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 – Ryley Osadchuk
Hi there! My name is Ryley Osadchuk (they/them) – third-year student and President of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University for the 2019/20 academic year.
Prior to becoming elected into this position, my involvement on campus consisted of internal and external advocacy efforts on behalf of LGBTQ2S+ students. For two years, I spent time building solid rapports with students and stakeholders important to the MacEwan community, and I have been provided with the opportunity to continue fostering those relationships while in my current capacity.
My passions in this position relate to community engagement, program development and resource accessibility, and I am looking forward to the opening of the SAMU building this Fall to support the attainment of my particular initiatives.
To summarize my portfolio, it consists of being the main point of contact for media, supporting the direction of and maintaining equity within the organization, and advocating to provincial and federal governments on behalf of our 19,000 post-secondary constituents at MacEwan University.
I am excited for, and humbled by, the opportunity to work in this position for the next year. My door is always open; I want to hear from you!
Don’t be a stranger; there are many ways to contact me.:
VP Academic – Sean Waddingham
Hey everyone! I’m Sean and I am thrilled to be serving as your Vice-President Academic in SAMU’s Executive Committee this year. I have found my time during my undergrad to have been both enjoyable and fulfilling and so I hope to advocate for an academic environment at MacEwan that helps other students to feel the same way about their education. Having just completed my bachelor’s degree in Honours Political Science, I am an enthusiastic student who genuinely cares about academics as the most important part of one’s university experience, while also being aware of the challenges that face students in post-secondary education. 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, international relations, and foreign policy are other main topics of interest.
I have been very active in the MacEwan community and will continue to do so at an even deeper level in my role as SAMU VPA. In the past few years, I have volunteered with SAMU and had MacEwan committee experience, and I am also extremely grateful to have served as the MacEwan United Nations Club’s Director-General in 2018-2019. This position allowed me the single greatest opportunity of my undergrad to meet and connect with fellow students from many faculties, and afforded me the privilege of lecturing and tutoring students on international relations, current events, and the role of the UN. Seeing students grow from their experience in this club demonstrated to me how academic knowledge can be meaningfully applied, and showed me the value of student clubs and outbound, experiential learning.
As VPA, I will strive to represent all students and advocate for the student body in issues of academic concern. I look forward to representing the student body in academic committee work, policy development, and in advocating for students’ needs to the various faculties at MacEwan. I am always open to hearing from students about what they prioritize in their academic experience at the university, so I am 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 EC!
VP Academic Portfolio
VP External – Cole Baker
My name is Cole Baker and I am your Vice-President External for the 2019-2020 term. I am beyond excited and prepared to represent you and your external advocacy needs.
The Vice President External’s role is to advocate to any external figures outside of the institution, with a special emphasis on government relations and institutional collaboration. I will work diligently to ensure that the collective student voice is heard and I will advocate on behalf of our needs and priorities. Conducting this work gives me great pride and I am excited to work with the student body and external actors.
I would like to highlight that a valued virtue of mine is open communication; therefore, please do not hesitate to drop by or email me with any enquiries.
My office is located in SAMU (7-292E), my phone number is (780-633-3763), and my email is (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VP External Portfolio
VP Operations & Finance – Andrea Turner
Hello Everyone, I am Andrea Turner. Social Work alumni (2008), presently a student in Accounting and Strategic Measurement, and your new for VP Operations and Finance here at SAMU! I overlook SAMU’s operations, governance and finances. A couple of services that fall under my portfolio are Health and Dental, and the U-PASS. My biggest focus for Operations is the new SAMU Building opening in Fall 2019! The students’ dream from long ago is soon to be a reality for us all! In helping to open the doors I will be working to keep it on time and on budget. With us students and the new building in mind, I will be working to find new ways to generate revenues for SAMU while looking into more sustainable practices to implement. Finding the most viable options for the organization that will best serve the students and their new infrastructure both now and into the future.
With the transitions over the next year, SAMU’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2021 will also be coming along for the organization as it evolves to better serve the students’ needs. My other goals include working to get all-gender washrooms for MacEwan’s buildings nine and eleven, as well as looking across campus that we are making changes to be an accessible campus for all our students. These are the two biggest concerns I have heard the most from students. My last goal is to come out and meet with you regularly. My background at SAMU prior to the position has been an avid volunteer as a Promo Squad Member, SafeWalk, and helping run stations at events, where I have been able to meet and connect with many people. Though my present position is more internal affairs now, even as an Executive I will return to my roots at the end of summer by coming out once a month across buildings five through eleven to connect with you and share what SAMU, the Executives and Student Councillors are all doing for you!
Thanks to everyone who supported me and elected me for the position for 2019-2020. Please feel free to connect with me in the office or by email: email@example.com, and twitter: https://twitter.com/luvletters2eton
VP Operations & Finance Portfolio
VP Student Life – Aubrianna Snow
Hey! My name is Aubrianna Snow, and I am your Vice-President Student Life for the upcoming year. Before my election, I had just finished the third year of my Bachelor of Communications degree. 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, and I have also represented students on several committees within the University. I am very excited to take what I have learned through these experiences and apply it to the VPSL role. The VPSL serves as the main liaison for non-academic campus initiatives and all the great supports and opportunities that SAMU offers. This year, I hope to increase awareness about the essential services offered to students by SAMU and advocate for increased equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
I am very grateful to the student body for 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 (7-292A).
VP Student Life Portfolio
Ryley Osadchuk / Students' Association President / 780.497.5472 / email@example.com
Andrea Turner / Vice President Operations & Finance / 780.497.5479 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Waddingham / Vice President Academic / 780.497.5476 / email@example.com
Aubrianna Snow / Vice President Student Life / 780.497.5468 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cole Baker / Vice President External / 780.633.3763 / email@example.com