Executives & Staff

Executives & Staff

Mission: “To represent and advance the diverse needs of McGill Undergraduate Students by improving the quality and accessibility of education, providing outstanding services, and promoting social, cultural, and personal opportunities”

President

The President is the chief officer of SSMU, responsible for determining the vision of the Society, coordinating and supporting the activities of the other Executive Officers, and representing student interests on various university governance bodies.

Every day from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. or by appointment.
president@ssmu.ca
514-398-6801

Bryan Buraga (he/him)

Governance

Responsibilities

  • Enforce the Constitution and Internal Regulations of the Society
  • Governance document support & standardization
  • Councillor orientation & training
  • SSMU-level policy development
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of the SSMU
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the SSMU
  • Set the agenda for Legislative Council
  • Elections and referenda administration

Relevant Staff

  • Speaker
  • Parliamentarian
  • Recording Secretary (2)
  • Secretary General
  • Chief Electoral Officer
  • Deputy Chief Electoral Officer

Committees

  • Steering Committee
Leadership & Support

Responsibilities

  • Chief officer and chief spokesperson of the Society
  • Manage the Society’s human resources
  • Institutional knowledge
  • Faculty relations
  • Maintain relations between the Society and the McGill administration

Relevant Staff

  • Secretary General

Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Presidents Round Table
  • HR Committee
Advocacy & Representation

Responsibilities

  • Senate & committee representation
  • Board of Governors & committee representation

Relevant Staff

  • Secretary General

Committees

  • Senate Caucus
  • Health and Wellness Strategy Advisory Committee
  • McGill Advisory Council on Sustainability

VP Student Life

The VP Student Life is the point person for internal relations between SSMU and its clubs, services, and independent student groups. They are also responsible for mental health promotion, collaborating with Student Services, and addressing issues of student life on campus.

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Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment.
studentlife@ssmu.ca
514-398-8944

Billy Kawasaki (he/him)

Student Groups

Responsibilities

  • Student group executives support
  • McGill/SSMU Student Service relations

Relevant Staff

  • Club Administrative Assistant
  • Club Commissioner

Committees

  • Club Committee
  • Services Review Committee
Family Care

Responsibilities

  • Family care resource provision
  • Cross campus Family resource coordination

Relevant Staff

  • Family Resources Coordinator (SEDE)
Mental Health

Responsibilities

  • Mental health initiative planning
  • Facilitate destigmatization of campus mental health

Relevant Staff

  • Mental Health Commissioners (2)

Committees

  • Mental Health Committee (Outreach & Advocacy)
  • Mental Health Round Table Caucus

VP Finance

As the Chief Financial Officer of the Society, the VP Finance is charged with ensuring the long-term and administrative stability of SSMU. In cooperation with the General Manager, they prepare the annual budget, manage human resources, and oversee the insurance plan.

Thursday and Friday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
finance@ssmu.ca

Samuel Haward (he/him)

Human Resources

Responsibilities

  • HR complaint assessment
  • Internal HR coordination

Relevant Staff

  • HR Coordinators
  • HR Manager

Committees

  • HR Committee
Finance

Responsibilities

  • Budget maintenance & revision
  • Financial procedures oversight & risk management
  • Financial communications & accessibility
  • Funding review & allocations
  • Health and dental insurance administration

Relevant Staff

  • Funding Commissioner
  • Club Auditor
  • Financial Ethics Research Commissioner
  • Funding Administrative Assistant
  • Comptroller
  • Accounting Technicians

Committees

  • Funding Committee
  • Financial Ethics Research Committee (FERC)
  • Fee Advisory Committee
  • Scholarships and Student Aid Office (SSAO) Advisory Board
  • Health and Wellness Working Group
  • Health Insurance Working Group

VP External

The VP External is in charge of coordinating SSMU’s relations with various levels of government, student associations, community groups, and campus labour unions; as well as managing political campaigns and mobilization efforts.

