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Created in 2017 as part of the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross-section of alumni representing both campuses who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni UBC’s vision of a global alumni community for an exceptional UBC and a better world.


2023-24 Recipient

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Bryant, DMD 1991

Since 2012, Dr. Bryant has volunteered as a UBC dental mentor and program ambassador for the Faculty of Dentistry. He has donated his time, expertise, and even housing to dental students in the Summer Student Practitioner Program. Each summer, Dr. Bryant hosts one or more students in preparation for their fourth year while modelling strong advocacy for vulnerable community members. Going above and beyond, he stays in touch with every student he has mentored over the past 11 years and continues to support them throughout their careers.

Past Recipients

Dr. Reza Nouri, DMD 1994, MSc 2004

Dr. Reza Nouri is a dedicated oral health professional who runs a private practice, teaches part-time, mentors students in volunteer activities, and sponsors their social sporting events. He is a major donor, has served on multiple professional committees, holds fellowships, and has received awards from numerous societies in Canada and the U.S.

Dr. Anu Rehtlane, BSc 1976, DMD 1981, LLB 1984

Dr. Rehtlane is a triple alum and her volunteerism and generosity in the community speaks to her widespread interests, both outside of UBC and as part of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Even at the onset of the pandemic, when so much was unknown, Dr. Rehtlane did not waver from her dedication to serve as a part time faculty member in a volunteer teaching capacity, even increasing her hours as needed, ensuring our students were able to graduate without delay.

Dr. Thomas O’Brien, BSc 1970, MSc 1974, DMD 1978

Dr. O’Brien’s life and career have been illuminated by his passion for volunteerism, both within and outside of his chosen profession of dentistry. Numerous accolades celebrate his dedication to improving the lives of young people through mentorship, and his tireless advocacy work on behalf of the profession of dentistry.

Dr. Richard Wilczek, DMD 1981

Dr. Wilczek is not only a loyal and engaged alumnus; as a long time leader in the profession, he inspires others with his selfless dedication to the underserved.

Dr. Greg Chang, DMD 1986

For his distinguished and inspirational community leadership, and tireless advocacy for the Faculty of Dentistry.

  • Brenda Currie, Diploma Dental Hygiene 1976, BDSc 2004, MSc 2007
    For her dedication to oral cancer prevention in British Columbia.
  • Dr. David Hemerling, BSc 1989, DMD 1993
    For his long-time service as a volunteer dentist and student mentor at UBC Dentistry’s community outreach dental clinics.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Lee, BSc 1988, DMD 1992
    For her service as a UBC Dentistry volunteer, promoting dental outreach in marginalized or impoverished communities.
  • Dr. Angelique Leung, BSc 1984, DMD 1988
    For her support of the Faculty of Dentistry and her long record of service to the dental profession in British Columbia.
  • Dr. Doug Nielsen, DMD 1972
    For his long record of leadership and mentorship establishing volunteer dental clinics in BC and internationally.
  • Sherry Priebe, BDSc 2003, MSc 2009
    For her many contributions to UBC Dentistry and her tireless efforts promoting dental hygiene and oral health.
  • Dr. David Sweet, OC, DMD 1978
    For his passion and dedication to dental education and his leadership in forensic odontology.
  • Dr. Andrew Tsang, BSc 1996, DMD 1997
    For his unwavering support of UBC Dentistry mission initiatives in Vietnam.