Who We Are

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The University of Toronto Students’ Union represents all 50,000 full-time undergraduate and professional faculty students at UofT’s St. George and Mississauga campuses. We work to build community on campus and ensure you have the best possible student experience while you are here.

We are governed by a Board of Directors elected from every college and faculty at the University. There are also six Executive Committee members who work full-time to advance the goals and programs of the Students’ Union.

We employ nine full-time staff members as well as nearly 100 part-time student staff to deliver services, coordinate programming, and plan events to enrich your campus life experience.

 

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Jasmine Wong Denike

PRESIDENT
president@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 223

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Cassandra Williams

VICE-PRESIDENT UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS
vpua@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 248

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Lucinda Qu

VICE-PRESIDENT EXTERNAL
vpexternal@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 234

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Ryan Gomes

VP PROFESSIONAL FACULTIES
vpprofac@utsu.ca

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Mathias Memmel

VP INTERNAL AND SERVICES
vpinternal@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 240

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Farah Noori

VICE-PRESIDENT EQUITY
vpequity@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 233

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Shahin Imtiaz

VICE-PRESIDENT CAMPUS LIFE
vpcl@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 237

 

 

 

Nour Alideeb

UTMSU President
president@utmsu.ca | 905-828-370

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Our Board of Directors is responsible for organizing and overseeing all of our programming and events. All our representatives are elected and participate in our Commissions. Most importantly, the Board of Directors is the final decision making body of our democratic structure and must approve all resolutions before they come into effect.

Executive Committee
Jasmine Wong Denike, President
Mathias Memmel, Vice-President Internal
Cassandra Williams, Vice-President University Affairs
Lucinda Qu, Vice-President External
Farah Noori, Vice-President Equity
Shahin Imtiaz, Vice-President Campus Life
Ryan Gomes, Vice-President Professional Faculties
Nour Alideeb, UTMSU President
Division I Directors
Cole Mellows, Innis College
Nadine Abdel-Ghafar, New College
Sila Elgin, New College
Nicholas Grant, New College
Damian Di Biaise, St. Michael’s College
Leanne Grupusso, St. Michael’s College
Georgina Merhom, St. Michael’s College
Sarah Harrison, Trinity College
Chimwemwe Alao, University College
Mira El Hussein, University College
Ryan Hume, University College
Garnet Lollar, Victoria College
Stephanie Spagnuolo, Victoria College
Christina Badiola, Woodsworth College
Ahmad Ilyas, Woodsworth College
Sebastian Salomon, Woodsworth College
Paul Rhamey, Transitional Year Program
Jacob Reinertson, Computer Science
Victoria Liao, Humanities
Alissa Mirochnitchenko, Life Sciences
Vacant, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Tsukasa Kikuchi, Rotman Commerce
Timothy Law, Social Sciences
Division II Directors
Faizan Akbani, Professional Faculties at-large
Sophia Wang, Professional Faculties at-large
Marienka Bishop-Kovac, Faculty of Architecture and Visual Studies
Joshua Raisin, Faculty of Dentistry
Addy Bhatia, Faculty of Engineering
Danja Papajani, Faculty of Engineering
Andrew Sweeny, Faculty of Engineering
Naomi Maldonado-Rodriguez, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Justin Kim, Faculty of Medicine
Katie Grundy, Faculty of Nursing
Adriana Too, Faculty of Pharmacy
Orvin Lao, Toronto School of Theology
Aidan Fishman, Faculty of Law
Jacob Feldman, Faculty of Music
Division III Directors
Sarah Amjad, UTMSU
Teresa Bai, UTMSU
Noor Bajaj, UTMSU
Noor Chaudhry, UTMSU
Sharon Lui, UTMSU
Ameera Marlewski, UTMSU
Fatima Mohamed, UTMSU
General Equity Directors
Nish Chankar
Falhad Mohamoud
Krunal Kanani
Ramz Aziz
Jayme Nadolny
Lee Grace

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Terms of Membership

There shall be two terms of membership for Union Committees – the Summer session and the Fall/Winter session. The Board must hold elections for Committee membership at the May or June Meeting, and at the Board meeting in November or once the Fall elections results are ratified.

