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Board of Governors Elections 2020

2020 Candidates 

Silvana Babikian

Platform Statement:

  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Service Excellence
  • Sustainability

Biography:

As a Ryerson university employee for the past 15 years, it has been my pleasure to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students as Catering Manager for Ryerson Food Services. I am a dedicated leader, committed to Ryerson's values of equity, diversity and inclusion. I work with my team and clients in a respectful and supportive manner, providing excellent customer service, leading by example and focusing on meeting the diverse needs of the Ryerson Community.

 

Aneesh Tiberias Murali

Platform Statement:

  • Transparency/Inclusivity: I will provide staff specific updates when appropriate to keep you informed. I will engage in micro-group consultation sessions when it comes to proposal generation to improve processes and expand representation. Additionally, I will help support the deployment of initiatives that showcase equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Accessibility: I will allot time in my calendar for bi-weekly drop-in meetings with staff who wish to address concerns that need to be taken to the BoG level. 
  • Dependability/Accountability: I will work hard to deliver on the above promises. I have a track record of being dependable when it comes to delivering administrative and operational efficiencies. 

Biography:

My interest to serve on the Board of Governors is both administrative and experience motivated. Of the 2x staff positions on the BoG, one is already occupied by a MAC employee, it would be a good balance for the remaining vacancy to be occupied by an OPSEU employee for diversity of representation. I am keen to learn more about Ryerson’s operations as a whole and to increase my general administrative knowledge of the broader University sector. I completed by B.A (Honours, Double Major) and M.A at York University; and I am currently working on completing a PhD at Western University. Currently, I work as the Lead Financial Administrator in RTA School of Media (FCAD). I have been a member of the Ryerson Community for the last 5 years and have worked mainly in operations and finance. I have also worked in other multiple capacities, from the VP-Finance of my sports league (750+ members) over a period of 4 years to the OPSEU Local 596 treasurer over the last 2 years and the Social Committee Chair over the last 3 years. As such, I have a wide experience with finance, operations, and administration across multiple platforms and interests. I hope to bring the concerns of all staff across Ryerson to the Board of Governor’s meetings and best serve the interests of all Ryersonians. I hope that I can count on your support in this process and that you permit me the opportunity to showcase my various skills in this position.

 

Meghan Clarke

Platform Statement:

  • Support the University’s work in enhancing its standing and reputation as an innovative and city-building institution. 
  • Shape and guide the changing student experience at Ryerson. 
  • Represent alumni interests on the Board by ensuring that decisions are made to maintain and enhance Ryerson's reputation.  

Biography:

Meghan (Clarke) Rodrigues is a lawyer who works in professional regulation and professional conduct. She was appointed to the Ryerson Board of Governors for a three year term starting September 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Board's Employee Relations and Pension Committee. Meghan was previously a member of the Board's Finance Committee. Meghan graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She also holds an LL.B. from Western University and an LL.M. from the the University of Toronto. Meghan previously served as a member of the Ryerson Senate from 2015 to 2017 and as a Board Director of a west-end Toronto daycare. 

Asmae Elalami

Platform Statement:

My main goal is to ensure the continuous growth and diversity of the academic programs as well as the profit of my beloved university as a mean of giving back to this organization that has given me so much 

Biography:  

I am a student of life who appreciates the opportunities that I have been given. I have earned my Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering in 2003 and a MaSc as a Mechanical Engineer in 2008. Before wrapping up my Master degree, I joined the nuclear industry in 2006, assuming different technical positions in both office and nuclear stations till this day. In 2007, I was given the opportunity to represent the CANDU nuclear technology engineers as an executive member of the Society of Professional Engineers & Associates where I represented the SPEA organization in many committees and ensure its growth and success. I intend of using the skills and knowledge that I have gained to represent the Alumni in the Board of Governors to ensure Ryerson’s growth and success are continuous.

Lynda Friendly

Platform Statement:

  • To ensure that Ryerson’s name, reputation and quality of education continue to grow in stature so that our graduate and undergraduate degrees rank high with meaningful weight and strength in the academic, professional and industrial sectors.  This will be achieved, in part, with the execution of the 2020 – 2025 New Academic Plan’s Values, Strategies and Priorities. 
  • To ensure that Ryerson continues to develop graduates that are leaders in their respective professions and careers, with a strong focus on innovation and relevancy in a changing and uncertain world.  As well, to safeguard Ryerson’s unique mandate which focuses on applied education and employment opportunities that are meaningful and relevant to their chosen careers. 
  • To support and encourage outreach programs and other vehicles that create greater opportunities for Ryerson graduates.  This could include a ‘talent funnel’ network where Ryerson alumni are encouraged to connect with, recruit and employ top talent in their respective fields, industries and professions, from Ryerson’s newly graduating classes.  Also, to provide support services for graduates beyond graduation. 

