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Zachary Rose – Executive Director

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Zachary holds Master’s degrees in both Political Science and Public Policy, and is a graduate of McGill University, the University of Windsor, and the University of Michigan. Additionally, he holds the designation of Canadian Risk Manager from the Global Risk Management Institute. He has a range of experiences under his belt including a prior position at a student association and a policy advisor and speech-writer on a national political campaign. Before being hired as Executive Director, he was a Research Analyst at OUSA for 18 months. He is a former contributor to a global affairs consulting firm where he has published numerous articles on geopolitics and human security. Outside of his professional life he is an avid fan of theatre, an amateur (but enthusiastic) kayaker, a former varsity fencer, and a board game geek.

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Amanda Kohler – Communications Director

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Growing up in Keswick, Amanda is just a small town girl taking on the concrete jungle. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Amanda’s life path changed when she became involved with student advocacy, communications, and marketing through several volunteer and paid positions with the Graduate Students’ Association at Laurier. Moving forward in her career, Amanda hopes one day to live in sunny California. She enjoys spending as much time outside in the warmth as possible through running, climbing, hiking, and cycling but hibernates while binge watching Netflix in the winter.

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Danielle Pierre – Research & Policy Analyst

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Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and a postgraduate certificate from Humber College’s Research Analyst Postgraduate Program. Danielle loves all things content analysis and has a keen interest in projects that study social and economic inequities. Moving forward in her career, Danielle wants to make positive contributions to the public and post-secondary sectors by putting the voice of her research participants at the forefront of her work. Danielle is a passionate writer and is energized by every opportunity to use individual stories to illustrate common, systemic problems. While away from the office, Danielle likes to practice yoga, play with her cat, and work as a virtual urban planner and city manager.

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Marc Gurrisi – Research & Policy Analyst

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Marc holds a Master of Education from York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McMaster University. He has experience working for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), wherein he was involved with several learning outcomes assessment projects, including the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC). He also has experience at the institutional level, liaising with incoming and prospective students, as well as faculty at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Armin Escher – Operations Director

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Originally from Switzerland, Armin grew up in Sylvan Lake, Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Lethbridge. He first became involved with student advocacy at the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union where he served in numerous roles including Faculty Representative, Board of Governors Representative, and President. After graduating, and prior to working at OUSA, Armin worked in student services at University of Lethbridge as Convocation Coordinator. In his spare time, Armin enjoys yoga, playing board games, and watching terrible TV shows (think every CW drama with too many plot twists).