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Board of Governors Elections 2022

The Voting Period for the Board of Governors’ alumni elections will take place from 12:01 a.m. on July 18, 2022 to 4:30 p.m. July 25, 2022.

Board of Governors Election Candidates 2022

Neel Chauhan

Platform Statement No. 1:

My Ryerson journey started in 1994 while earning my Bachelor of Commerce degree and continued when I became active as a member of the Ryerson community participating in alumni events in New York and Toronto while paying it forward by mentoring fellow alumni.

I seek your support so I can provide a strong alumni voice on the Ryerson Board of Governors. If elected, I will leverage my international experience in the tech industry to help Ryerson foster innovation and positive change to achieve its vision to become a Top 200 global university.

My Ryerson journey started in 1994 while earning my Bachelor of Commerce degree and continued when I secured my first job through a fellow Ryerson alum and became active as a member of the Ryerson community participating in alumni events in New York (DMZ opening, Dean’s breakfast series) and Toronto (awards ceremonies, conferences) while paying it forward by mentoring fellow alumni. I’m deeply thankful for the unparalleled opportunities Ryerson has offered me.

I seek your support so I can provide a strong alumni voice on the Ryerson Board of Governors. If elected, I will leverage my international experience in the tech industry to help Ryerson foster innovation and positive change to achieve its vision to become a Top 200 global university.

My two decades of active involvement with Ryerson alumni, innovation experience gained as a tech executive (Fiserv, Google, Nectar) and international education gained in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States have equipped me with a unique perspective to serve Ryerson with purpose.

I’m thankful for the opportunity and appreciate your support!

Obaid Ullah

Irene Gammel

Platform Statement No. 1:

Irene Gammel is a professor in the English Department and directs the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, where she co-hosts the Pandemic Webinar Series. An internationally acclaimed scholar of women’s art, literature, and culture, having served as the university’s first Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Humanities (2005-2018), she is seeking to represent faculty members on the Board of Governors. An immigrant to Canada, whose third language is English, she supports and practices feminist values of justice, diversity, and leadership in the active building of a safe, inclusive community. An award-winning teacher with experiential focus, a celebrated innovator in research strategies, a global ambassador to improve cultural outcomes for Canadians, she is a passionate advocate for research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is also a long-term champion for women researchers and their collaborations across disciplines, especially in forging connections between Arts and STEM subjects. She believes that striving toward excellence in research and creative activities helps to build strong communities both within and outside the university. During a time of uncertainty, with democracy itself being under siege and with troubling financial austerity in educational resources, she sees evidence-based research, action-oriented solutions, and value-centred allyship as more important than ever for global health and wellbeing.

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

Irene Gammel is a professor in the English Department and directs the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, where she co-hosts the Pandemic Webinar Series. An internationally acclaimed scholar of women’s art, literature, and culture, having served as the university’s first Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Humanities (2005-2018), she is seeking to represent faculty members on the Board of Governors. An immigrant to Canada, whose third language is English, she supports and practices feminist values of justice, diversity, and leadership in the active building of a safe, inclusive community. An award-winning teacher with experiential focus, a celebrated innovator in research strategies, a global ambassador to improve cultural outcomes for Canadians, she is a passionate advocate for research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is also a long-term champion for women researchers and their collaborations across disciplines, especially in forging connections between Arts and STEM subjects. She believes that striving toward excellence in research and creative activities helps to build strong communities both within and outside the university. During a time of uncertainty, with democracy itself being under siege and with troubling financial austerity in educational resources, she sees evidence-based research, action-oriented solutions, and value-centred allyship as more important than ever for global health and wellbeing.

Andrew McWilliams

Platform Statement:

For the last 9 years, I have served on Senate as a faculty representative of the Faculty of Science and have been a Panel Chair for the Senate Appeals Committee since 2012, a member of the AGPC since 2013, and a member of the Senate Priorities Committee since 2016. I currently represent the university as an Academic Colleague at COU and am a member of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.  If elected to the Board of Governors, I will take the experience learned about the challenges faced in delivering our academic programs to ensure that the academic mission of the university is properly considered by the Board of Governors.  Many issues impact our ability to deliver our programs including ensuring that funds are made available to hire faculty members to lower the student/faculty ratios in our classes, supporting strategic hiring initiatives that will ensure the diversity of our faculty better reflects that of the student body and that appropriate programs are in place to support faculty, staff and students as we return to on campus life. 

 

Bala Venkatesh

Platform Statement No. 1:

My name is Bala Venkatesh. I am running for a seat on the Board of Governors meant for faculty.

I joined the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University in 2008 and I am now a full professor. I was appointed Academic Director for the Centre for Urban Energy in 2010. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work at Ryerson with amazing students, colleagues, collaborators and sponsors. Leading the Centre for Urban Energy, I have managed research grants and contracts in excess of $ 30 million working with sponsors from Canada, USA and India, both from private and public sectors. I led the Pan-Canadian NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network worth $8.5 million with 25 sponsors, 15 Canadian Universities, 27 Professors and 100+ students. I also lead the Clean Energy Zone that incubates about 15 companies. I had the opportunity to start a Professional Masters Diploma in Energy and Innovation, which is successful.

