Steering Committee

Jamie Cleary – President
Vice-President, Western University Students’ Council (USC)

about-jamie.jpgJamie is a London local who has recently completed his Bachelor of Medical Sciences with an honours specialization in Physiology at Western University which cumulated with his fourth-year thesis consisting of researching lung cancer in a cancer research facility. He has spent his time at Western volunteering with various organizations like the Orientation Program and Early Outreach conference. He has been actively involved in advocacy with the University Students’ Council as the previous Associate Vice-President External, and the Internal Affairs Officer with the Science Students’ Council. Jamie’s passion for advocacy is what motivated him to run for the Vice-President position at the University Students’ Council of Western University. He is thrilled to pursue this passion on a larger scale with OUSA. Outside of his commitments with Western, you can find Jamie at the local McDonalds, or hiking it off at a local conservation area with his many pets. 

Kraymr Grenke – VP Finance
President, Laurentian Students’ General Association (SGA-AGÉ)


Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Kraymr ventured to the University of Western Ontario as well as Seneca College, and is currently working towards his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After quickly settling in at Laurentian, he rapidly immersed himself in various student initiatives ranging from advocacy to the Varsity Athletic Council. For his term as President of the Laurentian Students’ General Association, he promised students stout transparency, keeping students informed, involved, and their voices strong. When not sporting a suit, Kraymr enjoys a hectic social calendar with friends, golfing as an active member of the Men’s Varsity Golf Program, and his ever growing reading and Netflix lists! 

Julia Wood – VP Administration & Human Resources
Vice-President External Affairs, Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU)


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Colin Aitchison
Vice-President University Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU)


Colin is a fifth year History and Political Science student at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has had the opportunity to serve in numerous leadership positions within the Laurier community, ranging from sitting on the 2014 O-Week planning committee to serving as the 2015-16 Chair of the Board & CGO for the Laurier Students’ Union.  In 2015, he was named a Huntsman Leadership Scholar following his completion of the Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit, run by the Sigma Chi Fraternity in collaboration with the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Outside of work and school you can normally find Colin drinking copious amounts of coffee and cheering on the Ottawa Senators, despite the fact that he is the only fan within a 10km radius. 

Leah Brockie
Academic Affairs Commissioner, Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS)


Leah is a Political Studies student, entering her fourth year at Queen’s University, with a particular interest in international relations. She is currently serving as the Academic Affairs Commissioner with the Alma Mater Society, working with the university to further the academic interests of undergraduate students. Leah is particularly interested in advancing undergraduate research at Queen’s. She became involved in student government in second year, running to be an Arts and Science student senator, and serving as a senator and the chair of the student senate caucus in third year. She has a passion for female political leadership, leading her to become involved in initiatives surrounding this issue on campus. Despite her less-than-outstanding performance, Leah enjoys playing intramural sports, running, participating in model United Nations and the Queen’s Model Parliament conferences, and teaching swimming lessons.

Blake Oliver
Vice-President Education, McMaster Students Union (MSU)


Blake resides in Hamilton and studies Health Sciences at McMaster University. On campus, she first became engaged with student life through her involvement with McMaster’s Student Success Centre and civic engagement. She first became involved with advocacy by sitting on the McMaster Students Union’s Student Representative Assembly, and subsequently became the MSU University Affairs Commissioner. Through these roles, she became very passionate about accessibility and affordability in Ontario’s universities and is excited to continue lobbying for improvements to these principles through OUSA. Outside of work, she enjoys reading (particularly Alice Munro), watching TV on Thursday nights with Shonda Rhimes, and hiking the beautiful Cootes Paradise trails in Hamilton. 

Kayla Smith
Vice-President University Affairs, Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA)


Kayla is entering her fourth year in HBSc Psychology at Trent Durham. She has been an active leader in her community for over six years, and her passion for student advocacy is what led her to pursue involvement in student government. She is excited to advocate for accessible, affordable, and high-quality post-secondary education. Kayla also loves being able to invest in others and is hoping to see many relationships and connections made among students, which she believes will promote an overall sense of of community and personal wellness in universities. Outside of work, she loves going for long runs, trying new foods, planning adventurous road trips with her husband, and reading good books. 

Carolyn Thompson
Vice-President University Affairs, Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS)


Born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Carolyn is a fourth year Political Studies student at Queen’s University with interest in political strategy at both a domestic and international level. As the VP University Affairs of the Queen’s AMS, Carolyn works closely with university administration as well as manages five commissions and three offices within the Society. Since becoming involved with the AMS, she has worked on several different committees and conferences, served as a student senator to represent her fellow Arts and Science students, and was the Brand Coordinator for the AMS working under the Marketing and Communications portfolio. With female leadership growing across campuses, she is excited to see a much more gender diverse Steering Committee at OUSA this year. When she’s not in her office, you will find Carolyn playing intramurals, eating Pillsbury cookie dough, and generally (always) laughing at something. 

Sarah Wiley
Vice-President Education, Waterloo Federation of Students (Feds)


Sarah Wiley is the Vice-President Education for the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo. She is passionate about supporting her peers, and has volunteered on campus to do so. For a year, Sarah coordinated the UW Women’s Centre, which is a Feds service for undergraduates looking for resources on topics including women’s health and sexuality. As coordinator for the Women’s Centre, she helped organized special events, ran awareness campaigns, and advocated on behalf of women at the university. Sarah is motivated by the desire to create positive change, and is interested in advocacy efforts on cooperative education, equity and diversity, accessibility, and quality of education. When she isn’t working, Sarah attends classes to complete her psychology degree and enjoys painting, running, reading, and the outdoors.