The Executive Committee collaborates with Councillors and the larger student body to guide SAMU’s General Manager, and in turn, SAMU staff, in realizing the SAMU strategic plan.
Eligible students can run for election for Executive Committee during the Winter term.
View Executive Committee meeting minutes
President – Sean Waddingham
Hey everyone! I’m Sean and I am thrilled to be serving as SAMU President this year.
A little about me: I’m a politics nerd who also loves to play music in my spare time. Between following current events and listening to, practicing and writing music, I tend to keep busy with the things I love doing when not at work. I also am a dedicated student. With a specialization in political philosophy, my honours thesis discusses the history and implications of liberalism as a school of political thought. I intend to carry on in the subject of political theory by pursuing a Masters of Arts, but my interests in politics go beyond theory as well; American politics and international relations are other main topics of interest.
I am very eager to take on a new role as SAMU President to continue my work representing students. In the past year I served as SAMU’s Vice President Academic, a position I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, I’m grateful to have been the MacEwan United Nations Club’s Director-General during the 2018-2019 academic year.
As President, I am excited to continue my advocacy work at MacEwan, and begin my advocacy work beyond the university, with government. I am always open to hearing from students about their priorities, so I would be happy to listen to students’ input and bring it forward into my advocacy work – feel free to stop by our office or email us anytime to get in touch with your representatives in the SAMU Executive!
VP Academic – Alycia Stewart
Hi, my name is Alycia Stewart (she/her) and I am your Vice President Academic for the 2020/2021 term. I just finished my third year at MacEwan in a Bachelor of Science currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. I have been an active member of the MacEwan community as a SAMU volunteer with MacEwan’s Jack.org mental health student group as an executive, two terms as a SAMU Student Councillor and more. I have lots of volunteer experience for various community and leadership organizations and have contributed positive change to them in the past. These experiences have provided me with the leadership skills and insight to prepare me for this role. I am a dedicated student advocate and believe in the importance of the student voice. In this role, I have the opportunity to be that representative on many MacEwan Committees and Councils. I also serve as the support person for students when it comes to issues regarding their academics and the appeal process. I am committed to my campaign goals of advocating for the affordability of tuition and textbooks, through continuing to support the creation of Open Education Resources (OERs) and alternatives, and advocating for your needs. I will be transparent about, and work on creating greater awareness surrounding the appeal process and the impact of policy for students. I am also committed to supporting student spaces, research and voices. I hope to continue to engage with students, updating them on the work and opportunities myself and SAMU accomplishes and provides. If you ever have any questions or just want to talk please don’t hesitate to reach out to me through email at email@example.com and stay up to date through my Facebook @AlyciaStewartforSAMUVPA. Thank you!
VP Academic Portfolio
VP External – Ruan Bouwer
My name is Ruan Bouwer and I am your Vice President External for 2020/2021. I am also a Bachelor of Arts student in the final year of my Honours degree in Political Science, with my thesis focusing on political and economic development in post-apartheid South Africa.
Attending MacEwan has been an incredibly meaningful experience, particularly because of our various student communities and the way they all fit into a broader MacEwan community. I participated in a number of events through the Model United Nations Club, which taught me valuable lessons in public speaking, diplomacy and teamwork. I served two consecutive terms as a member of Students’ Council, through which I developed a strong interest in student politics, SAMU’s external advocacy and the ways that policy can shape our everyday lives.
As Vice President External, I will stay true to my campaign and advocate for student consultation within our university, sustainable funding for post-secondary education in Alberta and work-integrated learning opportunities for our student body. I will continue to work with our partners at the Edmonton Student Alliance, the Council of Alberta University Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, to make sure that your voice as MacEwan students is heard at every level of government.
Your voice is integral to my job, so please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about our external advocacy. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (780) 633-3763, or on Facebook at @SAVPExternal.
VP External Portfolio
VP Operations & Finance – Stephanie Ouellette
My name is Stephanie Ouellette (she/her), and I am SAMU’s new Vice President of Operations and Finance. French is my first language.
I have worked as a Front Store Manager and Pharmacy Assistant for nine years now, and I will be continuing to work there on weekends. Additionally, I have been on a Students’ Council throughout junior high and high school. I also have six years of volunteering experience at a Youville nursing home.
My volunteerism has continued into other areas during my post-secondary education as well. I have been involved in many Student Groups as many of you might know, such as GAMU and Geek Inclusivity.
I am a BCOM student with a major in accounting and a minor in management. Once I finish my degree, I will either find a career in one of those fields or return to school for an education degree.
In this position, I will continue to fight for reasonable fees and I will also be working on the future SAMU strategic plan and budget. I am your contact for anything regarding internal affairs, the SAMU building, health and dental and SAMU fees.
That is just a little bit about me, I hope this gives you reassurance that you are in good hands. If you would like to know anything else, I am an open book and I can’t wait to get to know you all! Thank you for your support and for electing me into this position! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com, make an appointment to meet with me at my office or even stop me in the hallway and introduce yourself. J
VP Operations & Finance Portfolio
VP Student Life – Aubrianna Snow
Kwe’! Hello! My name is Aubrianna Snow, and this is my second term as your VP Student Life. I am a Mi’kmaq woman, a fourth-year Bachelor of Communications student, and lover of all things MacEwan! My involvement on campus over the course of my education has been extensive. I’ve served twice as a Students’ Councillor with SAMU, volunteered as a MAVEN Peer Educator on consent and sexual violence, written for the griff, and also represented students on several committees within the University.
The VPSL serves as the main liaison for non-academic campus initiatives and all the great supports and opportunities that SAMU offers. In my first term as VPSL, I advocated for greater student representation in several areas and held multiple events to engage students. This year, I plan to advocate for even further student representation on the issues that matter.
Student resources should be protected and used wisely, and I look forward to using the knowledge and skills that I gained last year to further the student voice. I am very grateful to the student body for re-electing me, and I plan to serve you to the best of my abilities. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns, or just to chat! I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in my office (SA-301).
VP Student Life Portfolio
Sean Waddingham / Students' Association President / / email@example.com
Stephanie Ouellette / Vice President Operations & Finance / 780.497.5479 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alycia Stewart / Vice President Academic / 780.497.5476 / email@example.com
Aubrianna Snow / Vice President Student Life / 780.497.5468 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruan Bouwer / Vice President External / 780.633.3763 / email@example.com