Ryerson University is at a pivotal point and has set its sights to be counted amongst the top 200 universities worldwide, as articulated in its international strategy (2019 – 2024). To realize this shared dream and goal, I wish to bring my experience, expertise and insights and contribute at the Board of Governors. At the Board, I will work to foster sponsored research and graduate education, with emphasis on internationalization. I promise to strive to represent your interest at the Board in every opportunity.

I look forward to your support for my candidature. Thank you!

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

My name is Bala Venkatesh. I am running for a seat on the Board of Governors meant for faculty.
I joined the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering in 2008. I am now a full professor. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work at Ryerson with amazing students, colleagues, collaborators and sponsors.
I was appointed Academic Director of the Centre for Urban Energy in 2010. Leading the Centre for Urban Energy, I have managed research grants and contracts in excess of $ 30 million, working with private and public sector sponsors from Canada and abroad. I led the Pan-Canadian NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network worth $8.5 million with 25 sponsors, 15 Canadian Universities, 27 Professors and 100+ students from 2015 to 2021. I also lead the Clean Energy Zone that incubates about 15 companies. I started and successfully operate a Professional Masters Diploma in Energy and Innovation.
Ryerson University is at a pivotal point and has set its sights to be counted amongst the top 200 universities worldwide, as articulated in its international strategy (2019 – 2024). To realize this shared goal, I wish to bring my experience, expertise and insights and contribute at the Board of Governors. At the Board, I will work to foster sponsored research and graduate education, with an emphasis on internationalization. I promise to strive and represent your interest in every opportunity.
I look forward to your support for my candidature. Thank you!

Silvana Babikian

Platform Statement:

As a Ryerson University employee for the past 17 years, it has been my pleasure to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students as Catering Manager for Ryerson Food Services. I am a dedicated leader, committed to Ryerson’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion. I work with my team and clients in a respectful and supportive manner, providing excellent customer service, leading by example, and focusing on meeting the diverse needs of the Ryerson community, especially during the pandemic.

The last two years have been pretty challenging for all of us. All of us had to adjust to new requirements – be it working from home, managing families, some of us have even taken earnings hits (whether self or family member’s) but we all have been fulfilling what was required from us. Sometimes we don’t even realize or admit but all of these have taken a toll on our mental health especially since many of us are the primary caregivers to our families.

As we slowly come out of the pandemic and start going back to normal, I want to ensure that our team has the required help and assistance if and when it is needed.

I am proud of where I work, which is committed to the success of its community and puts people first. On a personal note, I believe in giving back. I volunteer and am actively involved in the Toronto area Armenian community. I also volunteer at the local homeless shelter. At this point in my career, with my leadership experience and contacts across the University, I believe I can continue to contribute a valuable voice on the Board of Governors, supporting Ryerson’s core values and continuing to build Ryerson’s standing in the future.

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Rose Ghamari

Platform Statement:

My name is Rose Ghamari, and I’m the Manager of Student Engagement and Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. This University has been my home for the last 12 years. My journey here started with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. This was followed by many years as an active and engaged alumnus. Most recently, I came back in 2018 as a staff member at FEAS. I am also expecting to complete my MBA at TRSM in Fall 2022.

I value open communication, collaboration, and a vision for shared success and excellence through prioritizing EDI and wellbeing. I believe that success will follow by giving our staff the tools they need to succeed, recognizing outstanding work, and reinforcing well-being into our work culture. If elected as one of the Staff representatives on the Board of Governors, I will advocate for the wellbeing and continued success of our staff by ensuring that they are treated fairly and equitably with respect to the new Flexible Work Policy, help to build back and strengthen the community morale within the University in a post-pandemic era, as well as advocate for increased transparency into the decision-making processes of the Board of Governors.  

As our University begins its next chapter, I will help bring new perspectives and ideas to strengthen the growing needs of our community while representing our mission and values. I am also running in unison with student and alumni candidates to realize our collective vision during our tenure.  I believe I can be a valuable voice on the Board of Governors, and I appreciate your support to represent our university's staff.

Avala Moore

Platform Statement No. 1:

It is a great honor to be considered for a position on the Ryerson Board of Governors. Ryerson University has been my place of work and study for the past 15 years. I completed my undergraduate studies here in 2012 and became a member of staff in 2013. Since then, much of my life has been dedicated to the wellbeing of our University, it’s staff, faculty and students. I have worked in multiple roles across the University campus and have sat on awards committees, the Community Student Engagement Group for Accessibility, the Ryerson Spiritual Collective Committee, and have completed a Master’s of Divinity at Emmanuel College focusing on institutional leadership. I believe in being an active participant in the effort to achieve our shared goals.  

In my current role as Manager, Student Relations and Development in the Faculty of Arts, I manage an amazing board of student leaders, overseeing policy, finances and community culture. I advise all faculty student groups and student governments and facilitate the onboarding of our student staff all while teaching our Ryerson values. I work with administrative staff across campus and at all levels of the university. I am a resource for community engagement matters for faculty, students and staff alike and was the winner of the Faculty of Arts Staff Service Recognition Award just last year.

