STRUCTURE

Executive Committee

Sofia Descalzi

Sofia Descalzi

Chairperson

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Mary Asekome

Mary Asekome

Deputy Chairperson

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Trina James

Trina James

Treasurer

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National Executive

Lenny Tiller

Colleges and Institutes Students’ Representative

collegerep@cfs-fcee.ca

Helyeh Doutaghi

Graduate Students’ Representative

graduaterep@cfs-fcee.ca

Rawan Habib

Racialized Students’ Representative

racialisedrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Madeline Mitchell

Student Disability Justice Commissioner

disabilityjusticecom@cfs-fcee.ca

Rizki Rachiq

Francophone Students’ Representative

francophonerep@cfs-fcee.ca

Isa Wright

Women’s Representative

womensrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Wesam AbdElhamid Mohamed

International Students’ Commissioner

internationalstudentscom@cfs-fcee.ca

Branden Campbell

Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students Representative

indigenousrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Sarah Strachan

British Columbia Representative

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Lucy Musqua

Saskatchewan Representative

saskrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Brenden Gali

Manitoba Representative

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Kayla Weiler

Ontario Representative

ontrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Khaleel Arfeen

New Brunswick Representative

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Lianne Xiao

Nova Scotia Representative

nsrep@cfs-fcee.ca

Vacant

Prince Edward Island Representative

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Bailey Howard

Newfoundland and Labrador Representative

nflrep@cfs-fcee.ca

General Meetings

Each member students’ union has an equal say in setting the, policies, direction, and priorities of the Federation, including how campaigns are organized and funds are spent. All major decisions are made at twice-yearly national general meetings at which the student union’s from across the province are present to represent the views and perspectives of our individual members.

Caucuses

The Circle of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students Representative

The Circle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students is the only national group of Indigenous students, representing thousands of Indigenous post-secondary students across this side of Turtle Island. The priorities of the Caucus are set by its membership and defined by the systemic and daily challenges that Indigenous students face in pursuit of post-secondary education.

For the past 30 years, the Circle has highlighted the challenges facing Indigenous students in Canada, including racism on campus, cutbacks in funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), and the exclusion of some students from the program. The Circle has also addressed broader societal issues that impact Indigenous people and society more broadly, including the development of pipelines, inability of some to access clean drinking water, and land claim disputes, to name a few.

Representative Structure

The Circle meets three times a year, at the National General Meetings and at the Circle’s standalone meeting, to discuss issues of concern to Indigenous members. At these meetings, the Circle has the opportunity to discuss current issues and examine the specific concerns of its members on their campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that could be implemented by the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Circle elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee

Campaigns

The Circle has created several campaigns that address the experiences of Indigenous students across the country:

Where’s the Justice

 

Not Your Stereotype

 

ReconciliAction

Graduate Students’ Caucus

The Graduate Caucus  unites more than  graduate students in Canada. It is comprised of individual members and member local associations within the Canadian Federation of Students who have a common interest and concern with graduate student issues. The Caucus provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between graduate students and member local associations in order to promote the interests of graduate students to the provincial government and other external authorities whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs. Graduate students also join together with over 500,000 students across the country to lobby on issues of concern to all students such as tuition fees, student debt, research and core funding to post-secondary institutions.

Representative Structure

The Graduate Caucus meets twice a year in conjunction with the  Annual General Meeting and Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to graduate students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Caucus elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee.

Campaigns

In addition to the Federation’s extensive campaigns work, members of the National Graduate Caucus have worked together to develop several campaigns that address the experiences of graduate students across the country. 

 

 

Colleges and Institutes’ Caucus

This caucus exists to bring together students that attend colleges and institutions, so that they may have a collective voice and structure to address issues that relate to their specific needs as learners. Students in this demographic face different issues than those in universities. The issues include but are not limited to geographic isolation due to the location of their college or institute, less access to resources and outreach due to location and the existence of multiple campuses as well as learners that come from lower-income backgrounds. The caucus has an annually elected representative that communicates and chairs meeting spaces with students across the country and brings their perspectives to the national executive board of the federation.  

Representative Structure

The Colleges and Institutes Caucus meets twice a year in conjunction with the  Annual General Meeting and Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to college and institute students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Caucus elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee.