A key task of your 2019 - 20 SU Executives is to develop a summary of their goals for the year. This will provide a useful metric at the end of the year, when they will prepare a snapshot of their achievements. As soon as the Goals Document is ready, it will be posted here.

Akanksha Bhatnagar
Akanksha Bhatnagar President

Akanksha Bhatnagar is the 2019-20 President of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. She was born in India, has lived in Toronto and has spent the last decade in Edmonton. She is a fifth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Sociology and Political Science, and graduated from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. Before being elected as the President, Akanksha served at the Vice-President Academic and worked as the Student Governance Officer with the Students’ Union where she supported all levels of student governance, championed the removal of iClickers and advocate for the usage of open educational resources (OERs). Akanksha’s passion for leadership development stems from her involvement with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program, serving as a Board Member on the Alberta Public Interest Research Group and being a Dias member for the High School Model United Nations Conference. Grateful to serve as this year’s President, Akanksha is inspired by the opportunity to further the University of Alberta’s capacity to serve as a welcoming and inclusive space for all students.

In addition to being the official spokesperson of the Students’ Union, her goals this year are centered around continued advocacy for an affordable education, creating a way for every student to explore leadership, and ensuring that our time on campus sets us up for continued success after we graduate. When she not busy spending every moment in SUB Atrium, she loves spending time with her terrier Rose, drinking an excessive amount of lattes, listening to amazing Spotify playlists, cooking and, of course, eating. To keep updated on the UASU Presidential portfolio, follow her on Twitter @UASUPresident and on Facebook at UASUExec.

Joel Agarwal
Joel Agarwal VP Academic

Joel Agarwal is the 2019-2020 Vice President Academic for the University of Alberta Students' Union and a Science student with a keen interest in research. Having been involved in student governance for the past two years, he has served the University of Alberta Students' Union as a Faculty of Science Councillor as well as on the General Faculties Council (GFC) which is the primary academic decision making legislative body at the University of Alberta. Within these roles, he actively sat on various committees and developed his passion for student governance, and student academics. Joel represents and advocates on behalf of undergraduate students in their academic concerns. He is passionate about undergraduate research, open education resources, and ensuring students have the resources available to reach academic excellence.

Apart from governance, Joel has a diverse background where he has an interest in health policy and pulmonary research. He has been involved with the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) as a journal reviewer and peer mentor and was a past recipient of the URI research award. Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, he has an appreciation for the prairies, mountains and the wild. In his spare time, Joel is an avid nature photographer, loves jazz, and plays the piano and trombone.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown VP External

Adam Brown is in his second year as Vice President External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. He is currently a 5th year student working to complete a Bilingual Bachelors of Commerce between Campus Saint-Jean and the Faculty of Business, majoring in Business Economics and Law. Adam represents undergraduate students to all levels of government and works with the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), in various advocacy efforts. In the 2018-2019 year, he was also the Chair of CASA and presented the organization's priorities to House of Commons committees and the Prime Minister of Canada. His priorities this year include, but are not limited to, advocating for equitable changes to Alberta's Student Financial Aid system, ensuring mental health funding is consistent, and communicating the benefits of work-integrated learning to the provincial and federal governments.

A born and raised Calgarian, Adam has been passionate about student leadership, politics, and change-making since a very young age. He has occupied various student governance positions at Campus Saint-Jean, most recently as President of the Association des Universitaires de la Faculté Saint-Jean (AUFSJ) in 2017-2018. Since moving to Edmonton, he has also become immersed in Alberta’s francophone community and has held a number of leadership roles in provincial and national francophone youth parliaments. Adam’s political experience has helped to grow his advocacy skills and develop relationships with various government stakeholders. Staying true to his Calgary roots, he makes sure to never miss attending the Calgary Stampede and seeing the rodeo. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with friends, listening to and playing music, line dancing and two-stepping, watching hockey as a life-long Oilers fan, and following political events locally and globally.

You can follow Adam personally and professionally on Twitter @AdamNCBrown and Instagram @adam.brown1.

Luke Statt VP Operations & Finance

Luke is a fourth-year Strategic Management and Organization student and is minoring in Marketing. He spent his early childhood growing up on the north side of Edmonton before moving to Beaumont and living there for the last decade. Prior to being elected into his role as Vice President Operations and Finance, Luke served a year on General Faculties Council, Business Council, and Students’ Council where he sat on a number of committees including the Audit, Strategic Planning, and Bylaw committees. Luke’s drive for self-improvement and personal growth has been a key factor in his undergraduate experience and he is looking forward to applying everything he has learnt thus far to improve your Students’ Union.

Over the next year, Luke will be implementing and managing the SU’s $11 million annual budget, while overseeing strategy and operations at the businesses and services — including Dewey’s, Room at the Top, The Daily Grind, SUBprint, Stride, Safewalk, and more. Additionally, he also heads up the operation of the Students’ Union Building and sits on a variety of committees and boards. In addition to these core roles, Luke has said that he would like to create new opportunities for student guided decision making, evolve the businesses and services to better meet current student needs, and enhance opportunities and communications between the Students’ Union and the campus community.

Jared Larsen
Jared Larsen VP Student Life

Jared Larsen is the Vice President Student Life of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and is currently a fifth year student in the Faculty of Business, majoring in Business Economics and Law. Coming to the University in his third year, Jared was driven by a desire to improve campus life, where he worked as a Resident Assistant before being elected as President of the HUB Community Association in his fourth year. This year, Jared looks forward to continue supporting Residence Associations and promoting wellness initiatives for students, and is passionate about enlivening the campus community by assisting Student Groups in achieving their goals and hosting successful events. Jared is also excited to contribute to the University’s plan to prevent and respond to incidences of sexual violence in the campus community, and work to ensure that campus is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

Jared is an avid golfer, and loves travelling across Western Canada playing with friends and in tournaments. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, and catching up on his favourite TV series. Grateful to serve as this year’s Vice President Student Life, Jared is thrilled by the opportunity to further the University of Alberta’s capacity to serve as a warm, welcoming, and inclusive space for all students.

Rowan Ley
Rowan Ley Board of Governors Representative

Rowan is a University of Alberta student who is lucky to study his passions for politics and history every day in the classroom. A lifelong Edmontonian, he is in his third year of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in History or Economics. He got involved in governance as the governance coordinator for the Arts faculty association, and has been a member of Students' Council since May 2018. Rowan has worked in the Legislature as a Page, and in the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and the Premier's Office for summer internships.

He is a dedicated member of the debate club, having competed as far away as South Africa, and the karate club, which he has been a member of for eleven years. When not on campus, he can be found playing intramural ultimate frisbee and walking his puppy.

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