Welcome to the 2017 CASA Elections!
Please review the candidate information for the CASA Executive Team, our Subsidiary Presidents and Independent Directors for our Board of Directors.
Hey! My name is Rudy Grow and I am running for President of CASAJMSB.
As the current VP External for CASAJMSB, I have the experience and knowledge necessary to undertake this position. In this role, I spearheaded the creation of the CASA Deals mobile application, which provides students with deals on restaurants around school and has been downloaded over 1,800 times since its launch. Furthermore, my sponsorship team & increased sponsorship revenue for the Agenda by 24.2% compared to last year. Our team also increased overall sponsorship revenue for Frosh by 61% compared to last year, including a 95% increase in product sponsorship. Successes like these have allowed me to improve CASA’s financial position and deliver more value to the students at JMSB.
Over the past 2 years I have touched on a variety of different roles within our school. In terms of involvement, I was a Corporate Affairs Associate for CASAJMSB in 2015-16 and I have attended every CASAJMSB Board of Directors meeting since May 2015. In terms of student representation, I have sat on JMSB Faculty Council for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic year. I was also elected to Concordia’s Senate in 2015-16, where I sit on the Senate Finance Committee and the
JMSB Dean Search Committee. In terms of volunteer work, I have volunteered as a Delegate Ambassador at the JMSM Sports Marketing Conference and will be volunteering at the upcoming JMUCC Case Competition. Overall, these experiences have allowed me to interact with both students and faculty to gain a unique perspective and understanding of our school. As President, I want to continue to deliver on CASA’s mission to add value to student life through 3 pillars: Your Ideas, Your Community, and Your Experience.
Your Ideas is all about listening to what you, the students of JMSB, want to see from CASAJMSB throughout the year. This will be accomplished by conducting a school-wide survey and acting on the feedback received.
Your Community is all about fostering the school spirit at JMSB. This will be accomplished by increasing and better promoting the number of involvement opportunities at JMSB and hosting more inclusive social events.
Your Experience is all about improving your overall university experience. This will be accomplished by improving the academic resources available to students and hosting more career focused events.
In 2017-18, JMSB will face many challenges, including possible curriculum changes, budget cuts, and the appointment of a new Dean. My goal is to represent the best interests of JMSB students and deliver on CASA’s mission to add value to student life.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at 514-291-7721.
From February 13-17th 2017, Vote for Rudy Grow as President of Your CASAJMSB.
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Business can be cruel and rewarding; volatile and stagnant. As JMSB students, we are expected to prepare ourselves for the business world.
The business world will include you someday or have already. The transition should not be brutal. Preparation may be different for everybody. Apart from class content, there are many ways to introduce yourself to your future career, your future dream.
Resilience. Remember resilience.
I have work experience with various entities such as BMW Laval, Ville de Laval, Nautilus Plus, Bio-K+. Being employed at these places tested my skills as a team leader. In times of crisis, the right decisions need to be made quickly.
I am a Survivor Froshee. My road includes being a regular student, a drop-out, a returning student, a JMAC mentor which has made me a happier student. I believe our success at JMSB is closely related to our knowledge of ourselves and our environment. This knowledge may be clear for some of you, a little less for others and a total blank for some.
There is no right timing in life, there is just time. Well, I asked time to create a perfect timing in my life. This timing is now. I am more than ready to tackle the multiple issues concerning all of us.
My overall vision is based on inclusion. We are all on the same boat, hoping to go from lectures to graduation. To successfully transition from our initial student boat to a future yet undefined boat, we all deserve the best of preparation. The quality of the education we receive is without a doubt very precious. However, preparation can be broader than academics. It is my dear wish to provide all the students with a solid suitcase to board any kind of boat, yacht, airplane or spaceship. The world is infinite as well as our possibilities in life. Let’s dream together as business people and create a JMSB that mirrors where we are at in 2017. Even if you sit on the ground somewhere in the MB building or try to hide in the Hall building, I want to hear what can be done better. I care to take actions which would enhance your life as a student.
