Have You Met… Ken Chan?

Have you met Ken, our Community Liaison Officer? Spend the next few minutes getting to know him a little better.

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Have you met Ken, our Community Liaison Officer? Spend the next few minutes getting to know him a little better.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

The main quad. It’s a place I’ve liked to hang out and be outside ever since I was a student.

Tablet or paper?

Tablet. I try to be environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of paper that I use.

Name one thing you’ve brought to work from home.

I don’t really bring anything to work because I don’t typically decorate my offices. I do carry photos of my kids and my wife in my wallet.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Music — I play guitar, and I’m a worship leader at my church. Whenever I have free time at home that’s the thing I go to. I play a couple of different instruments — acoustic guitar, electric guitar. I’ve been trying a bass I have at home, and I have a background in piano.

If you won airfare to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Hong Kong — I was born there, and grew up there until grade 1. My wife and I both have a lot of family there. It would be nice to visit them.

You can invite anyone — alive or dead, real or fictional — to dinner. Who would it be?

I would bring Elon Musk. I really like the whole idea behind Tesla of trying to create sustainable transportation. I’d like to talk to him about his overall vision and what he has in store for The Boring Company, Tesla, SpaceX, and all that stuff.

If you could switch jobs with someone else on campus for a week, what would you do?

Someone working in clinical services. As a peace officer we deal with people for maybe an hour or two on a call — we don’t get to have a long-term relationship with them. I would like to be able to understand on a deeper level what people go through. Within my new role as a Community Liaison Officer, I do get to work with a lot of students in residences, and that gives me some insight into what they deal with and what their mindset is like.

What does “uplifting the whole people” mean to you?

For me it means putting other people first.

If you could solve any problem in the world, what would it be?

Climate change. It’s a big topic nowadays, and it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be a silver bullet for it. If I could change that, I think it would remove a lot of anxiety that a lot of people have.

What 3 words best describe your U of A experience?

Excitement — I was a student here once. I remember how excited I was to come here during my first year. Opportunity — now that I work for the University, I know that there’s a lot of opportunity to grow and work here. Collaboration — within the University there is different departments, different groups, and you see that collaboration between them all the time — people working together towards a common goal.

About Ken Chan

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Ken Chan has been a Community Peace Officer for 10 years with the University of Alberta Protective Services and has recently taken on a new role as a Community Liaison Officer. His role is to work alongside the University community to identify crime issues and develop prevention strategies. He graduated from the Faculty of Science with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. He was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese fluently. When he is not on the beat, he enjoys playing guitars, talking about electric vehicles, and spending time with his kids and wife.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.