Michael McDonald

Executive Director
(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.


Lindsay Boyd

Communications and Public Relations Officer
(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. 

Lindsay is passionate about languages, and in addition to her mastery of French, is working towards learning Spanish. In her free time she also enjoys drawing, skating, bingeing Netflix, and travelling, and holds a special place in her heart for Sydney, Australia, where she previously lived for six months.

Johnathan Rix

Policy and Research Analyst
(613) 236-3457 ext. 221

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. 

Priya Dube

Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
(613) 236-3457 ext. 227
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. 

Ellen Wightman

Office Manager
(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.