President Candidates

Michael Beauchemin

Michael Beauchemin President Candidate

Team Ignite

Program and current year of study: Chemical Engineering, 4B

Experience:

  • 1A - EngSoc Baby Director for Novelties. FYIC 2015 delegate. Residence Ambassador. (Fall 2014 - Winter 2015)
  • 1B - EngSoc Director for: Novelties, Excel Workshop, Course Critiques, Canada Day. Academic Representative. Residence Ambassador.
  • 2A - EngSoc Communications Commissioner. Bike Shop volunteer. Academic Representative. CFES Conference on Diversity in Engineering 2016 Delegate
  • 2B - EngSoc Directorships: Mental Health, FYELC Coordinator, Student Deals. Engineering O-Week Big. Academic Rep.
  • 3A - EngSoc A VP Operations and Finance. Class Representative on EngSoc Council.
  • 3B - EngSoc A VP Operations and Finance. EngSoc B VP Finance. CFES Congress 2018 Delegate. Class Representative on EngSoc Council. Elected to Feds Board of Directors.
  • 4A - VP Finance BSoc, Residence Life Don, Feds Board of Directors, Gradcomm Yearbook Editor in Chief, Speaker of EngSoc Council
  • 4B - VP Finance BSoc, Residence Life Don, Feds Board of Directors, Gradcomm Yearbook Editor in Chief

Top platform points:

  1. Mental Health and Community Building - Expand the Mental Health support network beyond the University and embed it in the student population
  2. Improve Transparency for the Membership - Allow members to access sensitive information within a secure environment
  3. Society Relations - Work with and for Societies and respect their structures, cultures, and traditions.

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
I am an incredibly passionate individual who cares about students and their issues. I have a wealth of experience in governance and financial management for a not-for-profit organization at my back and I have an incredible capacity for organization. Students are not a problem; you face problems and you need to be part of any solution we implement for the challenges we face in the present or future. It's not an easy task, but I've got a team I believe we can trust to handle whatever challenges come our way this year.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Simon Grigg   

Simon Grigg President Candidate

Team C-Soc 

Program and current year of study: Mechanical Engineering, 4B

Experience: I once purchased sushi, Triscuits, playing cards and a chocolate bar from International News

Top platform points:

  1. Merge the Campus Response Team with Feds Used Books
  2. Merge the Women's Centre with the Feds Bus
  3. Merge International News with Co-op Connection

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
Some people are upset about the MATES-Foodbank merger. I don't think it goes far enough. We must merge every FedS service with another FedS service - Think of the advertising budget we can save!

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:
www.facebook.com/otterzoo opens an external site  

Simran Parmar   

Simran Parmar President Candidate

Team Gold  

Program and current year of study: Biomedical Science, 4B

Experience:

  • Promo Team Member for 6 terms
  • Bike Centre Coordinator
  • Executive of UW Meditation Explorers
  • Director on the Grand River Hospital Volunteer Association Board

Top platform points:

  1. Advocate for a multifaceted approach to mental health and wellness by prioritizing student participation and consultation
  2. Improve campus safety through proactive initiatives
  3. Improve accessibility and equity across campus to ensure all students are supported and informed of their rights

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
Throughout my university experience, I have served my community and centred my focus on connecting with my fellow students. I care about the issues that students are going through and I have the interpersonal communication skills and the determination needed to resolve them. I want to act as a voice for all students and work diligently to do my best to represent their interest and bring real meaningful change to this campus. I envision a Feds where all students feel included, where all students know their voices are heard, and where all students feel engaged in student life.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Vice President Education Candidates

Matthew Gerrits

Matthew Gerrits Vice President of Education Candidate

Program and current year of study: Joint Honours Knowledge Integration with Political Science Current, 4B Previous

Experience:

  • Two years (five terms) on the executive of the Environment Students' Society as VP Finance and VP Education
  • Feds Environment Councillor Feds Director
  • Four time OUSA General Assembly Delegate
  • Incumbent VP Education for Feds

Top platform points:

  1. Advocate to the federal government to change their financial aid to cover provincial cuts to OSAP
  2. Work with the university to implement a campus wide syllabus repository
  3. Work with the university to create guidelines on Verification of Illness Forms that are in line with the recommendations of Waterloo's Student Mental Health report

