Staff

Michael McDonald

Executive Director
ed@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext 222

Michael McDonald has been committed to furthering the student cause for the better part of the past decade. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, he completed a DEC at Heritage College, an undergraduate degree in Political Studies at Bishop’s University and a Master’s degree in International Environmental Law at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Throughout his education he was involved in student politics, with a specific focus on questions of accessibility.

Outside of his studies, Michael has worked in a variety of roles including positions with a political party, a bank, the federal government, and three years with CASA as Stakeholder Relations Manager. When not in the office, Michael always looks forward to a good debate, a discussion about hockey or a history lesson.

 


Matthew Rios

Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
government@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext 221

Matthew is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and completed his undergraduate degree at Acadia University. During his studies he was active in student politics, serving three years on the Acadia Students’ Union Executive. Further to that he served as Vice-Chair of Students Nova Scotia, and was engaged with CASA during his two years as a delegate. During his time at Acadia, he developed a strong passion for student advocacy and that is what guides his work at CASA today.

Away from work, Matthew is an avid reader, a full-time fantasy football coach and a diehard Manchester United fan.

 


Ellen Wightman

Office Manager
ellen.wightman@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext 226

Ellen Wightman was born and raised in Blackpool, England where she earned a B.A. in Business Management. Ellen has gained a variety of professional experience, having worked in Oman as a controller for a national manufacturing company, a statistician for the German civil service and as a banker with HSBC UK. She brings to CASA over 25 years of experience in accounting and office administration.

 


Lindsay Boyd

Communications and Public Relations Officer
communications@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext. 224 

Lindsay is an Ottawa-native with a strong background in marketing and communications. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business Administration at the University of Ottawa, and is fluent in both official languages of Canada. Lindsay brings a valuable set of skills to CASA, having worked previously in both the federal government and the post-secondary sector. 

Though she has lived in the nation’s capital for most of her life, Lindsay recently spent six months living near the beach in Sydney, Australia. In her spare time, she is also an avid coffee drinker and fiction reader, and is working towards becoming trilingual.

 


Rosanne Waters

Policy and Research Analyst
policy@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext. 227

Rosanne brings a distinctive mix of government and academic experience to CASA. A longtime history and politics enthusiast, she previously worked for Members of Provincial Parliament in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme and as a policy analyst at Elections Ontario.

Rosanne recently completed a Ph.D. in Canadian History, for which she presented original research at numerous conferences and published her work in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. She acquired a keen understanding of post-secondary issues throughout her undergraduate and graduate degrees and while working as a teaching assistant.

Beyond her academic and career pursuits, Rosanne is an avid hockey player and enjoys exploring the National Capital Region with her husband and young daughter. 

 


MacAndrew Clarke

Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
macandrew@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457 ext. 223

Originally from Montréal, MacAndrew is bilingual in English and French and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Music from Carleton University.

MacAndrew has extensive experience engaging in advocacy and politics. Some of his work has involved fighting for social justice initiatives in at-risk neighbourhoods, and advocating for non-profit organizations who aim to help groups like students, racialized people, and youth. MacAndrew has also worked on numerous federal election campaigns, volunteered for political parties, and held various leadership positions in schools and communities in Montréal, Ottawa, and Toronto.

Aside from work, MacAndrew enjoys spending time with his wife watching movies and plays, DJ-ing, playing the piano, reading books, watching documentaries, and following basketball.