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Leaders

Leadership

The business of directing the AMS falls to a group of five students, who are elected annually by other students. The President and four Vice Presidents - VP Academic University and Affairs, VP External Affairs, VP Finance, and VP Administration - work as a team, free of hierarchy and fueled by coffee, to best represent you!

Chris Hakim

President

Originally from Jordan, Chris moved to Vancouver to pursue his dreams of working at the AMS. Or maybe it was to study at UBC? Working towards a degree in Political Science, his role at the AMS couldn’t be more suited to his interest and understanding of how political structures in government-like institutions work, and the authority that comes with various positions. We’ll leave that to him. When he’s not looking after the smooth running of the AMS he’s usually at the gym or sleeping, which, for the most part we believe. But come 5pm, you’ll often find him in the Gallery with a beer in hand. Porch is a firm lunch favorite, although he’s easily tempted by the Gallery menu at any time of day. Apart from the Nest, of course, Chris’ favorite spot on campus is the Piper Fountain on Main Mall.

Chris is the public face of the AMS, and responsible for too many things to list. Crucially though, he sets the agenda for weekly Council meetings and makes sure the policies and procedures of Council are properly implemented.

Email
president@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3972
Office
Nest 3518
Hours
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 5pm
Friday, Gallery 2.0: 4pm - 5pm

Julia Burnham

VP Academic and University Affairs

All the way from Toronto, Julia is in her fifth (and hopefully final) year of her First Nations and Indigenous Studies degree. As VPAUA, she fights for AMS members on important topics like affordability, sustainability and student well-being. When she’s not advocating for students, Julia is a devoted plant mom, taking care of her over 30 plants! You can always find her in the Gallery after work on Fridays, usually with good friends and even better craft beer. Fun fact: she’s actually changed her major six times - proof that it’s never too late to try something new!

Julia acts as a go-between for concerned students and the university administration. She can help you talk to the university about ideas you have or issues you face concerning education, health, well-being, safety, and pretty much anything else.

Email
vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3092
Office
Nest 3522
Hours
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 5pm
Friday, Gallery 2.0: 4pm - 5pm

Cristina Ilnitchi

VP External Affairs

Cristina grew up in Vancouver’s suburbs but is a city girl at heart. She fits perfectly into exciting places where lots of things are happening and can socialize to her hearts content any time of day; preferably after coffee in the morning. Her degree in interdisciplinary studies connects her many interests in political science; economics; and gender, race, and social justice; and her all-round enthusiasm for most things translates to her free time too. From new breweries in town to new bands at a local spot, you can count on Cristina to be involved before it becomes a thing. Her favorite spots on campus is the tree grove past the Forestry building, which she describes as a magical place while noting the importance of a coffee shop nearby. In Cristina’s words: ‘caffeine is magical too’, so maybe that’s the source of her boundless energy…

Cristina is here to advocate for you and build campaigns that make a difference to your life as a student. She lobbies to the government on students issues, like fees and housing, and strikes killer deals with public transit. This is where you come in! Check out the Advocacy & Campaigns page under Get Involved and see how your voice can make a difference.

Email
vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-2050
Office
Nest 3524
Hours
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 5pm
Friday, Gallery 2.0 : 4pm - 5pm

Lucia Liang

VP Finance

Lucia possess a strong passion and innovative vision that plays a huge role in her creative plans. These attributes align perfectly with the vision of AMS in terms of creating a more efficient and supportive community for UBC students. She works alongside with her fellow executives and the student body to deliver changes that positively impact the livelihood for all those in the community. Her role in the AMS entails working with businesses, clubs and the administration to make sure everything runs effectively. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee and sits on the CiTR board of directors. She also works with the Sustainability Coordinator to ensure financial and ethical goals are achieved harmoniously.

If you run into her, expect Lucia to be holding a 20 oz black coffee, since she drinks at least 4 cups a day. During the time when she is not in the AMS office, you will find her in a calming cafe writing her visions away regarding her future dreams and plans working in the fashion industry. Lucia also loves to travel and views traveling more than just a way to relax, but an opportunity to learn. While traveling, she observes, listens, and reflects on the local community to enrich her perspective about the world.

Email
vpfinance@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3973
Office
Nest 3526
Hours
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 12pm
Friday, Gallery 2.0: 4pm - 5pm

Cole Evans

VP Administration

Born and raised in the stampede city of Calgary, Alberta, Cole is proud to call Vancouver his true home at heart. Motivated by a passion for helping others, he is beyond excited to make sure UBC students are getting the most out of Canada’s top student society. Cole is currently in his third year of studies at UBC and is pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Relations to supplement his love for politics at all levels. He has a diverse set of experiences ranging from project management to the performing arts and looks forward to using his expertise to support the incredible variety of student initiatives and resources at the AMS. In and around the Nest, you’ll be sure to find him grabbing a London Fog at Blue Chip in the morning, and grabbing a drink with friends in the Gallery 2.0 at the end of the day. When he’s out of the office, Cole enjoys staying active, writing music, and venturing out into the amazing city of Vancouver.

As the VP Administration, Cole is your go-to-VP for all things Clubs, Constituencies, Sustainability, AMS Facilities, Student Life, and more. He’s also your first point of contact if you’re unsure of where to start, so don’t ever hesitate to drop by for a chat or send an email!

Email
vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3961
Office
Nest 3528
Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 9am - 10am
Tuesday & Thursday : 4pm - 5pm
Friday, Gallery 2.0: 4pm - 5pm