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Executive Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee oversees the SAMU General Manager. In addition, each member of the Executive Committee is responsible for advising both Students’ Council and other Executive Committee members on their portfolios. It may sound complicated, but this system ensures that the needs of MacEwan students are met in a diplomatic manner and that everyone is held accountable to MacEwan students.

PRESIDENT - GABRIEL AMBUTONG

Gabriel is a dedicated student leader, serving as the President of SAMU. As a Bachelor of Arts student, Gabriel has been actively involved in the campus community since his first year, serving as the President of the Investment Club and founding President of the Chess Fellowship. Gabriel is committed to advocating for issues such as affordability for students and ensuring comprehensive student supports. He is passionate about serving students, always eager to listen, answer questions, and address student concerns. Gabriel recognizes the importance of fostering an inclusive, supportive, and engaged student body. Outside of his work, Gabriel enjoys spending time in nature, bouldering, and playing chess. As President, he intends to build and promote a culture of empowerment, while striving to create a vibrant student life.

sapresident@macewan.ca
780-497-5472

VP GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE - JOSEPH A. LA TORRE

Hello everyone! My name is Joseph A. La Torre, but people call me Joe. I am currently in my 5th year in the Bachelor of Arts majoring in philosophy and minoring in psychology with the hopes of going into law school afterwards. My role as VPGF consists of being the direct contact for the internal affairs of SAMU – consisting of MacEwan Student Agreements, financial planning, and governance. In other words, I provide the oversight of the internal financial and governance affairs for SAMU.

When I campaigned for this position, my platform consisted of creating a governance engagement policy and to continue proper financial oversight of SAMU. Now elected, I intend to fulfill my platform priorities by creating the governance engagement policy because it is important to clarify what engaging with the student body is as an elected representative. And further, facilitate proper financial oversight of student dollars to ensure students receive maximum benefits from our supports and services during a time of inflation and tuition hikes.

Although this role is very different from any other student leadership roles I’ve had in the past, I am confident that with the support of my team and our support staff, I will be given the opportunity to do well in this role.

savpoperations@macewan.ca
780-497-5479

VP EXTERNAL - Alric Reid

Hi! My name is Alric and I am humbled and honoured to serve as your Vice President External for the 2024/2025 year. I am a first year Bachelor of Arts student who is looking forward to representing your (MacEwan students’) voices and concerns at governmental levels both at the provincial and federal levels in order to enact meaningful change in your best interest.

As a married, mature student with two dependent children, I fully understand the nuances that navigating student life entails, especially navigating transitions, managing heavy workloads and educational affordability. This is why I believe that policies should help students, who aspire to higher education within the Canadian educational system better understand and navigate the system and offer the same level of opportunities to all students regardless of their identities.

My past experience serving in student leadership positions speaks to my passion for service. My penchant for community involvement and for championing the cause of those without opportunities to voice their concerns are springboards on which I intend to launch into this position as I work to enhance advocacy efforts and enhance governmental policies that improve MacEwan’s student experience.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports, working on all aspects of my personal development and giving back to my community.

I look forward to a great year in service to you, my fellow Griffs.

savpexternal@macewan.ca
780-633-3763

VP STUDENT LIFE - Aleace Moom

Hello! My name is Aleace, and I’m your Vice President Student Life for the 2024/2025 academic year. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate for the supports you need during your university experience. Student life is the foundation of your time here at MacEwan, and it is important to me that students have support systems, activities and campus events that create a vibrant, well-balanced student life outside the classroom. In my time as VPSL, I will advocate for your right to affordability, food security and a campus experience that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion.

Outside of my work in advocacy, I enjoy music festivals, long walks with my dog and spending time chasing new PRs in the gym. I’m also always looking for the next great restaurant to try, so please give me your recommendations! I love meeting new people, so please say hello if you see me around! I can’t wait to meet you!

savpstudentlife@macewan.ca
780-497-5468

VP ACADEMIC - Darcy Hoogers

Hailing from MacEwan’s Communications program, Darcy is a second-year student who focuses on policy development, textual analysis, and organizational communication.

While he has found a home at MacEwan, Darcy brings much post-secondary experience, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 2021. By combining his BA with a Bachelor of Communications Studies, Darcy aims to provide clear, effective student advocacy on behalf of SAMU and the students he represents.

Darcy continues to advocate for affordable textbook costs, student-first policies which detail fair procedures for grade disputes, and clear assignment evaluation criteria for students.

Although he spends most of his waking hours on campus, Darcy enjoys cooking, gaming, and hiking during his free time. He is currently working through Red Dead Redemption 2 and perfecting his trademark fettuccine alfredo.

As your Vice President Academic, Darcy is committed to strengthening a campus culture which benefits all students, proving that MacEwan is home for any student who works to succeed.

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

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

Governance Advisor,
Alan Honey
780-633-3449
honeya@macewan.ca