Our Team

Jade Baanstra

Jade is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She does research on the behavioural effects of disease on seabirds with the IOF at UBC. She is Coast Salish and Hawaiian on her mother’s side and Dutch and German on her father’s. Jade’s excited to work with indigenous youth, and she’s hoping to inspire them to consider studying the STEM fields. She’s planning on furthering her studies in graduate school and hoping to one day work in ecological research.




Danilo Caron

Danilo was born and raised in Kamloops, BC on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory with ties to Castel Franco, Italy, and the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Ontario. He now lives on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people in Vancouver with his wife Jewell, and his daughter Cicada. Danilo graduated with an undergraduate degree in civil engineering in May 2020 and is currently completing his Master of Applied Science in civil engineering, specializing in project and construction management. In 2018, he attended the first AISES in Canada National Gathering in Calgary and was instantly drawn to the sense of community formed across the country, and helped restart the UBC AISES chapter.



Hannah Kirdeikis                                                                  

Hannah is Ojibwe and belongs to Beausoleil First Nations in Georgian Bay, Ontario. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at UBC in the Faculty of Science with a major in Chemistry. She just recently joined AISES UBC in September of 2022 and is looking forward to attending future conferences (hopefully national and international) as well as attending the outreach events with the rest of this Chapter.






Connor Keane

Connor is Mi’kmaq and grew up in Kelowna, BC. He and his family later moved to Surrey where he completed high school and is currently in his fourth year of studying Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. He has been an active member of UBC’s AISES chapter since the beginning of 2019 and is passionate about encouraging and supporting Indigenous students in pursuing post-secondary education in STEM fields. He had the opportunity to be a presenter at the 2020 AISES in Canada National Gathering in Saskatchewan.





Alyssa Iskierski

Alyssa is Manitoba Métis and grew up in Winnipeg, MB. She moved to Vancouver to study sciences and is currently in her second year majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. She first joined AISES in 2020 and has not yet attended a National Conference but hopes to attend one in the future! She is looking forward to being part of the UBC AISES team throughout her undergraduate degree and as she continues on to graduate school.