University of Prince Edward Island Student Union
Johnathan is in his second term as Vice-President Academic and External at the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union and is also a second year Board member with CASA. He is a 5th year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science.
Johnathan began his tenure in student politics in November 2014 when he was hired to be the UPEI Student Unions' first Policy and Research Coordinator. This made him develop a passion for post-secondary issues in Canada and compelled him to run for Vice-President, and Director-at-Large, Policy for the 2015-2016 year. Outside of work and school, Johnathan is a loving father, a passionate follower of politics, and a die-hard hockey fan.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Students' Association
Outside of her role as secretary to CASA, Mikayla Schaffer is the Vice President External for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Students’ Association. In this role, she regularly liaises with Alberta’s provincial advocacy partner; ASEC.
Currently she is finishing up her second year of a Legal Assistant Diploma at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Prior to becoming Vice President External, she was the Board Chair for SAITSA’s Board of Directors, chaired the External Advocacy Committee, and Vice-Chaired the Governance Committee. Mikayla has a keen interest in areas of law such as Corporate Law, Contract Law, and International Law. She hopes to obtain her law degree in the coming years and open up a practice of her own one day.
Director-at-Large - Advocacy
University of Calgary Students’ Union
Tristan Bray is the Vice President External at the University of Calgary Students’ Union. His role is to represent undergraduate students before the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Tristan is in his final year of studies, majoring in Political Science with a focus on comparative politics. Prior to his election as Vice President External, Tristan was extremely engaged on the U of C campus. He served as president of one of the largest political clubs, is a member and past executive of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, and represented students on the Faculty of Arts Student Association as the Political Science department representative.
Outside of school Tristan has diverse work experience, having worked as a bartender, an ice cream scooper, and most recently as an intern at a large financial services company. Tristan is excited to serve on the board as the National Advocacy Director. As Director, he will be encouraging CASA delegates to build relationships with their local Members of Parliament, and providing the tools necessary to do so. Tristan also oversees the National Advocacy Team, and will be planning and executing campaigns put forward by it.
St. Thomas University Students’ Union
Samuel Titus is entering his fifth year of studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he is pursuing an Honours in History with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy, as well as serving his second non-consecutive term as Vice President of Education with the St. Thomas University Students’ Union.
During his first term as Vice President in 2014-2015, he was elected as Vice Chair of the Federal Policy Committee with CASA before assuming the role of Chair later in the year, giving him ample insight into the benefits that being engaged in CASA can provide. In addition to his work within CASA, Samuel oversaw a very successful campaign to improve student voter turnout in the 2014 Provincial election and helped to write a non-academic grievance procedure at St. Thomas.
Outside of the Students’ Union, Samuel spent two years working as a page in the New Brunswick Legislature and three years working at the New Brunswick Government House, home of the Lieutenant-Governor. Samuel hopes to take his experience and passion for post-secondary education and use it to be an effective advocate for students, both at St. Thomas and nationwide. As a representative of one of the smallest member schools within CASA, he is glad that he can provide a voice for his students.
Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver
Nick is currently serving as the Vice President External Relations for the Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver where he is a 4th year Chemistry PhD candidate. As both a student and a student representative, he seeks to embody the creativity, ingenuity and drive that students across Canada possess.
In previous years, he has served in student governments in a variety of elected positions, including president. He is also currently serving as a director of the Alliance of BC Students. Nick is passionate about learning, student rights, and student quality of life.
Outside of school, Nick is an avid skier, an enthusiastic scuba diver and a long-time baseball umpire. He is always looking for new experiences and is anticipating a great year ahead with CASA, strengthening the student voice in Canada by bolstering the accountability of CASA to its member associations.