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Board of Governors Elections 2022

The Toronto Metropolitan University Board of Governors thanks all those who participated and voted in the 2022 Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Elections. We are excited to announce and welcome the new Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni representatives. The elected will start their term on September 1, 2022.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Platform Statement No. 2:

What makes me a strong candidate for the Toronto Metropolitan University Board of Governors? I will answer this by sharing what I will bring to the table and how I will help Toronto Metropolitan University achieve its vision to become a Top 200 Global University:

International Experience: Through my experience working and studying in Canada, the USA & Europe I’ve developed an international perspective on business and education. As Toronto and other top cities become increasingly global and diverse, I believe bringing an international perspective is critical for the Toronto Metropolitan University Board to become even more global and progressive.

Foster Innovation: My professional experience as an executive at Google (online advertising) and Fiserv (financial technology) have provided me with first hand insight into best practices in innovation and driving change at scale. I will bring this focus on innovation to the table in my role on the Toronto Metropolitan University Board.

Strong Alumni Voice: I am deeply passionate about providing alumni with a strong voice in the direction of the Toronto Metropolitan University. This is the reason why I have served on the Ted Rogers School of Management Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Council since 2020.

Want to learn more about my campaign platform and roadmap to help Toronto Metropolitan University become a Top 200 Global University? Please visit my website: www.voteneel.com, external link, opens in new window

 

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 6-20, 2022

Voting Period for Alumni

July 22, 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

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