Dr. Amit Chakma, Chair
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. In addition to his role at Western, Dr. Chakma currently serves as chair of the Board of Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency. He is also a former Vice-president of the University of Waterloo. He also served as Dean of Engineering and then Vice-President (Research) and International Liaison Officer at the University of Regina. Dr. Chakma is a graduate of the Algerian Petroleum Institute and of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chakma is a leading expert in petroleum research and energy management and has also written over 100 articles. In 1998, Dr. Chakma was recognized with Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award.
Dr. David Turpin, Vice-Chair
David H. Turpin, CM, PhD, FRSC, is the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria. An internationally recognized scholar in botany and oceanography, Dr. Turpin has been listed as a highly cited researcher by Thomson ISI for his work in the fields of plant biochemistry and physiology. He has received numerous honours and distinctions for his many contributions including the Steacie Fellowship, election to the Royal Society of Canada and membership in the Order of Canada. Before joining the University of Victoria, he served as Vice-Principal Academic and Dean of Arts and Science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
| ||Rani Dhaliwal, Treasurer|
Rani Dhaliwal is the Vice-President of Finance and Administrative Services and the Chief Financial Officer for Humber College in Toronto. A self-described high-energy financial professional, Rani holds two BAs from York University in Economics and Business Administration respectively, is a CMA, and is currently pursuing an MA in Leadership at McMaster University. She recently completed a Chartered Director's course. An active member of her community, some of Rani's past commitments include: member of the (national) Board of Directors of UNICEF Canada; annual volunteer for the Canadian Paraplegic Association; and Vice-President of International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce.
| ||Ahmed Khan, Regional Member Atlantic|
Ahmed Khan is a PhD Candidate in Natural Resource Management at the Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. A former government sponsored refugee from Sierra Leone, Ahmed was also a recipient of WUSC-UBC funding for his Masters program at the UBC Fisheries Centre on international fisheries policy. He served as a United Nations Volunteer fishery specialist with the Food and Agricultural Organization in the Gambia. Ahmed's current doctoral research focuses on recovery options for Newfoundland's Northern Gulf Cod fisheries. A strong believer in the 'Medici Effect' and in the spirit of 'Ubuntu', Ahmed aspires to connect Memorial University's resources towards WUSC Ottawa objectives.
Maryse Meunier, Regional Member Québec
Maryse Meunier is a Microbiology and Immunology undergraduate student at Université de Montreal and an engaged citizen who wishes to engage others around her. She was involved in many organizations, including her student union, her university's environmental committee and organizations promoting international cooperation, development, citizen mobilization and community involvement. She is currently vice-chair of her WUSC local committee and she is active on the topics of development, refugee issues and the fight against inequalities.
| ||Leah Getchell, Regional Member Ontario|
Leah has over 10 years of campus engagement experience. She is currently the Student Life Coordinator at University of Toronto's University College—where she supports WUSC's Student Refugee Program as a staff member on the UC local committee. She earned her Masters degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Victoria where her research interests in International Development, Youth, Refugees and Participatory Research were inspired by six months of volunteering with Street Kids in Honduras. During her time in Central America she became profoundly aware of the important role education plays in international development. Her recent board experience at Daya Counseling Centre in London Ontario included implementing an annual fundraiser now in its third year and she is currently volunteering with War Child Canada in Toronto.
|Scott Mickelson, Regional Member Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut|
Scott Mickelson attained his BA in International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Currently, Scott is an education student pursuing a career in the education field. He has been involved with the U of S's local WUSC committee for several years. During this time he has primarily been involved in the Student Refugee Program working with sponsored students. For the 2011-2012 academic year he is one of the U of S Local Committee co-chairs. Scott has also attended the Uniterra International Seminar in Nepal in 2010.
| ||Rose Higgins, Regional Member Alberta/BC/NWT/Yukon|
Rose Higgins began her involvement with WUSC as a student at the University of British Columbia in 2003. Rose graduated with her MA from the Immigration and Settlement Studies Program at Ryerson University in October of 2008. While at Ryerson she helped to re-establish a WUSC Local Committee on campus and secured sustained funding for the SRP.
Roya Rahmani, Member-at-Large
Roya Rahmani is an international development and governance consultant, specializing in gender and human rights programming. She has worked with Rights and Democracy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the NYC Department of Education, and the Afghanistan's Ministry of Education among others. She is currently working as an advisor to the Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and a B.SC from McGill University. She has won serval awards and fellowships and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Roland Paris, Member-at-Large
Dr. Roland Paris is University Research Chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa. He is also the founding director of the Centre for International Policy Studies as well as Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Paris is the former Director of Research at the Conference Board of Canada. Paris holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Notably, he has won the Grawemeyer Award for his book At War's End: Building Peace After Civil Conflict. Paris has won two awards for public service, and four awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching.
Margaret Bloodworth, Member-at-Large
Margaret Bloodworth is former senior public servant, most recently Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister (2006-2008). Prior to that she was the first Deputy Minister of Public Safety (2003-2006), Deputy Minister of Defence (2002-2003) and Deputy Minister of Transport (1997-2002). She chairs the management board of Cornerstone Housing for Women and is a Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa School of Public and International Affairs and a member of the boards of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Canadian Council of Academies, the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and the Hospice at May Court. Margaret is a member of the Order of Canada. She has received the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award, the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a honorary degree from the University of Winnipeg, a honorary diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College and charter membership in the Common Law Honour Society of the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Nicole Lacasse, Member-at-Large
Nicole Lacasse is the Associate Vice-rector of Academic and International Activities at the University Laval. Nicole holds a Licentiate in Law from the University of Sherbrooke and a PhD Doctorat in International Trade Law from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. Nicole Lacasse founded and was the first chairholder of the Stephen-Jarislowsky Chair in International Business Management. Nicole Lacasse has directed several projects for international organizations.
Rajendra Theagarajah, Member-at-Large
Mr. Theagarajah is the current chairman of Lanka Financial Services Bureau. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Governing Board, Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce EXCO, Member of the Sri Lanka Auditing Quality Assurance Board, Member of Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board, Member of Academic Council of the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka, Member of Council of the Employer's Federation of Ceylon, Colours of Courage (Cancer Trust) and Council Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. Mr Theagarajah is a past Chairman of the Sri Lanka Banks' Association and Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers in Sri Lanka. He is the first Sri Lankan to assume Chairmanship of the Asian Bankers' Association from November 1st 2010 for a two-year tenure.
| ||Hervé Pilon, Member-at-large |
| ||Don Wright, Member-at-large |