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
These are busy times. Ontario students are seeing cuts to OSAP, there is an upcoming federal election, and this is all on top of the many issues a VP Education would be dealing with in a normal year. I will enter the role with twelve months experience, with an in-depth understanding of how our provincial lobby organization OUSA operates, and with established connections to campus partners critical to Feds’ work in a time where university budgets will be cut. I am experienced, I am pragmatic, I am dedicated, and I am excited to continue serving as your VP Education.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Fayza Ibrahim

Fayza Ibrahim Vice President of Education Candidate

Team Gold

Program and current year of study: Social Development and Legal Studies, 4A

Experience:

  • First Year Base Executive
  • Women's Centre Volunteer 
  • Big Brother Big Sister Waterloo Mentor Organizer 
  • RAISE Volunteer 
  • Promotional Member for the Federation of Students Marketing
     

Top platform points:

  1. Co-op Bill of Rights
  2. Standardization of Mental Health
  3. Advocating with OUSA for Open Educational Resources

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
I recognize the responsibility that comes with advocating on behalf of all students and representing their diverse needs. As VPED, I will bring my passion for student life and my ability to work with students to effect meaningful change on our campus. I’ve had the pleasure to work on advocacy campaigns promoting the legal aid service, student housing rights, and OUSA policies. These experiences have given me the opportunity to connect with countless students and hear their thoughts and insights on issues affecting them and as VPED my focus will be to maintain a genuine focus on students.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Vice President Operations & Finance Candidates

Joshua Mbandi    

Joshua Mbandi Vice President of Operations and Finance Candidate

Team Gold  

Program and current year of study: Honours Arts, Political Science, 4B

Experience:

  • Feds Arts Councillor on the Students’ Council
  • Waterloo Riding Youth Councillor
  • President and Chief Officer of the UW Young Liberals
  • Turnkey Desk
  • UW Global Affairs Club

Top platform points:

  1. Manage the revitalization of the Bombshelter space and oversee other commercial services with an increased focus on student consultation, improved food options, and updated business models
  2. Increasing Feds supports and resources including funding for clubs and services to improve outcomes for students
  3. Work to ensure Feds is more accessible and responsive to students

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
As a student at UW, I've developed a deep appreciation for the many student leaders who are contributing to our campus community, from the service coordinators to the club execs to the many volunteers. But I've also developed an appreciation for the growing disconnect between Feds as an organization and the students it is mandated to serve. As VP Operations & Finance, I will be responsive to student needs through continued consultations and a meaningful focus on the needs of students in my decision making. I will work to ensure Feds as an organization is accessible and works for students.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Seneca Velling

Seneca Velling Vice President of Operations and finance candidate

Team Ignite

Program and current year of study: Honours Materials & Nanosciences (Co-op), 4B

Experience:

  • PAC-SMH (Presidents Advisory Committee for Student Mental Health - PDF) Student Services Advisory Panel member (UWaterloo, 2017-2018)
  • MNS Society President & Treasurer (Science Society, 2016-2018)
  • Speaker of the Board (Science Society, 2016-2017)
  • Science Councillor, Secretary, and Deputy Speaker of Students' Council (Feds, 2017-2019)
  • Director and Chair of the Board (Feds, 2018-2019)
  • Co-op Students Council member (Feds, 2017-2018)
  • Education Advisory Council member (Feds, 2017-2019)
  • MNS 10 Seminar Teaching Assistant (Depts of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry, MNS Program, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019)
  • Budget & Appropriations Committee member (Feds, 2017-2019, Federation of Students FY 2018 Budget Report - PDF)
  • Policies & Procedures Committee (Feds, 2017-2019)
  • Arts Student Union German & Slavic Studies Representative (ASU, 2014-2017)
  • German Society Treasurer (ASU, 2014-2017)

Top platform points:

  1. Feds is an advocacy organization. Refocusing our mission on greater advocacy and governance while supporting service delivery to members (including greater support for international students).
  2. Re-evaluating the $169/term mandatory non-refundable UW Student Services fee to make sure those resources work best for students to achieving long-term strategic priorities in campus wellness, recreation, accessibility, and elsewhere.
  3. Improving campus environmental sustainability by introducing reusable dining equipment in the SLC food court (in addition to Grab-and-Go options), minimizing plastic use, and reducing food waste by implementing a student soup kitchen.