Biography:

I am honoured to submit my name as candidate for the position of Alumni representative for the Ryerson Board of Governors, 2020 - 2023.  

I have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Ryerson as a two-time graduate (1970 and 1999), a previous member of the Board of Governors, a recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction, and The G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award.  I currently serve on Ryerson’s School of Fashion Advisory Council and have been a Mentor at the Ted Rogers School of Management.  

I am Toronto born and raised and an active member of numerous boards and advisory committees representing diverse business and community interests. I take my roles very seriously. I’ve enjoyed an incredibly successful career and bring the very best of my extensive experience as a business leader and senior management executive to the table.   

Along with various other board and committee affiliations, and community service in the not-for-profit sector, I believe I have the skills and experience to fulfill the qualifications for this position.  

I pledge to ensure Ryerson’s name, reputation and quality of education continue to grow in stature and that Ryerson continues to develop graduates that are leaders within their respective professions and careers. 

I am particularly excited and inspired by the forthcoming implementation of the New Academic Plan 2020 – 2025, making Ryerson truly unique, academically.  

I guess you can say that I’ve never really left Ryerson – it’s still in my blood.

This is a momentous time to serve as your dedicated representative.  

Camilo Garay

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Perry Goldberg

Platform Statement:

There are three main reasons for seeking a seat on the Ryerson Board of Directors:

  • Professional and life experience have attained a plateau where assisting young people to achieve as I have can afford value to others;
  • Positive feeling derived from building a Toronto institution as the city and region move towards 10-million people by 2030;
  • A desire to interact with other directors who demonstrate both ability and willingness to share experience with others in order to maintain and enhance the place that was so instrumental in providing theirs.

Biography:

Perry Goldberg is a respected branding strategist with a demonstrated history of success in strategic radio and TV marketing, sales and advertising. The driver behind his achievements comes from two main characteristics, one natural and one from choice...the choice to attend Ryerson.

Perry is a BAA honours graduate from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television program (1973-1976), where he used hands-on and academic training to re-launch and manage the student-run campus radio station (CRFM (now Indie 88.1) serving Toronto and surrounding markets. 

Throughout his career, Perry has been an 'out-of-the-box' thinker responsible for conceiving and creating some of the most popular advertising and promotional strategies ever. Examples include clients like Clear Channel (largest AM/FM/satellite media conglomerate in the United States); Playboy Magazine; Tim Horton's "Roll Up The Rim" promotion; MTV Networks (Viacom); CBS Television Network; Bonneville International (premiere broadcaster with 30 U.S. radio stations); Radio One (largest U.S. broadcaster targeting African-American listeners); William Shatner's "The Captains" (highest rated celeb-umentary on digital TV channels EPIX HD and TMN); Corus Entertainment (leading radio and specialty producer).

Perry also served as Marketing and Promotion Director for Q107 Radio Toronto, CFRB/Newstalk 1010 and CFMT Multicultural Television. 

Ben Lapierre

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Mimi Majumder

Platform Statement:

  • I will be a representative and voice for you, the alumni, on the Board and will uphold your concerns and values in decision-making. 
  • I am local and international - after having attended graduate schools in both the UK and province of Quebec, I am now a resident of downtown Toronto and bring a global perspective while remaining firmly rooted in my hometown community. 
  • Ryerson exists for and because of people and I am committed to looking beyond the financial statements and considering the human impact of Board decisions to all Ryerson's constituencies. 

Biography:

Mimi Majumder is currently an Assistant Vice-President and Managing Director at Manulife Investment Management in Toronto.  After earning her Bachelor of Commerce at Ryerson University, Mimi continued her education at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, earning a Master of Science in Information Systems.  Following a number of years working at large organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and CIBC, Mimi moved to Montréal, Québec to earn her MBA at McGill University. Mimi was awarded her CFA charter in 2019.  Currently in her 11th year with Manulife, Mimi is Head of Client Service for the Canadian institutional asset management business. As a manager to a team of client service representatives across multiple offices, she will attest that in her role, "People are central; everyday I am balancing the priorities of various parties in order to achieve our business objectives.  I'm always considering the human impact of my decisions."

Daniel Perruzza

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Stephen Pumple

Platform Statement:

  • Strong background in Board responsibilities having chaired governance, finance, strategy, risk & HR
  • Strong finance, budgeting, reporting and management experience which is required 
  • Experienced in identifying and establishing strategic goals, mission and corporate values and related governance guidelines

Biography:

I graduated from Engineering Technology, 1984, later earning MBA and M.Eng. degrees, was awarded the Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award (2004).  A successful entrepreneur who served as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board, FEAS, spent 4 years as a Distinguished Visiting Professor with Dr. Loutfy in establishing the iBoost Zone, mentoring and guiding students developing ideas into a business.  Through iBoost, participation in the ESCH review committee and as Ryerson’s “Supermileage” team advisor, I am close to what is/is not happening at Ryerson.

I founded AZCAR, took it public, growing it to be one of the largest international Broadcast Systems Engineering companies with projects in over 40 countries.  AZCAR hired Ryerson graduates and summer students, provided engineering scholarships, supported the Walter Anderson and Ed Towgood awards.  

I have served on several private and public Boards, chaired various committees including finance, strategy, governance, and risk.  Chaired the ADMI Board, Advanced Design & Manufacturing Institute, a collaboration between McMaster, U of T, Queens, Western and Waterloo offering a master’s degree program.   

I consult in broadcast and new media technologies.  A Board member and secretary of AFCCE, (Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers); NATS EMMY Tech Awards Committee member; consultant with Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers; am a SMPTE engineering fellow, (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers); member of IEEE.

I am very passionate about Ryerson and confident my entrepreneurial, business experience and ongoing involvement with Ryerson will serve me well discharging my duties as a member of the Board of Governors. 

Jolene Hunt

Platform Statement:

  • Jolene wants you to vote! (even if it's not for her)

Biography: 

My name is Jolene Hunt and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Economics here at Ryerson.

I have a long history of community involvement, especially supporting those at the fringes of society. These efforts include, but are not limited to, running a soup kitchen, volunteer adult literacy tutoring and raising funds to build bicycle ambulances for AIDS patients in remote parts of Africa. I even ran for City Council of Toronto in 2014.

I have experience, education, approachability and drive, and I would be honored to represent our student body on the Board of Governors next year.

But most of all, I just want to see people engaged in democracy.

So, vote for me, vote for xem, just vote for someone!

David Jardine

Platform Statement:

  • Environmental Action & Divestment
  • Amplify Diverse Student Needs
  • Increase the Accessibility of the BOG for students

Biography:

My name is David Jardine and I am running on the Jardine, Kar, Wright team to represent you on the Board of Governors. We have 4 priorities: Environmental Action, Amplifying Diverse Voices, Prioritizing Student Needs and increasing the Accessibility of the Board of Governors. In my five years at Ryerson, in two different programs, I have had many opportunities to get involved, from being President of the Ryerson Science Society to running two referendums to working on the We The Students campaign. From these experiences I have seen that we must do better for all students on campus. From increasing our mental health supports, to listening and including marginalized students in decision making, to ensuring we divest from fossil fuels and making sure students are effectively represented. Our team will advocate for a strong students’ union to be able to serve students better. We will work to engage students online and strive to include marginalized students, especially Indigenous students, in our decision making process. We believe in strong environmental action, and will encourage the university to divest from fossil fuels. We will be your voice on the Ryerson Board of Governors. My team members and I have a detailed plan, so visit our website to learn how we will make Ryerson better for you: www.voteJKW.ca. On March 2nd to 5th, vote Jardine, Kar, Wright!

 

Akash Kar

Platform Statement:

  • Environmental action
  • Amplify the voices of Ryerson's diverse student-body/prioritizing student needs
  • Improve student accessibility to BOG

Biography:

My name is Akash Kar, and I am running to be a student representative on the Board of Governors. I'm in my third year at Ryerson, and in my few years here I have experienced several different things that have made me feel as though the school often lacks proper student representation in their own decision-making. Running for this position, I am attempting to help fill the gap that is what Ryerson students need/are interested in and what Ryerson's decision-making actually has been and represented thus far. I would essentially like to hear and feel more of a student voice within Ryerson's decision-making process. As a student, I feel as though having student voices and thoughts/ideas considered and implemented would lead to an overall better experience as a student over our time at Ryerson. As students, we are paying so much to attend this school; it only makes sense that our opinions are held with more weight and respect than they have been in the past. 