My goal is to manage the environment. There is the physical environment and the human environment. The neatness of the building, i.e. garbage bins and washrooms, needs improvement. The healthy camaraderie between students is something I want to encourage. I am always very happy to notice how students help each other, using Facebook groups like CASA-JMSB. This positive attitude should be an obvious way to treat others on campus as well.
As CASA President, I intend to work with others to prevent unwanted situations from happening.
Any dream you have deserves to come true.
We are connected; we are JMSB.
There is no candidate for CASA VP Finance at this time.
There is no candidate for CASA VP External Affairs at this time.
My Name is Mackenzie Murray and I am running for the position of CASA VP Internal for the coming academic year.
I am finishing my first year at JMSB in Finance and am loving every moment of it.
I decided I wanted to become involved at JMSB after participating in FROSH and have never looked back. I participated in the Jeux De Commerce Central case competition in the Social category and that experience has showed me how amazing people can be. I have also spent the last year as part of the CASA team as the First Year Executive member. This has allowed me to learn a lot about how the association is structured and how it contributes to student life on campus. The effort and hard work that goes in to building a positive student life here at JMSB is remarkable and I have been proud be a part of it. If elected, I would use my position as VP internal to continue to build strong and lasting relationships with the students, all the subsidiaries and everyone who helps make JMSB what it is. Hundreds of students and faculty members are involved in creating our school experience. Effective coordination between these groups is the reason that JMSB can continue providing the wide array of events and activities that are offered to students. I would be proud to contribute towards this goal. As VP internal of CASA I will help to ensure that everything is on track and that we have the space, time and opportunity to benefit from all that can be offered by the entirety of involved students at JMSB. My role of VP Internal with CASA will consist of finding the locations and space within Concordia for the events that will be put on throughout the year. My role is to also be the liaison between the students and CASA and the link between CASA and the subsidiaries. I will continue to build those important relationships in a way that will promote positivity and success and inclusion with everyone at JMSB. I am an organized person who is ready for the responsibility that comes along with being involved. I am a good problem solver who gets things done. I can build and maintain effective relationships and have the positive interactions required for a good result. I have the skills required for the position and if elected, I would be honored to contribute to positive school life at JMSB. One of my goals will be to extend the wildly popular “puppy therapy” session to once per semester. This event has proven to help students manage their stress during the most chaotic times of the semester.
Hi! My name is Zoe Pritchard and I am running to be the CASAJMSB Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs for the 2017/2018 school year. I am currently wrapping up my third year at JMSB as an out-of-province student and I truly feel like I’ve seen and experienced just about everything. And this is what you want from a VP Academic, right? From Math 209 to doing a Case Competition in another country, my experience has allowed me to become very empathetic – chances are I will understand what you are going through.
As VP Academic & Student Affairs there are three main endeavours that I want to take on, or improve upon what is already being done. Improved Tutorials and Tutoring Services centers around making sure tutoring services are easily accessible and affordable to ALL STUDENTS no matter their major. We shouldn’t have to pay $200+ dollars for services when we are struggling. I want to set up a network of trained peer tutors in order to widen the offering that the school is currently providing. Online Resources will help students better plan their semesters by having course outlines available online, as well as standardized notes so that you know what you are getting into when building your timetable. Lastly I want to hear Your Voice. Through the CASA JMSB Facebook group, office hours, and by simply making myself available, I want to make sure that student voices are heard and the necessary actions can be taken to improve student life.
My experience on-campus involves being a part of Residence Council as VP Communications in 2014/2015 and competing in Case Competitions with JMCC from 2015 until present. I pride myself on being knowledgeable, reliable, and approachable. I will study the Academic Calendar so that you don’t have to. I will answer any questions brought forward to me in a timely and empathetic manner. And I will always do my best to ensure that you get the most out of your JMSB experience!
One of the things I love most about JMSB is how almost everyone is so eager to help each other out and contribute to each other’s success. Not many schools can say that about their students. As VP Academic and Student Affairs, I want to take this to the next level with Improved Tutoring Services, Online Resources, and making sure that the Your Voice is heard.
February 13th-17th Vote Zoe Pritchard for CASA VP Academic & Student Affairs and GET RESULTS!
