Steering Committee

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

Julia recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies and is currently serving as the Vice President: University Affairs of Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and as the President of OUSA. She has held various leadership roles within the Students’ Union, including as an Orientation-Week Icebreaker, Governance Coordinator, and as a Director of the Board, but found her true passion for advocacy through her volunteer roles in the University Affairs department. Julia is particularly passionate about municipal affairs and is interested in strengthening relationships between university students and the communities they live and study within. In her spare time, Julia enjoys dancing and can be found at Laurier’s Athletics Complex either teaching or taking dance classes.

Mackenzy Metcalfe - VP Finance
Vice President External Affairs, Western University Students' Council (USC)

Mackenzy is a recent graduate of Honour Specialization in International Relations and is currently serving as the Vice President of External Affairs at Western University’s Students’ Council. Her policy interests include ending gender-based violence, improving access to affordable post-secondary education, and municipal advocacy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading on her porch with a strong cup of coffee, learning tik tok dances (maybe a little too much), and hiking the Thames Valley Trail in London.

Nathan R.G. Barnett - VP Administration & Human Resources
Vice President, Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA)

Nathan is in his 4th year at Trent Durham, where he is studying social work. Before his role as Vice President of University Affairs, Nathan was the TDSA’s Director of Inclusion, worked in health and wellness and was heavily involved in the creation of Trent Durham’s Pride club. Nathan is particularly passionate about queer and trans issues and uplifting other’s voices. When he’s not working or studying, Nathan is likely watching (and rewatching) Marvel movies, Harry Potter and Star Trek, or talking about the societal implication of pop culture.  

Lex Henriques
Vice President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Alexia is a graduate of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University and is currently serving as the Vice President of University Affairs at the Alma Mater Society for the 2020-21 academic year. During her time at Queen's, Alexia was actively involved with student government. She served the Residence Society in her First Year, sat as a member of the Physical Health Education and Kinesiology Student Association, and worked at the Alma Mater Society as the Commissioner of Campus Affairs. Alexia is passionate about sexual violence prevention and response, public health policy, and advocating for women's rights and gender parity. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Harry Potter, travelling, and trying new recipes in the kitchen!

Malek Abou-Rabia
Vice President Policy & Advocacy, Students' General Association (SGA-AGÉ)

Malek is the Vice-President Education of the Students’ General Association (SGA/AGÉ) and is entering his second year of Entrepreneurship in Business Administration at Laurentian University. Prior to entering his role, Malek was the representative of Science, Engineering and Architecture on the SGA’s board of directors, where he co-authored OUSA’s 2020 Rural and Northern Students policy paper, presented during Laurentian’s research week, and was the student lead for one of the outcomes of the University’s strategic plan. As a trilingual student, born and raised in Sudbury ON, Malek strives to find creative, out-of-the-box solutions to current issues such as environmental sustainability, student opportunities, and in advocating for improved mental health services, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion on all levels. In his spare time, Malek enjoys making a morning espresso, catching up with innovations in science and technology, going to the many trails and bike paths that Laurentian has to offer, and  teaches  stand-up paddle boarding at the Sudbury Canoe Club. Regardless of challenges that lie ahead, Malek always looks forward to the future, and to work together for a better tomorrow!

Megan Town
Vice President Education, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) 

Megan is an engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. She currently holds the role of Vice President, Education and has previously served WUSA as a Councillor and Director. She also sits on the board of the Waterloo Organization of Disc Sports, as Treasurer. Megan is passionate about process engineering, improving mental health outcomes for students and advocating based on student concerns and feedback. In her spare time, Megan is learning how to divide free time and work time when all of the work and leisure occurs in the same 12’ by 8’ space. Such leisure activities include quilting, playing video games and rediscovering a love of reading.

Matthew Mellon

Commissioner of External Affairs, Alma Mater Society (AMS) 

Matthew is entering his fifth year of Life Science at Queen’s University and is currently serving as the Commissioner of External Affairs at the Alma Mater Society for the 2020-21 academic year. During his time at Queen’s, Matthew has been actively involved in peer tutoring and academic advocacy through his experience as the Life Science Department Student Council President and Arts and Science Undergraduate Society Academics Commissioner. Throughout his education, Matthew has developed a deep appreciation for the intersections of health, health care, and public policy and promoting quality assurance and modernization of post-secondary education. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to new places, reading books (he’s a big fan of classics like 1984 and Slaughterhouse Five), and hanging out with friends.


Ryan Tse 
Vice-President Education, McMaster Students' Union

Ryan is the Vice-President Education at the McMaster Students' Union. Ryan is passionate about affordable housing for students at McMaster 
and sustainable transportation options both on campus and within the city of Hamilton.

Hope Tuff-Berg
Research & Policy Writer at Brock University Students' Union

Hope is a fourth-year political science student at Brock University and is currently serving as a Research and Policy Writer at the Brock University Student's Union (BUSU). Hope has extensive experience working with post-secondary institutions, NGOs, and grassroots. In her spare time, Hope enjoys reading, the outdoors and travelling.