The Elections for the URFA Executive will occur via online voting starting on May 28, 2020. Members will receive a link to their online ballot via email.
At the URFA Winter General Meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, members will have the opportunity to ask the Executive Committee candidates questions. The Winter General Meeting will be held online via zoom. A meeting package and the link to join will be sent to members via email closer to the date of the meeting.
The candidates and their bios, as well as links to candidate videos, where they introduce themselves and discuss their vision for URFA and why they are interested in joining the Executive Committee can be found below.
Dr. Sylvain Rheault
I was elected on URFA’s executive committee as a representative for the Faculty of Arts in May 2012 and became First Vice-Chair of URFA in January 2013.
I became Acting Chair in July 2013 and was confirmed in the role of Chair by the Executive Committee in September 2013. I was elected for a second one-year term from May 2014 to the end of April 2015.
While I was chair, in consultation with URFA members, I worked to update the constitution and re-activated SAUT (Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers) in 2014, in an effort to lobby directly the Government of Saskatchewan.
After my second term, I went on sabbatical and, upon my return, volunteered to serve on the Resolution and Bylaw Committee. I ran again for the position of President in 2018 and served from May 1st, 2018, until the end of April 2020. I am now asking the membership to re-elect me for another two-year mandate.
Dr. Britt Hall
Dr. Britt Hall is a Professor in the Department of Biology and an environmental scientist with special interest and expertise in mercury biogeochemistry.
Britt has been actively involved in URFA since 2010 as a Faculty of Science representative to the URFA Executive Committee. In 2016, she was involved in reworking URFA’s constitution in the creation of the URFA Council of Representatives and has served as Faculty of Science representative in the body since. In 2019 she joined the bargaining committee for most recent round of negotiations of the UofR Faculty collective agreement. Originally from Winnipeg, she comes from union roots as a daughter of a linesman and a teacher.
She and her husband have two children, Tess (8) and Drew (11), and a mutt, Cola, lovingly described as a Canadian prairie dingo.
Youngsoo Kim is Associate Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina. After a five-years’ stint as banker, he enrolled at a Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he got his Ph.D. in finance. He arrived in Regina in 2001. Currently he is a tenured faculty member and his research focuses on corporate finance and market microstructure.
He has been a member of the URFA Trust Fund Committee since its inception in May 2016, a trustee to the CAUT Defence Fund since June 2018, and also a member of the URFA Finance committee since May 2019. He has been helping students at URInvesting from its inception in early 2010 as a member of the Investment Committee. URInvesting is a student-run investment management fund, which currently manages about $1.5 million. He is also the (informal) lead of the finance area.
Watch Youngsoo’s candidate videos:
Megan Milani was born and raised in Regina and is a proud graduate of both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked at the University of Regina in the Research Office as a Contract Officer since June 2015 and has been a licensed and practicing lawyer for the past 12 years. Prior to the University, she work in private legal practice with an emphasis on Family Law and Civil Litigation and was a Collaborative Lawyer.
During her time at the University, she has served in various capacities with URFA, including positions on the Finance Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the previous APT Bargaining team, and most recently as interim Vice-President APT. She has also been an active volunteer in the community with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan since 2014.
There are two constitutional changes being brought forward at the General Meeting. You can review them in the document below. Please note that the underlined red text in the document signifies the proposed changes to the constitution.