience working in communications at the university and creating digital content for clients and projects. I am a generalist. I can develop communications plans and social media campaigns, write stories and film videos, build websites and analytics reports, and more.

Ask me about: Communications and creating stories about community-university engagement.


Lisa Kariuki

Communications and Engagement Assistant
lisa.kariuki@ubc.ca

I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in International Relations. I joined Community Engagement in May 2022 and work as a Communications and Engagement Assistant. I support Kat in managing the community partner help desk where we help community partners connect with groups, individuals and resources across UBC. I also work with Oliver in managing and improving our twitter and website while also working on creating stories that center around meaningful community engagement.

Ask me about : Our Community Partner Help desk


Amy Bu

Graduate Academic Assistant
amyhbu@student.ubc.ca

I joined the Community Engagement office in May 2022 as a Graduate Academic Assistant. My focus is on analyzing our funding programs, PRE and CUES, to inform future improvements and illustrate their impact.

At UBC, I am a M.A. student in Human Development (HDLC) interested in culture and identity development, and how they might be relevant to climate and sustainability.

Prior to joining the CE office, I was a Research Associate in public health and business intelligence. I hold a B.Sc. degree from Tufts University (USA), in Experimental Psychology and Human Development.