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Dear JMSB Students,
My name is Kevin Nguyen (aka Krispy Kreme guy). I am a second year student majoring in Finance and Accountancy, and I am running to become the next VP Events.
My platform is simple. I want to increase student involvement by planning events that cater to the entirety of the JMSB body. Some of my ideas involve:
1) Organizing a meet & greet between students and newly elected Execs post election. Students will be able to ask questions and voice their concerns to the representatives, who will be able to implement changes for the following year.
2) Increase inter-university relationships. As business students, we all know the value of networking. Meeting students from McGill, HEC and ESG would help JMSB students build professional connections for the future.
3) Refurbish Frosh. The past few years have seen Frosh gain a negative connotation with some people. Increased awareness and more micro-management would allow for a better Frosh experience. Refurbishing Frosh also involves more team events so that people get to meet other people and start school with friends all over JMSB.
4) The JMSB Games: A JMSB weekend event that takes place mid-semester to celebrate the end of midterms. Students will be put into major-based teams and compete in various academic and social events, followed by a night of partying. Think Jeux du Commence, JMSB STYLE.
These are only a few my ideas. As a candidate, I am all for an open door policy. Got an idea? Feel free to message me and come talk to me about it. Now you guys must be wondering: OH Kevin you’re just the Krispy Kreme guy; how can you do all of this? Well for those of you that don’t know me: I always deliver. My past experience as a shift leader at Starbucks taught me the importance of reaching out and getting stuff done. You want a vanilla latte at 104F? I gotcha fam. As an event coordinator at the St-Lambert Golf course, I know the ins and out of planning and have the logistics background to deliver on my promise. I mean do you know how many Golf Carts golf tournaments need? JEEZ I know that some might say that I’m aiming too high. Jumping to CASA elections before any previous student involvement? To them I say this: We’re JMSB. We went from a no name business school to being one of the top business schools in Canada. My aspiration is similar. JMSB taught me to dream big, so here I am!
Feel free to get in contact for any questions you might have and don’t forget:
VOTE KEVIN FOR CASA VP EVENTS
Ever since my CEGEP days at Dawson College, I have heard of the legendary events organized by
CASA-JMSB. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was until I attended the Voodoo Resurrection Halloween
Party. I was convinced to attend this party because word throughout the city was that it was the greatest Halloween Jam, and it sure was. That event sparked a flame in me and inspired me to begin participating in planning events.
I feel like with recent events, the magic has died down a little bit. I want to help reignite it. Popular DJ’s need to be brought back, with more organized staff at the events. Also, to CASA’s credit, I have taken note on the events with excellent feedback. For instance, The Annual Business Banquet, which brings top executives of industry leading companies, was extremely well received, and creates job opportunities for our student body. I’d like to at the very least see it twice this year, and if possible,more.
The island party is one that students and I in general enjoyed in the past. For some reason, the party was not thrown this year. I am for bringing it back. Also, FROSH has traditionally only included 1st year students, and although I’m for having some events still only limited to them, I feel like some big events should be open to the rest of the student body, and even open to students of other universities.
Another thing I have in mind, is working with VP External and Sponsorship, to see if we can increase the amount of sponsors we have, so that we can use less money from the money contributed through student levies and fees.
Students enjoy 5 à 8’s, and those have been shut down on campus. I’d like to have them in one place at the convenience of students, instead of having them booked at different locations every time. I will focus on finding a staple place (within our downtown campus or a place near-by). Furthermore, this is all about the student body. CASA’s vision is adding to the student life, and I see eye-to-eye with that.
With that said, I’d like to get feedback from them throughout the year. I want to touch base with them, and improve on CASA’s visibility at the same time. Throughout the year, I would work alongside
CASA’s Marketing team’s and their means or resources to send out polls to the students, and get their opinion on who they’d like to see booked, if they enjoyed a party, suggestion for future events.
The magic has died down a bit; the events were a bit lackluster. I want to bring it back to CASA’s glory
Mikki Lara Shade
My name is Mikki Lara Shade and I am running in the 2017 JMSB elections for the position of Vice President of Marketing for CASA. I am a passionate, 2nd year marketing student at JMSB. But why do I want to run for CASA? I want to be the VP of Marketing for CASA JMSB because I want every student to be able take advantage of the opportunities that JMSB has to offer that will allow them to succeed in the real world. I want to find new and exciting ways for students to get involved and make the most of their university experience!
CASA offers many services to students that will allow them to excel and I want to be sure that every student is aware that they have access to these opportunities that make JMSB the great school that it is. Did you know that CASA has an external conference program that funds students to go to conferences held by different universities? I want to make sure whether it be conferences, workshops, or networking events; it will be my goal to ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to benefit from the resources that are offered to the student body.
JMSB has 14 sub-associations that are devoted to creating amazing events and opportunities for students and my goal is to ensure that any support that they might require throughout their semester is provided to them in order to offer optimal resources to students in every major. For the past two years I have been the VP of Marketing on Enactus Concordia and the VP of Marketing for the John Molson International Business Association. Because of those experiences, I know first hand where support might be needed and my goal is to provide that and more for the benefit of the hard working students of JMSB.
And finally, I want people to feel like they are proud members of the JMSB community, a group of individuals who work hard and play hard. Where there is happiness, there is success and that is why I want to be behind the support system that gives students a chance to enjoy their university experience and look back on it as something that was memorable and not just about late night study sessions. I want to build a community based on trust and understanding where all students can feel as though they have a say in their day-to-day lives at JMSB.
This is your university experience and I would be honored to be a part of making it a great one! By providing you with the information to have access to tools to help you succeed, by supporting the CASA JMSB sub associations so that they have the tools to provide students with on going support and, finally, to create an environment that makes you want to come in to school and look back on your time here at JMSB and wish that you could come back all over again!
Hey there, I am Mazri!
Firstly, thank you for stopping by and reading my little blurb! I am currently a COMM 305 tutor, MBA 628 tutor, and the Vice President of Tax at the John Molson Accounting Society (JMAS). Through my tutoring experience, as well as my involvement on JMAS, I am proud to say that I have had the chance to enrich the university experience of my fellow students.
My story starts the day I walked into the John Molson School of Business (JMSB), in the Fall of 2015. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to make a lasting impact at Concordia University. Applying to be JMAS’ First Year Representative (FYR) was the best decision I have made to date. Having met countless diverse and talented students, my ability to grow as an individual, personally and professionally, forever changed once I saw the added value of involvement.
However, with all great endings came new beginnings and as the year came to an end, I decided to re-apply to JMAS knowing with certitude that I wanted to continue making a difference. This year, alongside my involvement in JMAS, I took on the role of tutoring to help students succeed in achieving academic excellence. As a COMM 305 tutor, I am proud to say that having been able to reach out to students and enrich their university experience is more than just a job, but a privilege and honour. As such, although not required, I go above and beyond my mandate and spend countless hours creating unique class material with which my students can practice. I take great pride in being accessible to my students, colleagues and professors at all times. Herein lies my motivation for this presidency; I now aim to be accessible to the entire accounting student body. I want to hear the changes that you want to see implemented. If there is one thing I have learned from my extra curricular involvement and teaching, is the value of peer-to-peer feedback.
As JMAS President, I aim to build the next block in JMAS’ legacy. My main priority is to create an environment that promotes balanced academic, professional and personal growth. This will be done through my three-tier program: involvement, diversity, and workshops.
I vow to increase the involvement opportunities for all accounting students, especially 3rd and 4th years. Along with more involvement, I aim to diversify job opportunities for students by promoting more firm diversity at JMAS events and increasing exposure to industry. Lastly, I will instil vocational training during my mandate. Currently, as VP Tax, I am training 100+ students on how to use the Tax Prep software, so why not teach them even more? I intend to create workshops that will give students hands-on experience with a multitude of accounting software. With these workshops, students can learn valuable real-life skills, as well as add a valuable expertise to their respective resumes.
Pierre Claude Junior Gacette Sanon
Pierre-Claude is a second-year student double majoring in accounting and finance. His very first time starting to be involved at an executive position was in high school as president of College Sainte-Anne’s student council. Following this moment, he found a passion in helping students and improve non-for profit organizations to give back to their local community. Indeed, he has volunteered for many organizations such as Free The Children, Accueil Bonneau, Starlight foundation, The Daffodil’s ball and many more. Through his academic career, Pierre-Claude has been given the opportunity to be a value added to his community through the contribution and realization of three tax clinics. In addition to his extensive background, Pierre-Claude also had the chance to participate to various case competitions and act as a coordinator for an important scientific competition in the name of “Crée ta ville”. His involvement and passion for what he does gained him valuable exposure and a place among the caritative board of director of his CEGEP.
Thanks to his prior experiences, he has been selected in his very first university year as Director of External affairs to join the team of the John Molson Accounting Society. One year later, he is now Vice-President of External Affairs with accomplishments such as the procurement of over 1700$ of discounts and products and the development of an extensive database for sponsors and potential speakers. Pierre-Claude has been proven to be result oriented through his prior experiences. In fact, through his experience at Desjardins he exceeded his objectives by 175% during two years in a row, he was the author of two internal databases and he created multiple documents of internal procedures and operations for process optimization. Over his great aptitudes of a proven leader, one important issue that Pierre-Claude has been facing is to provide constant feedback to his team internally. Being crucial to the operations, he strives to rectify this situation by instituting better communication means.
Pierre-Claude is described as pleasant, professional, kind, polite, empathic and funny by his peers. His attention on details and genuine interest in getting to know people makes him authentic. However, it is his strong desire to constantly work on various projects and to become someone better that makes him such an admirable individual. He might appear too eccentric or ambitious to some, but everything he does, including the constant leverage of his network is for the sole interest of pushing his peers beyond their limits and boundaries. Sharing JMAS’s vision and objectives, for the exercise of 2017-2018, his platform will consist of three main pillars:
1. Social: (a) Focus on building new collaborations with other associations;
i. More 5@8 in collaboration with CASA
ii. Explore potential collaboration with Management Consulting Club
2. Academic: (a) Enhance collaboration with the accounting department;
(b) Continue to value in-house free tutorials
3. Professional: (a) Raise local employment awareness;
i. Update website job posting section more often
(b) Raise awareness to accounting conferences and competitions;
I am Christopher Fabian and I’m running for President of the John Molson International Business Association (JMIBA). If elected, I will improve all of our events in order to promote the International Business major and to boost the reputation of JMSB as an elite business school. Being part of last year’s team has helped me understand what we did well and what needs to be improved. For example, some projects were left unfinished and we did not meet all of our financial goals. However, if elected, goals will be met and exceeded. I am confident of this because the International Business major has the widest range of fields out of every major at JMSB. This means that our possibilities are endless when it comes to bringing value to my fellow students. Those who Major and Minor in International Business will feel the impact of my Presidency because you will be granted more opportunities to connect and network with the companies that YOU want to connect with. I believe that my job should be to cater to all of our Major’s and Minor’s needs, and not just JMIBA’s. This means increasing transparency, creating polls open to International Business Students, and making our events extremely worthwhile and valuable. My biggest achievement this year was bringing the Ambassadors of India, Indonesia, and the First Counsellor of Turkey from their respective embassies in Ottawa to the Emerging Markets Conference at JMSB. Students were able to network with these high profile people to expand their network. I believe that with enough work and effort, we can bring very high profile speakers to JMSB more often. Next year’s team will be one with highly-motivated, productive executives with the goal of making JMIBA a force at John Molson. We will be very outward-facing in terms of what we do because our goal is to help International Business Majors and Minors succeed in and beyond the John Molson School of Business. With your vote, you will see your time here as more valuable and your time after as more successful. Thank you for your time and consideration.
My name is Kyle Davis and I am a second year management student. My journey to JMSB has taken me from Vancouver to Copenhagen, where I was cutting my teeth within the depths of the hospitality industry, to realizing that I wanted to return back to university. WIth my insatiable appetite to learn and grow, JMSB felt like the right school, and Montréal the right place to call home. One thing which you should know is that I am a proud JMSB student and look to the many ways in which I can give back to this great school and its students. I strongly believe that getting involved within the University is important, as it provides students with many great possibilities of working with passionate and driven individuals, as well building lasting relationships.
