Executives

Executives

The Students’ Union’s new executive team for 2016/17 has been elected.

Incoming SU President Fahim Rahman will be joined on the Executive Committee by Vice President (Student Life) Francesca Ghossein, Vice President (External) Mike Sandare, Vice President (Operations and Finance) Robyn Paches and Vice President (Academic) Marina Banister.


Fahim Rahman
Fahim Rahman President

Fahim Rahman convocated in June 2016 with a B.Sc in Chemistry (Specialization), and served as the Students' Union VP Academic for 2015 - 16. He has served on a number of University committees starting in 2013 as an active member of student governance: first serving as a VP Academic and President of the student association in the Faculty of Science, followed by a term with the Students' Union.

With an acute understanding of how our university operates, he hopes to improve the quality and affordability of education on our campus. He actively participated in the planning process for the new Institutional Strategic Plan, and once approved, is excited to see how our university progresses on its goals. In particular, he’d like to see more experiential learning opportunities for students here.

As Students' Union President for 2016 - 17, Fahim looks forward to working with the new leadership at the University of Alberta and with our provincial government on issues that matter to students. He also looks forward to working with a new team of Students' Union executives on items such as completing the provincial government’s adult learning review to empowering student groups in residences.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading up on issues around the world, discovering new music and going to the gym. He welcomes your feedback by either connecting in person or online @uasupresident.

Marina Banister
Marina Banister VP Academic

Advocating for the academic interests on behalf of 30,000 undergraduate students, Marina Banister is the Vice-President Academic of the Students Union. Marina is a born and raised Edmontonian, and recently finished her fourth year of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts. When she is not working, she enjoys riding her bike year round, listening to talk radio, and staying up to date on municipal politics. Marina ran for Vice-President Academic because she believes in the importance of student governance and the commitment to a broad education with learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Marina has sat on every level of student governance at the UofA including her Department Association, Faculty Association, Student Council, GFC, Senate, and many affiliated committees. She also dedicates her time to the community, including serving as 2015 - 2016 Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council.

Marina’s top priorities as VP Academic are ensuring programs offer the flexibility students need to succeed in their degree; increasing the variety of interdisciplinary minors available to students; and working to strengthen department associations so students have representation at all levels of the University. She is also passionate about making governance accessible and transparent which means informing and including students in important decisions. Marina cares about strengthening every student's' University experience and invites all students to reach out online or drop into her office in SUB 2-900 if they would like to chat about anything related to governance or academics at the University of Alberta.

Mike Sandare
Mike Sandare VP External

Mike Sandare is a 4th year Political Science student at the University of Alberta. He was actively engaged in a number of clubs and organizations on campus before getting involved in student politics. Having had many memorable experiences on campus such as being an executive of AIESEC a student work exchange organization, debating to the bitter end as apart of the UofA Debate Society, as well as helping others with their dream of putting a satellite into space with AlbertaSAT, Mike urges all students to be involved with everything they can.

As Vice President External of the Students’ Union, Mike is excited to be advocating on behalf of student interests. He looks forward to working with officials and bureaucrats from all levels of government. By doing so, he hopes to help decrease barriers to access for students looking to enter university, as well as making it affordable for those who are already in it.

An adventure enthusiast, Mike loves anything that has to do with passion and excitement. If he’s not out in exploration, he can be found unwinding with a bottle of beer while watching anime. He looks forward to getting to know you, if you ever have any thoughts, questions or concerns, or even just want to kickback and relax please feel free to come talk to him in person, or send him a message online at @uasuvpexternal!

Robyn Paches
Robyn Paches VP Operations and Finance

As your Vice President Operations and Finance, Robyn has been elected by students to steer the direction of the Students’ Unions businesses and finances. His plans include working hard to collaborate with students, ensuring that businesses like RATT, Dewey’s and SUBPrint are serving real student needs right now, and in the future. Not limited only to the business side of the SU, Robyn also plans to advocate for student needs in safety and student financial aid.

Last year, he completed his undergrad in Business, receiving his Bachelor of Commerce with a focus in Operations Management. However, Robyn’s time in school was much more then only courses. . He served as the External Relations Director in his Faculty Association, the Business Students’ Association. Robyn also helped organize a case competition and led the University of Alberta Ski & Snowboard Club in his fourth year. Time in this diverse set of organizations prepared Robyn for his most recent experience, as an elected member of Students Council. Serving the students of the business faculty as their councillor in the 2015/16 term, Robyn sat on the Finance and Audit standing committees of council. Through these committees he not only learned the SU’s budget inside and out, but also the ethical manner in which to spend it.

Robyn is passionate about ensuring that student’s needs are not only recognized, but also met by the organization that represents them. He is excited to work with this year’s executive team to ensure all aspects of the SU meet real student needs.

Francesca Ghossein
Francesca Ghossein VP Student Life

Francesca is completing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology from Campus Saint-Jean (CSJ) and is serving as your Vice-President Student Life for this year.

During her time at CSJ, she was the Vice President Internal of the Faculté Saint-Jean Students’ Association (AUFSJ), where she facilitated events and club collaboration and provided the necessary tools for her peers to get a head start in student leadership. She sat on the CSJ advisory committee where she advocated for student involvement and student representation in campus decisions and activities and gave presentations to various levels of governance on student mental health and well being.

She was also involved in social justice groups as co-president of the Francophone chapter of the World University Service of Canada (EUMC) and as an APIRG board member, which helped her be more cognizant of different barriers that our community can work on reducing to render campus an even more equitable space.

The accessibility of our mental health resources is one of her priorities this year along with ensuring that your student voice is amplified and considered in decision making processes. She will work on facilitating collaboration between student groups onstudent-led initiatives and on fostering a safe and caring campus environment by making it easier for students to build community and support networks.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send her an e-mail at: vp.studentlife@su.ualberta.ca and make sure to follow her on twitter: UASUvpsl !

Colin Champagne
Colin Champagne Board of Governors Representative

Colin Champagne is the undergraduate Board of Governors representative. Colin come from the town of St. Paul Alberta and just recently completed his BA with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics at Campus Saint-Jean. He is a proud Franco Albertan who has done extensive volunteer work with francophone youth in Alberta. Through these youth activities he had the chance to participate in nearly 20 parliamentary simulations in Canada and in Europe.

Colin just recently finished serving a term as Association des Universitaire de la Faculté Saint-Jean’s president and, after many years on students’ council, is now serving you as BOG rep. The Board of the University of Alberta deals with important university matters such as approving new buildings or tuition increases. This year, he hopes to make board matters more accessible to you and actively seek out your input and opinion onuniversity affairs. His office is on the sixth floor of the Students’ Union Building but he’s rarely in it! If you would like to meet to discuss board business or if you have a question, don’t hesitate to send him an email at crchampa@ualberta.ca

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Room 2-900
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University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7