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Board of Directors Members

Stephanie Ye-mowe
Stephanie Ye-mowe
President
Denver Della-Vedova
Denver Della-Vedova
Vice-President
Chen Chai
Chen Chai
Director
Rania Datoo
Rania Datoo
Director
Catherine Dong
Catherine Dong
Director
Marie Joliecoeur-Becotte
Marie Joliecoeur-Becotte
Director
Daud Khan
Daud Khan
Director
Jay Lan
Jay Lan
Director
Karen Nguyen
Karen Nguyen
Director
Matthew Schwarze
Matthew Schwarze
Director
Naman Sood
Naman Sood
Director
Angela Souza
Angela Souza
Director
Jeff Zhu
Jeff Zhu
Director
Who sits at the board table? 1 President, 1 Vice President, and 11 Directors.

Purpose

The Board of Directors (BOD) is WUSA’s strategic governing body. It is also responsible for guiding WUSA’s financial, human resources, legal and contractual affairs.

The 13 members of the BOD are comprised of the President, Vice President, and 11 at-large directors. All 13 members are elected in the Winter for 12-month terms: Spring through following Winter.

WUSA’s Bylaws govern how the organization operates. The Board also establishes Policies which set out the beliefs, governing principles, or views of the Corporation.

WUSA Bylaws

The By-laws cement the roles, responsibilities, and powers of each part of the student government.

WUSA Governing Policies

Represent student legislative directives that set out the beliefs, governing principles, or views of the Corporation.

WUSA Advocacy Policies

Policies outline the beliefs and high-level rules governing the Association, such as advocacy objectives or corporate standards.

Board Annual Plan

The Annual Plan of the Board is a document that articulates which projects the Board plans to prioritize in their year in the role.  

WUSA’s 2022-2023 Roadmap is our version of an annual plan for what is admittedly a very unusual year with lots of learning still left to do. To clearly guide us in the work we do, we have divided the plan into three categories: 1) Advocacy priorities, 2) Organizational goals and 3) Further work required to implement the new governance structure.

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets once per month to report on progress on various student advocacy issues and to collectively adopt and review the policies of the corporation.

Meeting Date Minutes Agenda
Jan 12, 2023  View Minutes View Agenda
Jan 26, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Feb 9, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Feb 23, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Mar 9, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Mar 23, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Apr 6, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Apr 20, 2023   View Minutes View Agenda
Meeting Date Minutes
Sept 7, 2022 View Minutes
Sept 21, 2022 View Minutes
Oct 12, 2022 View Minutes
Oct 26, 2022 View Minutes
Nov 2, 2022 View Minutes
Nov 9, 2022 View Minutes
Nov 23, 2022 View Minutes
Dec 7, 2022 View Minutes

Board Committees

The committees’ policy and terms of reference which outlines the roles, responsibilities and procedures related to the Board can be found here.

Purpose

The Academic Affairs Committee is concerned with matters affecting the teaching, learning, research, assessment, tuition and course-related fees, faculty society advocacy (as it pertains to academics), university policies, textbooks and other learning materials, student financial aid, degree requirements, and course calendar.

Academics are the core component of the student experience and result in some of the greatest stressors during a student’s time at Waterloo. Academic stressors that could be the subject of discussion of a student advisory committee include academic appeals, academic integrity, student-facing academic policies and procedures, and academic resources such as textbooks, open educational resources (OERs), and learning platforms.

Membership

President  Stephanie Ye-Mowe  Chair 
Director  Naman Sood  voting 
Director  Catherine Dong  voting 
Director  Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte  voting 
At-Large  Aishwarya Panchakshikar  voting 
At-Large  Vivian Zhong  voting 
At-Large  Sijia Wang  voting 
ASU Delegate  TBD  voting 
AHSUM Delegate  TBD  voting 
EngSoc Delegate  TBD  voting 
ESS Delegate  TBD  voting 
MathSoc Delegate  TBD  voting 
SciSoc Delegate  TBD  voting 
SoPhS Delegate  TBD  voting 
WASA Delegate  TBD  voting 
GBDA Delegate  TBD  voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Sonia Ismail  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Nicholas Pfeifle  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Ceileigh McAllister  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Oudy Noweir  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Catherine Dong  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Annie Yang  non-voting 
Undergraduate Senator  Matthew Schwarze  non-voting 
Executive Director Designate: Advocacy Manager  Jill Knight  non-voting 

Purpose

The Committee advocates for students on a regional and municipal level regarding issues such as student housing (on and off-campus housing), transit, active transportation, unsanctioned street gatherings, By-law enforcement, regional policing, and neighbourhood community engagement. 

