OUR TEAM

Executive Team

Bryn de Chastelain (he/him)

President & CEO

E: [email protected]
T: 416-420-6866

I’m a 4th year, Bachelor of Arts student studying Political Science (Honours) and Economics. I’m interested in public policy and international relations. I love sports! I play a number (volleyball, tennis, badminton, curling, baseball) and I am a huge sports fan. I worked at the Centre for New Students for 2 years before joining SMUSA as VP Academic last year. I was also a Pack Leader in 2018 and I have been involved in the Model UN Society and program for 2 years. I have also been a general member of Enactus.

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.

Abigayle Winters (she/her)

Vice President Academic

E: [email protected]
T: 902-478-8606

I’m currently starting my fifth year in a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, my main areas of interests are forensic psychology and sexual violence prevention. During my free time, I’m probably reading about crime or playing Animal Crossing. Over the last two years, I’ve been a part of the Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative, which is run out of the Student Affairs & Services department. During that time, I’ve also been a volunteer research assistant working on projects dealing with criminality and hiring. 

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.

Samantha Graham (she/her)

Vice President External

E: [email protected]
T: 902-449-1550

I am a 4th-year student in the Bachelor of Commerce program majoring in Economics. I am most interested in areas of Applied Microeconomics such as labor economics, economic development, the study of economic inequality, education reform, and health economics. I also have a keen interest in the field of medicine, given my previous years as a surf lifeguard and my current standing as an MFR (Medical First Responder). My first area of involvement on the SMU campus was as a member of the SMU Saint John Ambulance Medical Response Team in my second year. I was also a member of the Commerce Society and a Teacher’s Assistant for Computer Programming. In my 3rd year, I was a Pack Leader, the Get Out the Vote Coordinator, and the Academic Officer for SMUSA. This past year, I also had the opportunity to be involved with Model United Nations.

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.

Travis Evans (he/him)

Director of Events

E: [email protected]
T: 902-476-2848

I am a 5th-year Bachelor of Science student studying Biology. My academic interests are behavioral ecology and physiology. I am also passionate about music, Studio Ghibli movies, and sneakers. I worked at the Gorsebrook Lounge for 3 years, providing a safe space for students to enjoy themselves recreationally in between classes and for other campus-related activities.

As Director of Events, I develop, plan, and execute a wide range of events and initiatives throughout the year. This includes programming such as Pub Nights, Speaker Series, Concerts, Event Weeks, and more. I coordinate, plan, and execute the Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks alongside Salma! In this role, my goal is to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of the student population by facilitating inclusive events and supporting programming for under-represented groups on campus. I also represent students on various university committees related to event planning and student experience, as well as manage the SMUSA Street Team to engage with students and promote events/initiatives.

Salma Maliha Maisha (she/her)

Director of Societies & Engagement

I am a third-year undergraduate student from Dhaka, Bangladesh in the Bachelor of Commerce program. I am planning to major in Marketing with a minor in Political Science. I am interested in social entrepreneurship and development and want to build a career around it later in life. I have been involved with various student societies on campus and feel very passionately about enhancing student life for myself and my peers. I have been the President of the Bangladeshi Student’s Society, a Project Manager for Square Roots Token Program- a social enterprise developed by students of Enactus Saint Mary’s and a member of the SAGA team last year. I have also worked on campus as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Career and Experiential Learning, Cultural Assistant for the Language Centre, and a cashier for Dockside Dining hall.

As Director of Societies & Engagement, I oversee and support all student societies on campus, facilitate society workshops and feedback sessions, ensuring that society members have opportunities to give feedback. I am 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! My work also involves coordinating, planning, and executing the Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks alongside Travis.

 

Kevin Mullen (he/him)

Director of Marketing & Communications

E: [email protected]
T: 902-774-1089

I am a fifth-year student studying Philosophy and Psychology, with the goal of pursuing a Masters of Public Administration after completing my undergraduate degree. I am passionate about social justice, education reform, and public policy. I also really enjoy cooking, basketball, competitive gaming, photography, and film! While at SMU, I have been involved with the Peaceful Schools International/ Conflict Resolution program, worked in the SMUSA Health Plan office for a year and a half. Most recently, I served as the SMUSA Vice President Equity & Wellness and am excited to continue working for students this year.

As Director of Marketing & Communications, I am responsible for SMUSA’s social media, website, and online presence. My goal is to produce a communications plan for SMUSA with the goal of increasing transparency and updating students on our initiatives. My work also includes managing a small team to create and distribute relevant marketing materials as needed, as well as developing connections with external media.

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

[email protected]
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.