Bursary and Grants Committee

MANDATE

The Bursary & Grants Committee is responsible for overseeing the book bursary application process, reviewing applications and making allocations, and assisting in promoting the service to the campus. The Committee is also responsible for revising the Union’s book bursary policy. The Vice-President Internal is responsible for ensuring that applications are available to members online and/or through the Union office. The Vice-President Internal reviews the applications submitted, presents them to Committee members, who determine allocations that are recommended to the Board of Directors for ratification.

MEMBERSHIP

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Peter Zhang | Peter@utsu.ca
Emily Xu | Emily@utsu.ca
Khrystyna Zhuk | Khrystyna@utsu.ca

Budget Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws & policies, the Budget Committee is responsible for preparing and recommending the preliminary, operating and revised budgets for approval to the Board of Directors, on the advice and recommendation of the Vice-President Internal & Services and the mandate developed by the Planning and Budget Framework. The Committee will have oversight of the planning and budget activities, including, but not limited to, the short-term and long-term financial planning of the Union.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Budget Committee may not include the Associate Vice-Presidents or Executives of the Union, with the exception of the President and Vice-President Internal & Services 

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Khrystyna Zhuk | Khrystyna@utsu.ca
Emerson Calcada | Emerson@utsu.ca
Abdulla Omari | Abdulla@utsu.ca
Mathias Memmel | Mathias@utsu.ca
Daman Singh | Daman@utsu.ca

Elections and Referenda Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Elections and Referenda Committee will oversee the Union’s elections and referenda in accordance to its own policy and procedures. The Committee will make recommendations to the Board of Directors on revisions to the Elections Procedure Code and the Charter for Referenda. It is also responsible for recommending to the Board of Directors election and referenda dates.

MEMBERSHIP

Vere-Marie Khan (chair) | vpua@utsu.ca
Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Jess Afonso | Jessica@utsu.ca
Peter Zhang | Peter@utsu.ca
Raffi Dergalstanian | Raffi@utsu.ca

 

Executive Review Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Executive Review Committee will meet from time to time or convene to hear complaints brought forward by the Board of Directors regarding the performance and/or behaviour of an Executive. When a complaint is brought forward, the Committee should investigate and make recommendation on the appropriate course of actions.

The XRC can be contacted at xrc@utsu.ca.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Executive Review Committee is restricted to the Associate Vice-Presidents or Executives of the Union.

Nicholas Grant | nicholas@utsu.ca
Ifrah Farah | ifrah@utsu.ca
Mathias Memmel | mathias@utsu.ca
Farah Noori | farah@utmsu.ca
Abdulla Omari | abdulla@utmsu.ca
Steve Warner | steve@utsu.ca

Organizational Development and Services Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Organization Development and Services Committee is responsible for the management, operations, and oversight of the services of the Union both at the St. George and UTM campuses. The committee will recommend the services budget to the Budget Committee, operational policy for the services to the Policy & Procedures Committee, and oversee the short and long term planning of the Services of the Union.

MEMBERSHIP

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Vere-Marie Khan | vpua@utsu.ca
Anastasia Harovska | Anastasia@utsu.ca
Auni Ahsan | Auni@utsu.ca
Nia-Imara Barberousse | Nia@utsu.ca
Sana Chishti | Sana@utsu.ca

Policy and Procedures Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Policy & Procedures Committee will meet from time to time or convene to discuss policy of Union and present a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

The Policy and Procedures Committee was re-struck on November 28th with a new membership.

MEMBERSHIP

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Ebi Agbeyegbe | president@utmsu.ca
Khrystyna Zhuk | Khrystyna@utsu.ca
Auni Ahsan | Auni@utsu.ca
Raffi Dergalstanian | Raffi@utsu.ca
Abdulla Omari | Abdulla@utsu.ca

Professional Faculties Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Professional Faculties Committee will meet from time to time and convene to discuss issues affecting professional faculty members. The Committee is responsible for discussing how to better deliver services and campaigns to the professional faculties.

MEMBERSHIP

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Vere-Marie Khan | vpua@utsu.ca
Carlos Fiel | Carlos@utsu.ca
Nia-Imara Barberousse | Nia@utsu.ca
Josh Calafato | JoshuaC@utsu.ca
Emily Xu | Emily@utsu.ca
Ilan Zimner | Ilan@utsu.ca
Rebecca Jackson | Rebecca@utsu.ca
Mathias Memmel | Mathias@utsu.ca
Caitlin Pascoe | Caitlin@utsu.ca
Riaz Sayani-Mulji | Riaz@utsu.ca
Nasrin Ghafoori | Nasrin@utsu.ca
Jason Lo | Jason@utsu.ca
Ernest Ralph Manalo | Ernest@utsu.ca
John Deepak Sundara | John@utsu.ca
Adriana Menghi | Adriana@utsu.ca

Student Accessibility Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the Student Accessibility Committee will meet from time to time and convene to discuss accessibility issues and projects on campus.

MEMBERSHIP

Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ebi Agbeyegbe | president@utmsu.ca
Sania Khan | vpequity@utsu.ca
Ryan Hume | RyanH@utsu.ca
Falhad Mohamoud | Falhad@utsu.ca
Vacant

Saint George Clubs Committee

MANDATE

In addition to the mandate in the Union’s Bylaws and policies, the St. George Clubs Committee is responsible for overseeing recognition of Union clubs, reviewing and making allocations to clubs funding requests and special projects requests and, and assisting in promoting the clubs to the campus. The Committee is also responsible for revising the Union’s clubs’ policy.

MEMBERSHIP

Alessia Rodriguez (chair) | vpcampuslife@utsu.ca
Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Nathan Gibson | Nathan@utsu.ca
Carlos Fiel | Carlos@utsu.ca
Ifrah Farah | Ifrah@utsu.ca
Danielle Sardella | DanielleS@utsu.ca

Community Members:

(To be determined at the next Clubs Committee Meeting)

Community members are selected using the following method. At the beginning of the term, the Vice-President Campus Life is responsible for advertising the three (3) community memberships available. The Vice-President Campus Life makes a reasonable effort to contact campus clubs and conduct a call out for nominations. The Vice-President Campus reviews the applications submitted, suggests Committee members to the Clubs Committee, which recommends them to the Board of Directors for ratification.

Ad-Hoc CFS Committee

MEMBERSHIP

Ryan Gomes | vpinternal@utsu.ca
Jasmine Denike | vpexternal@utsu.ca
Ben Coleman | president@utsu.ca
Daman Singh | Daman@utsu.ca
Josh Calafato | JoshuaC@utsu.ca
Mathias Memmel | Mathias@utsu.ca
Nicholas Grant | Nicholas@utsu.ca
Khrystyna Zhuk | Khrystyna@utsu.ca

FOUNDING MOTION

Whereas the University of Toronto Student’s Union is a member student union (Local 98) of the Canadian Federation of Students;

Whereas St. George members of the UTSU are recognized as members of Local 98 and Mississauga members of the UTSU are recognized as members of Local 109 of the Federation;

Whereas the Union must always act in the best interest of its members;

Whereas members have raised concerns about the relationship between the Union and the Federation;

Whereas the relationship between the Union and the Federation has not been evaluated in several years;

Whereas the Union pays roughly $700,000 – $750,000 CAD in fees to the Canadian Federation of Students each year;

Be it resolved that the Board strikes an ad-hoc CFS Committee, co-chaired by the President, the Vice-President Internal & Services, and the Vice- President External for the 2015-2016 term;

Be it further resolved that one director from division I, one director from division II, and three additional directors from division I or II be elected by and from the Board of Directors to serve on the 2015-2016 AD-HOC CFS COMMITTEE.

