URFA Executive Committee Elections 2020

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. 


Pres­i­dent

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.

See Syl­vain’s bio.

Watch Syl­vain’s can­di­date video.

Pres­i­dent

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.

See Brit­t’s bio.

Watch Brit­t’s can­di­date video.

Trea­sur­er

Young­soo Kim 

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.

See Young­soo’s bio.

Watch Young­soo’s can­di­date videos:

Video 1 (Intro­duc­tion)

Video 2 (Answers to Questions)

Vice Pres­i­dent (APT)

Megan Milani

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.

See Megan’s bio.

Watch Megan’s can­di­date video.

URFA Con­sti­tu­tion­al Changes

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.

Proposed URFA Constitutional Changes (18 KB)