Meet Your Team

The UOSU executive team, led by the President and six Commissioners, manages the day-to-day operations of the UOSU. The executives are elected in the spring and work full-time throughout the year.

Executives

Delphine

DELPHINE ROBITAILLE

President

she/her
president@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 490
Office hours:
Tuesday 15:00 – 17:00 & Thursday 15:00 – 17:00

Hi! I’m Delphine, and I’m your Student Union President. I’m a third-year student in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences program with a minor in Political Science. When I’m not buried in readings, I love books, travelling, meeting new people, and discovering restaurants. I was born and raised in Montreal, and I moved here for my studies in 2021. I’ve been involved with UOSU since 2022, working as a Clerk and later as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I’ve met many of my closest friends through my involvement in UOSU and student life! I’ve been involved with IPPSSA (the International, Political & Policy Studies Student Association), Model Parliament and several clubs. I have worked for the House of Commons administration for the past two years, which has fuelled my passion for politics and the democratic process. I have also been a member of Library and Archives Youth Advisory Council.

Throughout my academic journey, I have witnessed the transformative power of unity and collective action. Our student community has stood together through obstacles, celebrated wins, mourned losses, fought for their rights and to be heard. I am committed to doing just that: ensuring that each voice is heard, and every perspective is valued. As Student Union President, I pledge to advocate for the interests and well-being of every student. Students are struggling, and I truly believe that the Student Union can help alleviate the hardship and challenges and be a force for change. I believe in passion, honesty, and dedication, and I am determined to build upon my experience and knowledge to champion a strong, and visible Student Union that addresses the needs of our community.

Being the UOSU’s first female president means a lot to me, and I’m grateful for the women who came before me and created the space for us to hold leadership positions in student government.

I would love to hear your ideas, concerns and thoughts. Feel free to come to my office hours or to send me an email!

The President is the chief spokesperson for uOttawa undergrads and the overall leader of the UOSU. They ensure student voices are heard loud and clear by the University administration. Responsible for the management and supervision of the Union’s affairs and operations, they are also expected to lead collaboratively and provide support to the other members of the Executive.

  • Chief Executive Officer of the UOSU
  • Strategic direction of the organization
  • Fulfillment of UOSU’s mandate
  • Project and crisis management
  • Institutional knowledge and transition

With the Operations Commissioner:

  • Supervising the Executive Director
  • Managing the Union’s human resources
  • Signing officer (contracts and payments) and oversight of financial administration

Relevant Staff

  • Executive Director
  • HR Manager
  • Director of Finances
  • Deputy Commissioner (Governance, Data Management, and Administration)

Relevant Committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Internal management committees
  • Chair of the Executive Committee
  • De facto Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Ensure compliance with the Constitution and policies
  • Coordinate General Assemblies
  • Support and accountability to the Board of Directors
  • Liaison with legal counsel

Relevant Staff

  • Executive Director
  • Deputy Commissioner (Governance, Data Management, and Administration)
  • Deputy Commissioner (President)

Relevant Committees

  • Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Nominating Committee for the Chair of the Board of Directors 
  • Official representative and media liaison
  • Overseeing all communications to the student body
  • Relations with external organizations funded by the UOSU

Relevant Staff

  • Director of Communications & Administration

Relevant Committees

  • Ad-Hoc Communications and Engagement Committee (Chair)
  • Maintain relations between the UOSU and Recognized Student Governments (RSGs)
  • Supporting Commissioners

With the Advocacy Commissioner:

  • Lobbying and campaigning government
  • Maintain relations between the UOSU and the uOttawa administration
  • Campaigns and advocacy to the uOttawa administration

Relevant Staff

  • Deputy Commissioner (President)

Relevant Committees

  • President’s Round Table (Co-Chair)
  • Ombudsperson’s Advisory Committee
  • Library Advisory Committee
Jessika

JESSIKA SALAMBERE

Operations Commissioner

she/her
operations@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 460
Office Hours:
Tuesday 16:00 – 17:00, Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00, Friday 9:00 – 10:00

The Operations Commissioner keeps the UOSU running smoothly and transparently. They work with the President, Executive Director, and senior management to direct and oversee the internal operations of the Union, including finances and human resources.