Currently, I am the president of the John Molson Sustainable Enterprise Committee (JSEC), an organization which focuses on the bridging gap between sustainability and the corporate sector, and immersing students to it. Being president of JSEC has allowed me the great opportunity to learn, grow and refine my management and soft skills. This is highly important as I strongly believe that these are key intangible skills to develop. As well, this has also lead to me to being able to connect within the larger and extended JMSB student community through workshops, conferences, meet and greets, case competitions and of course, the 5 à 8’s. It is largely because of these great experiences which I have been fortunate to have, that I have decided that I will be running for President of the John Molson Human Resources and Management Association (JHMA). While the leap from sustainability to Human Resources and Management may appear different, I have decided that I would like to pursue and work closer within my given academic field of choice. As a relatively young organization, it provides an exciting opportunity to continue its growth and to provide the necessary support HR and Management students deserve during their studies at JMSB. Currently, JHMA offers its students many excellent initiatives from their annual HR and Management Conference, the JHMA Elites and it’s working with CMS towards students CRHA/CPHR designation. Therefore, it is my goal to continue to build and develop these initiatives, while at the same looking to galvanize and add more value for the students. Afterall it is the students who are at the core of JHMA’s operation and dedication to serve, as they owe to all of them the best possible resources to help evolve their professional lives and education; hence, this is something which I will work relentlessly towards. At the end of the day the students deserve the best representation, and I believe given the opportunity, that I will always work for them. I am excited of the upcoming years possibilities and look forward to sharing it with you, the students of JMSB.
My name is Olivia Urban. I am a second-year student at John Molson School of Business, majoring in Supply Chain Management. I’ve been involved with JSBA for two years. I first joined in Fall 2015, in the First Year Representative position. I learned a lot about the operations within an association and where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I was mentored by my highly experienced teammates and discovered that I had a talent for external communications. Therefore, I became the Vice-President of External Affairs the next year. With this position, I found my true place within the team. I became a representative for JSBA and a point of reference for my teammates.
My platform possesses three subjects: building a stronger community, enriching the academic experience and creating broader career opportunities.
As president of JSBA, one of my main goals will be to build a stronger community for the Supply Chain, Business Technology Management and Data Intelligence students. I will achieve this goal by ensuring that JSBA has more presence and is available to the students. We will refine our means of communications, through our website and social media platforms, and we will be more available to our members. Tabling and office hours will be more prominent, so that we can be inform the students about our events. We want to be the point of reference, should any student need help! Finally, we are talking about providing more BTM, DI and SCOM oriented workshops. All these steps will be taken to build a stronger relationship between the association and the students it caters to. build a stronger relationship between the association and the students it caters to.
The association has a strong academic vision. My goal for our academic mandate will be to provide exposure about the programs we represent. We would like to continue to push information through our website about the classes students will encounter throughout their bachelor’s degree. In addition, introducing new workshops, such as midterm reviews and program workshops, will remain a priority. We will make continuous efforts to bring our members together and seek out new students who have a talent the fields of study. A new challenge will be to conduct case competitions for our respective majors.
In the past years, I have actively participated in bringing in new companies to partner with JSBA. Maintaining those relationships is imperative to our success. We want to provide the students as much external support as possible, by organizing recruitment sessions, offering career-oriented workshops with our partners and providing our students with opportunities to network with some of the strongest actors in the industry. We want to ensure that our students have a clear image of what shape their future careers can take in Supply Chain, Data Intelligence and Business Technology Management. By being a key player between the professionals and the students, we will demonstrate the endless possibilities of our fields of studies.
Thank you for supporting my candidacy as the President of JSBA!
My name is Emily Cole, and I am happy to be running for the position of President of the Finance and Investment Students’ Association (FISA). I will be embarking on my third year as a major in Finance and a minor in Data Intelligence. I spent the past year working as FISA’s Vice President of External Affairs, which means I was responsible for building relationships with companies and getting sponsorships for the association’s various events. The amazing experience I’ve had on the team has inspired me to run as next year’s President.