It has always been my vocation to accompany those going through times of transition. This has been a focus of my studies, my volunteer work and my professional career. Our community as a whole is going through transition on multiple levels at this time. We are exploring the future of work and study as the pandemic comes to an end. We look forward to a return to campus and will be discovering a new way of being with one another. We are also navigating our way and finding our identity as we rename our University and recommit ourselves to our shared values of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility. This is an exciting time with many challenges and opportunities ahead. My passion and experience in leadership and my deep commitment to the support of this community makes me the right person to help see us through this time of transition. I would be honored to be a voice on the Board of Governors for all community members as we go through this next journey together.

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

      Thank you to those who have been following along in the Board of Governors election campaigns so far. I know this is such a busy time of year and your time is very much appreciated.

      As I run for a staff position on the Board of Governors, I want to acknowledge the other staff members I work alongside in this community. Our time, as university staff, is precious and always in high demand. I see those of you who are often caught working late or are volunteering your spare time to committees and working groups. I see those of you who are working alongside your own studies or research. I see those of you who have been working 9-5 with young children at home with you throughout this pandemic. Our community is full of highly dedicated people like you who give a lot for this University and its students.

      This University has been named a Top GTA Employer, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, one of Canada’s Safest Employers and an Ashoka Changemaker Campus. However, many of our staff and faculty still struggle with maintaining a healthy life/work balance. With an academic plan that values the well-being of the community and a Board of Governors that holds the responsibility to make policy that guides our work experience, I believe we can do more to respect the life and work of our community members to increase workplace satisfaction and community morale.

      Should I be elected, I will advocate for equitable support and resources to staff and faculty so that we can all do our jobs to the best of our ability and enjoy an increased capacity for innovation and growth. With greater support we can accomplish greater things and move our University closer to the realization of its goals. The Board of Governors is responsible for participating in setting the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of the University and I intend to do so with a focus on support for the community so that we can thrive together.

      It is important for the Board of Governors to recognize the strength and dedication of all of the Ryerson community members. I believe you should all feel appreciated for the efforts you put into your work and care for our students. Should you vote me into the Board of Governors, I personally plan to measure the University’s success against the satisfaction of our staff, faculty and students. Our University is a great place to work and I am very proud to be part of this community. I would be honored to be elected to the Board of Governors and would work hard to bring your voices to the table.


You can learn more about me and follow my campaign on Instagram @avala4BOG

Steve Pelletier

Platform Statement No. 1:

Bonjou, bonjour, kwe kwe , tansi , Good Day everyone! Mon nom es Steve Pelletier, je suis Brayon, Je vie la Madawaska, Je me Souviens.

I am the 14th generation Metis adopted and hosted of my name to be in this great country now named Canada, kanata as told to Cartier, Tka'na'tar'her'e, more precisely. My ancestors were adopted/Metis'd by the Mi'kmaw of what is now called Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia, the Innus of Qué'bec'e, The Wen'dat'e of the Wen'da'ke, the Abenaki of the South of the Great River Shore, the Wə'las'tək'we'wi'y'ik of the Madawaska, my grand fathers birthplace, Camille Pelletier,  known as The people of the beautiful scintillating river in the land of the porc'u'pines, that is what the word is, the Pork of the forest that carries Piks for protection, a fatty animal that survives the people of its land in time of famine in the winter. The Madawaska Republic is a shared land of its 5 founders, The Natives, The French, The British, The Scottish and The Irish, with arms open to all that have since joined. A story as canadian as maple syrup, we embrace MULTI-Culturism in an open and respectful way. One Dish, One Spoon.

I am entering my 18th year as a full time Employee this month, I'm an Adult now ;-p... I started as part-time courier for Media Services, in August of 2003.  At the time I was at my last .02$  My best friend, who I met at Sheridan College, Ken Sookhai, the Artist, got me in the door.  Keyth Sievert, Steve Hotston and Leela Ramparas hired me part-time.  I fell in Love with Ryerson that first semester of work and applied to the first job that became available.

I have worked consistently to upgrade my skills and took all jobs that came my way, I was able to advance into my job and now sit as high in responsibility that is possible at this time. I am proud of my achievements and friends that I have made along the way.  Ryerson is truly a small town in the middle of a great sea.  The roots run deep.

My home is now Toronto, portage tkaro to, trees in the water, the land of the 3 rivers and its maze to the great Lake Tkaronto, the place were people fish with trees in the water, a fish trap for short, everybody that makes it there... stays.  It is now called Lake Simcoe, disappointing. But that is history. For good or bad at least Toronto regained its name and its spirit now resides here. The most picturesque city of the world, on the shore of the Beautiful Scintillating lake, On'ta'ri'o'e. Lake Ontario, everybody that makes it here stays, Unfortunetly the people of this great city are being pushed out for financial reasons, I am one of those and I have a good job, Even Doctors can't afford this city anymore. I hope to fix this problem some day, that is what I am here at Ryerson and everywhere I walk... A Fixer.

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

I would like to share with you 2 poems that will describe who I am and what I stand for.

The First you can find at ryersonwavingfeathers.net, external link , oddly the Canadian owned, Canadian hosted website does not seem to work in some Ryerson networks, you might need to use your home connection. The internet is no longer free. shame.

The second is a Poem from the Great Gilles Vigneault, the first three verses are his, the last 2 are my translations, English and French Canadian Métis, ask me about it if you want, i'll share my story with you. with love, steve.

La quête du pays:
{
Un Canadien qui pass par lá
Je l’appelle pour qui passe par ici
Y s'amène et y me regarde, y m'écoute et puis y rit…
Y’me passe et y s’assit
Et dans son language y me dit
Y dit

Ou t’es irh pire ta quoi gene
Nan tan chinaga pas mitten
Ah put che san de man
Che quoine’ni’ang doi pas de’maine
Ahh sti nian toi pas tomaini
Chin chu’kh’d’nawan de’na’che
Chi’nan qua chu tu mou’d’noille
Tang che te tabah tanna coubenene

De puis ton arriver
J'ai Eu beau t’observer
Je Ne comprend pas ce que tu cherche
Si c’est le pays
Tu devrais l’avoir
Tu me la voler
Je me demande ce que tu as fait avec…

Since you have arrived
I took time to observe you
I do not understand what you are looking for
If its the country
You should know by now
You stole it from me
I wonder what you could have done with it

Ouk t’es c’est pire que ton peuple
Y t’on même pas donné de mitaine (outil)
Sa pas de sense mon frère
C’est quoi que tu niaise avec de meme
Osti de niaiseu que t’es comme ça
Cossé tu pense so’tir du trou
T’a cassé le trésor en creusant
Awaille frère fume la pétune et attend que ca va bat encore
}

 

Allison Urowitz

Platform Statement No. 1:

I am a first generation graduate with seven years of experience building reciprocal relationships and raising funds to help support students at the University. Through my role, I have the opportunity to collaborate alongside colleagues and donors to create new awards and elevate programs for students who face socio-economic barriers. As a member of the Aboriginal Education Council, the Truth and Reconciliation Strategic Working Group and Ryerson Equity Advocates and Champions in Higher Education (REACH) community of practice, I’ve learned from and with colleagues who have a shared interest in evolving our learning culture into a more equitable one.

Why me?

Serving on the volunteer board of North York Community House, a social service agency, I learned about the governance and fiscal challenges of balancing the diverse needs of youth and adults on a budget under pressure. I will represent the breadth and diversity of our administrative group so our collective interests will be heard and considered in policy creation, oversight and decision-making at the Board of Governors (BOG). Given the range of people I work with, I believe I can unite a genuine care for colleagues with an aspiration to deliver excellence in the student experience, across University issues. Motivated by continuous learning, I will actively seek conversations with colleagues to better understand what ideas you’d like to bring forward to be considered by the Board, wherever possible.  

Ultimately, I will bring a lens of equity and a curious mindset to questioning issues addressed by and discussed by the Board. My efforts will represent the interests of administrative staff in all board activities, including budget decisions, with a goal of continuously improving our educational and workplace environment.  It’s an exciting time with the university renaming underway, where we can build from our values and ignite positive change as our community moves forward together. I hope to have a chance to represent you at the Board of Governors and appreciate the opportunity to be a candidate in the upcoming election. Thank you for voting!

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

The values of access,  continuous learning and wellbeing will guide my platform.

1. Emphasizing support for administrative staff to excel and be fulfilled in a flexible hybrid work environment.

As we are changing the way we work, administrative staff will require ongoing support, technology tools and development opportunities to make the full transition to a flexible hybrid work environment. Given this change, we will all be testing approaches while we learn what best supports our individual and collaborative team work. I will advocate for staff to ensure we have the resources needed to be successful in a more flexible mode of working at home and while on campus.

2.  Elevating access to opportunities for learning and development for administrative staff to advance.

Whether we are directly supporting students in our roles, or we are working in functions that support the operations of the university, administrative staff require ongoing opportunities for learning and development to have continuous success in our roles. As your BoG representative, I will advocate for resources for mentoring and professional development, so we can grow in our roles and advance our career progression within the university. I will work hard to better understand your needs to support your general career development, so you have access to the information and have avenues to bring your ideas to the BoG.

3. Implementing the recommendations of the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review and the Standing Strong Task Force advancing equity and reciprocal relationships for all administrative staff.

To improve our work culture, I believe we need to continue to advance the recommendations for the ABR Campus Climate Review and the SSTF in a timely fashion. I will advocate for administrative staff as we implement the recommendations through Board activity.

I'm motivated to learn what’s important to you and the administrative staff, and how we can improve the university. I will make time to learn about your creative ideas to ensure your views are brought to the Board of Governors. I strongly believe your experience and insights can help transform the university and shape our work culture. I would be honoured to represent and advocate for the administrative staff in all policy and issues governed by the Board of Governors.

ABDELAZIZ, Nader

Platform Statement No. 1:

- My name is Nader Abdelaziz, a 4th-year Geomatics Ph.D. candidate.
- I was the former Ph.D. graduate representative at the Civil Engineering Dept.
- I am eager to serve and deliver the voices of my fellow students as a board of governor.

