Core Executives—2010–2011

These were the core executives in the 2010–2011 academic year.


Name: Jré Sarenac

Jré is a 4th year computer science student. She completed her first two years at Langara College before transferring to UBC. Her academic interests include Human Computer Interaction, particularly for users with special needs. She’s also very interested in inattentional blindness and is currently working as a research assistant for the Visual Cognition Lab at UBC. Outside of her academic interests she enjoys the outdoors, especially volleyball, snowboarding, hiking and camping.

Vice President, Communications

Name: Bert Ong

Bert is in his 6th and final year at UBC. Having started in the Cogs program, he soon discovered that he much preferred Computer Science and switched major accordingly. In his free time, Bert enjoys gaming, reading, live music and referring to himself in the third person.

Vice President, External

Name: Jeremiah Tantongco

Jeremiah is a 5th year student in Computer Science. He’s been doing his Computer Science degree ever since high school. Originally, he was interested in programming games, but has now forgotten that fact. He volunteers as the VPX to find out what kind of opportunities are out there in the whole wide world. Outside of school, Jeremiah likes to play video games such as Starcraft 2 and Board games.

Vice President, Internal

Name: Mike Kenyon

Vice President, Internal (former; unable to continue due to co-op)

Name: Richard Lo

Richard is a 3rd Year Computer Science student at UBC. His interests revolve around phone technology and development, especially with Android. Outside of school he enjoys playing badminton, biking, kayaking and snowboarding.

Vice President, Social

Name: Sean Lee

Sean is a second year student in Cognitive Systems—Computer stream. He’s interested in studying human computer interaction and artificial intelligence, but has yet to fall in love with any particular subject. Outside of his academics, he likes listening to jazz, playing Starcraft II and cooking (horribly).

Vice President, Social (former; resigned 2010-09-16)

Name: Karen Lee

Vice President, Volunteering Services

Name: André Malan

André is a 5th year CS student from South Africa. André is passionate about education and spends a lot of time thinking about ways to use technology to help those who need it. You can find more about him at his website

Vice President, Financial

Name: Melsa Smith

Melsa is a 4th year CS student. She is completing the Software Engineering option, but her real passion is Data Management. Melsa is also a distance triathlete and Personal Trainer.

Vice President, Administration

Name: Kalan MacRow

Kalan is a third year Computer Science student at UBC. His wide-ranging interests include web development, cryptography, physics and architecture. Outside of school and work Kalan enjoys swimming, reading philosophy and travelling.

Campus Ambassadors

Campus Ambassadors are on-campus student contacts who would love to share their experience and insights on their company work opportunities, social aspects, and culture. They look forward to talking about what they did as coops and what you can expect. Feel free to reach out to any of them if you are interested in the company they are promoting! See a list of the Computer Science-related Ambassadors.

Amy Kwok—RIM Campus Ambassador

Hello everyone! I am Amy Kwok, your RIM (Research In Motion) Campus Ambassador. I am in 4th year Computer Science and minoring in Commerce. I was also the Computer Science Student Society (CSSS) President back in 2008. During my coop term at RIM, I worked 4 months as a Product Manager in Waterloo. If you have any questions about RIM, my coop work term, or Waterloo, please do not hesitate to contact me: <askwok[at]cs[dot]ubc[dot]ca>.

More about RIM: There are ~700 students combined (new, extending… etc) on campus globally each term. RIM is Canada’s largest private sector Coop program! RIM has a student run club (RCSC) where you can be involved. Students at RIM make a difference and work on real projects. Apply online at:

More about Waterloo: Student life is very prominent in Waterloo, with youth from the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier. There are many student hot spots around town and you’ll never be bored. If this is your first time away from Vancouver, definitely check out RIM @ Waterloo!


Vlad Zaharia—Microsoft Student Partner

Hey everyone! I’m Vlad Zaharia, the Microsoft Student Partner for UBC. I’m a 2nd year Computer Science major. I am actively involved in the Computer Science Student Society, so you can probably find me around the CS building all the time. If you have any questions about Microsoft, whether it’s about their products, co-op opportunities, or their scholarships, feel free to contact me at <vlad[dot]zaharia[at]msptechrep[dot]com> or ask me in person if you bump into me.

More about Microsoft: With 90,000 employees in more than 60 countries, Microsoft is one of the top IT employers in the world. You’ll get a chance to work on one of more than 300 products currently in development. If you have the passion, we have the path. Apply online at

More about Redmond: At Microsoft, you’ll get the best on-the-job training in the world, while enjoying a casual, flexible work environment where you can choose everything from when you work to what you wear. When you’re not working hard, you’ll be playing hard. Whether at work or at play, you’ll be surrounded by some of the smartest, most talented, most committed technology lovers in the world.