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Executive committee

Executive committee

Myles Dykes is the President of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and a student member of the Board of Governors. In addition to pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Economics, Myles spent the last year representing MacEwan students as one of two student members on the Board of Governors.

From 2019 to 2020, Myles served as a Students’ Councillor and was awarded Councillor of the Year two years in a row for his work. As the 2020/2021 President of MacEwan Rotaract, Myles is focused on strengthening and supporting communities through active service. He looks forward to continuing his advocacy on behalf of MacEwan students, to ensure the decisions made for students reflect their best interests. His priorities for his year as President are engaging our community, affordability and accessibility, and working towards inclusion.

sapresident@macewan.ca | 780-497-5472

Hey everyone! My name is Larissa Williams, and I am excited to serve as your SAMU VP Operations and Finance for the 2022/23 academic year!

I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in international business and legal studies in business. I have been involved with SAMU in varying capacities, starting off as a student-at-large member of the Bylaws and Policy Committee, then I was elected to Student’s Council and in my time as a Councillor, I was an active member of the Bylaws and Policy Committee and the Leadership and Review Committee. Most recently I served as SAMU’s VP Operations and Finance during the 2021/22 academic year! I am thrilled to be back in my role, working on improving SAMU’s processes, governance structures, continuing to be a strong steward of SAMU’s finances and developing ways to further enhance the student voice at MacEwan. 

Most recently I’ve also served as the second student member on MacEwan’s Board of Governors and have been an active student member on the School of Business Council for the past couple years.

I am thrilled to serve the student body for another year, please feel free to reach out to me at savpoperations@macewan.ca with any questions you may have.

Hey there! My name is Matthew Yanish and I am honored to be SAMU’s Vice President External for the 2021/2022 term! You may have seen me in previous SAMU governance roles, as I was a member of Students’ Council since 2018. I am also a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student here at MacEwan, studying Political Science and Philosophy. During my time at our institution, I have been blessed to meet and become friends with students from almost every program MacEwan offers. Therefore, it saddens me greatly that the Alberta government seems to view education as only a means to employment (after all, I can’t go work in a political science factory after I graduate!), and looking at education through the lens of supremely providing “skills for jobs” is ignorant of why many of us seek higher education. This is why I have spent most of my senior seminar classes developing and writing about the value of education/art for its own sake (and the relation of it to human fulfillment), as well as the dangers of equating technological development as the measure of human development.

As Vice President External, my job involves developing and advocating/lobbying for (mostly) political action or policy that benefits all of us here at MacEwan. As such, it is important that what I think the Federal/Provincial/Municipal Governments should do indeed reflects the general will of MacEwan students, and that these changes make our experiences better for current and future students. A few of my priorities are: supports for students with dependants (more flexible financial aid/course offerings for students who have familial obligations), work-integrated learning opportunities (the ability for students to get work experience complementary to their education), reshaping how students are assessed for loans/bursaries/taxes so students are assessed as individuals (so spousal or parental income is not factored in, as students may not have access to this money), creation of a non-arbitrary funding formula for Alberta post-secondary (in order to no longer allow Provincial Governments to arbitrarily give more or less money to various institutions), increasing the amount of needs-based non-repayable grants in Alberta (as Alberta has the lowest ratio of grants to loans in Canada), and to reflect the unique needs of indigenous students into my advocacy priorities by directly consulting with kihêw waciston. Some past campaign issues of mine, such as tying tuition increases to inflation (an idea championed by CAUS), have been recently endorsed by the Provincial Government. So, my term will also focus on ensuring that steps are taken to concretely provide these benefits to students.