Membership

Vice President  Denver Della-Vedova  Chair 
Director  Jeff Zhu  voting 
Director  Karen Nguyen  voting 
Director  Rania Atif  voting 
At-Large  Amy Yong  voting 
At-Large  Mark Song  voting 
At-Large  William Duy-Anh Pham  voting 
SoPhS Delegate  TBD  non-voting 
WASA Delegate  TBD  non-voting 
GBDA Delegate  TBD  non-voting 
Executive Director Designate: Stakeholder Relations Officer  David Kuhn  non-voting 

Purpose

The Government Affairs Committee will provide recommendations to the Board on matters relating to provincial and federal advocacy and policy papers from external student advocacy groups. 

Membership

Vice President  Denver Della-Vedova  Chair 
Director  Rania Atif  voting 
Director  Catherine Dong  voting 
Director  Matthew Schwarze  voting 
At-Large  Arya Razmjoo   voting 
At-Large  Joyce Wong   voting 
At-Large  Nicholas Pfeifle   voting 
Executive Director Designate: Stakeholder Relations Officer  David Kuhn  non-voting 

Purpose

The Co-operative and Experiential Education Committee provides a forum for students to advise committee members and Co-operative Education Department staff of attitudes and opinions towards existing operations relating to co-operative education and to provide suggestions and advice for improvement. 

Membership

Director  Jay Lan Chair 
Director  Naman Sood  voting 
Director  Jay Lan  voting 
Director  Stephanie Ye-Mowe  voting 
At-Large  Tyler West  voting 
At-Large  Nicholas Pfeifle  voting 

The following shall be non-voting members of the Committee:  

  1. Faculty Society student representatives of the Co-operative Education Council or a designated student enrolled in a co-op program.  
  2. Representatives from respective student societies operating at a satellite campus and Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo that offer co-op programs (Cambridge, Kitchener, St. Jerome’s, Renison) enrolled in co-op.  
  3. Co-op Student Experience Manager.  
  4. Other staff from the Co-operative Education Department, at the invitation of the Chair 

Purpose

This Committee will provide guidance on non-academic on-campus issues, campus wellness, campus safety, on-campus housing, sexual and gender-based violence response and prevention, equity, issues with specific on-campus support units and environmental sustainability.  

Membership

President  Stephanie Ye-Mowe  Chair 
Director  Rania Atif   voting 
Director  Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte   voting 
Director  Chen Chai   voting 
At-Large  Bakhtawar Fatima   voting 
At-Large  Hallelujah Tezera   voting 
At-Large  Nicole Shanta   voting 
ASU Delegate  TBD   voting 
AHSUM Delegate  TBD   voting 
EngSoc Delegate  TBD   voting 
ESS Delegate  TBD   voting 
MathSoc Delegate  TBD   voting 
SciSoc Delegate  TBD   voting 

The non-voting membership shall include: 

  1. One co-ordinator/representative of each of the Corporation’s student-run service deemed by the Board as relevant to this committee 
  2. Members of the Student Services Advisory Committee and Undergraduate Student Relations Committee, or any successor to these University committees 
  3. The Executive Director and/or their designate(s), as resource member(s) 

Responsibilities

  1. To maintain and promote communication, liaison, and coordination between the Corporation and the Faculty Student organizations. 
  2. To maintain, uphold, and review the November 1968 Federation-Societies Agreement (a Corporate Policy) or any such statement to follow afterwards. 
  3. To establish new sub-committees, and abolish or merge old sub-committees, as required. 
  4. To formulate its own policies and procedures in accordance with the Federation’s policies and bylaws and the 1968 Federation-Societies Agreement or its successor. Notice of policies or procedures approved by the Committee to enter into force shall be provided to Board who shall ensure records of the same are included in the appropriate manuals. 
  5. To encourage and develop student representation in all sectors of the University of Waterloo and to advise the President on decisions made regarding University representation including the business of the University Senate and Board of Governors. 
  6. Provide advice on or approval of student appointments made by the President, in accordance with the procedure. 

Membership

President  Stephanie Ye-Mowe  Chair 
Vice President  Denver Della-Vedova  Acting Chair 
AHSUM Delegate  Sarina Nathoo  voting 
EngSoc Delegate A  Duke Gand  voting 
EngSoc Delegate B  Carson Bay  off-term with above 
ESS Delegate  Harry Cheung  voting 
MathSoc Delegate  Evan Girardin  voting 
SciSoc Delegate  Zarin (Roza) Tasneem  voting 
SoPhS Delegate  Kia Moazzami   voting 
WASA Delegate     voting 
GBDA Delegate     voting 
UWOSS Delegate  Jerry Li  voting 
SJUSU Delegate  Sinead Costello   voting 
RASC Delegate  Sarah Malik  voting 

The following shall be non-voting members of the Committee of Presidents:  

  1. President of the Graduate Students’ Association 
  2. Presidents of any other organization which may be recognized by the Board as solely representing students in a particular academic area. Ex. AFSA 
  3. Those other parties, as non-voting members, as determined by the voting membership of the Committee. 

