UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 3 | Mar.
Katie Eliot, BA80
Peter Wall Institute
The university, it turns out, is a great place to study and
a great place to work. Witness all the UBC grads who work
One of these, Katie Eliot, took her BA in Geography in 1980,
then worked as a PR coordinator for Fisheries and Oceans,
and, later, for the Urban Transit Authority, which became
SkyTrain. She came back to UBC in 1984 to work on Viewpoints
magazine for the faculty of Commerce. She moved to the Asian
Centre in 1987 where, among other things, she coordinated
their newsletter and other publications. She finally settled
at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in 2000.
As the Secretary for the Institute, she coordinates academic
programs (Visiting Junior Scholars, UBC Distinguished Scholars
in Residence), plays host to the visiting international researchers
who stay at the Peter Wall residence, and, like most senior
administrative staff at UBC, is the key person who keeps her
unit from lurching to a grinding halt.
Katie is a member of UBCs Sustainability Committee,
and works on a sub-committee formed to help give back to
departments some of the money they saved in energy consumption.
UBC saved nearly $4 million in power costs last year due to
the committees hard work and the high level of sustainability-consciousness
it raised on campus, and 2 per cent of that saving, or $75,000,
will be ploughed back in to sustainability projects proposed
by university units. The committee has received 36 proposals,
and is currently reviewing them.
But in her real life, Katie is a writer. Shes published
a book of her own poetry and has had work published in many
magazines including Canadian Author and Bookman, Scrivener,
Taproot and New Quarterly. As a reviewer and critic, she has
pieces in World Literature Today, BC Books and other Canadian
magazines. Katie was the founding editor of Spokes, the quarterly
newsletter of the Canadian Poetry Association in Vancouver,
and SPECs newsletter, Spectrum. Her scripts have been
featured on Ecowatch, a weekly radio show broadcast by CFRO.
After returning to UBC, Katie was instrumental in starting
the Geography Alumni Association, and also edited Geogramme,
its quarterly newsletter. These days she has switched genres
and is working on some magazine articles and a historical
If you are a UBC grad working on campus, let us know. We want
to keep in touch with you. Call the Alumni Association at