 

Joshin Marriott

Platform Statement:

  • Creating town hall meetings for students to be updated on the annual budget and key policies while advocating for students rights and freedoms.
  • Pushing for more transparency from all student governing bodies across the university and to hold them to a higher standard of integrity & accountability
  • Lobbying for student consultation on tuition fee increases, changes, and additional services

Biography:

Student Representative for Board of Governors (2020/2021)

My name is Joshin Marriott. I am a fourth-year Sociology student. I am running for the position of Student Representative on the Board of Governors (2020/2021).  I am suitable for this position because I have worked with many Ryerson student groups to improve student life and experiences on campus. With this role, I would like to further that work by listening to my peers, taking feedback, and improving the services that currently exist for all students.  I believe that my dedication to students and making good decisions will make me the best candidate for the job. 

 

Tay Rubman

Platform Statement:

  • Engagement: Advocating for repurposing Ryerson’s funds to support organizations within the university that best promote skills development, community, and helping students leave Ryerson with the jobs they want. 
  • Environment: Disavowing any major construction projects at Ryerson unless it is deemed necessary and until the time and impact on our campus has been minimized.  
  • Service: Hosting town halls prior to every board meeting to discuss your concerns about how Ryerson could better use its budget to service you.

Biography:

For the last three years I have been at Ryerson, it has been plagued with scandals, abuses of power, and general ineffectiveness. In the recent light of the unfortunate but necessary termination of Ryerson’s operating agreement with the RSU, it leads us to a void of uncertainty. Who will defend us? Who will represent us? It is now more important than ever that the next elected Student Representatives in the Board of Governors make our voices heard. 

What is the Board of Governors? The Board of Governors are the decision-makers on approving the Ryerson’s fiscal budget. We get to send three representatives – let’s make it count!

As a representative, my goal is to ensure that we receive the financial services we paid for to succeed. To improve Ryerson, I propose: 1) Funding that goes to organizations’ that provide a tangible positive impact on student’s lives, 2) Promoting a healthier and environmentally friendlier campus, 3) Ensuring that your ideas can still be heard after the election.  

We have to ensure that the void left by the RSU does not become permanent, ensuring that Ryerson University still is accountable to its students, and making sure that the university keeps the promises it made to us when we first enrolled. 

I am running to ensure Ryerson does better and hopefully, you see that too by voting me in March 2-5.

Ali Areesh Somani

Platform Statement:

  • The role of governor is to listen to the student body and relay information to the board in order to steer the department in a direction that is beneficial to all students. In my opinion diversity and freedom of speech is suffering on campus. I will make sure that student voices are heard in a manner that leads to constructive change. I am willing to participate in critical decision making to ensure that changes are reasonable and transparent for students. It would be my priority to make sure that your vote counts on every level and voices are heard efficiently. As a student representative at the Board of governors it will be my responsibility to address concerns which are affecting the individual student as well as the larger student population.

Biography:

I am Ali Areesh Somani, first year “Politics and Governance” student. I am seeking to become the student representative of the Board of Governors at Ryerson. My leadership is not limited to academics and classroom work only, with qualities such as selflessness and dependability I was selected as Peer Leader for the Newcomers Orientation program, an Initiative funded by Immigration Canada to assist families and students settle in Canada also, as one of the 132 participants from 23 countries in Global Encounters 2016; I led community service projects Kenya building friendships with youth from all over the world , displaying my respect for others and willingness to embrace diversity. I was selected out of a competitive field of applicants’ province-wide, to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament Program. My contribution was substantial enough to be highlighted in a City TV News. Therefore, I ask you to vote for me to help me in making Ryerson WORK FOR YOU! Your voice, your vote your future. Ali Areesh Somani

Mujahid Sultan

Platform Statement:

  • I will put student issues to the for the front of the Ryerson Board of Governors
  • I am your voice for diversity and inclusion 
  • I am your champion for innovation and excellence 

Biography:

Dear fellow students, my name is Mujahid Gondal Sultan and I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department. I have twenty years of industry experience and have served at several boards, committees and governing bodies in academia as well as in industry (currently serving on as program advisory committee (PAC) member of Centennial College, and global practitioner committee member of ACM). I am a machine learning and artificial intelligence enthusiast and researcher, I have published in theoretical computer science, genetics, enterprise architecture, requirements engineering, and cloud computing.