FISA has worked so hard year after year to create events that add value to students’ lives. Both more traditional events, like the John Molson Stock Exchange (JMSX), as well as new events created by this year’s team, like the Toronto firm tours, are traditions I plan to continue next year. It’s very important to me to maintain the wonderful image FISA has worked so hard to create for itself. I do, however, want to embrace innovation and welcome change.
The association has done a fantastic job focusing on more traditional jobs in finance. They organize many informative events that give students a great idea about what a career in capital markets or retail banking may look like, but if you’re like me, you may not be sure that you fit into one of these traditional categories. This begs the question: what else can you do with your finance degree? Well, that’s exactly what I plan on answering if I am elected.
Like many other industries, the financial sector is undergoing radical change as a result of both technological advancements and new business models. As a direct consequence of the need to embrace this technology disruption, I think it’s time that FISA takes a more forward-looking view to help students prepare for these industry changes. We have a unique opportunity to show a completely new side of finance both by incorporating themes like “Fintech” into existing events and creating new events that show what’s being done in the financial services industry with technology today. This will give students a better idea of the range of jobs they can pursue with their finance degrees. I want students to have a full view of what the industry might look like when they graduate so they can prepare and make better choices for their education.
By doing this, I hope to make FISA a more inclusive association that welcomes students not just from finance, but from other concentrations as well. My dream is to see an event that brings together students with backgrounds in Finance, BTM, Computer Science, Statistics, etc. to collaborate on a common theme.
A vote for me is a vote not only to preserve the work FISA has already done, but a vote to create a more inclusive, forward-thinking association that’s ready to take on the challenges and advantages technology is creating. Thank you in advance for your consideration and for participating in this year’s CASA election.
Leah Eleftheria Lioumbas
My name is Leah Eleftheria Lioumbas, this is my second year at JMSB and I am currently a double major in Marketing and Supply Chain Operations Management. I’ve bounced back and fourth from different fields such as Engineering, Interior design and now Business Administration. I have been a student at Concordia University since 2011 and as of recent, I believe I have found the right career path for me. Although I have been a student at Concordia University for a number of years, this was my first year getting involved with a CASA subsidiary or any type of association for that matter. Joining JMMA has been the best decision of my academic career and has changed the way I balance my life and studies. As VP Events for JMMA, I was able to experience a different side of what school and marketing can really be.
My goal as president would be to reach out to as many students as possible, offer them a series of educational and interactive events, while integrating additional academic resources that would help them during their studies at JMSB.
This year, we have done a great job increasing our exposure and I feel that it can be taken it to the next level. I want to encourage marketing and non-marketing students at JMSB to take part in our events and feel free to ask us questions. There are many students who are enrolled in marketing courses and are not necessarily as majors or minors, but simply taking these courses as business electives. I would like these students to feel comfortable to ask questions or participate in the educational events we will have to offer. I would also like to increase the academic information and resources available to the students concerning the marketing courses offered at JMSB.
I believe JMMA can reach more students by collaborating with other associations/subsidiaries through different workshops and events, something that would be much harder if we were operating alone. In addition, this would help other subsidiaries reach our marketing students and expose them to other fields as well!
At JMSB we are a team and through our strong spirit and teamwork we can help each other reach our full potential.
Please scroll down to read the full biographies of the following candidates for Independent Director’s of the Board of Directors, listed in no particular order:
- Denis- Thomas Voutos
- Soulaymane El Alaoui
- Jesse Kirman
- Dylan Applebaum
- Vacant Position
My name is Denis Voutos and I am currently in 3rd year at the John Molson School of business at Concordia University. I am majoring in Finance with a minor in Marketing. I was previously a first-year representative for the John Molson Sports Marketing Committee and have volunteered for a number of subsidiaries and committees including FISA, JMUCC, JMIBA and JMSM. Through volunteering I have not only created friendships, but have also learned the important values of what being involved brings.
