Meet the Candidates

Meet your can­di­dates for URFA’s upcom­ing Exec­u­tive Offi­cer and Trustee elec­tions. There are three can­di­dates who have put their names for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion. The elec­tion will take place on March 302022.

Dr. Britt Hall — Can­di­date for President

Dr. Britt Hall is a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Biol­o­gy and an envi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tist with spe­cial inter­est and exper­tise in car­bon and mer­cury biogeochemistry.

Britt has been active­ly involved in URFA since 2010 as a Fac­ul­ty of Sci­ence rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the pre­vi­ous incar­na­tion of URFAs Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tion. 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 Aca­d­e­m­ic Staff col­lec­tive agree­ment. In 2020, she was elect­ed URFA President.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Win­nipeg, she comes from union roots as a daugh­ter of a lines­man and a teacher. She and her hus­band Paul have two chil­dren, Tess (10) and Drew (13), and a mutt, Cola, lov­ing­ly described as a Cana­di­an prairie dingo.

Dr. Young­soo Kim — Can­di­date for Treasurer

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 URFA Trea­sur­er since April 2020. He has been a mem­ber of the URFA Trust Fund Com­mit­tee since its incep­tion in May 2016, and he also has been 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.

Jan-Paul Ven­ter — Can­di­date for Trustee

Jan-Paul is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Math­e­mat­ics and Sta­tis­tics, teach­ing actu­ar­i­al science. 

I am also a qual­i­fied actu­ary with many years of indus­try expe­ri­ence, main­ly work­ing in insurance.

I did my Fel­low­ship spe­cial­iz­ing in Finance and Invest­ment, and I see vol­un­teer­ing on this com­mit­tee as both an oppor­tu­ni­ty to put those skills into prac­tice, and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a con­tri­bu­tion to my pro­fes­sion­al community.

Cur­rent­ly I am the trea­sur­er for Do It With Class (DIWC) young peo­ples the­atre, as well as the trea­sur­er for the South Saskatchewan Youth Orches­tra (SSYO).”