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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!

Cole Evans

President

Cole brings over three years of student leadership experience to the AMS, including having served previously as the AMS Vice-President Administration for the 2019/20 year. In his fourth year here at UBC, Cole is studying Political Science with a minor in History. He also has a professional background in a number of areas, including project management, marketing and the performing arts. With a passion for helping others, Cole is proud to be able to work alongside an amazing team who is dedicated to creating great university experiences for all UBC students.

He ran for the AMS President this year because he truly believes that the students’ union is in a unique position to have a huge impact on making the university experience better for all UBC students and a key role in addressing their needs. For example, last year the Student Executive Team had to navigate the impending public transit shutdown in Vancouver. There was a lot of uncertainty for students, so they had to make sure the AMS was doing what it could to be ready in case there was a labour strike. They ended up coming up with a great plan to keep The Nest open for 24 hours to allow students to stay overnight if they were unable to make it home.

After being involved with the AMS for over two years, Cole believes that the number one thing everyone needs to know about the AMS is how much the people who work here genuinely care about UBC students.

The number one priority in his new term as President will be making sure that students are supported during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Other projects Cole will be looking at include improving student engagement and community, a new equity plan, and improving the services and businesses provided by the organization.

Cole said his superpower is spotting marine wildlife better than anyone. He is the whale watching king - that’s crazy considering that back home in Calgary there’s virtually no water anywhere!

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

Georgia Yee

VP Academic and University Affairs

As a fourth-year student studying Biology with a minor in Health and Society, Georgia brings her passion for public health, student leadership, and grassroots advocacy to the VP of Academic and University Affairs office. Georgia proudly calls both UBC and Calgary her home. With extensive advocacy and support experience in residence life, activist groups, and residence hall associations, she is excited to work with students and a fantastic team to advocate on core principles of accessibility, affordability, and equity.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to run for this position after seeing all the gaps in student support and accessibility. Inspired by her predecessors’ previous work on sexual violence prevention, she decided to take on the role to fight for all UBC students.

One thing everyone should know about the students’ union is that the AMS is receptive to feedback and hear concerns, as its mission is to support students in any way they can.

While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia’s priority is making sure that students are supported in all aspects of their academic and personal life. Other projects she’ll work on during her term include advocating for improved sexual violence prevention education, proactive consultation, food insecurity, raising awareness and creating support for accessibility needs, lecture recording, meaningful engagement with indigenous students, access to mental health resources, as well as social and climate justice.

During her free time, she enjoys playing video games, sewing, snacking, spending time with friends, and making memes. Fun fact: her favourite dish is an Eggs Benny! You could say she has an eggs ben-addiction.

The three things she would bring to a deserted island would be a sleeping bag (gotta get comfy!), a sewing kit (those have everything!), and a notebook to write down her random 3 am thoughts.


If you have something to discuss with Georgia and want to organize a meeting, check her calendar here:
https://calendly.com/amsvpacademic/30min

Email
vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3092
Office
Nest 3522
Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 4pm - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 11am - 12pm
Friday, Gallery Patio & Lounge: 4pm - 5pm

Kalith Nanayakkara

VP External Affairs

Kalith is a 3rd year Canadian Studies and Political Science student. In addition to his passion for supporting all students through various forms of advocacy, he is an avid fan of the world of marketing and entrepreneurship. Inspired by the incredible work accomplished by his predecessors in this role, he decided to run for VP External Affairs. He is going to use his hunger for stronger student advocacy, along with his experience with government, leadership and decision-making to represent the interests of all students on campus.

The first project for Kalith will focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMS External Affairs office is fighting for stronger student support and ensuring that no students are falling through the cracks of existing and future relief programs.

In addition, Kalith and his team will be working very hard on ensuring that as soon as the pandemic is over, students are ready to return to their normal lives by having the proper resources and measures in place to support this unprecedented transition. They will also work with student unions from all over the country to discuss and strategize collective advocacy on numerous issues such as student support during the pandemic, the removal of Federal student loan interest rates and improved support for Indigenous students.

During his free time, you can find Kalith playing the bass guitar in a self-proclaimed “dad rock band,” grabbing a beer at the Gallery (where he used to work as a bartender!) or rewatching a few episodes of one of his favourite sitcoms - Community!

When asked what three things he’d take to a desert island with him, he took a practical approach: “A volleyball named Wilson so that I can pretend to be Tom Hanks on the set of Cast Away, a satellite phone to call for rescue (in order for me to get right back to work in the office) and a camera to keep busy while I wait for my ride home!”

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

Lucia Liang

VP Finance

Bio Coming Soon

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

Sylvester Mensah

VP Administration

Sylvester is an international student currently in his 4th year in the Bachelor of International Economics program. Born in Ghana and raised around the world, he calls UBC home now. Outside of his academics, he tends to make use of his creative talent through event planning and content creation, skills he has gained during his experience at UBC. He enjoys watching series and his recent favourites are Money Heist and Prison Break. He loves watching those difficult situations on screen because he feels they make him ready and prepared for whatever may come his way.

He ran for the VP Admin position inspired by the work he had done with AMS events. He sees the VP Admin portfolio as one that will allow him to leave a lasting impact on the students who make up the society. Whether working on capital projects, sustainability initiatives, or increasing support for AMS Clubs, he will be contributing directly to the shared experiences of students across campus, giving them many more reasons to be proud of their student government.

Sylvester thinks it’s really important that students know about all the fantastic work being done behind the scenes by the team at the AMS to ensure that their university experiences are all they can be, particularly during these unprecedented times.

His most immediate priority during his term will be ensuring the successful onboarding of all members of the AMS Clubs onto the new software: AMS CampusBase. He will also be working on revamping the presence of the Hatch Gallery by improving the visibility of the Permanent Art Collection. However, given the unprecedented times, we are in, Sylvester and his team will work to make sure that resources are optimized for students so that they can adapt to the upcoming challenges and have great experiences at the AMS.

If he had to to take only three things to a desert island, he’d throw all practicality aside, he’d definitely have to bring his phone so he could keep listening to music (we’ll ignore the phone charger issue for now). He’d also bring a basketball - he’s always down for a game! And of course, a copy of the AMS Operations Committee Policy Manual. He doesn’t go anywhere without it!

Email
vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca
Phone
(604) 822-3961
Office
Nest 3528
Hours
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 12pm
Friday, Gallery Patio & Lounge: 12pm - 1pm