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Sophie Helpard– Executive Director

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Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western University, where her interest in post-secondary education advocacy began. While at Western, Sophie volunteered on campus and eventually served as the President of the University Students’ Council. From there, Sophie explored the East Coast of Canada working as the Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia, the provincial advocacy organization for students in NS. In her spare time Sophie enjoys talking about new restaurants, feminism, Gilmore Girls, municipal politics, and good books (and a few bad ones too). 

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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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Colin Aitchison – Research & Policy Analyst

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Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he focused his studies on the Holocaust and North American political history. During his studies, Colin volunteered for the Student’s Union in a variety of capacities and eventually served two terms on their management team as both Chair of the Board & Chief Governance Officer and as Vice President: University Affairs. Outside of student government, Colin also had the opportunity to work as a Leadership Program Intern for the Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit, a leadership development program that is run every summer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outside of work, he is an avid sports fan who can be found cheering on the Ottawa Senators, Ottawa REDBLACKS, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Deborah Lam – Operations & Communications Director 

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Deborah holds an Honours Bachelor Business and Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Marketing and Brand Communications. Heavily involved in volunteering in her undergraduate career, she moved on to help students enjoy their undergrad experiences just as much as she did. As the former Programming & Promotions Manager at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, she developed a passion for events and organization. She loves to help undergraduate students get the most out of their experiences. In her spare time she crosses new countries off her bucket list and adventures in her own backyard.