James D. Kondopulos, BCom’00, LLB’03, recently became a partner at the Vancouver based employment and labour law boutique, Roper Greyell LLP.

Dr. Jill A Miwa, BSc’00, is part of the international research team led by Professor Michelle Simmons at the University of New South Wales in Australia that has created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal. The research letter, “A single-atom transistor,” was recently published in the Journal Nature Nanotechnology. Dr. Miwa – the only Canadian on the team – is currently working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Sandra Garcia
Sandra Garcia

Since graduating from UBC with a degree in English, Sandra Garcia, BA’05, has established a career as an independent publicist and public relations consultant in Vancouver. In addition to being a member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, she is the festival director and acting secretary on the board of directors of the Vancouver Short Film Festival Society, along with board members Spencer Kent, BCom’10, Valerie Warner, BA’07(Hon), director of legal affairs, and founder, Brian Danin, BFA’07.

Concerned with rising student debt, a team of post-secondary students, including UBC alumna, Dawn Sheirzad, MBA’05, created the online student network, LocAZu (www.locazu.com). It allows students from across Canada to connect with one another by sharing study material and campus events, evaluating professors and courses, and trading textbooks. LocAZu is active at 72 campuses across the country with over 350,000 total postings.

Michelle Lei, IMBA’06, and her sister, Judy, have founded Light Activewear – active wear apparel for yoga, hot yoga, pole, gym, dance, and fun. The locally-designed apparel is available for sale in Canada, the United States, and Asia.

Jacqueline Gow, BA’08, and her business partner, Barrett McBride, have recently started a business in Santiago, Chile. Localisto provides a tech service in the form of an app for city agencies in the US to contact community members on important local projects. The goal of the project is to leverage a community’s group voice and  help it to be heard by local governments, developers and urban planners to build better community communication  and dialogue.

Tyler Miffin
Tyler Miffin and his brother, Alex

Tyler Mifflin, BFA’08, and his brother, Alex Mifflin, are the hosts of The Water Brothers, a six-part documentary television series from SK Films that explores the challenges facing water – earth’s most precious resource – and the challenges humans face in managing freshwater and ocean resources sustainably. The idea to embark on this project arose when Tyler and Alex started working together on IMAX projects at SK Films in 2009. Tyler had just received his degree in film production from UBC and Alex was an environmental/international studies graduate from Dalhousie. One of the unique aspects of this series is that Alex and Tyler are effectively creating this series on their own. Alex is the lead researcher, co-writer and co-host, and Tyler is co-host, director and co-producer. The first season takes viewers to destinations around the world, including the mighty Mekong River in South East Asia, the frozen Arctic Circle, the disappearing coral reefs of the Caribbean and the Carp-infested waters of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.


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