OUR TEAM

Executive Team

Franklyn Southwell (he/him)

President & CEO

I’m a 4th year, Bachelor of Arts student studying Political Science and Economics. I enjoy watching basketball, working out at the Homburg, and watching anime! I ran for President because I want to provide a platform for international students and minorities on campus, and I want to advocate for all students on prominent issues such as mental health, equity & wellness, food service on campus, etc.

As SMUSA President, I act as the official representative and primary spokesperson for the students. I am responsible for advancing the best interests of the Association and its membership alongside objectives determined by the Board from time-to-time. I am held accountable for the overall success and well-being of the Association by the Board. I am also a member of the Academic Senate, the University Board of Governors, and serve as the primary representative on the University’s budget advisory committee.

Isobel Tyler (she/her)

Vice President Student Affairs

I’m a 4th year student pursuing a double major in Criminology and Social Justice and Community Studies.

I’m interested in social justice and student involvement on campus; I really enjoy what I study and being able to educate others on different social justice issues. I also enjoy creating fun and safe spaces for students. During my 3 years at SMU I worked with Residence Life as Chair of the Events Committee, a Residence Assistant, and a Programming Assistant, creating programming such as haunted houses, paint nights, and coffee houses. In my free time you can usually catch me at a local coffee shop or out for a walk by the waterfront!

As VP Student Affairs, I develop, plan, and execute a wide range of events and initiatives throughout the year, such as Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks, pub nights, speaker series, concerts, and many more. I also oversee and support all student societies on campus, facilitate society workshops and feedback sessions, ensuring that society members have opportunities to give feedback. I’m here to support student societies in planning large events or galas, manage society ratification and event requests throughout the year, and ensure that societies plan and execute equitable and inclusive events and practices!

 

Kyle Cook (he/him)

Vice President Advocacy

I’m a 4th year Bachelor of Arts student studying Criminology and Social Justice/Community Studies, originally from Newfoundland & Labrador.

I’m passionate about grassroots organizing to address social inequality and environmental racism in Indigenous communities. I often spend my free time checking out a local coffee shop or hiking the shorelines of Nova Scotia. I have previously held positions as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Peer Success Coach, Chair of a Residence Committee, and engage in my own community projects.

As VP Advocacy, I advocate on behalf of students on academic topics and issues, represent the student voice on the SMU Board of Governors, and advocate for students on both the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS). I work with students to bring forward ideas and provide support for students who have experienced academic grievances. I also manage the SMUSA Tutor Network!

Amanda Cadeau (she/her)

Vice President Academic

I’m a 4th year Commerce student, with a major in Global Business Management and a minor in Intercultural Studies. I enjoy hiking, historical re-enactment, and long car rides.

“If not us, who? And if not now, when?” –  Rabbi Hillel. This is my favorite quote. I applied to work with SMUSA because I want to make a difference for my fellow students. I have personally experienced challenges at SMU and I have seen my friends experience the same challenges. I want to be here to support them by showing up and speaking up. 

As Vice President Academic, I represent the academic interests of students by prepare reports and position papers alongside the President in order to provide academic recommendations to the University. To do this, my work involves engaging in student outreach pertaining to academic matters, conducting research for the benefit of the Association’s academic priorities, and have developed an understanding of academic rules and policies in order to act as an expert advisor on academic issues. I also manage the SMUSA Tutor Database and the Student Experiential Learning Fund.

Adrian White (he/him)

Vice President External

I am in my 5th year studying in the faculty of Political Science. My experience working with provincial representatives and political organizations has given me a strong set of skills to help represent SMUSA to all levels of government. I love playing golf, making new friends, adventuring around Atlantic Canada, and spending as much time as I can back home in Cape Breton!

In my role as Vice President External, I represent SMUSA within Students Nova Scotia (SNS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). My work involves conducting research for the benefit of the Association’s advocacy positions, advocating on behalf of students to the municipal, provincial, and federal governments, attends relevant committee meetings as a part of Students Nova Scotia, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and the University Board of Governors. You can learn about our advocacy work here.

Full-Time Operations Staff

Cathie Ross

Cathie Ross

General Manager

E: cathie.ross@smu.ca
T: 902-496-8702

Job Description
The General Manager is the senior full-time employee of the Association. As such they act as the policy and financial advisor, administrator of daily operations and planner of long range objectives. They provide aid to the Association treasurer in preparing the annual budget and oversee adherence to operational timelines. The General Manager reports directly to the President & CEO.
Graeme Mackenzie

Graeme Mackenzie

Operations Manager

Job Description
Oversees the operations of the Students’ Association including the Gorsebrook, Liquor Services, the Information Desk, Husky Patrol and the UPASS distribution. Manages a staff of close to 70 students; including student managers, coming from all over the world ranging from being in their first year to grad students. Working with SMUSA is a great way to gain work experience, earn extra money and meet new friends. Hiring is generally done in March for the following year but opportunities do come up so keep an eye out for openings as they do arise at any time.
Terri Timmons

Terri Timmons

Accounting & Payroll Manager

E: terri.timmons@smu.ca
T: 902-496-8704

Job Description
The Accounting & Payroll Manager is responsible for everything from bi-weekly payroll for 80-100 employees, accounts payable and receivable, and budgeting, to preparing T4’s, confirmation of earnings/employment letters, preparing cash deposits, and preparing the annual audit.
Sarah Bray

Sarah Bray

Health Plan Coordinator

E: healthplan.smusa@smu.ca
T: 902-496-8754

Job Description
The primary purpose of the Health Plan Coordinator position is to coordinate the daily activity of the Student Health Plan Office and to support the Student Health Plan Committee.
The focus is on providing information and guidance to students while promoting the plan, providing benefits information and processing claims.
Karla Hodge

Karla Hodge

Administrative Assistant

E: karla.hodge@smu.ca
T: 902-496-8700

Job Description
The primary purpose of this position is to administratively assist the General Manager and Executive team.
A focus on ensuring that all above mentioned positions are supported. The Administrative Assistant will take the initiative to identify when any SMUSA office is in requirement of assistance.

Services Managers

Sam Cox

Sam Cox

Head Door Staff Manager

Job Description
Oversees a staff of 18-20 who are responsible for ensuring that all policies set down by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority and Saint Mary’s University are adhered to at the Gorsebrook Lounge, as well as at all liquor events on campus. They also work with the Husky Patrol program ensuring safety within the vans. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Dan Ingleston

Dan Ingleston

Assistant Door Staff Manager

Job Description
Oversees a staff of 18-20 who are responsible for ensuring that all policies set down by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority and Saint Mary’s University are adhered to at the Gorsebrook Lounge, as well as at all liquor events on campus. They also work with the Husky Patrol program ensuring safety within the vans. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Victoria McCaig

Victoria McCaig

Liquor Services Co-Manager

Job Description
Oversee and train a staff of 6 who are responsible for all liquor service catering events outside of the Gorsebrook Lounge. These events can range from a beer tent on the field during a football game to a dinner hosted by the president welcoming a head of state on campus. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Lyntus Serieux

Lyntus Serieux

Liquor Services Co-Manager

Job Description
Oversee and train a staff of 6 who are responsible for all liquor service catering events outside of the Gorsebrook Lounge. These events can range from a beer tent on the field during a football game to a dinner hosted by the president welcoming a head of state on campus. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Joe Doucet

Joe Doucet

Gorsebrook Lounge Manager

Job Description
Oversees a staff of 10-15 student employees. Responsible for the minute-to-minute operations of the Gorsebrook Lounge, and sits on the SMUSA Events Committee, helping to plan weekly events. Maintains strict inventory control as well as being responsible for large sums of money at any given moment. Responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Danielle Cadieux

Danielle Cadieux

Husky Patrol Manager

Job Description
Oversees and trains a staff of 6 who are responsible for the maintenance, scheduling, and upkeep of the two Husky Patrol vans. The program is a safe drive program and the student manager, in consultation with the Operations Manager, decides if the weather and road conditions merit that it is too dangerous to run that night.  They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.
Emma Carey

Emma Carey

Information Desk Manager

Job Description
Oversees and trains a staff of 7. The Information Desk is an area in which people get their first impression of the organization. The desk presents a high level of customer service with a range of services offered. They also work with the Husky Patrol program as the dispatch. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll, and minor HR issues.