With the President:

  • Supervising the Executive Director
  • Hiring, firing and discipline of staff
  • Labour relations
  • Periodical salary review

Relevant Staff

  • Executive Director
  • HR Manager
  • Director of Finances
  • Deputy Commissioner (Governance, Data Management, and Administration)

Relevant Committees

  • Internal management committees
  • Chief Financial Officer of the UOSU
  • Budget management & revision
  • Audit management & revision
  • Compliance with financial policies
  • Transfer of levies to Recognized Student Governments and external organizations
  • Financial accessibility and literacy
  • Regular financial oversight & risk management, including for UOSU businesses
  • Health and dental insurance administration
  • Signing officer (payments)

Relevant Staff

  • Director of Finances
  • Director of Businesses
  • Comptroller
  •  

Relevant Committees

  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • Funds and Scholarships Committee
  • Money Round Table (Chair)
  • Clubs and Services Committee
  • Student Life Committee
  • Board of Directors of CHUO (Radio)
  • Internal management committees
  • Administrative tasks
  • Systems management
  • Signing officer (contracts)

Relevant Staff

  • Deputy Commissioner (Governance, Data Management, and Administration)

Relevant Committees

  • Governance Committee
Tristan_Maldonado-Rodriguez

TRISTAN MALDONADO-RODRIGUEZ

Francophone Affairs Commissioner

he/him
francophone@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 450
Office Hours:
Monday & Friday | 16:00 – 18:00

The Francophone Affairs Commissioner defends the interests of Francophone students at the world’s largest bilingual (English-French) university. They oversee programming for Francophone students, ensures that the services and programs of the Union are bilingual, and protects Francophone rights.

  • Events and activities for Francophone students
  • Community-building for Francophones and Francophiles
  • Administer the Francophone Affairs Fund

Relevant Staff

  • Bilingualism Centre

Relevant Committees

  • Francophone Affairs Committee (Chair)
  • Francophone Affairs Round Table (Chair)
  • Student Life Committee
  • Clubs and Services Committee
  • Active offer and bilingual access of services, activities, and documents
  • Compliance with bilingualism mandate and relevant policies
  • Bilingualism-related student complaints

Relevant Staff

  • Bilingualism Centre
  • Translators

Relevant Committees

  • Francophone Affairs Committee (Chair)
  • Internal management committees
  • Relations with the Office of the Vice-President, International and Francophonie
  • Spokesperson for Francophone students and media liaison
  • Relations with Francophone student groups and organizations
  • Student representation on University Committees
  • University-level policy review, lobbying, campaigns for Francophone students
  • Bilingualism-related student complaints

Relevant Staff

  • Bilingualism Centre

Relevant Committees

  • Francophone Affairs Committee (Chair)
  • Francophone Affairs Round Table (Chair)
  • Council on French Services and Programs
Daniel Thorp

DANIEL THORP

Communications Commissioner

he/him
comms@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 263
Office hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday | 15:00 – 17:00

Hello, I’m Daniel Thorp, a second-year Software Engineering student at the University of Ottawa. Before working for the UOSU, my professional experience was in DevOps and full-stack web development, as someone who specializes in creating accessible, robust, and interactive web experiences. 

My journey into student politics began as the Development Director at Hack the Hill, where I played a pivotal role in organizing Ottawa’s largest hackathon last year. Subsequently, I became involved in the IEEE uOttawa Student Branch which is the association representing software, electrical, and computer engineering students. Eager to contribute further, I co-founded both the Cybersecurity Club and the Board Game Club. 

Volunteering on the UOSU Board of Directors over the summer provided me with valuable insights into the union’s mandate and operations. Recognizing the union’s most significant challenge, a lack of communication and engagement with the student body, I decided to run for the position of Communications Commissioner. I am committed to implementing practical solutions to enhance communication and transform the UOSU into a student union with genuine support from its students. 

Student life on campus holds great importance for me. In my role as Communications Commissioner, I oversee the union’s communications, implementing strategies for improvement.  My responsibilities include coordinating our communications and engagement with the student population, overseeing the outreach of our businesses and service centers, managing sponsorship outreach efforts, handling archival work, and enhancing internal communications. I am excited to collaborate with the exceptional team at UOSU to build a stronger and more engaged student union. 