I am Nader Abdelaziz, a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Civil Engineering Department. My passion is dedicated to voluntary work and community service. I am running for the board of governers elections to represent graduate students. In 2020, I was elected to the position of Ph.D. graduate student representative in the Civil Engineering Department. In addition, I was a member of the Civil Engineering programs and membership committee. Over one year, I was able to deliver the voice of my fellow student and serve them to the best of my ability. That is, I had followed up on renovating the broken elevator in the MON building, which was a major problem for my fellow incapable students. Furthermore, I had managed to have the department provide us with premium Grammarly licenses, which is beneficial to our research work, especially for those whose English is the second language. Additionally, I have raised the issues of the annual increase of tuition fees for international students and halting the 4-year Ph.D. graduation award worth $10,000, which still requires follow-up at the university level. I have gained experience while serving as the graduate representative. This enforces my potential and confidence to take the responsibility of serving you as a board of governer. I can sincerely assure you that your voice will be delivered and heard and that I will strive not to save an effort to represent you.

AL-DADAH, Ali

Platform Statement No. 1:

 

BHATIA, Kareena

Platform Statement No. 1:

-Develop better insurance plans for students (Mental health, orthopaedic, improve vision, Chiropractor, massage therapy, and dental)
-Bring back credit system (CDR/ NCRD), due to the pressure faced by students from the in person transition.
-Involve Ryerson Accounting students by developing co-op opportunities for them.

My name is Kareena Bhatia and Im running for Board of Governors position with team Levitate. I am in my first year of Professional Communication and I plan to do a minor in marketing. I also promoted Ryersons(X) Dating App called, 'Ru-Mine' by creating Tiktoks and Instagram Reels. My aim for this campaign is to encourage Program Coordinators to bring back the CDR/NCRD system for Ryerson students, so that they have an approach to maintain their GPA average and transcript impression once they graduate. Furthermore, I want to introduce co-op options for students in the Accounting and Finance program so that when they graduate, they have the required skills, qualifications, and experience to get employed with future employers. Lastly, my campaign focuses on developing improved insurance plans for vision, dental, mental health, and massage therapy/chiropractor sessions. Chiropractor and Massage Therapy sessions are highly expensive, but very essential for our health. Additionally, the need for mental health consultations have increased as a result of the pandemic, but the medicines are costly as well. I will ensure RSU devotes a fair amount of money into appropriate insurance plans for Ryerson students.

BIANCHIN, Louisa

Platform Statement No. 1:

*Safe & Healthy learning spaces * On-line & Experiential learning * Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility

My name is Louisa Bianchin. I am a 2L law student at Lincoln Alexander School of Law, and I am seeking to represent all students on the Board of Governors ("Board").

Should I be elected to the Board, I will advocate for an on-campus environment that supports safe and healthy learning spaces as the university continues to adapt and respond to ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

During the pandemic, we were forced to move classes online, which we thought would be for a short period. However, on-line learning has proven to be a paradigm shift, providing us with an opportunity to learn, use technology, stay connected and thrive. Now as we begin to move back into the classroom, we should value the experience and continue to offer hybrid courses, allowing for a blend of face-to-face and online learning. Any student who is unable to attend class for health or legitimate personal reasons can continue their education at home with online learning. I believe that both learning models would facilitate greater accessibility, inclusivity and equity.

I value experiential learning where students are engaged in classroom learning with hands-on experiences, such as practice practicums, mentoring from specialists, professional placements and internships, just to name a few. Students have the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to find solutions to genuine world problems. Real-life experiences assist students develop transferable skills for the workplace, lead to a job after graduation and provide students with education training so that they are ready to start their career.

I want to engage in open and honest conversations with students and Board members around equity, diversity and inclusivity, finding common ground and providing students with the opportunity to feel included, heard and represented. By valuing their experiences and identifying their challenges, I want to advocate for significant changes, which prioritize fairness, transparency and diversity.

I believe that post-secondary education should be accessible to all students. Recommending a tuition freeze and transferring more funds for scholarships, bursaries and paid professional placements should be a priority for the Board. The Board should consider partnering with local councillors and building developers so that sections of their housing developments can be made available at affordable prices to students facing financial hardships.

As we move forward into unchartered waters, I hope to be your student representative on the Board. I would be honoured to be your voice and I look forward to your support. Thank you, Louisa.

DANO, Husam (Sam)

Platform Statement No. 1:

-Advocate for University initiatives that increase transparency and accessibility of Board of Governors operations to ultimately eliminate the gap between the student body and the Board of Governors;
-Advocate for increased monetary support for domestic and international students to ease the transition to in-person learning; and
-Work towards addressing prominent student issues, especially concerns pertaining to governance structures.

