STRUCTURE

Executive Committee

Alannah Mckay

Chairperson

Wesam AbdElhamid Mohamed

Deputy Chairperson

Marie Dolcetti-Koros

Treasurer

National Executive

Jessica Kearney

Graduate Students’ Representative

Jena Ashley

Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students Representative

Moboluwajidide (Bo) Joseph

Black Students' Caucus Representative

Riaz Nandan

Racialised Students’ Commissioner

Pape Abdoulaye Xavier Diagne

Francophone Students’ Representative

Joanna Clark

Women’s Representative

Bipin Kumar

International Students’ Commissioner

Alexandra Koslock

Manitoba Representative

Kayla Weiler

Ontario Representative

Kris Repas

Nova Scotia Representative

Mehdi Yadollahi

New Brunswick Representative

Katherine McLaughlin

Newfoundland and Labrador Representative

Jessie Whyte

2Spirit and Trans Commissioner

General Meetings

Each member students’ union has an equal say in setting the, policies, direction, and priorities of the Federation, including how campaigns are organized and funds are spent. All major decisions are made at twice-yearly national general meetings at which the student union’s from across the province are present to represent the views and perspectives of our individual members.

Caucuses

The Circle of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students Representative

The Circle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students is the only national group of Indigenous students, representing thousands of Indigenous post-secondary students across this side of Turtle Island. The priorities of the Caucus are set by its membership and defined by the systemic and daily challenges that Indigenous students face in pursuit of post-secondary education.

For the past 30 years, the Circle has highlighted the challenges facing Indigenous students in Canada, including racism on campus, cutbacks in funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), and the exclusion of some students from the program. The Circle has also addressed broader societal issues that impact Indigenous people and society more broadly, including the development of pipelines, inability of some to access clean drinking water, and land claim disputes, to name a few.

Representative Structure

The Circle meets three times a year, at the National General Meetings and at the Circle’s standalone meeting, to discuss issues of concern to Indigenous members. At these meetings, the Circle has the opportunity to discuss current issues and examine the specific concerns of its members on their campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that could be implemented by the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Circle elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee

Campaigns

The Circle has created several campaigns that address the experiences of Indigenous students across the country:

Where’s the Justice

 

Not Your Stereotype

 

ReconciliAction

Graduate Students’ Caucus

The Graduate Caucus  unites more than  graduate students in Canada. It is comprised of individual members and member local associations within the Canadian Federation of Students who have a common interest and concern with graduate student issues. The Caucus provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between graduate students and member local associations in order to promote the interests of graduate students to the provincial government and other external authorities whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs. Graduate students also join together with over 500,000 students across the country to lobby on issues of concern to all students such as tuition fees, student debt, research and core funding to post-secondary institutions.

Representative Structure

The Graduate Caucus meets twice a year in conjunction with the  Annual General Meeting and Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to graduate students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Caucus elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee.

Campaigns

In addition to the Federation’s extensive campaigns work, members of the National Graduate Caucus have worked together to develop several campaigns that address the experiences of graduate students across the country. 

 

 

Colleges and Institutes’ Caucus

This caucus exists to bring together students that attend colleges and institutions, so that they may have a collective voice and structure to address issues that relate to their specific needs as learners. Students in this demographic face different issues than those in universities. The issues include but are not limited to geographic isolation due to the location of their college or institute, less access to resources and outreach due to location and the existence of multiple campuses as well as learners that come from lower-income backgrounds. The caucus has an annually elected representative that communicates and chairs meeting spaces with students across the country and brings their perspectives to the national executive board of the federation.  

Representative Structure

The Colleges and Institutes Caucus meets twice a year in conjunction with the  Annual General Meeting and Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to college and institute students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Caucus elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee.

Black Students Caucus

The Black Students’ Caucus is a living national movement representing the thousands of Black students across Canada. We unite, formally through meetings of the Federation and informally through a nationwide network of Black student leaders, to discuss issues pertaining to the realities and experiences of Black students within post-secondary education and in community.

As a movement, our priority is to advocate for the interests of all Black students at the national and international levels. Through collective community awareness on intersectional realities within the Black diaspora, the Black Caucus is unapologetically, relentlessly and progressively centred on Black unity and liberation.

Representative Structure

The Black Caucus meets at the National General Meetings of the Federation and at specially called meetings, to discuss issues relevant to the Black student experience. We formulate strategies, policies, and campaigns through the Federation to combat anti-Blackness on our campuses. In between meetings, we stay connected through our National Black Students Network, which promotes communication between Black student leaders throughout the country.

Every year, the Caucus elects a chairperson who leads and carries out the vision of the Caucus and a representative who acts as a spokesperson and guide for the group and sits on the National Executive.