Purpose

The Finance Committee will monitor, evaluate, advise and make recommendations to the Board with respect to significant financial matters and policies of the Corporation. The Committee shall also consider any other matter delegated by the Board. 

Membership

Director  Daud Khan  Chair 
President  Stephanie Ye-Mowe  Vice Chair 
Director  Matthew Schwarze  voting 
Director  Chen Chai  voting 
Director  Jay Lan  voting 

The non-voting membership shall include:  

  1. The Executive Director 
  2. The Financial Officer 
  3. Any individual as deemed appropriate by the voting members of the Committee who shall serve as a non-voting resource member 

Purpose

This Committee will provide guidance on administration of the Equity, Opportunity, and Innovation Fund, the Special Projects Fund and Student Life Endowment Fund.

Membership

Vice President  Denver Della-Vedova  Chair 
Director  Angela Souza   voting 
Director  Jeff Zhu   voting 
Director  Karen Nguyen   voting 
At-Large  Kinza Iman   voting 
At-Large  Sophia Loucaides   voting 

The non-voting membership shall include:  

  1. The Director of Campus Life, as a non-voting resource member;  
  2. Accounting Assistant – Account Payable/Receivable; and  
  3. Those other members as determined by the voting membership of the Committee. 

Purpose

The Corporation is the owner of various Student Publications and the campus newspaper. The Board of Directors has a fiduciary responsibility to supervise the management of all the affairs of the Corporation, including Student Publications. The Board of Directors’ composition includes some selected student representatives, who may be the subject of published news and editorial coverage, making it challenging for the Board of Directors to provide direct and wholly independent governance for all aspects of publication. 

In order to minimize this potential conflict of interest posed by the above challenge, the Publications Committee shall be constituted to act as fiduciaries for the various Student Publications and offer objective recommendations to the Board of Directors or make decisions in accordance with the authority provided under this procedure, as the case may be, pertaining to strategy, operating procedures and guidelines, and finance.  

Subject to the provisions above, the Publications Committee serves as an autonomous management committee for the Corporation’s student publications, providing general oversight in accordance with the duties and responsibilities set out below, under the ultimate authority of the Board of Directors. 

Membership

Vice President  Denver Della-Vedova  Chair 
Community Member  TBD   voting 
Director  Chen Chai   voting 
Publisher  Andres Fuentes   voting 
At-Large  Karen Wu   voting 
At-Large  Mehak Anand   voting 
At-Large  Nishant Verma   voting 

The non-voting membership shall include:  

  1. The Executive Director and/or their designate(s), as resource member(s) 
  2. Those other non-voting resource members who the Publications Committee may, from time to time, see fit to appoint 

Purpose

The Elections & Referenda Committee (ERC), through the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) of the Federation of Students, is responsible for the oversight, and the fair and impartial execution of all Elections, By-elections, and Referenda administered by the Federation of Students. 

Membership

Chief Returning Officer & Governance Manager  Esther Wingate  Chair 
Director  Naman Sood  voting 
At-Large  Daniel Wang  voting 
At-Large  Arya Razmjoo  voting 
At-Large  Asrith Mannem  voting 

The non-voting membership shall include:  

  1. The Executive Director and/or their designate(s), as resource member(s)  
Purpose

The purpose of this Committee is to oversee the administration of the University of Waterloo Student Health Plan and the Student Assistance Plan (collectively referred to as the “Plan”). As policy holders of the Plan, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) have need of information and guidance when making decisions regarding the management of the Plan. This Committee will allow policy holders access to resource members who have expertise and historical knowledge of the Plan. 

The voting membership shall include:  

  1. Vice President (WUSA), who shall serve as co-chair,  
  2. President (GSA), who shall serve as co-chair 
  3. President (WUSA),  
  4. Vice President (GSA),
  5. General Manager (WUSA)
  6. Executive Manager (GSA) 

The non-voting membership shall include: 

  1. UWaterloo Health Services Representative,  
  2. UWaterloo Counselling Services Representative,  
  3. Plan Administrator or Vendor Representative,  
  4. All other parties as the Committee may, from time to time, determine 

Board of Directors Members

Stephanie Ye-mowe
Stephanie Ye-mowe
President
Denver Della-Vedova
Denver Della-Vedova
Vice-President
Chen Chai
Chen Chai
Director
Rania Datoo
Rania Datoo
Director
Catherine Dong
Catherine Dong
Director
Marie Joliecoeur-Becotte
Marie Joliecoeur-Becotte
Director
Daud Khan
Daud Khan
Director
Jay Lan
Jay Lan
Director
Karen Nguyen
Karen Nguyen
Director
Matthew Schwarze
Matthew Schwarze
Director
Naman Sood
Naman Sood
Director
Angela Souza
Angela Souza
Director
Jeff Zhu
Jeff Zhu
Director