Be it further resolved that ex-officio speaking rights be extended to the following:

a. All division I and division II directors
b. The heads of all college student societies
c. The heads of all professional faculty student societies
d. A representative from the Arts & Science Student Union

Be it further resolved that this committee will investigate the relationship between the Union and the Federation and release a report that:

a. Outlines the overall impact of the Federation upon Local 98’s members
b. Analyzes the various criticisms and accomplishments of the Federation across the country
c. Is released to the board prior to the end of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors term

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UTSU Staff Members

Your Students’ Union staff is here to help you! Please do not hesitate to contact us any time you have questions about your Students’ Union!

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Our staff is here to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us any time you have questions about any of our programs and services.

 

Internal Coordinator: Esman Calles
internal@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 226

Esman is most likely the first person you will see when you visit our office. Esman coordinates services offered at the front desk, including the printing service, discounted entertainment tickets TTC sales. He also oversees logistics for the office, meetings and special events.

 

Health & Dental Plan Coordinator: Maria Pilar Galvez
health@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 227

If you have a question about our Health and Dental Plans, Maria is the person to contact. She makes sure students are getting the most from the UTSU Plans. She coordinates the opt-out refunds and payment for dependent coverage. She is always looking for ways to help save you money through our plans.

 

Member Services Coordinator: Terri Nikolaevsky
services@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 224

Terri oversees the development and delivery of many of our services, including the Food & Clothing Bank, free income tax clinics, and the Good Food Box. She also coordinates the Blue Crew – a unique volunteering opportunity. If you have a question or suggestion about any of our services please do not hesitate to contact Terri.

 

Clubs & Service Groups Coordinator: Vita Carlino
clubs@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 235

Vita acts as a resource to the our clubs, helping to keep more than 300 UTSU recognized clubs organized and funded. She is available to help clubs schedule meetings with the Vice-President Campus Life, review and create constitutions, and break down the Clubs Policy. Vita also helps to compile the regular clubs bulletins with the Vice-President Campus Life to help keep all our recognized clubs connected to each other.

 

Events Coordinator: Igor Samardzic
events@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 225

Igor is responsible for ensuring our events run smoothly. Some of the projects Igor works on are UTSUFest (Orientation), eXpression Against Oppression, Unity Through Diversity, Winter Week of Welcome and our Unity Ball Semi-Formal. Igor also helps with promotion and publicity and securing sponsorship.

 

Financial Coordinator: Adnan Najmi
finance@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 236

From paying our bills and issuing invoices to reconciling bank accounts and services, Adnan’s job is to ensure the UTSU finances are in order. Adnan prepares your Health and Dental opt out cheques, and conducts reviews of UTSU insurance policies.

 

Graphic Designer: Justin Raj
design@utsu.ca | 416-978-4911 ext. 247

Justin works hard on a multitude of design projects to help keep members informed and engaged of the Union’s activities. His projects include branding, student handbook, clubs directory and various services, event and campaign initiatives.

 

Executive Director: Tka Pinnock
executivedirector@utsu.ca | 416-798-4911 ext. 222

Tka ensures that our internal operations and administration are well maintained, enabling your team to serve you best.  She oversees our budgeting and serves as the link between the Executive Committee and staff members.

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We represent all 47,000 full-time undergraduate and professional undergraduate students at UofT’s St. George and Mississauga campuses. We work to build community on campus and ensure you have the best possible student experience while you are here.Parade(web)10_webOur members are you – the students. You shape our campaigns and services. You choose how your money is spent.
Through Commissions, Annual General Meetings, campaigns and events  – you direct our vision and activities.