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Monday, Wednesday,and Friday from 11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. or by appointment.
external@ssmu.ca
514-398-6798

Adam Gwiazda-Amsel (he/him)

External Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Municipal, provincial, and federal relations
  • Inter-university relations
  • Government policy feedback
  • Union relations

Relevant Staff

  • Campaigns Coordinator (2)
Political Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Political campaign organization
  • Support work for local initiatives
  • Mobilization

Relevant Staff

  • Campaigns Coordinator (2)

Committees

  • McGill Solidarity Network
Community Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Campaign & event organization
  • Milton-Parc community relations
  • Promote off-campus involvement

Relevant Staff

  • Community Affairs Commissioner
  • Popular Education Events Coordinator

Committees

  • Community Engagement Committee
Francophone Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Bilingual accessibility
  • Francophone advocacy intiatives

Committees

  • Francophone Affairs Committee
Indigenous Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate programming and advocacy
  • Work with the McGill administration, student groups, and Student Servies to advocate for indigenous students

Relevant Staff

  • Indigenous Affairs Coordinator

Committees

  • Indigenous Affairs Committee

VP University Affairs

The VP University Affairs advocates for student interests at almost all levels of university governance. They do this through coordinating student representation to the university Senate and its committees, researching and consulting on policy solutions, and overseeing academic affairs. They also oversee equity initiatives and complaints, as well as advocacy regarding libraries.

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Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment.
ua@ssmu.ca
514-398-6797

Madeline Wilson (she/her)

UA and Academics

Responsibilities

  • Senate and committee representation
  • University relations
  • Faculty relations

Relevant Staff

  • University Affairs Secretary General

Committees

  • Senate Caucus
Research and Advocacy

Responsibilities

  • Research projects
  • University-level policy development

Relevant Staff

  • Student Rights Researcher and Advocacy Commissioner
  • Contract Researchers
Equity

Responsibilities

  • Education and programming
  • Advocacy projects
  • Complaints and accountability

Relevant Staff

  • Equity Commissioners (2)

Committees

  • Equity Committee
Libraries

Responsibilities

  • Library Improvement Fund
  • Library relations

Relevant Staff

  • Library Improvement Fund Commissioner

Committees

  • Library Improvement Fund Committee

VP Internal

The VP Internal is chiefly in charge of communication and creating a sense of community with the student body through event planning (such as the Halloween Party and Grad Frosh) and communications (such as the listserv).

Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
internal@ssmu.ca
514-398-6799

Sanchi Bhalla (she/her)

Events

Responsibilities

  • Inclusive event planning
  • Orientation Week facilitation and implementation

Relevant Staff

  • Internal Logistics Coordinator
  • Frosh Administrative Coordinator

Committees

  • Internal Organizational Committee (IOC)
  • Interfaculty Committee (IFC)
  • Students’ Society Programming Network (SSPN)
Communications

Responsibilities

  • Communication campaigns & the SSMU Listserv
  • Engagement input gathering
  • Faculty relations
  • Website and social media

Relevant Staff

  • Internal Logistics Coordinator
First Year Involvement

Responsibilities

  • Committee coordination
  • Outreach

Relevant Staff

  • Internal Logistics Coordinator

Committees

  • First-Year Undergraduate Network (FUN)
  • First-Year Council

Full-Time Staff

The Students’ Society of McGill University employs full-time staff to run the SSMU’s day-to-day activities. All of the staff report to the General Manager, who in turn reports to the SSMU Executives.

VACANT (General Manager)

The General Manager is responsible for the SSMU’s administration, governance, corporate obligations, accounting, human resources, business operations, and legal affairs.

Mia Trana (Clubs and Services Coordinator)

Mia is responsible for auditing club financial activity and reports to ensure accounting procedures are followed. She coordinates with the SSMU’s Clubs and Services regarding activities to ensure compliance with internal regulations and internal policies. Mia has been working with the SSMU since July 2019.

Michal Chernov (Governance Manager)

Michal is responsible for updating and archiving the SSMU’s governance documents and ensuring that the completion process of minutes and other related documents are accurately respected. She is primarily involved as a liaison between governing bodies within the SSMU, as well as working with the SSMU staff and executives on various governance projects. Michal has been working with the SSMU since August 2019.

Linda Arruda (Front Desk Receptionist)

Linda welcomes visitors into the office and is the first point of contact between students, the public, and the SSMU. She handles incoming and outgoing mail and calls, is responsible for office maintenance, and is also in charge of distributing cash and cheque reimbursements for students and staff. Linda has been working at the SSMU since January 2018.