In order to best achieve the goal of effective representation, I would love to hear directly from you as to what you think should be integrated into my advocacy priorities to any level of government. Don’t feel as if you need to present me with anything robust or long-winded (unless you want to!); simply telling me anything that could be improved about the student experience is greatly appreciated! I can be reached at any time via savpexternal@macewan.ca, and I will reply to your email within 24 hours! Please do not hesitate to contact me, and even if your question is out of the scope of my portfolio, I will connect you with the relevant parties to ensure you have a say in your educational experience.

savpexternal@macewan.ca | 780-239-3923

Hi! My name is Elaine Tran (she/her) and I am the Vice President Student Life (VPSL) of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) for the 2022-2023 term. I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Honors Sociology with a specialization in Family, Youth, and Diversity, and a minor in Political Science.

Throughout my time at MacEwan, I have been active and involved in student life. Across campus, I have been employed with MacEwan International at the School of Continuing Education, Wellness and Psychological Services, the Office of Research Services, the School of Social Work, and the Writing Centre. At SAMU, I was previously a volunteer with Promo Squad and Peer Support, an executive and general member of numerous student groups, a Student-at-Large on SAMU committees, and most recently, a two-term elected Students’ Councillor. Through my background and diverse experiences, I have been empowered to enhance the overall student experience, which led me to run for VPSL. I am especially grateful to the students for electing me as VPSL for the 2022-2023 term!

As Vice President Student Life, I am eager and excited to advocate for and engage with students across campus! I look forward to a year where students are continually advocated for, empowered, and supported by SAMU. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send me an email at savpstudentlife@macewan.ca or schedule an appointment.

savpstudentlife@macewan.ca | 780-497-5468

Hey People. I’m Stephan Vasquez and I’m pleased to be your Vice President Academic for 2022-2023!

I have just completed my 4th year of a Bachelor of Arts, studying political science and history. I’ve been interested and involved in student governance in mixed capacities over the past few years, and I’m very glad to have been entrusted with the work of amplifying the student voice most recently with my election as your new VPA. Prior to the pandemic, I spent my time representing the student voice on several committees, as well as working with the Students’ Council during my stint as a councillor & student-at-large, where I was able to hone my representative skills. I’ve found a lot of joy in the work and conversations I’ve been able to partake in with students, and I look forward to supporting our community in navigating the successes and challenges that come with being a university student. During my own studies, I’ve had too many negative experiences with knowing what rights and resources are available to me, and I’m looking forward to preventing other students from going through the same. The primary way I’m hoping to do this work is by focusing on a number of policy areas including a Student Charter of Rights, a textbook cost initiative, and a focus on developing standards aligned with the principles of Universal Design for Learning at MacEwan.

I’m keen on hearing from students and learning on an ongoing basis, so please feel free to reach out to me anytime online or if you see me around campus. Cheers!

savpacademic@macewan.ca | 780-497-5476

Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes, transcripts, agendas and more for Students’ Council and Executive Committee can be found here. If you’re looking for Executive Reports, you can find them on the meeting minutes page under the Agenda in the Students’ Council minutes here. Listed below are our Executive Council meeting minutes.

If you would like to see past meeting minutes please contact:

Governance Advisor

Alan Honey

780-633-3449
honeya@macewan.ca  

Book a Meeting 

More often than not, our messages can get lost in translation. If you require a “face-to-face” meeting with an Executive member consider booking a virtual meeting using the links below! But if you have more general questions for SAMU, use our contact form and let us know how we can help.

You can also use our contact form or visit our Facebook page to get in touch with a member or you can book a 30 minute meeting with any one of the Executives to discuss any concerns, issues or questions you may have as a student.

How to Book
  • Click on the name of the Executive you’d like to meet with below.
  • You will be directed to a booking calendar where you can view available dates and times.
  • Once you select a meeting time, you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link to use at your scheduled appointment time.
  • You can also cancel or reschedule your appointment via the confirmation email.

SAMU President, Myles Dykes

SAMU Vice President Academic, Stephan Vasquez

SAMU Vice President Operations & Finance, Larissa Williams

SAMU Vice President Student Life, Elaine Tran

SAMU Vice President External, Matthew Yanish

Interested in running?

If you would like to be a part of a team of students who will help shape and drive the vision behind SAMU consider running for the Executive Committee! Eligible students can run for election for Executive Committee during the Winter term.

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