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.

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514-398-6801

Jemark Earle (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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studentlife@ssmu.ca
514-398-8944

Maheen Akter (she/her)

Student Groups

Responsibilities

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

Relevant Staff

  • Club Administrative Assistant
  • Services Administrative Assistant
  • Student Life Administrative Assistant
  • Activities Night Coordinator

Committees

  • Club Committee
  • Services Review Committee
Family Care

Responsibilities

  • Family care resource provision
  • Cross campus Family resource coordination
Mental Health

Responsibilities

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

Relevant Staff

  • Mental Health Commissioner
  • Mental Health Outreach Coordinator
  • Mental Health Advocacy Coordinator

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.

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Gifford Marpole (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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external@ssmu.ca
514-398-6798

Ayo Ogunremi (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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ua@ssmu.ca
514-398-6797

Brooklyn Frizzle (they/them)

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

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.

Daniel Dufour (General Manager)

The General Manager is responsible for the SSMU’s administration, governance, corporate obligations, accounting, human resources, business operations, and legal affairs. Daniel has been working with the SSMU since March 2020.

Alice Tang (Clubs and Services Coordinator)

Alice 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. Alice has been working the with SSMU since February 2020.

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.

Jessica Hachey (Communications Manager)

Jessica manages the strategic and visual aspects of SSMU’s branding and provides oversight of the SSMU’s web and print publications. Jessica has been working at the SSMU since August 2020.

Belle Sullivan (Communications Coordinator)

Belle is responsible for assisting the Communications Manager 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. Belle has been working with the SSMU since August 2020.

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 Director)

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

Billy Kawasaki (Human Resources Manager)

Billy supports the Human Resources Department and provides support in all HR aspects for all SSMU casual staff members. Billy has been working at the SSMU since June 2020.

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 Manager)

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Operations Manager is responsible for assisting with the overall operation of various departments. These include managing the daily operations that involve inventory, purchasing, sales, client relations, human resources, budgets, security, and equipment maintenance. Bailey has been with the SSMU since 2016.

Rebecca Scarra (Operations Coordinator)

Rebecca 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. Rebecca has been with the SSMU since 2020.

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 Frade (Porter)

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 Frade has been working with the SSMU 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.

Casual Staff

The Students’ Society of McGill University employs part-time staff to assist with the SSMU’s day-to-day activities.

Front Desk Staff

The Front Desk Staff welcomes the public and guests to the SSMU, responds to general inquiries, and carries out administrative tasks for the Society.

Sustainability Commissioner

The Sustainability Commissioner works with the President to coordinate the SSMU’s activities for environmental issues and acts as the chair of the Environmental Committee.

Nutritower Coordinator

The Nutritower Coordinator maintains the three Nutritowers that are under the SSMU Environment Committee’s jurisdiction.

Divest McGill Research and Archivist

The Divest Researcher and Archivists work with Divest McGill and the Campaigns Coordinators to restructure Divest’s archives, update its website, and compile information supporting the case for the University’s divestment from fossil fuels.

Funding Commissioners

The Funding Commissioners assist the VP (Finance) with the management of the Funding Committee.

Finance Commissioners

The Finance Commissioners are responsible for assisting in the financial management of the Society’s services and departments.

Executive Finance Assistant

Reporting to the VP (Finance), the Executive Finance Assistant is responsible for assisting in the management of the Society’s finance portfolio.

Club Finance Coordinator

The Club Finance Coordinator assists in managing the Society’s Club accounts and financial matters.

Community Affairs Commissioner

The Community Affairs Commissioner assists in fostering and maintaining relations with the Milton-Parc community and mobilizing municipal advocacy to better the conditions of off-campus students.

Campaigns Coordinator

The Campaigns Coordinator is in charge of providing resources to support political campaigns on-campus and in Quebec.

Managing Editor – Community Narratives

The Community Narratives Project publishes short, first-person narratives that highlight McGill students’ experiences in the community as they learn about equity, diversity and social
connectedness while doing sustained community-engagement projects. The pieces are published
weekly online through an Instagram platform and will be compiled for print publication in April.

Popular Education Events Coordinator

The Popular Education Events Coordinator helps plan and run the Culture Shock and Social Justice Days campaigns while working closely with QPIRG and the VP (External). They also ensure that both popular education events reflect their anti-racist and anti-oppressive mandates.

Mental Health Researcher

The primary responsibility of the Mental Health Researcher is to examine the processes and
barriers to accessing mental health services at McGill and in Quebec.

Discover McGill Website Coordinator

The Discover McGill Website Coordinator works closely with the VP (External) to conduct investigative research and establish institutional memory related to organizing history and practices at McGill.

Mobilization Coordinator

The Mobilization Coordinator will support SSMU-affiliated campaigns’ growth and mobilization
efforts by acting as a liaison between these campus groups and the rest of the student body. They will engage individual students through information discussions and popular education, and may operate through pre-existing channels which reach large numbers of students, notably faculty associations and clubs, for increased efficacy.

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

The Community Engagement Project Coordinator oversees projects that foster a sense of connectedness between McGill students and the Montreal community through direct community-engaged education opportunities.

First-Year Affairs Commissioner

The primary responsibility of the First-Year Affairs Commissioner is to assist the VP (Internal) in running the First-Year Council and help the councilors carry out their mandate.

Internal Logistics Coordinator

The primary responsibility of the Internal Logistics Coordinator is to assist the VP (Internal) in event-planning duties.

Indigenous Affairs Commissioner

The Indigenous Affairs Commissioner is responsible for representing Indigenous students at the SSMU through the work of the Indigenous Affairs Committee. The Commissioner is mandated to support Indigenous equity by organizing and facilitating events, campaigns, workshops, and conferences aimed at uplifting and meeting the needs of Indigenous students on campus.

Francophone Affairs Commissioner

The Francophone Affairs Commissioner serves as the chair of the Francophone Affairs Committee as well as acts as a representative of the Francophone student body to the McGill administration and the SSMU Legislative Council.

Menstrual Hygiene Products Coordinator

The Menstrual Hygiene Products Coordinator is responsible for replenishing, and collecting data on, menstrual hygiene products in various buildings located on McGill’s downtown campus.

University Affairs Secretary General

The University Affairs Secretary General works with the VP (University Affairs) to support student representation, advocacy, and communications in the portfolio.

Equity Commissioners

The Equity Commissioners are responsible for supporting the operationalization of the SSMU’s
mandates surrounding social justice, anti-oppression, and accessibility, including the equity complaints process and the Equity Committee.

Library Improvement Fund Commissioner

The Library Improvement Fund Commissioner coordinates the yearly allocation of the Library Improvement Fund and the SSMU’s relations with the McGill libraries.

Indigenous Affairs Equity Researcher

The Indigenous Affairs Equity Researcher consults and works with the Indigenous student community in identifying the objectives, challenges, and barriers to Indigenous equity at McGill.

Sexual Violence Mobilization and Advocacy Coordinators

The Coordinators are responsible for researching and drafting reports regarding anti-sexual violence mobilization at McGill, carry out mobilization work at the SSMU, and develop projects improving complaints processes.

Tenure and Hiring Coordinator

The Tenure and Hiring Coordinator supports student advocacy initiatives by coordinating research and policy development relating to the history and functioning of tenure and hiring processes at McGill.

Student C.A.R.E. Assistant

The Students from C.A.R.E. Researcher performs a comprehensive policy scan and review on universities across Canada and the United States to determine what programs currently exist for students with physical disabilities.

Student Rights Research and Advocacy Commissioner

The Student Rights Researcher and Advocacy Commissioner (SRRAC) supports student advocacy initiatives by coordinating research and campaign development in the University Affairs portfolio, specifically around assessment, accommodation, and academic rights. They also coordinate the bi-annual SSMU Know Your Rights campaign.

Special Researcher (Preferred Name Usage and Advocacy)

The Special Researcher supports student advocacy initiatives by conducting research into the usage of students’ “deadnames” and preferred names in different contexts by McGill departments.