The Communications Commissioner manages the UOSU’s communication strategies, shaping its public image. The role involves overseeing social media and online content, ensuring consistent messaging across platforms. The Commissioner is responsible for keeping students informed and engaged with Union activities, maintaining transparent and effective communication with both students and external stakeholders.

  • Overseeing all communications to the student body
  • Plan and execute communication strategies for reaching students
  • Manage official communications to ensure clarity and consistency
  • Updating the website and providing accurate information
  • Public relations and brand image
  • Develop initiatives to increase student participation
  • Collaborate with student groups
  • Plan events for a vibrant campus community

Relevant Staff

  • Director of Communications
  • Receptionists
  • Webmaster
  • Digital Marketing Officer
  • Translators
  • Zoom Coordinator

Relevant Committees

  • Communications and Engagement Committee (Chair)
  • Communications Round Table (Chair)
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Elections Committee
  • Build and maintain relationships with external organizations
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to involve the broader community
  • Communicate effectively with external partners and sponsors

Relevant Staff

  • Director of Businesses
  • Director of Operational Services
  • Director of Equity and Community Services

Relevant Committees

  • Communications and Engagement Committee (Chair)
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Improve internal communications
  • Maintain documentation and archives
  • Manage SharePoint and oversee IT

Relevant Staff

  • Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Clerk Team
  • IT
  • Deputy Commissioner Internal

Relevant Committees

  • Communications and Engagement Committee (Chair)
Maisy-wht

MAISY ELSPETH

Advocacy Commissioner

she/her
advocacy@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 470
Office Hours:
Monday 10:00 – 11:30, Wednesday 14:30 – 16:00

Hello! My name is Maisy Elspeth (she/elle) and I am the UOSU’s Advocacy Commissioner for the ‘23-24 mandate. I am a third-year student in biomedical science with a minor in philosophy and I am so excited about working with the awesome executive team we have this year. I am passionate about improving the university experience by pursuing student advocacy initiatives. My focus for this year is union visibility as we have 15 incredible services, and we do a lot of work that much of the student body is not aware of.

As the Advocacy Commissioner, I manage all matters of a political nature with external groups and organizations and play a supportive role in academic and university advocacy. I also support the equity commissioner with more political side of equity issues and pursue research and external policy development.

My involvement with the University of Ottawa Student’s Union grew out of my strong belief that students deserve to have a voice in decisions that affect us, and organizing is the best way to ensure this. Over the course of history, it has been students at the forefront of political change. We have a voice in how our academic institution reacts to social problems as well as how it serves us. I am looking forward to seeing all that we do this year, and please don’t hesitate to reach out!

The Advocacy Commissioner is your advocate to people in power. They raise issues faced by students to municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, through campaigns, lobbying, and more. They also assist the President in engaging directly with the uOttawa administration.

  • Federal government relations
  • Relations with the Undergraduates of Canadian Research
  • Intensive Universities (UCRU)
  • Provincial government relations
  • Relations with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
  • Relations with City Council and Sandy Hill community
  • Policy-writing, lobbying & campaign organization

Relevant Staff

  • Deputy Commissioner (External Affairs)
  • Campaigns Coordinator

Relevant Committees

  • Advocacy Committee (Chair)
  • Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
  • Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU)
  • Sandy Hill Town & Gown
  • Relations with student representatives on the Board of Governors & Student Senate Caucus
  • Student representation on University Committees
  • Relations with professors’ and uOttawa employee unions
  • Campaigns and coalition-building with advocacy-centric student clubs
  • Administer the Campaigns Fund
  • Defend academic and student rights

With the President:

  • Relations with the University of Ottawa
  • University-level research, advocacy projects, and campaigns

Relevant Staff

  • Deputy Commissioner (University Affairs & Equity)
  • Student Rights’ Centre

Relevant Committees

  • Advocacy Committee (Chair)
  • Equity Committee
  • University Affairs Round Table (Chair)
  • Interunion Coalition of the University of Ottawa (ICUO)
  • Council on Undergraduate Studies
  • Nominating Committee for the Council of Undergraduate Studies
  • Nominating Committee for the Senate Appeals Committee
Imani

IMANI BUNZIGIYE

Equity Commissioner

they/she
equity@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 440
Office hours:
Monday 10:00 – 12:00 & Friday 10:00 – 12:00

The Equity Commissioner stands up for marginalized students. They build equity on campus, both within the UOSU and at the University at large. Through campaigns and lobbying, they are an additional voice at the table for equity-seeking communities, and fight discrimination at the University of Ottawa.

  • Campaigns and representation
  • Relations with the uOttawa Human Rights’ Office
  • Support for survivors of Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
  • Relations with student groups from a marginalized and equity-seeking community
  • Support for students from a marginalized and equity-seeking community
  • Administer the Equity Fund

Relevant Staff

  • Deputy Commissioner (University Affairs & Equity)
  • Women’s Resource Centre
  • RISE Centre
  • Pride Centre
  • Multi-Faith Centre
  • Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • International House
  • Food Bank

Relevant Committees

  • Equity Committee (Chair)
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Equity Round Table (Chair)
  • Standing Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Violence
  • uOttawa Working Groups on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence
  • Ensure inclusive and non-discriminatory working environment
  • Equity complaints and accountability
  • Internal equity audits
  • Ensure compliance with equity mandate and relevant policies

Relevant Staff

  • HR Director
  • Deputy Commissioner (University Affairs & Equity)

Relevant Committees

  • Equity Committee (Chair)
  • Internal management committees
Rayne-wht

RAYNE DAPRATO

Student Life Commissioner

she/her
studentlife@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 480
Office Hours: Monday 11:00 – 12:30, Thursday 12:30 – 14:00

Hey! To share a little bit about me; I am a third-year student studying political science with a minor in law. I am the interim Student Life Commissioner! I have experience in student government and community organizing, I am looking forward to what I will be able to learn from this role and what I will be able to give back to students.

I believe student life is the backbone of fostering engaged and passionate people. This is crucial for individuals as they leave the university environment. This means creating welcoming, safe, and joy-filled spaces and events. I have been helping to create community among people in the places I have worked and volunteered in for years. I understand the stakes of my role and I am beyond excited to help create the environments where we, as students, can grow into the best versions of ourselves.

As Student Life Commissioner, I oversee some of our most public events of the year, namely 101 Week. Having the opportunity to work with registered student governments (RSGs) and clubs to facilitate the welcoming of our first-year students, and the welcoming back of all of our older students, is a role that is vital to the engagement and long-term dedication of our student population. I adore getting to know people and am thrilled to experience, and foster student life and community with a new perspective!

The Student Life Commissioner works to make your experience at uOttawa a memorable one. They organize social and philanthropic events on campus, such as 101 Week and Relay for Life. They also manage relations with Recognized Student Governments and oversee the administration of funds and scholarships.

  • 101 Week oversight, planning, and execution
  • Inclusive event planning
  • Support for student group and UOSU service-led events (i.e. Black History Month)

Relevant Staff

  • 101 Week Crew
  • Temporary Student Staff
  • Director of Communications & Administration

Relevant Committees

  • Student Life Committee (Chair) – Social Round Table (Chair) – Student Life Committee – School Spirit Council
  • Shine Day planning and execution
  • Relay for Life planning and execution
  • Funds and scholarships design, promotion, and administration

Relevant Staff

  • Temporary Student Staff

Relevant Committees

  • Student Life Committee (Chair)
  • Funds and Scholarships Committee (Chair)
  • Philanthropy Round Table (Chair)
  • Relations with Recognized Student Governments
  • Wellness and mental health initiatives

Relevant Staff

  • Peer Help Centre

Relevant Committees

  • President’s Round Table (Co-Chair)
  • CHUO Board of Directors

Management

Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr

Executive Director

she/her
executive-director@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 400

Radi

RADI SHAHROURI

Director of Operational Services

he/him
dir-serv@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380

Jihane-wht

JIHANE RIZKALLAH

Director of Communications

she/her
dir-com@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 420

Merissa-wht

MERISSA COWELL

Labor Relations and Human Resources Advisor

she/her
hr@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 410

Hamza-wht

HAMZA EL HARIRI

Director of Businesses

he/him
director-business@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 291

Nadia_wht

NADIA BOUTKHIL

Director of Equity and Community Services

she/her
dir-equity@seuo-uosu.com
613-783-1380 ext. 390

Josiane-wht

JOSIANE GOMEZ

Financial Consultant