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:
I am a passionate and dedicated student representative! I will continue to work hard to improve the lives of students on campus from mental health and wellness to academics and legal support. I've worked tirelessly to be an advocate for you and make sure Feds is doing everything it can about issues that matter to you. I am experienced and pragmatic with a proven track record for improving mental health on campus, increasing accessibility, expanding study and leisure spaces for students, and working with Societies. And, of course, I'll push to make Mr. Goose the official UW Mascot!

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Vice President Student Life Candidates

Amanda Fitzpatrick

Amanda Fitzpatrick Vice President of Student Life Candidate

Team Gold  

Program and current year of study: Double Major in Speech Communication and Women's Studies, 4B

Experience:

  • Glow Centre Coordinator for 3 terms
  • Glow Centre Exec (Social Director, External Director, Advocacy Director)
  • Facilitator for the Making Spaces program where I taught staff and faculty about LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • LGBTQ+ Speakers Bureau
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Glow Centre Peer Support Volunteer
  • Women’s Centre Volunteer
  • Beyond this I have supported numerous other equity campaigns and have always aimed to build relationships and collaborate with other student leaders

Top platform points:

  1. Compensate students for their labor as a part of working groups and service coordination
  2. Give Feds more of an equity focus to improve campus life for everyone
  3. Prioritize health and wellness on campus by creating more comprehensive and accessible resources

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:

Throughout my undergrad, I’ve dedicated myself to improving the campus experience for all students. My studies, volunteer commitments, and work experiences have focused on promoting equity through community engagement. Through my experiences working with LGBTQ+ students and marginalized groups on campus I understand the existing barriers that inhibit the student experience in campus life and academics. In this position, I want to break down barriers both in Feds and throughout campus so that everyone has access to the quality education that we all expect and deserve.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate:

Tomson Tran

Tomson Tran Vice President of Student Life Candidate

Team Ignite

Program and current year of study: Recreation and Leisure Study, 4B

Experience:

  • University:
    • Applied Health Science Undergrad Senator (May 2016 - Present)
    • University Committee on Student Appeals (Aug. 2016 - Present)
  • Feds
    • Applied Health Science Councillor (May 2016 - Present)
    • Board of Directors (May 2016 - Present)
    • Student Life Endowment fund (Apr. 2016 - April 2018)
    • Internal Funding Committee (Sept. 2015 - April 2018)
    • Education Advisory Committee (Sept. 2015 - Present)
  • AHSUM
    • AHSUM President
    • Past, AHSUM VP Internal, Recreation Representative and Recreation Councillor
  • AHS
    • AHSEF Undergraduate Representative (Jan. 2016 - Present)
    • Orientation Week leader (Sept. 2016 - Fall 2018)
    • HeForShe student Representative (Jan. 2017 - Fall 2018)
    • Co-Chair Grad Formal (Jan. 2017 - April 2018)
    • Applied Health Sciences Ambassador (Sept. 2015 - Present)
    • Applied Health Science WeConnectU (Sept 2016 - April 2018)

Top platform points:

I want to help Unite our campus!

  1. Having Engagement hours - by every week holding booths in all the faculty buildings to help understand concerns of students.
  2. More funding for clubs! Clubs are a huge part of our culture on campus! Let’s help them out more!
  3. Empower Societies! They represent their Faculty so let’s build that relationship!

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:

My name is Tomson Tran and I want to be your Vice President of Student Life. From the very beginning of my undergraduate, I fell in love with Applied Health Sciences (AHS) and the University of Waterloo. From my first ‘I LOVE IT’ cheer in AHS and my first moving of motion in a General Meeting. I have never had a dull moment being part of the UW family. Through my involvement the community, I grew to love and appreciate. Being elected your Vice President of Student Life I will use my experiences to help enhance your student experience.

Check out more details and contact info for this candidate: