Deeply sad news regarding missing student Jordan Naterer

It is with a very heavy heart that we share the incredibly sad news that Jordan Naterer, missing since October 12, 2020, has been confirmed dead by his family. Many faculty, staff and students joined in the support to find him and the search, and will no doubt be affected by this news. 

Jordan Naterer had studied at UBC from the summer of 2018 to last summer in 2020 – Jordan was a beloved student, classmate, and friend to many, and he made a lasting contribution to UBC during his time here. He had just completed his Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.   

He will be remembered for his kind, generous, and adventurous spirit, as well as his tremendous accomplishments in the field of electrical and computer engineering. We are all very saddened by this loss and have sent our condolences to his family and loved ones. During this difficult time, we ask you to respect their privacy.  

When confronted with the loss of one of our own, we can often feel quite shaken by complex feelings of grief or anger. We hope that you will reach out for support you need – friends, family, other faculty and staff, or other members within your own communities. 

If you are having difficulty coping with this loss and think you would benefit from additional support, please connect with your instructors or use any of the resources below. And if you notice that a friend or classmate may also be affected by this news, please let a faculty member know, or reach out to a trusted staff member.   


Student Support Resources:  

If you or a class member is in need of support, please access support services that are freely available to you:   

·All services are listed here: UBC crisis support and UBC students health, wellbeing, and safety

·UBC student counselling services    

Students can call 604 822 3811 to schedule a same day, single session appointment  

·UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP)  

The UBC SAP is a 24/7 service that allows UBC students anywhere in the world to access wellness resources such as counselling services.    

·Crisis Centre: If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or at risk of harm, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time. If you are outside of BC or Canada, you can still access the Crisis Centre – check here for support links based on your location.  

The loss of a member of our community is always difficult for us to bear – and with many of us having to deal with the challenges over the past year and a half, this is especially hard.  

Please take care of each other – seek the support you need, and reach out to those who may be most vulnerable.  


Steve Wilton 

Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

James Olson 

Dean, UBC Applied Science

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