OUR TEAM

Executive Team

Bryn de Chastelain

President & CEO

E: [email protected]
T: 416-420-6866
  • Responsible for advancing the best interests of the Association and its membership alongside objectives determined by the Board from time-to-time.
  • Held accountable for the overall success and well-being of the Association by the Board.
  • Acts as the official representative and primary spokesperson for the students.
  • Primary delegate of the federal advocacy group (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations) and member of the provincial advocacy group (Students Nova Scotia).
  • Member of the Academic Senate and Board of Governors.
  • Responsible and accountable for student representatives.
  • Serves as the primary representative on the University’s budget advisory committee.

Abigayle Winters

Vice President Academic

E: [email protected]
T: 902-478-8606
  • Represents the academic interests of students of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association.
  • Builds relationships within Saint Mary’s University with a focus on Faculty members and members of the University Administration.
  • Engages in student outreach pertaining to academic matters.
  • Conducts research for the benefit of the Association’s academic priorities.
  • Develops an understanding of academic rules and policies in order to act as an expert advisor on academic issues.
  • Manages the SMUSA Tutor Database and Experiential Learning Fund.
  • Prepares reports and position papers alongside the President in order to provide academic recommendations to the University.

Samantha Graham

Vice President External

E: [email protected]
T: 902-449-1550
  • Represents SMUSA and within Students Nova Scotia and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with members of the University administration, local politicians, government officials, and post-secondary sector stakeholders.
  • Develops and shares an understanding of the role government plays within the post-secondary education system.
  • Advocates on behalf of students to the municipal, provincial, and federal governments.
  • Conducts research for the benefit of the Association’s advocacy positions.
  • Attends relevant committee meetings as a part of Students Nova Scotia, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and the University Board of Governors.
  • Develops and executes advocacy focused campaigns and initiatives on campus.
  • Attends and represents SMUSA at various university and community events.

Kevin Mullen

Director of Marketing & Communications

E: [email protected]
T: 902-774-1089
  • Produces a communications plan for SMUSA with the goal of increasing transparency and updating students on the Association’s initiatives.
  • Responsible for SMUSA’s social media, website, & online presence.
  • Creates and distributes relevant marketing materials as needed.
  • Aids in the development and promotion of various events and initiatives.
  • Works alongside the Vice President External to develop connections with external media.
  • Manages a small team to create promotional concepts and designs, and to execute a communications plan for the association.
  • Attend and represent SMUSA at various university and community events.

Travis Evans

Director of Events

E: [email protected]
T: 902-476-2848
  • Coordinates, plans, and executes Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks alongside the Director of Societies and Engagement.
  • Develops, plans, and executes a wide range of events and initiatives throughout the year. This includes programming such as Pub Nights, Speaker Series, Concerts, Event Weeks, and other events as required.
  • Acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of the student population by facilitating inclusive events and supporting programming for under-represented groups on campus.
  • Represents students on various university committees related to event planning and student experience.
  • Recruits student volunteers, such as Pack Leaders, to assist with SMUSA events, initiatives, and campaigns.
  • Works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to advertise and promote SMUSA events, campaigns, and initiatives.
  • Manages the SMUSA Street Team to engage with students and promote events/initiatives.
  • Attends and represents SMUSA at various university and community events.

Salma Maliha Maisha

Director of Societies & Engagement

  • Coordinates, plans, and executes Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks alongside the Director of Events.
  • Oversees and supports all student societies on campus.
  • Facilitates society workshops and feedback sessions, ensuring that society members have opportunities to give feedback.
  • Acknowledges and celebrates student societies and their events/involvement.
  • Supports student societies in planning large events or galas.
  • Manages society ratification and event requests throughout the year.
  • Records, maintains, and validates student volunteer hours for Co-Curricular Records.
  • Represents students on various university committees related to event planning and student experience.
  • Ensures that societies plan and execute equitable and inclusive events and practices.
  • Works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to advertise society-related events and initiatives.
  • Attends and represents SMUSA at various university and community events.

Full-Time Operations Staff

Cathie Ross

Cathie Ross

General Manager

E: [email protected]
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

E: [email protected]
T: 902-496-8703
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: [email protected]
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.
Valerie Lively

Valerie Lively

Health Plan Coordinator

E: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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.
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