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Kalin McCluskey

Executive Director
ed@casa.ca
(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
gov@casa.ca
(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 an Honours Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa, with a double major in Political Science and Criminology. He is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Management from Carleton University.

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
communications@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457

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
admin@casa.ca
(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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Philippe LeBel

Policy and Research Analyst
policy@casa.ca
(613) 236-3457

Phil is the Policy and Research Analyst for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology in a co-op program. He then moved one to his Masters which has been fast-tracked into a Ph.D. in food safety. In 2016, he put his academics on hold to become a full-time student representative for the next four years. Phil was in charge of graduate studies and research affairs, before being the President of the Quebec Student Union for the 2019-2020 term. Through the years, Phil has worked on many topics affecting accessibility to post-secondary studies such as mental health, copyright issues, open access, immigration, research funding and much more. He developed policies around these issues and had the chance to improve the lives of post-secondary students. During his spare time, he tries to find the perfect balance between sports and geek hobbies."!

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