Board of Directors

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Bryn de Chastelain

Chair
Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association
chair@casa.ca

Bryn de Chastelain is the President of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA). He is a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student with a double major in Political Science and Economics. He has been heavily involved in Model UN and has advocated extensively for mental health resources on his campus. He is returning to student politics this year, having served as the SMUSA VP Academic and Advocacy and the CASA Director of Policy in 2019-2020. Bryn is originally from Ontario and looks forward to working alongside students from across the country in advocating for student interests.

As the Chair of CASA for the 2020-2021 year, Bryn is keen to pursue innovative solutions to existing and emerging student issues. He is committed to advocating for post-secondary education of the highest quality, that prioritizes accessibility and affordability for all students. Bryn looks forward to advocating on a range of topics, including work-integrated learning, financial aid, and resources for equity-seeking 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 and students across the country as we continue to support and work for students

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Melissa Ghidoni

Secretary
Red River College Students' Association
secretary@casa.ca

Melissa is the Vice President External Affairs at the Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Previously graduating in 2019 with a Business Administration Diploma, she is currently studying Human Resources Management. This is Melissa’s second year as a student executive with the RRCSA, as well as a CASA delegate. Prior to being elected a student executive, she served a term as the Women’s Rights Advocate on the RRCSA board.

This year as Secretary, Melissa is looking forward to working with CASA staff and the Governance and Internal Review Committee to oversee CASA’s governing documents, as well as working to create the next strategic plan for the organization. Melissa brings a wealth of governance knowledge and experience with her to CASA, as she led the RRCSA’s bylaw overhaul and creation of a new strategic plan in the 2019-2020 year. As last year’s National Advocacy Committee Secretary, Melissa is excited to step up and fulfill a larger role in the organization. 

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Sean Mackenzie

Treasurer
University of New Brunswick Student Union
treasurer@casa.ca

Sean MacKenzie is the President of the University of New Brunswick Student Union (UNBSU). He is in his fourth-year of Computer Science with a minor in History. One of his biggest goals is to expand experiential learning opportunities throughout all areas of study. This is Sean's second year in student politics, but, it is his first year serving in an executive role.

Sean's focus this year as the elected Treasurer is to provide regular updates on CASA's finances to the members. He believes that this will open up more opportunities for members to engage in conversations about the organization's finances. In addition, he believes the best way to do this is to provide detailed breakdowns of the budget so that it is easier for membership to understand where money is going. Sean is very excited to be able to engage members in the finances of the organization and helping them have a strong understanding of how this money is helping students.

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Malak Nassar

Director-at-Large, Policy
University of Prince Edward Island Student Union
director1@casa.ca

Malak is an international student at the University of Prince Edward Island, originally from Cairo, Egypt. She is a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She is the current Vice President Academic and External at the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union (UPEISU) and was elected to the CASA Board of Directors as the Director of Policy.

This year, Malak is looking forward to working with the Federal Policy Committee and the full-time staff to propose innovative and effective policies. Some policy themes to address are obstacles related to COVID-19 and other issues concerning Student Financial Aid, Indigenous Students, and International Students.

Prior to her involvement with CASA, Malak was the Legislative Intern for the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, where she assisted with research projects and committee work. She was also the Arts Representative on the UPEISU Council, a Residence Life Advisor, and a delegate to several Model United Nations conferences.

Aside from her career, Malak enjoys painting, cooking, and the great outdoors. 

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Grace Dupasquier

Director-at-Large, Advocacy
Capilano Students' Union
director2@casa.ca

Grace is a 4th year political science student with a strong interest and background in public policy, government relations, advocacy, and community activism. She has been involved in advocacy in some form or another for most of her life, and is eager to put her experience to work for students. She believes equitable access to education is critical to a more equitable society, and is dedicated to doing everything she can to create a post-secondary system in Canada which is supportive of and accessible to everyone.

As the Director of Advocacy, Grace looks forward to continuing this pursuit with CASA. She recognizes that this is a challenging time for post-secondary students, and is committed to working hard with her teams on the CASA Board and the National Advocacy Committee to ensure the needs of students are addressed. She hopes to have strong collaboration with the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and the National Indigenous Advisory Committee to ensure that CASA advocacy is intersectional and fully reflective of the diversity of lived experiences within post-secondary communities in Canada.

Outside of student advocacy, Grace enjoys exploring North Vancouver’s forests on long walks with her dog, watching historical dramas with her cat, annoying her friends by accidentally bringing all conversations back to politics, finding new craft ciders to try, and adding to her already too-large collection of dresses with pockets!

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Megan Cormier

Director-at-Large, Membership
St. Thomas University Students' Union
director3@casa.ca

Megan Cormier is the Vice President Education for St Thomas University Student’s Union (STUSU). She is going into her fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Human Rights and Philosophy with a minor in Native Studies. At St Thomas, she is a member of the St Thomas Moot Court team and is the President of the St Thomas Pre-Law Society. She is extremely excited to continuing her work on the STUSU through student advocacy.

As Director-at-Large, Membership, Megan’s goals are to grow the organizations membership to include more colleges, polytechnics and graduate programs, strengthen the bond between members by confronting the potential regionalism between the East and the West, and aid members who may be dealing with voluntary student unionism (VSU).

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Jessica Levesque

Director-at-large, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society
director4@casa.ca

Jessica is the President of the University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society (UFVSUS) located in Abbotsford, B.C. She recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and will continue research-based classes focusing on local community initiatives for the remainder of her term in office. This is Jessica’s second year working at the Student Union Society, where she previously held the position of Event Coordinator. She is eager to serve and lead the UFVSUS during these unprecedented times.

As the Director of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Jessica will use her personal mental health experience, her professional experience as a team leader in the Marketing and Communications department at Vancouver International Airport, and her knowledge of Indigenous culture to foster social justice within various organizations. Jessica’s goal is to continue to uphold and strengthen the advancements made by her predecessors and will work collaboratively with CASA’s diverse groups and committees to provide all students with equal opportunity to flourish in an academic environment that celebrates and amplifies marginalized voices.

Outside of student government and school, Jessica enjoys adventuring in the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia with her friends, drinking coffee, obsessing over her cat named Bear, being a parent, and working in her carpentry shop.

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