STEVE GREEN - VICE PRESIDENT
ROBERT BRUCE - PRESIDENT
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
Having completed his Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Robert has come to the University of Waterloo to pursue a Master of Environmental Studies in the School of Planning. Robert’s research is focused on small-town heritage-scape identity, where he is working to conceptualize the relationship between municipal public policy and the evolving functionality of individual buildings, historic streetscapes and a public image.
Robert has a long history of involvement with Student Government, including his current appointment as the President of the Graduate Student Association - University of Waterloo and brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position of President with the Ontario Graduate Student’s Association. Robert’s professional experience includes five years working for non-profit organizations, where he has served as the Director of Arts on the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Student Association, the President and Chief Executive Officer with the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Student Association, as well as the Vice-President of the Ontario Graduate Student Alliance.
STEVE GREEN - VICE PRESIDENT
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
Fawn Turner is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Guelph with current research interests in plant breeding, genetics and agronomy. Currently U of G's Graduate Students' Association's Vice President, External Affairs, Fawn acts as liaison on behalf of graduate students with the City, Ontario Universities and lobbying affiliates. Having also completed her M.Sc. at the University of Guelph, Fawn spent four years on the GSA Board of Directors prior to her position as Executive. Fawn has also been highly involved in campus and the greater City of Guelph communities through leadership roles with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Free the Children, the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Canadian Blood Services. In 2014, her efforts were recognized with the receipt of the Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Award, as well as her appointment as a YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction honorary alumni in 2013 and 2014.
MAX SALMAN - TREASURER
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
Max is a Masters student at the University of Waterloo, studying Geophysics. His field of research will allow for optimized precision farming using a multiple geophysical sensors and methods. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at Waterloo as well majoring in Geology. In addition to his knowledge of Geophysics, Max is also a commercially licensed airplane pilot, and worked as an airborne geophysical technician and project manager giving him the opportunity to travel to very remote places in the world. Max is the Treasurer of OGSA and is very keen on serving the graduate student community of Ontario to advocate on their behalf. On his spare time, he enjoys recording electronic music, teaching UW students how to Swing Dance, take friends flying around the Toronto Skyline or the Niagara Falls, and to stay active, cycling around town and hiking whenever the opportunity arises.
UNIVERSITY OF ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Samantha completed her BSc in Biology at Laurier and is currently undergoing her final year of her MSc in Integrative Biology. Samantha's research focuses on the impacts of municipal sewage wastewater effluent on the Grand River and local fish populations. She endeavours to complete a PhD and eventually work in Student Affairs. Samantha has worked for the undergraduate Students' Union at Laurier as the VP: Finance and Administration (14-15) and has continued her passion for helping students as the President of the WLU GSA. She is actively involved in the advocacy efforts for graduate students to better their student experience. She partakes in many university committees to ensure the graduate student voice is heard. When Samantha is not working at the GSA she is actively involved in organized soccer and enjoys being outdoors
Laura Thursby is a senior PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department at Trent University. Her dissertation, broadly speaking, traces the emergence of beliefs in extraterrestrials in the United States and indexes the American fascination with aliens in the second half of the twentieth century. She locates these beliefs in extraterrestrials alongside various terrestrial social, political, and cultural events, and also focuses on the enduring continuities of these beliefs within a larger continuum of human encounters with spiritual entities. She was the former President (2015-2016) of the Trent Graduate Student's Association (TGSA), and is currently the OGSA Commissioner and a board member for the TGSA. She also volunteers on the Door's Open Oshawa working committee to help build relationships between heritage sites and the public by offering free access to various cultural attractions in the Oshawa community. In her spare time, she can be found reading science fiction and fantasy, hiking, watching bad reality TV, and biking, and she is an avid connoisseur of fine wine and cheese.
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