Campaign (Instagram): @dano4bog

Hello everyone! My name is Husam (Sam) Dano, and I’m currently in my second year of the Criminology program at the Faculty of Arts. Throughout my last two years of studies, I’ve had the opportunities to serve in numerous student leadership roles, equipping me with the experience and ambition to successfully fulfil my potential role within the Board of Governors. I am currently the Social Media and Communications Assistant at the Faculty of Arts, The Special Projects Manager at the Society of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (SASSH), and the Second-Year Representative at the Criminology Course Union (CCU). I look forward to continuing my student leadership next year as the president-elect of the SASSH, and hopefully, at the Board of Governors with your support. If elected, my three primary objectives are to build the bridge between the Board of Governors and the student body, advocate for monetary supports pertaining to our transition back to in-person learning, and advocate to address any student issue that may arise, like current concerns related to specific governance structures within the University or the current COVID-19 guidelines. With your support, I wish to represent the student body for the betterment of our community. Thank you for your consideration! Take Care, Husam (Sam) Dano

FAKHIM, Jasmine

Platform Statement No. 1:

- Reassess allocation of Ryerson (X) university funding and reduce tuition accordingly
- Improve the quality and coverage of existing medical and dental insurance plans
- Establish an outreach committee for press conferences and maintain transparency with budget plans

My name is Jasmine Fakhim (she/her) and I am excited to be running for the Board of Governors with Team Levitate. I am in my second year of the Accounting and Finance program, serving the university as a Communications Director for My Networking Club Ryerson (X). The prime focus of my campaign is to take a closer look at how funding for the university is allocated and reduce tuition and incidental fees accordingly, given that students have not had complete access to in-person facilities and services for the past 2-3 years, due to the pandemic. Some students have not even been to campus until this year, which makes it unfair for them to have to pay for services that they would not have the same access to virtually and pay the same amount of tuition for online classes. My platform also aims to re-evaluate our funding and expand the coverage of our insurance plans for students for specific services including mental health, orthopedic, chiropractic, and massage therapy. I want to emphasize increasing funding for professional mental health services, which are hardly affordable for many university students who already struggle with paying for school, along with their personal expenses. I also want to increase coverage for our existing medical and dental insurance plans to allocate more funding for serious circumstances and emergencies. Finally, I would like to establish an outreach committee in order to ensure transparency in matters pertaining to the Board of Governors and Senate, including the university budget plans. The committee will hold monthly press conferences with our campus media groups to provide updates on budget reports, campaign tracking and other internal affairs, and publish quarterly expense reports for public viewing.

GOLDENBERG, Jordan

Platform Statement No. 1:

- Improve the level of transparency between university administrators and the student body.
- Increased funding for mental health resources, an item that is critically important as the university and its students prepare for a return to campus.
- Improved focus on free speech and productive political discussions.

Transparency is the key for a functional relationship between the Board of Governors and the students. The student body has a right to know what the board is discussing and deciding. I will ensure this by holding regular town halls open to the entire student body for anyone to ask questions and have their voices heard. Also, as Ryerson University is changing its name and implementing the recommendations from the standing strong task force, students deserve to be involved in the process and kept updated on a more regular basis. Throughout the process, students have largely been in the dark, this needs to change. In addition, students hold the right to know how much the implementations will cost the school and how that is allocated in the budgets. The student body pays a lot to attend Ryerson and they deserve to see greater financial transparency on their money is being allocated and spent. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, student's mental health has been greatly impacted. As students return to the downtown area and return to campus, mental health resources need to be improved for greater reachability and accessibility for all students. This is a critical time for mental health and it needs to be handled properly to address the needs of the students. Free speech and safe political discussion on campus has been a topic of debate across North America and the world. Everyone has the right to be heard. Free speech is the core of any productive conversation and issue resolution. The university needs to take a stronger stance in ensuring everyone has the right to speak and be heard. Free speech is not only about listening to those you agree with, but more importantly listening to those you disagree with. Free speech is fundamentally important.

KURIAKOSE, Joel

Platform Statement No. 1:

- ASV / academic credit system
- Campus security
- Investment platform

My name is Joel N Kuriakose and I am a 4th year undergraduate student currently serving the RSU as a FCS director, and student groups commissioner. My campaign focusses to bring back the credit system due to the pressure students are facing with transition to in person classes. I also want to eliminate the use of Academic standing variations, as it does not make sense for an individual with a fair GPA to enter probation because of a single course. I also want to join the fight to enhance campus security by allocating funds to hire more security personnel and install cameras to any location deemed to be an active blindspot. I aim to strengthen security near the safe injection zones in particular to prevent any acts of violence against Ryerson (X) University students pertaining to the unsupervised use of illicit narcotics. Lastly, my campaign wants to focus on expanding platforms that can promote financial literacy across campus. Our university has been investing in valuable research and start-up incubators, and have numerous research initiatives patented under the school. I wish to open up this platform to the Ryerson (X) community to invest alongside the university as a low risk investment measure.

PICCININ, Mairin

Platform Statement No. 1:

One word: accessibility. We all face challenges and we all have strengths. I’m here to put you first and ensure X University provides each and every one of you with what you need to get where you want to go.

As a social work student, I'm all about community. I know how hard each of us works to be here because I'm a student just like you. Some of us work multiple jobs, some of us have kids, and some of us are unstably housed. Many of us are mad, racialized, (dis)abled, non-heteronormative, and non-cisnormative. But you know what? That is our strength. We are resilient and we overcome challenges every day to be here. You've done your part. Now I want to make sure the school is doing its part too. This is my promise to you as a candidate for the Board of Governors: to hold the school accountable for meeting the needs of all of the students in our community, because X University will only reach its full potential when each one of us can reach ours.

 

Platform Statement No. 2:

I am a candidate but I believe that it's your voice that should count!

I'm not your typical candidate. I'm not going to give you any long platform speeches about what I believe is best for you. Why? Because as X University students, you are the experts! You know better than anyone what it is that you want and need from us candidates, from the board of governors, and from the school at large. It's not my voice that matters, it's yours.

I know what you're thinking. Why on earth should I bother voting? I get it. I never payed attention to school elections either. But then I realized that as few as 2.9% of us students are voting. That means that the people getting elected don't actually represent us. That's a problem because they're making some pretty important decisions.

That's why I've decided to do something different. I'm not going to make my campaign about me, I'm going to make it about you. You won't see me putting up self promoting posters all over the school. Instead, I'm going to be on Gould street from April 4th to 7th handing out stake flags and sharpies to all the students that stop by. You can write what you want from the school on the flags and stick them in the flower boxes along the street. That way all the candidates (myself included) will see what students really care about.

At the end of the day, this isn't about getting me elected. It's about getting more than 2.9% of student voices heard. I'm not asking you to vote for me, I'm just asking you to vote. Because what I want is to have people in power that actually represent us.

So take a minute to stop by Gould Street form the 4th - 7th to say hi and put your needs down on a flag for all to see. Can't wait to meet you all!

RAHMAN, Sheikh Abid

Platform Statement No. 1:

Represent the voices of both domestic and international students. Promote the Board of Governors among the student body to get more involvement and engagement. Advocate for more resources and support for low-income, minority, and first-generation students.

My name is Sheikh Abid Rahman. I am a junior studying Industrial Engineering. I am running to be a member of the Board of Governors. After attending a community college for a year in Tampa to find my interest, I decided to major in engineering and transferred to Ryerson to pursue my goal. Being a first-generation student, I am grateful to have the privilege of attending one of the most reputable universities in Canada. My passion in politics and governance is one of the major reasons I decided to run for the Board of Governors. I believe that politics has a significant impact in every aspect of our life. Although I am not attempting to compare Ryerson University to a political organization, I do believe that political considerations may play a role in some of the decisions made at Ryerson. I am grateful that students are an integral part of our community at school and are represented on the Board of Governors and in the Senate, demonstrating that students' voices matter. If I am elected to be a member of the Board of Governors, it would provide me a tremendous opportunity to give back to the community. It would be an honor and privilege to represent all students like myself at a table where critical decisions are made.

Platform Statement No. 2:

Vote Victoria Sullivan (Creative School Graduate Student), external link

Vote Nathan Sugunalan (Arts Undergraduate Student), external link

Vote Sheikh Abid Rahman (Engineering Undergraduate Student), external link

Ever since I have started working for the election, I have acknowledged the campaigns of all the candidates and what they stand for.

With only 3 student representatives on the Board, it is vital that they share a platform that is inclusive of as many students as possible.

The board also only handles the finances of X University, so it is equally important to work with other organizations.

As such, I endorse the campaigns of Victoria Sullivan and Nathan Sugunalan and pledge to work with them and the student unions (XGSU, XSU and CESAX) in building a better student experience!

SUGUNALAN, Nathan

Platform Statement No. 1:

1. Advocate for Equitable and Diverse Representation
2. Advocate for Promotion & Transparency
3. Advocate for Mental & Physical Well-Being

1. Equitable and Diverse Representation

- Have the 3 student positions on the Board of Governors filled by representatives from each student union (XSU, XGSU & CESAX), just like Senate. This will be to ensure the unions' ability to advocate for the financial needs of all students more effectively. (check 1st link on linktree in bio)

- Create 6 Honorary Board positions to be held by: 3 Indigenous members (a faculty, staff and student member) and 3 Black members (a faculty, staff and student member); to empower those of Indigenous and Black descent to better advocate and speak for themselves. (check 2nd link on linktree in bio)

2. Promotion & Transparency

- Increase funding to our independent student newspaper "The Eyeopener" to hire journalists to have year-round and organization-specific news (Board of Governors, Senate, Student Unions & Societies etc.). This will help to better inform the student populace about the decisions of the governing bodies on campus; as well as give more writing opportunities to students.

- Develop financial incentive and disincentive policies based on civic engagement (e.g. meeting attendance), transparency (e.g. public meeting minutes) and performance (e.g. yearly reports). This will help to encourage better engagement from students to the governing bodies on campus.

3. Mental & Physical Well-Being

- Fund projects addressing COVID-19 related concerns highlighted by the open letter released by Tenured-Faculty from the School of Occupational and Public Health. Despite our return to school, COVID-19 has not been eliminated; and could have future mutations that can be more dangerous. (check 8th link on linktree in bio)

- Fund resources addressing mental health concerns highlighted by student researchers working with the Office of Social Innovation. Mental health resources at X University are incredibly inadequate and the pandemic exposed it more than ever. (check 9th link on linktree in bio)

Follow my IG @nathan4bog4senate

Check out my linktree https://linktr.ee/nsugunalan, external link, opens in new window
(all information is publicly available)

Platform Statement No. 2:

Vote Sheikh Abid Rahman (Engineering Undergraduate Student)!, external link

Vote Victoria Sullivan (Creative School Graduate Student)!, external link

Vote Nathan Sugunalan (Arts Undergraduate Student)!
Campaign, external link
Credentials, external link

Over these past 2 years, I have seen the issues and concerns of students worsen and grow. Similarly, over the course of this election I have seen the values that each candidate prioritizes.

