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.

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President – Myles Dykes

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.

President Portfolio 

VP Academic – Cassey Fallis

Hey everyone! My name is Cassey Fallis (she/her) and I’m thrilled to serve as your SAMU Vice President Academic for the 2021/2022 term.

I just completed my fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and double minoring in anthropology and business law. You might’ve seen me around MacEwan before, being a member of the Peer Health Education Team this past year, and a MacEwan Ambassador for two consecutive years prior to that. I have also been involved with SAMU and a handful of committees, being appointed to the Students Council as of May 2020, then serving on the Budget and Finance Committee and Chairing the Audit Committee. I also have sat as a student representative on the Faculty of Art and Sciences Council.

With SAMU Groups, I helped establish AIESEC at MacEwan and acted as Vice-President for two consecutive years, forming sponsorships and establishing the AIESEC as a School of Business Club. I have also been the Treasurer of MacEwan Rotaract for two consecutive years, along with being a delegate of the MacEwan UN Club for a number of events.

Outside of campus involvement, I enjoy browsing memes, volunteering and travelling, having been to twenty countries and counting (prior to the pandemic). I am a long-term volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and on the Executive Committee of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta, as two additional assets to demonstrate my passion for community involvement.

As Vice President Academic, I am committed to striving in my campaign goals of advocating for proactive efforts towards inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility on campus, along with the establishment of students’ rights policy and documentation.  In this role, I hope to represent the MacEwan student body to the best of my abilities; advocating and supporting students’ needs and priorities at the forefront of this position. Thank you for allowing me to serve the student body this year by voting for my campaign. I will not disappoint in representing the student voice through advocacy.

Your voice is integral to my role, so please reach out to me either at the office (SA-301), on Instagram/Facebook @SAVPAcademic, or through email at savpacademic@macewan.ca

VP Academic Portfolio

VP External – Matt Yanish

VP External Portfolio

VP Operations & Finance – Larissa Williams

VP Operations & Finance Portfolio

VP Student Life – Thomas Cross-Trush

Hello! My name’s Thomas Cross-Trush, and I’m excited to be serving as your current SAMU Vice President of Student Life! I’m in my final year of my Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree and will be finishing my undergrad thesis this winter. In the past five years at MacEwan, I have worked as a part-time SAMU employee, sat as a SAMU Student Councilor, served as a leader on the MacEwan Griffins Track Team, worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Business, and volunteered at many MacEwan events. I’m confident my diverse experience involving many facets of university life will assist me in engaging with students from all disciplines.

We as students have collectively experienced an incredibly tough year, but things are starting to look up. The VP Student Life serves as an overseer for SAMU’s programs, services and other non-academic activities, which are more important this year than ever. The 2021-2022 year will see us coming back to campus in greater numbers, and SAMU will be ready to support your needs and strive to improve your student experience at MacEwan! The VP Student Life also plays a huge role in Student Advocacy, and with the help of the entire Executive Committee, we hope to strengthen our engagement with the student body and work with students to address on-campus social issues.

I want to say a huge thank you to our amazing student body for electing me to the VP SL position! You’ve heard enough from me; I want to hear from you. What do you want to see SAMU doing for you this year? Send me an email at vpstudentlife@macewan.ca to chat or schedule an appointment to have a discussion about what initiatives would be helpful to you as a student. These difficult times require versatile and creative initiatives, and I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to aid students and provide assistance where it’s needed most.

VP Student Life Portfolio

Executive Committee

Myles Dykes / Students' Association President / 780-497-5472 /

Larissa Williams / Vice President Operations & Finance / 780.497.5479 /

Cassey Fallis / Vice President Academic / 780.497.5476 /

Thomas Cross-Trush / Vice President Student Life / 780.497.5468 /