Jess (she/her) is an experienced coach, passionate mentor and engaging speaker. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and lives to enable others to set and achieve big, hairy, and audacious goals. In her role as a PD, she aims to empower Shads to realize their capacity to create lasting legacies in their communities. She comes alive from the energy and magic of seeing youth show-up courageously for themselves and others to build an inclusive community.
Jess is a wrestling coach for a competitive and elite youth wrestling academy and has coached multiple national champions and Canadian world team members. Mental training, breaking through mental barriers and building resilience through positive mental health are all areas that Jess focuses on with her athletes and clients she works with. She’s been a TEDx Speaker and has over 8 years of experience in designing, leading and facilitating leadership and personal development programming for students and professionals across the country.
Jess is a certified TRX Suspension Training Group Fitness Instructor and is on a mission to help individuals from all backgrounds and fitness levels discover their inner athlete.
In her free time, you can find her at the gym, playing guitar around a campfire, listening to Shawn Mendes or the Jonas Brothers on repeat or re-reading Harry Potter for the 18th time.
Alex (he/him) has been fortunate to contribute to the Shad community since 2019 when he became a Program Assistant with Shad UBC. Since then, he has felt honoured to join many young leaders in their unique and transformative journeys.
As a Program Director, Alex fosters an inclusive and welcoming community that utilizes the knowledge of each Shad to promote a rich learning environment . Over the last few years, Alex has promoted mental health and mental performance as an advocate, coach, educator, and practicum counsellor. He completed his Bachelor of Science, specializing in Medical Biochemistry, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Counselling program as he pursues a career in Counselling and Mental Performance Consulting. Alex has explored multiple professional settings, such as the BC Wildfire Service, Canadian National Volleyball Team, Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, and the Vancouver School Board. Within these dynamic roles, he has connected with diverse populations and gained an appreciation for the leadership that resides in all of us. Some of Alex’s restorative practices include beach volleyball, cooking, hiking, meditation, surfing, snowboarding, and reading. He is highly motivated to connect with others and believes that the best experiences are those that are shared.