Manjeet Birk has been a visitor on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people most of her life. She has worked, studied and played across the world, but a piece of her always remains on British Columbia’s west coast. Manjeet completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Philosophy and Women’s Studies, and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Education at the University of British Columbia. With post-secondary experience ranging over several decades, Manjeet is a natural student advocate. Her passion lies in creating more accessible and just institutions, especially for racialized and Indigenous folks. With a lifetime of experience organizing and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.
Communications and Public Relations Officer
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 experiences to CASA, having worked previously in both the federal government and the post-secondary sector. In the office, she is the one to look to for any grammar, media, or tech-related questions.
Lindsay is passionate about languages, and is working to add Spanish under her belt. In her free time she also enjoys taking art classes, figure skating, bingeing Netflix, and travelling.
Policy and Research Analyst
Johnathan is a proud Prince Edward Islander living and working in the nation's capital. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. As a former Vice-President Academic & External with the UPEI Student Union, Johnathan brings two and a half years of experience with student association work to CASA. He also sat on CASA's Board of Directors for two consecutive years, once as Director-at-Large, Policy and once as Chair.
Outside his education and work, Johnathan enjoys watching hockey and football, playing video games, reading, hiking, and exploring Ottawa.
Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
Priya is an Ottawa-native with a passion for student advocacy. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Management from McGill University, and holds a certificate in International Affairs and Strategy from Sciences Po Reims in France. Throughout her education, Priya was involved in student government and worked specifically on improving mental health resources and sexual violence prevention.
Priya strongly believes that students have immense potential to create value in Canadian society. In her free time, Priya enjoys reading, travelling and playing volleyball.
Member Relations Officer
Annie is a proud east coaster, now living and working on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people. An alumna of Mount Allison University, her passion for political engagement was first sparked during her time as the Vice-President External Affairs of the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) from 2014-2016. She spent her second term at the MASU as the Chair of the New Brunswick Student Alliance, and as the Member Relations Director-At-Large on CASA’s Board. After 2 years in federal politics, Annie is thrilled to be working with CASA’s membership to keep in touch with post-secondary communities from one coast to the other.
Outside of work you can find Annie at a local music venue, sipping on a dark roast at a nearby cafe, or chatting politics over a craft beer with friends.
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.