Board of Directors

Shifrah Gadamsetti

Students’ Association of Mount Royal University

Shifrah is the returning President of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She also holds a Bachelors of Nursing (2014), and is currently a practicing registered nurse, working in the operating room and with the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault. She has a passion for advocacy and began by serving with the Student Nursing Society, many academic committees throughout her tenure as a student, and finally, as part of the Executive with her student association.

As Chair of CASA, Shifrah really hopes to elevate the experiences of marginalized communities and their intersection within post-secondary. This includes advocacy for Indigenous students, mature students, part-time students, students with disabilities, and so many more. With her background in health care, Shifrah hopes to continue her academic career pursuing a Masters of Public Policy, and eventually serving in the public sector. She is excited about working with students from across the country to better inform her future endeavours.

Lauren Slegers

Red River College Students' Association

Lauren is the President of the Red River College Students’ Association in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a recent graduate of the Business Administration Diploma program at Red River College, with a major in Administration. While serving her term in office, Lauren is continuing to study Business, working toward a Bachelor of Commerce.

As Secretary, Lauren will ensure the good order of documentation of the membership and the Board of Directors. She will ensure that good governance practices are maintained, and chair the Internal Review Committee, which will be developing a new strategic plan for the organization this year.

Although this is her first year with CASA, Lauren is thrilled to take on the role of Secretary, and is eager to learn as much as she can in order to perform her role to the fullest. She is very excited about interacting and working with the unique and talented group of student leaders who make up CASA.

Julian Teterenko

Athabasca University Students' Union

Julian is the Vice President External and Student Affairs of Athabasca University Students’ Union. He is currently in the Bachelor of Management program, and has done student union and club work in the past. He has experience serving on Athabasca University's Board of Governors, as well as on various university and community committees and boards.

As Treasurer, Julian will ensure that the finances and budget reflect the needs of the membership. He would also like to build on the accomplishments CASA has made for post-secondary students, and continue to form partnerships with other organizations. When he isn't working with CASA and the student union, Julian serves in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves, hikes and kayaks in the Rockies, and enjoys biking.

Parvin Sedighi

Director-at-Large, Policy
Students' Association of MacEwan University

Parvin Sedighi is a fourth year Bachelor of Arts students, double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. She is serving as the Vice President External at the Students’ Association of MacEwan University, as the Chair for the Edmonton Student Alliance, and as the Director-at-Large, Policy for CASA.

She has been extensively involved on her campus through clubs and students’ council, in addition to working with the campus magazine as a writer and editor— she intends to pursue a Master’s degree following graduation. Parvin’s interest in advocacy lies in her political science background, as well as her involvement in grassroots social justice movements, and she is excited to apply her skills to CASA’s pursuits in the next year.

As a director, it is Parvin’s goal to engage all CASA members in the policy-making process, and she hopes to promote accessibility and equity for students in Canadian post-secondary education and sustainability for CASA through policy work with its members and committees. 

Zakariya Chatur

Director-at-Large, Advocacy
St. Francis Xavier Students' Union

Zakariya serves as the Vice President External Affairs of the St. Francis Xavier Students' Union. He is currently a fourth-year student at St. Francis Xavier University pursuing an Honours in Sociology with a Subsidiary in Development Studies. Serving as a Student Advocate before his term as VP External Affairs, Zak has developed a high level of enthusiasm for discussing post-secondary education issues. 

As the Director-at-Large, Advocacy, Zakariya will provide support for the membership on satellite lobbying opportunities and campaign development. He will also be responsible for ensuring that CASA, through its membership, communicates its policy positions to all parliamentarians in the country.  One of the primary objectives that Zak has as a Board Director is to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and parliamentarians.

Faisal Hejazi

Brock University Students' Union

Faisal Hejazi has completed his degree in Medical Sciences, and is now serving as President and CEO of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU). Faisal was elected to serve as a Director-at-Large for CASA with a focus on communication and transparency.

He has been heavily involved in the Brock community in multiple capacities including: Medplus, working for Brock ITS, helping to create a not-for-profit organization (Playmakers Foundation), conducting research, serving on the Brock University Senate, volunteering on and off campus, serving as a councillor for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and, most recently, serving as the Vice President of Finance & Administration for BUSU.

In his role as Director-at-Large he plans on making sure that CASA has a strong, positive and relevant social media presence on issues related to post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada. He also plans on making information, policy documentation, and PSE updates more accessible to all students across the country. Faisal will have a hand in external/internal member relations with a particular focus on engagement and participation in direction setting processes of the organization. He is looking forward to working with students across the nation that come from diverse backgrounds and experiences to making a strong PSE system in Canada.

Herbert Adutwum-Bempah

University of New Brunswick Student Union

Herbert is an international student from Ghana, West Africa majoring in Human Resources Management with a concentration in Finance at the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his three years working with the UNB Student Union, Herbert has been involved on campus as Co-Chair for TEDxUNB, a residence proctor in multiple houses as well as the Treasurer for the African and Caribbean Society. As VP Internal for the Student Union last year, he successfully advocated for a Fall Reading Week for UNB students, helped to implement a Wellness Week at the university and created the “Breaking Stereotypes Project” to debunk false stereotypes amongst marginalized groups. He is very excited about the opportunity to help students on a national scale this year through his involvement with CASA's Member Relations Committee and Board of Directors. In his spare time, Herbert enjoys "soccer" (football) and is a hardcore R&B and hip hop fan.