Outside my academic life, I was previously President to a young adults group in Montreal. My tasks involved organizing fundraisers, creating an atmosphere where youth could study and promoting the young adults group. What I mainly enjoyed through volunteering was engaging with new people and expanding them to a world where they can volunteer, make friends and help others.
I also enjoying sitting back and watching my Patriots play on Sunday, while checking the score in my NFL fantasy league. Being a Patriots fan I have been exposed to a number of Super Bowls, but have also learned the important values the team brings such as “Do your job”; meaning, if everyone can do their separate tasks, as a group we can grow to bigger and better things.
I believe that having been involved with the university over the last two years, being an Independent Director I can look over best interests of the students. The most important thing is that the students enjoy and excel in their academic careers. Emphasizing overall that my main objective would be to be unbiased and impartial towards school matters, by looking at the best interests of the students.
Greetings! My name is Soulaymane El Alaoui, but most people know me as Soulay. I’m the current CASA VP Events, and I’m running for one of the 5 Independent Director positions!
I’m currently in my second year at JMSB, and have been involved both years. I started out in CASA X as a logistics coordinator (I would plan the 5a8’s) and then CASA VP Events where my responsibilities were the planning and execution of multiple large-scale events such as Frosh and Halloween.
As VP Events, I am a voting member of the CASA Board of Directors, and sit on multiple standing committees that oversee many parts of the workings of CASA, including Finance Committee (overseeing Association and Committee budgets, working on financial policies), Appointments Committee (interviewing and choosing candidates for various positions), and Special Projects Committee (students can pitch events, projects, and so forth, and the committee can allocate them money for their endeavor). The 4th standing committee is Policy Committee, where members work on the policies detailed in our CASA Book of Policies (check it out on http://casajmsb.ca/toolbox/ ).
I’ve learned a lot this past year being on several standing committees, and have been working on many things to better CASA and its subsidiaries as a whole. I want to keep doing just that.
As an Independent Director of the Board, I would have a vote on the CASA Board of Directors, and will be able to have votes in several standing committees. Not only that, I would be representing all of JMSB’s undergraduate student population (that’s you!).
My goal is to raise awareness to as many students at JMSB as possible to all the cool things that CASA and its 14 subsidiaries are working on, to keep working on bettering internal processes that would have a direct impact on the student body, and properly represent your voices on a Board level to create positive change that benefits you!
I will be walking around school campaigning from February 6 to February 10, so if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or insults, feel free to flag me down so we can chat!
My name is Jesse Kirman and I’m in my last year of studies as an Accounting major in JMSB. I learned very quickly throughout my studies how important student associations are for creating opportunities, memories, and comraderies. I spent my last 3 years getting involved and representing JMSB in case competitions with JMCC, exchange in Scotland, and most recently VP Internal of FISA. Like most of us, I value the sense of community we are fortunate to have in this school, and Independent Director is the best way for me to continue contributing to student life. Having experienced both sides of the coin, I will be sure to bring impartiality, yet compassion, to Board of Directors meetings, and ensure the decisions of CASAJMSB and its Subsidiaries are also decisions that improve the quality of student life for JMSB students. Though an independent director would not have an office, I have an open door policy, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or find me on Facebook. -Jesse Kirman
I’m running for the position of Independent Director of CASA-JMSB to represent the students, and voice their needs, opinions and wants. I’m a third year JMSB student doing a double major in Accounting and Finance. I have experienced many unique opportunities at JMSB that allows me to better represent the students. I have competed on JMCC, been CASA’s VP Finance, and during my time at JMSB I have attended almost every event that our subsidiaries have held. I have attended our Board of Directors meetings for the past two year and I’m currently a voting member. I have had the pleasure of chairing CASA’s Finance Committee and I am a voting member on our Strategic Planning Committee, Special Project Committee and Policy Committee. My in depth understanding of CASA operations would allow me to help CASA to continue to improve. Having been on many standing committees I will be able to help explain how CASA operated in the past and help direct CASA forward. I’m excited to represent the students and support CASA’s operations to help make CASA even better and ensure that the students voices are heard.