Where Are They Now?

We love to hear from our alumni! Send your short bios to Sandy Lapsky to be in the next issue of Geogramme.


Andrew Storey MA ’04
is now Director of Teaching at the Anglo-American Centre in Cagliari, Sardinia, one of the largest and most highly regarded private English language schools in Italy (www.angloamericancentre.it)  He was promoted internally after serving there for seven years as a teacher.  Andrew thanks the Department of Geography for its rigorous and critical approach to scholarship, which continues to inform his work in training and managing a team of 25 language teachers, as well as the cameraderie, humour and support of fellow grad students in good times and bad.

Brent Galster BA ’99
is back in Vancouver since 2012 and was at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in July of 2015 (rugby sevens, boxing and gymnastics).

He has had his first novel published with Friesen Press of Victoria in January of 2017 under his pen-name of Tristan Kerjunel, called “Chameleon On Plaid”. The novel is about a group of Toronto friends in their early 20s in the Toronto of 1989-90 with a crucial weekend in Quebec City as one is duped into making an attempt on the life of a British royal as she visits Quebec City! With the modern sexual and ethnic, and at times, religious complexity and foibles of life in the diverse Toronto neighborhoods of that period.

He also plans to publish “Year Of The Monkey” as his second novel, a detective “roman policier” set mostly in the Vancouver of 1991-1992, with some of the action in Toronto and with nods to Manila, Macao and Leningrad/St.Petersburg.

Adam Brosgall BA ’89
started his own law firm, Brosgall Legal, in 2010, and works as a sole practitioner. Somewhat related to his geography background, his firm has become Vancouver’s leading ‘Apostille’ services company, focused on the authentication and legalization of legal documentation for overseas use.  Over the past 10 years, Adam has worked closely with BC’s Department of Justice, and Canada’s DFAIT, as well as the many foreign consulates and embassies across Canada.  He finds this work interesting as every client has different requirements, and every country has different procedures.  Adam has successfully legalized thousands of documents for use in close to 100 different countries.

Joan Schwartz MA ’77
received promotion to Professor and on 1 July 2015 became Head of the Department of Art (Art History and Art Conservation) at Queen’s University, Kingston. She is currently working on a major exhibition and book for the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, on the legacy of pioneer photographer Frederick Dally.

From the 2015 Edition of the Geogramme:

Christopher Brangwin MA ’73
is a very proud Geography grad who valued his time at UBC and the Geography department very highly. As he lives in Australia, it is hard for him to attend the various functions that are offered. He did make it back to the Department in 2013 and was delighted to look around and see the preparations for the renovations. He is now retired and lives in Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales, about three hours drive south of Sydney. For many years he was the UBC Alumni Representative for Eastern Australia.

Ian Thompson BA ’75
has been “retired” for 6 years but still substitute teach at Elphinstone Secondary School in Gibsons particularly in their Earth Science and Geology classes. Still enjoying hiking in Scotland and skiing at Whistler.

Adrienne Smith BA ’00; MA ’05; JD 2013 (UBC Law)
is the Health and Drug Policy Staff Lawyer at the Pivot Legal Society. Read more about her work here: http://www.pivotlegal.org/our_staff

Creighton Connolly BA ’10
went on to do his M.A. at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John’s, with Dr. Josh Lepawsky on the global trade and traffic of secondhand electronics, or ‘e-waste’. His thesis looked at Singapore in particular, and how the country acts as a key node in facilitating the trade and traffic of secondhand electronics, while complicating the received wisdom of the nature of global e-waste flows. He is currently a PhD Candidate and Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Manchester, where he’s working on a European Commission funded project on Political Ecology (‘ENTITLE’). His project, under the supervision of Profs Erik Swyngedouw and Maria Kaika, investigates the controversies surrounding urban bird’s nest harvesting, or ‘swiftlet farming’ in Malaysian cities. As part of his work, Creighton conducted a three month internship with the Penang Heritage Trust in George Town, Malaysia, which have been one of the main actors involved in the fight to ban ‘swiftlet farms’ from heritage and residential areas in Penang. Read more about ENTITLE here: http://www.politicalecology.eu/