With only 3 student representatives on the Board, it is vital that they share a platform that is inclusive of as many students as possible.

The Board also only handles the finances of X University, so it is equally important to collaborate directly with student organizations.

As such, I endorse the campaigns of Sheikh Abid Rahman and Victoria Sullivan; as well as pledge to work with them, and the student unions (XGSU, XSU and CESAX) in building a better student experience!

SULLIVAN, Victoria

Platform Statement No. 1:

• Prioritize student and staff health and safety through ongoing pandemic transitions.
• Support on-going reconciliation and inclusivity initiatives at X University.
• Advocate for further environmental sustainability on campus and ensure fiscal priorities match the academic and social responsibilities of Ryerson University.

Hello! My name is Victoria Sullivan and I’m a graduate student in the new Scriptwriting and Story Design MFA.

In 2022/23, I will be serving on the Executive of the X Graduate Students Union as VP of Research and Education, and as a CUPE 3904 Unit 3 Steward. With a background in film and television, collaboration is a key component in my life and I love telling stories.

The health and safety of students and staff must continue to be a top priority, with decisions made based on public health recommendations and the best scientific evidence available.

I will continue to support and encourage all on-going and future reconciliation recommendations of the Standing Strong Task Force as the renaming of Ryerson University takes place. Promoting new streams of academic learning, as well as providing training in equity, diversity and inclusivity for current administration, faculty and students are key factors in creating a better future.

My final priority is to challenge Ryerson to be a global leader in campus environmental sustainability. Urgent, bold action is required to combat climate change and X University should be at the forefront, with plans for new initiatives.

I will help to ensure the fiscal priorities match the academic and social responsibilities of the institution. As a student representative on the Board of Governors, I will help shape the story of Ryerson University as it emerges to be a force for change in the new post-pandemic era. Join me as we enter a brighter, more diverse, inclusive and environmentally sustainable future.

Platform Statement No. 2:

Vote Nathan Sugunalan (Arts Undergraduate)!
Campaign, external link
Credentials, external link

Vote Sheikh Abid Raham (Engineering Undergraduate)!, external link

Vote Victoria Sullivan (Creative School Graduate Student)!, external link

Over the course of this election I have seen the values that each candidate prioritizes.

With only 3 student representatives on the Board, it is vital that they share a platform that is inclusive of as many students, undergraduate and graduate, as possible.

The board handles the finances of X University, so it is equally important to work with other organizations.

As such, I endorse the campaigns of Nathan Sugunalan and Sheikh Abid Raham and pledge to work with them and the student unions (XGSU, XSU and CESAX) in building a better student experience.

SYED, Abdur

Platform Statement No. 1:

- Independent
- Transparent
- Student-Focused

My name is Abdur Syed and I am running for a student seat on the Board Of Governors.

I have not had the opportunity to meet many of you yet but as a 2nd year student transitioning out of the pandemic, I am prepared to take on a more active role on campus representing the student body on the board of governors.

As we transition to in-person learning, it is more important than ever to have a strong student voice on the board to advocate for the many concerns of the student body including safety of classrooms, financial accessibility to transit, and mental-health supports to alleviate some of the pressure students will endure during this transition.

It is the responsibility of the board to ensure that there is ample funding for these supports yet it has been fairly unresponsive thus far to the needs and voices of students. I want to ensure that our needs do not go under the radar.

I am running on an individual platform of transparency and focused on spotlighting student concerns. If you are looking for a strong independent voice to advocate on your behalf, I ask that you vote for me.

Thank You, Abdur Syed

Critical Dates 2022

Date

Description

February 7, 2022

Staff, Faculty, Student, and Alumni Nominations Open

February 11, 2022 - 12:00 p.m.

All Candidate Information Session

February 11, 2022 - 4:00 p.m.

All Candidate Information Session

February 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m.

Close of Nominations for Staff, Faculty, Students, and Alumni

February 17, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Mandatory Student Nominee Session

February 18, 2022

Proclamation of Candidates

February 18, 2022

Campaigning is Permitted

February 28, 2022

Alumni Slate Proclaimed

March 8-11, 2022

Voting Period for Staff, and Faculty

March 15, 2022

Staff and Faculty Results are Posted

July 18-25, 2022

Voting Period for Alumni

July 27, 2022

Alumni Election Results are Posted

Critical Dates Student Election 2022

Date

Description

March 14, 2022

Student Nominations Open

March 18, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Close of Student Nominations

March 21, 2022 - 9:00 am

Mandatory Student Nominee Session

March 21, 2022

Proclamation of Candidates

March 21, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Campaigning is Permitted

April 4, 2022 to April 7, 2022

Voting Period for Students

April 9, 2022

Student  Election Results are Posted

Election Resources