Wendy Gamboa (Communications Director)

Wendy plans and oversees the SSMU’s communications and public relations. She also facilitates the society’s elections and referenda. Wendy has been working at the SSMU since January 2015.

Yasmeen Safaie (Communications Coordinator)

Yasmeen is responsible for assisting the Communications Director with updating and implementing on-line and off-line communication channels. She is primarily involved in overseeing and growing the SSMU’s social media strategy across multiple platforms and expanding the reach of the SSMU to the student community. Yasmeen has been working with the SSMU since July 2019.

Zachary Kay (Communications Manager)

Zachary manages the strategic and visual aspects of SSMU’s branding and provides oversight of the SSMU’s web and print publications. Zachary has been working at the SSMU since October 2013.

John Campbell (Systems Administrator)

John is responsible for the society’s IT needs, including the backend of SSMU’s websites, servers, technical support, and managing the phone network. He has been working at the SSMU since September 2008.

Desmond Rodrigues (Comptroller)

Desmond oversees the SSMU accounting department, manages the budget, works closely with the auditors, and helps oversee operations. He has been working at the SSMU since September 2018.

Jing Men (Assistant Comptroller)

Jing is responsible for accounting tasks such as budget variance analysis, financial statement preparation, and bank reconciliation. She has been working at the SSMU since August 2014.

Valentina Bashkatova (Accounting Analyst)

Valentina controls, tracks, and processes deposits. She also records A/R accounting information and is the lead auditor and custodian for SSMU Club bank accounts. Valentina has been working at the SSMU since September 2016.

James Borges-Aguiar (Accounting Analyst)

James is the accountant for the SSMU Daycare and Nursery, performing all needed accounting functions and interfacing with the Ministère de la Famille, auditors, and the Daycare Director. James has been working at the SSMU since November 2018.

Cynthia Laramé (Payroll Specialist)

Cynthia manages payroll and answers related employee questions and concerns. She is also responsible for access to Ceridian, the SSMU’s payroll system. Cynthia works remotely and has been working at the SSMU since November 2014.

Desislava Deneva (Accounting Technician)

Desislava controls, tracks, and processes payments. She also records A/P accounting information and is responsible for cheque issuance. Desislava has been working at the SSMU since August 2019.

Khatera Noor (Human Resources Manager)

Khatera provides human resources advice and expertise, develops and implements procedures and processes, and applies programs and policies for all SSMU regular and casual staff members. She has been working at the SSMU since May 2018.

Alessandro Sangiovanni (Operations Director)

Alessandro oversees the SSMU’s operations, which comprise the campus bar, food services, space and room reservations, MiniCourses, and the sponsorship division. He is also responsible for the oversight of large conferences and party events for the SSMU, as well as permits, contract negotiations, and regulations and budget for all associated departments. He has been working at the SSMU since November 2013.

Bailey Hughes (Operations Coordinator)

Bailey is responsible for coordinating events organized by the SSMU and works closely with the Operations Director. She is responsible with assisting in overseeing tasks related to operations such as room bookings, event management, and MiniCourses. Bailey has been with the SSMU since 2016.

VACANT (Events and Sponsorship Coordinator)

The Events and Sponsorship Coordinator heads sponsorship opportunities with the SSMU. He is responsible for reaching out and connecting with partners and sponsors for events (such as Activities Night and 4Floors) and digital advertising. Through the Operations Department he also assists with coordinating internal and external events organized by the SSMU.

Wallace Sealy (Building Director)

Wallace is responsible for all of the activities related to the University Centre and handles day-to-day building operations. He oversees office facilities, security, health and safety, and information technology at the SSMU. He has been working at the SSMU since November 2004.

Jose Rego & Jose Frade (Porters)

Jose Rego and Jose Frade are in charge of the University Centre’s maintenance, which includes, but isn’t limited to, preparing rooms for events, painting, and general upkeep. They also manage access to stored supplies and archives. Jose Rego has been working at the SSMU since 1986 and Jose Frade since 1988.

Brian Kennish (Building Coordinator)

Brian works alongside the porters and is responsible for the maintenance of the University Centre, which includes, but isn’t limited to, repairs, access to the building and rooms, and assistance with deliveries. He has been working at the SSMU since September 2015.