Steering Committee

Catherine Dunne - President
Vice President, Western University Students' Council (USC)

Catherine is a recent graduate of Honours Specialization in Political Science, and is currently serving as the Vice President of Western University’s Students’ Council. Previously, Catherine served as the Associate Vice President, an Orientation Team Leader, and Residence Don, and last summer, worked in OUSA’s Home Office as an Advocacy and Communications intern! She is an advocate for ending sexual- and gender-based violence, and in her spare time enjoys trying new recipes and binge-watching The Good Wife.

Matthew Gerrits - VP Finance

Vice President Education, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)

Matthew is currently serving as VP Education at WUSA, and is a candidate for a Joint Honours Degree in Knowledge Integration with Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He is now serving his third year on WUSA's Students' Council and Board of Directors. He loves talking about strategic mandate agreements, post-secondary education, Canadian and US politics, agriculture, and about his job (maybe a little too much). In his down time, Matt is often writing or researching the student association and co-operative sectors, staying up to date with world affairs through social media, spending time at the family farm, or most likely, catching up on sleep.

Rayna Porter - VP Administration & Human Resources
Vice President, Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA)

Rayna is in her fourth year at Trent University Durham-GTA majoring in Communications and Critical Thinking. Before taking on the Vice Presidency role for the student association, Rayna worked as an executive for the women’s support group on campus, served as a board member for the TDSA, and led an improv troupe. Her background also includes working extensively in health care, administration, and community outreach projects. If not in the office, she can likely be found reheating the same cup of tea for the third time in the cafeteria while singing show tunes. 

Niveditha Sethumadhavan
Vice President External Affairs, Brock University Student Union (BUSU)

Niveditha is the Vice-President, External Affairs of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU). She is entering her fourth year pursuing Business/Corporate Communications and Environmental Sustainability at Brock University. She has held various leadership roles within BUSU and Brock University, including serving as the Speaker, Student Representative at Large, a Model United Nations Delegate & Director, a dedicated volunteer and leadership mentor amongst various other roles. Niveditha has a strong passion for global affairs, and has developed a keen interest for foreign policy and government relations. A self-proclaimed motivational speaker, Niveditha loves spending her time travelling, watching Ted talks and getting ready” to workout.

Will Greene
Vice President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Will is entering his fifth year of Political Studies and History at Queen’s University. He is currently serving as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Alma Mater Society for the upcoming 2019/2020 academic year. Over his time at Queen’s, Will has been involved with clubs, orientation week, and student government as the Political Studies Department Student Council President. Throughout his education in politics and history, Will has developed a passion for electoral systems, foreign policy, and conflict/peace studies in deeply divided communities. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball, discovering new music in the depths of Spotify, and travelling to new places.  

Shemar Hackett
Vice President Education, McMaster Students' Union (MSU)

Shemar recently graduated with an Honours BA in Social Psychology and received a minor in Religious Studies. He is currently serving as the Vice-President (Education) for the McMaster Students Union and has spent the last year as the Associate Vice-President (Municipal Affairs), served on the Student Representative Assembly, and was a Welcome Week representative for the Social Sciences faculty. Throughout his term, he plans to focus on increasing the financial accessibility of post-secondary Education, improving the in-classroom academic success of students, and breaking down the barriers between the student body and our Students Union. Outside of work, Shemar loves to cook and is obsessed with Marvel movies and Game of Thrones. 

Katlyn Kotila
Vice President Policy & Advocacy, Students' General Association (SGA-AGÉ)

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Katlyn is a third-year student at Laurentian University where she is double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. She is currently serving as the Vice President Education for the Students’ General Association. Her passion for policy and advocacy developed in high school where she was a Student Senator for the Rainbow District School Board. She was able to further pursue this passion in university as a member of the Board of Directors for the SGA and a Senator for the Laurentian University Senate. Having lost a close friend to mental illness, Katlyn is particularly passionate about advocating for better mental health services in Ontario and is working towards developing a non-profit organization to help support survivors of suicide loss. In her spare time, this former Miss World Canada delegate enjoys travelling, watching documentaries, and motivational speaking. She looks forward to advocating for students during her term and is excited for what the year has to bring! 

Shawn Cruz

Vice President University Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union (WLUSU) 

Shawn is the Vice President: University Affairs for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts. Since his first year at Laurier, he was involved in various capacities at the Students’ Union, but he found his home in the University Affairs department where he developed a passion for student advocacy. As the former Associate Vice President: University Affairs for Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Shawn is particularly interested in municipal affairs and the rise of unsanctioned street gatherings. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with friends, and listening to new types of music.

David Bath

Commissioner of External Affairs, Alma Mater Society (AMS) 

David is a recent graduate of Political Studies and Psychology from Queen's University, and is currently serving as the Commissioner of External Affairs for the Alma Mater Society. In his prior work within the University, David served as the Director of Advancement, and was tasked with all alumni relationships, sponsorship, and fundraising for the organization. Furthermore, David loves to get involved in the student life on campus, assisting with the planning of Homecoming, Frost Week, and Orientation Week events. In his studies, David is interested in the intersection of politics and psychology. In other words, how to use principles of psychology and apply them to politics and business. Outside of work and school, David enjoys meeting new people, listening to soundtracks from musicals, developing new business ideas, and collecting vintage wines.