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Kalin McCluskey

Executive Director
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(613)-236-3457

Kalin is an east-coast transplant with a passion for federal politics and policy. No stranger to post secondary education, she holds: a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Brunswick; a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Religious Studies from St Thomas University; a Master of Arts in Public Ethics from St Paul University and the University of Ottawa; and is now completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Throughout her formal education, Kalin has been involved with advocacy organizations and campaigns at both the local and national level. Her experience and interest in advocacy and campaigns have lead to work experience with both advocacy organizations and as an exempt staffer in federal politics.

Outside of work and school, Kalin can be found exploring Ottawa, enduring the occasional road race, or chatting in cafes.

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Jared Maltais

Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
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(613) 236-3457

Jared is the Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer at The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). He is a proud Northern Ontarian with half a decade of experience in digital communications, outreach, and media relations. Prior to joining CASA, he was Digital Director at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a charitable non-partisan think tank focusing on defence, trade, security, and geopolitical policy. He has also worked to develop policy and communication strategies in a volunteer capacity for various political associations and student groups.

Jared holds a Masters in Political Management from Carleton University and a Honours Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa, with a double major in Political Science and Criminology.

Jared is an avid politico and sportsman. He enjoys playing hockey, golf, baseball, and football. He also loves to read, cook, and watch Netflix.

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Akanksha Bhatnagar

Communications and Public Relations Officer
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Akanksha is the Communication and Public Relations Officer at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). With a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Alberta, Akanksha brings three years of experience as a student leader. While at the University of Alberta Students’ Union (UASU), she served as the Student Governance Officer, Vice-President Academic, and most recently, was the President of the UASU. Notably, Akanksha advocated for the creation of the Charter of Student Rights, making the University of Alberta the second institution in Canada to adopt this project. 

Outside of her love for political strategy, communications, environmental sustainability, Akanksha loves enjoying an iced vanilla latte on a patio, curating the perfect Spotify playlist and portrait photography. 

 

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Pamela Bassoi

Bookkeeper and Office Manager
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(613) 236-3457

Pamela is a proud Brazilian from Sao Paulo, who has been living in Ottawa for almost 4 years now. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and is a specialist in Civil, International and Consumer Law in Brazil. Pamela has studied, travelled and lived across the world and she brings to CASA more than 10 years of experience in administrative, legal and bookkeeping roles.

Pamela truly believes we all can contribute to a better world. She says that even small good actions, may have a huge impact in somebody else’s life. She also considers high quality education access as a determinant for a better future.

Pamela stands and fights for equity - which means recognizing and respecting other people’s differences, ensuring that everybody has equal opportunities, Rights and privileges. She highly values attributes such as honesty, integrity, kindness, dedication, positivity, perseverance and bravery.

In her free time, Pamela has a passion for travelling, cooking, dancing, drawing manga (Japanese comic books), reading, studying different languages, watching TV series and movies and, listening to music, especially 80’s songs.

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Kayti Baur

Research Assistant
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(613) 236-3457

Kayti is a Researcher at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. A proud east coaster, Kayti is currently a Masters of Science Candidate in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Kayti has previously worked as the Director of Engagement and Equity at StudentsNS and has a wealth of experience in the post secondary sector, particularly in the fields of health and equity research and advocacy.  Kayti is a mental health and psychiatric disability advocate, and sits on the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) board.  Kayti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD University.  In her free time Kayti has a passion for cooking, good books and trivia nights.

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Sam Titus

Policy and Research Analyst
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Samuel is the Policy and Research Analyst at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). Originally from Fredericton, NB, Samuel graduated from St. Thomas University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science, and Philosophy before completed his Master of Arts at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2020. His research has focused on understanding the relationship between the state and its citizenry, specifically the role of memory, discourse, and memorialization in nation building and policy development. While attending St. Thomas, Samuel served two terms as Vice-President Education on the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, where he also served as Director of Policy on CASA’s Board of Directors.  He also worked at the New Brunswick Student Alliance as the Policy and Research Analyst, as well as serving as Interim Executive Director.

Beyond academia and student leadership, Samuel is an avid reader, sports fan, and podcast listener, and is not-so-subtly obsessed with his cat, Daisy.

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Emma Drake

Member Relations Officer
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(613)-236-3457

Emma is CASA’s Member Relations Officer! Emma is from Morell, Prince Edward Island. She is a former participant of the Rotary International Youth Exchange representing Canada in Belgium. Emma is not new to the student association world as between May 2018 and May 2020, she served as the Vice President Academic & External and President & CEO of the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union. During her 2019-2020 term, Emma also served as the Director of Advocacy on the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Board of Directors. Emma is currently the Chair of the PEI Coalition of Women in Government. In May 2021, Emma will be finishing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. Emma is set to begin her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Fall 2021. 

Outside of school and work, Emma can be found stand-up paddleboarding, or sharing a conversation over beers.

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Jack Reid

Communications Assistant
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(613)-236-3457

Jack is a Communications Assistant at the Canadian Alliance of Student Association. Currently pursuing his Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management specializing in Strategic Public Opinion, Jack brings a background of grassroots advocacy and political communication to the team.

Jack is an avid thrifter and huge fan of the Mayfair Theatre. He also enjoys rollerblading, the works of Leonard Cohen, and sparkling water. 

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