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Top 40 Under 40 Finalist Janna Olynick


2018/19 Top 40 Under 40 finalist – Janna Olynick

Janna Olynick
Research Associate
University of North British Columbia
Age: 25

Janna Olynick is an incredible example of what the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has done for the North. She came to UNBC in 2010 to study Psychology and earned both undergrad and graduate degrees, in turn teaching the fundamentals of psychology to all new students. 

Janna holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has four years of work experience in related fields. She holds the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2: CORE) ethics certificate and became a member of the Golden Key Society during her Bachelors.

“She’s made many conference presentations, and has had her name published in dozens of papers,” said one supporter. “[Janna] has overcome some incredible barriers to succeed and is giving back to her community immeasurably through volunteer work.”

In 2015, Janna was awarded the Canadian Chairs of Departments of Psychology Award and in 2016, won the BC Psychological Association Gold Medal Award. She has three academic journal publications and has authorship on thirteen published reports and ten conference presentations. Additionally, Janna operates a research business.

“My research (e.g., RRN2 project, Strengthening Families Program, POWERPLAY) involves a high level of data and research acumen,” said Janna. “My goal is to contribute to the cultivation of knowledge and resources to strengthen northern and rural communities. From quality research comes valid data, which promotes better decisions and prosperous/healthy communities.”

Janna was the Academic Vice President of the PSYC Club, organizing guest speakers and growing the scholarship fund, as well as a representative for the Graduate Student Society. She also sat on the Innovation and Development Common Research Days Advisory Committee and was invited to speak at the UNBC 2017 orientation.

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