Board of Directors

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Adam Brown

Chair
University of Alberta Students' Union
chair@casa.ca

Adam Brown is returning as both the Vice President External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and Chair of CASA. He is entering his fifth year of studies working to complete a Bilingual Bachelors of Commerce, majoring in Business Economics and Law. He has also been involved extensively in student governance and politics at the University of Alberta, including as the former President of the Association des Universitaires de la Faculté Saint-Jean. With a French Immersion background, Adam has been a proud and active member of Alberta’s francophone community since 2015, in various youth advocacy and community organization efforts.

As the Chair of CASA for the 2019-2020 year, Adam’s priorities this year include, but are not limited to, advocating for more accessible student financial aid, addressing supports for Indigenous peoples to access post-secondary education, and advocating for the expansion of student employment programs subsidized by government. He will also be working towards a successful Get Out the Vote campaign with the Board, staff, and membership for the federal election, as well as continuing to build CASA’s partnership with the Quebec Student Union. Adam is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with so many talented student leaders from coast to coast in bettering post-secondary education for all students.

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Brandon Simmons

Secretary
Athabasca University Students' Union
secretary@casa.ca

Brandon Simmons has been involved in student politics and CASA since 2015. He has held every executive position at the Athabasca University Students’ Union and is returning this year as president once again. He currently lives in Parkland County Alberta with his wife, three daughters, and son. He has been working on his Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is now in the process of applying to begin a Master of Business Administration program. 

Brandon used to work as a public accountant and enjoyed the study of corporate governance which led him to the student union.  He loved the work that they were doing so much that he left his accounting job so that he could focus on advocating for students across Canada. He looks forward to being able to continue to improve CASA’s governance throughout the year in addition to helping support the rest of the board with their initiatives. He is especially excited to help launch CASA’s second Get Out the Vote campaign.

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Gurvir Gill

Treasurer
University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society
treasurer@casa.ca

Gurvir Gill, more commonly known as “G”, is from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), where he was elected as Vice President External of the Student Union Society. He has just completed his Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Business and Communications. Gurvir focused his years in office on creating opportunities for his students. He's grown the organization to be in a good place for increased engagement and operation expansions.
 
G's focus this year as the elected Treasurer is to engage the membership when it comes to the organization's budget. G plans to do this by providing monthly budget updates to members, and by making the budget more easily digestible. As well, G plans to help CASA run this year's Get Out The Vote campaign. As a returning Board member, G envisions playing a big role in helping the membership understand the organization's financials and in getting students out to vote during the election.

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Bryn de Chastelain

Director-at-Large, Policy
Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association
director1@casa.ca

Bryn de Chastelain is the Vice President Academic and Advocacy for the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA). He is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student with a double major in Political Science and Economics, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He has been heavily involved in Model UN programs and has advocated extensively for mental health and sexual violence resources on his campus. This is his first year in student politics and he is excited to interact with students across the country and advocate for their interests.

As Director-at-Large, Policy, Bryn is keen to pursue new policy initiatives while simultaneously ensuring that all of CASA’s policies are relevant and updated. He is committed to advocating for accessible and quality post-secondary education through focuses in work-integrated learning, financial aid, and resources for under-represented student populations. He is interested in amplifying the student voice and is dedicated to raising concerns to relevant stakeholders. Bryn looks forward to engaging CASA’s membership to create policy initiatives that are representative of students and student issues across the country. 

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Emma Drake

Director-at-Large, Advocacy
University of Prince Edward Island Students' Union
director2@casa.ca

Emma is originally from Prince Edward Island, and has lived one year in Belgium participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange before starting University. She is currently a third year student at the University of Prince Edward Island, in a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science. At the UPEI Student Union, Emma is the President & CEO, and was elected to the CASA Board of Directors for the position of Director of Advocacy. Previous to this, Emma held the position of Associate Director of Communications in her first year at UPEI, and Vice President Academic & External in her second year. Outside of student politics, Emma is involved with the PEI Coalition for Women in Government. 

This year, the Director of Advocacy will play a large role in shaping CASA's Get Out The Vote Campaign, encouraging students to vote in the upcoming federal election. Alongside the National Advocacy Committee and full-time staff, Emma will supporting the membership in preparation for the campaign, and help set the direction for key ideas, events, and strategies for the campaign. After Get Out The Vote, Emma will be working with the National Advocacy Committee to play a larger role in supporting the membership with structuring year-round advocacy, by creating an Annual Advocacy Plan. Emma is looking forward to the busy, challenging, and exciting year ahead and is eager to see students get to the polls and structure CASA's year-round advocacy!

Outside of student politics, Emma collects maps and loves City Cinema, a local cinema in Charlottetown PE.

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Garrett Koehler

Director-at-Large, Membership
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Students' Association
director3@casa.ca

Garrett is a third year Business Human Resources students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology located in Calgary Alberta. He is serving his second term for SAITSA as the Vice President External as well as his first term as the Director at Large Membership for CASA.

Garrett is a passionate advocate for sexual violence support for victims, having worked last year to push the provincial government to implement 10 standard policies to protect victims of sexual violence. He was also the co-chair of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council’s Get Out the Vote campaign, which increased voter turnout among Alberta college students significantly. As Chair of CASA’s Trades and Technology Committee last year, Garrett helped the organization restructure its committees to ensure the voices of college and graduate students remained at the forefront.

This year, Garrett will be working towards a wide variety of goals, including expanding CASA membership and ensuring all CASA members are receiving full value from their membership with CASA.

Before his time in the student movement, Garrett was a lifeguard and swim coach for the Glencoe Gators. He also loves hockey and cheers for the Ottawa Senators.

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Yana Titarenko

Director-at-Large
Mount Allison Students' Union
director4@casa.ca

Yana is a 5th year Bachelors of Science student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Biology and Political Science. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Yana has lived more than half of her life in Fredericton NB but has spent the last four years (including summers) in Sackville! She is serving her second term on the Board of Director and is the current President for the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) and Chair of the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA). 

Yana was the Vice President External Affairs of the MASU during the 2018-19 year along with having been the Director at-Large, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for CASA. 

This year, Yana is looking forward to her role as the Director at-Large with once again placing a focus on EDI. Yana wants to continue the work started by her committee on the pilot Member Sponsorship Program to reduce financial barriers for Indigenous Students being around the CASA decision making table. Additionally, she wants to begin implementing some of the recommendations put forward in the 3 year EDI Strategic Plan. Overall, she is looking forward to working with the membership and the Board of Directors to improve the organization so that it best represents all students that attend post-secondary education.

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