Special Researcher (Academic Accessibility and Accommodations)

The Special Researcher will support student advocacy initiatives by conducting research into the efficacy and accessibility of the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).

Mental Health Commissioner

The Mental Health Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the Mental Health Coordinators and Committee as well as organizing various mental health initiatives. They also act as the main student advocate between the SSMU and McGill’s Student Wellness Hub and other university mental health initiatives.

Club Administrative Assistant

The primary responsibility of the Club Administrative Assistant is to assist the VP (Student Life) with the management of the Club Committee.

Services Administrative Assistant

The primary responsibility of the Services Administrative Assistant is to assist the VP (Student Life) with the management of administrative tasks and projects for SSMU Services.

Mental Health Outreach Coordinator

The Mental Health Outreach Coordinator chairs the SSMU Legislative Council’s Mental Health Outreach Committee. They facilitate the implementation of mental health initiatives that the VP (Student Life) sees appropriate. They are also involved in the planning and implementation of Mental Illness and Health Awareness weeks, which occurs in the fall and winter semester, respectively.

SSMU Administrative Coordinator

Reporting to the President, the SSMU Administrative Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the management of the President portfolio for the society and assisting the other executives with administrative tasks.

Activities Night Coordinator

The primary responsibility of the Activities Night Coordinator is to help organize events within the Clubs and Services portfolio, including Fall Activities Night, Winter Activities Night, and smaller events throughout the year as determined by the VP (Student Life).

Mental Health Advocacy Coordinator

The Mental Health Advocacy Coordinator chairs the Mental Health Advocacy Committee, a committee of the SSMU Legislative Council. They facilitate the implementation of mental health initiatives that the VP (Student Life) sees appropriate. They are also involved in the planning and implementation of the SSMU Mental Health Policy.

HR Coordinators

Reporting to the Human Resources Manager and working with relevant executives, the Human Resources Coordinators help manage human resources processes pertaining to the student staff members such recruitment, employee on-boarding, and communicating SSMU policies to student staff.

Anti-Violence Coordinator

The Anti-Violence Coordinator (AVC) reviews and updates the SSMU Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy (GSVP) and organizes GSVP training for all SSMU staff and members.

Graphic Designer

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the responsibility of the Graphic Designer is to create digital and print artwork for the SSMU and its student groups.

Club Website Designer

The primary responsibility of the Club Website Designer is to design and update websites for SSMU Clubs and Services.

Handbook Content Editor

The Handbook Content Editor is responsible for creating and editing the text content for the SSMU Student Handbook.

Handbook Layout Editor

The Handbook Layout Editor is responsible for designing the graphics and layout of the SSMU Student Handbook.

Translators

The Translators review and translate text for the Society’s documents, website, and online channels from English to French.

Photographers

The Photographers provide coverage of SSMU events, campaigns, and initiatives.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary is responsible for taking detailed minutes during, and keeping detailed records of, the meetings of Legislative Council, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and General Assemblies.

Speaker of Council (On-Call)

The Speaker of Council (On-Call) presides over meetings of the Legislative Council and the General Assembly in the absence of the Speaker of Council.

Speaker of Council and Board of Directors

The Speaker opens and presides over meetings of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors.

Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian assists the Speaker of Council in the preparation of documents and fulfills the duties of the Speaker of Council if required.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)

The Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for the general conduct and execution of elections and referenda.

Deputy Electoral Officer (DEO)

The Deputy Electoral Officer supervises all electoral officers of the SSMU, oversees the operations of Elections SSMU, and is responsible for administering the SSMU’s elections and referenda, under the direction of the CEO.

Events and Sponsorship Coordinator

The Events and Sponsorship Coordinator is responsible for seeking out sponsorship opportunities for the SSMU and for its events and activities.

Operations Assistant Coordinator

The Operations Assistant Coordinator (OAC) must work in collaboration with the Operations Coordinators and the Operations Director to ensure the proper use of space occupied by the SSMU in multiple locations, as well as assisting with coordinating internal and external events organized in the SSMU buildings by, but not limited to, SSMU clubs, SSMU services, independent student groups, and Faculty Associations.