As your student representative at the governing board, I am committed to bringing students issues and concerns at the forefront of the board in making financial and strategic planning decisions. I am your voice at the table for improving the academic environment, bridging the gap between industry and academia and creating excellence in research and development.

 

I draw my motivations from the culture of inclusion and diversity at the university and the positivity Ryerson community posses at all forums. Our stride for a culture of innovation needs strong student voice at the governing board – I am your voice and I am looking for your strong support. Please use your right to vote in making Ryerson University a leader in academic excellence, innovation, and research and development.

Charlie Wall

Platform Statement:

  • Accountability, Advocacy, & Transparency 

Biography:

I'm currently a Ph.D. student in Policy Studies. The Board of Governors is

responsible for the management, administration and control of Ryerson University. Therefore, it's essential to have a student representative that can advocate and bring awareness to student issues since the Board of Governors have the power to institute change that can impact student life. My mandate is to serve as a voice that has your best

interest in mind, as a student. My past experiences include: Former elected President of Student Union (SGA) at Laurentian University; Former Senator (student rep) at Laurentian University; Vice-President of CUPE 3903 (Unit 3) at York University. Before starting my Ph.D. at Ryerson University, my education includes an MBA (Ivey Business School), MA (York University), and BA (Laurentian University).

Matthew (“MJ”) Wright

Platform Statement:

  • Prioritize reducing environmental impact of university through pushing for sustainable investments and increasing sustainability of university operations.
  • Keep students’ needs central by ensuring RSU equity services remain funded, meeting with diverse student groups, and pushing for increased funding to mental health resources.
  • Increasing the transparency of the Board of Governors with public information campaigns to make decisions that effect students widely accessible.

Biography:

Matthew (“MJ”) Wright is running as a part of the Jardine-Kar-Wright slate. MJ is an active and engaged member of the Ryerson community in the Arts and Contemporary Studies program, minoring in Marketing and Philosophy. Through this interdisciplinary education, he has been able to connect with a wide variety of students and ideas, and intends to draw upon those conversations and networks to ensure that the diversity of student experiences are represented on the Board. Additionally, working in Ryerson residence and as a part of the Student Experience Research Team gives him in-depth perspectives on what students desire and understandings of how that can be made possible. Through participating in environment action off campus, and starting on-campus divestment group Fossil Free Ryerson, he has a growing base of experience with environmental issues, and desires to be a part of environmental reform for Ryerson institutionally. MJ was VP of Communications for the ACS Course Union, and will draw upon that experience to ensure all relevant issues are accessibility to the student population. MJ is a kind, contentious and devoted individual, who will ensure that all student needs are represented and bring a spirit of sustainability and empathy to his position on the board. Visit the Jardine-Kar-Wright website to learn more about the exact ways he plans to achieve his goals: www.votejkw.com

Election Resources

BOARD OF GOVERNORS ELECTIONS 2020

STUDENT CANDIDATES PROCLAMATION

Candidates (9), in alphabetical order of surname:

Jolene Hunt

David Jardine

Akash Kar

Joshin Marriott

Tay Rubman

Ali Areesh Somani

Mujahid Sultan

Charlie Wall

Matthew ("MJ") Wright

VOTE ONLINE at MY.RYERSON.CA

Voting begins on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. and closes on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. Voting is available throughout the voting period. All times are Eastern Standard Time. 

 

BOARD OF GOVERNORS ELECTIONS 2020

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF CANDIDATES PROCLAMATION

Candidates (2) in alphabetical order of surname:

Silvana Babikian

Aneesh Tiberias Murali 

VOTE ONLINE at MY.RYERSON.CA

Voting begins Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. and closes on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. Voting is available throughout the voting period. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

 

February 3, 2020      Staff, Faculty, Student and Alumni Nominations Open
February 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m or 4:00 p.m     All Candidate Information Session
February 12, 2020 - 12:00 p.m   Close of Nominations for Staff, Faculty, Students and Alumni
February 13, 2020 - 12:00 p.m or 4:00 p.m  Mandatory Student Nominee Session
February 14, 2020    Proclamation of Candidates
February 14, 2020     Campaigning is permitted
February 24, 2020     Alumni Slate proclaimed
March 2-5, 2020      Voting period for Staff, Faculty and Students
March 6, 2020         Staff, Faculty, Student Election Results are posted
June 15-26, 2020     Voting period for alumni
June 29, 2020         Alumni Election Results are posted