Our Team

Kristina Hiemstra

Kristina Hiemstra, Director, has been with IPCE since 2003. She grew up in Sweden and holds a Bachelor of Social Science from Linköping University. In advance of working for the University of British Columbia she was with the Burnaby Board of Trade. When not working she enjoys being with her family.

Katia Despot
Senior Education Manager

Katia was born and raised in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and moved to Canada in 2002. She graduated from the UBC Sauder School of Business specializing in Human Resource Management. Katia loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys practicing yoga, reading and swimming.

Jo Nam
Senior Education Manager

Jo initially joined the IP team as a UBC Sauder School of Business co-op student, and has returned for a full-time position. She has a major in Business and a minor in Philosophy, all at UBC. She likes to read a lot and listen to music.

Cris Ohno
Financial Processing Specialist

Born in the Philippines, Cris grew up most of her life in Canada. Her family consists of a husband, two grown up daughters & a mini dashchund. Cris enjoys walking, playing volleyball, gardening, watching her family play hockey and spending time with families.

Kathryn Booth
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Kathryn was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Carleton University in Ottawa, before moving to Vancouver in 2013. When not at work she spends her time reading, catching up on TV, and cooking (or baking) for her eternally grateful friends.