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Board of Directors

The MSU has four student leaders spearheading the operations and strategic vision of the organization. The President and three Vice-Presidents lead a team of paid and volunteer staff to accomplish goals within their one-year term. The President is elected at-large by the student body each January, and the Vice-Presidents (Administration), (Finance) and (Education) are elected by the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) in April. Any full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 18 or more units) is eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors.

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Simranjeet Singh, wearting a navy suit and maroon tie, smiling in from of a Hamilton Hall

Simranjeet (Sim) Singh

Email: president@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23885

Simranjeet Singh is a graduate of the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program, finishing his BHSc degree in 2022. However, before enrolling in the BDC program, he was a part of the Medical Radiation Sciences Program in the Faculty of Science, with a focus on Radiography. Simranjeet has lived in many different communities, living for much of his childhood in India before coming to Canada at the age of 5, after which he lived in Newfoundland and Labrador until the age of 12 when he moved to Ontario. This unique upbringing has developed Simranjeet’s varied interests, which include topics ranging from aviation, automobiles, biotechnology, computers and smartphones, dinosaurs, World history, the climate, space and cosmology, geopolitics, and even tennis among others.

Through his time at McMaster, Simranjeet has also had numerous experiences which have informed his development as a person, including his work as a student representative within the MSU, research assistant roles with three different McMaster researchers in the fields of Biology, Psychology, and Chemical Engineering, an executive position within the MSU club, The Pop-Up Project, and work as a community volunteer with both at-risk youth in Hamilton and citizens living in long-term care homes in Brampton. These experiences among others, consultations with students, community groups, McMaster administration, and other partners have helped inform Simranjeet in his pursuit of creating a more supportive, collaborative, and united community for students at McMaster. He hopes to pursue diverse ideas under the five pillars of Student Wellness, Building a Stronger Hamilton Community, Environmental Sustainability, Equitable Education, and Career Development. Through completion of these initiatives, – an undoubtedly collaborative process, he aims to create support systems that will give students the tools needed for their long-term success and well being, allowing us all to progress together.

Mitchell German, wearing a navy shirt and floar tie standing in the MSU office

Mitchell German

Email: vpadmin@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23250

Mitchell is a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program, as a part of the Class of 2022. Being born and raised in Carlisle, Ontario, a small town in Hamilton, he is an iced coffee enthusiast (at all times of the year), and enjoys hiking. Mitchell’s other interests include traveling, gymnastics and volleyball.

He is extremely passionate about first year mentorship and this is seen through his numerous undergraduate experiences both with McMaster and the MSU. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Mitchell was the Director of Spark and has been an active and instrumental member since 2019. He has also taken on various leadership roles within the Health Sciences community, such as a Welcome Week representative, upper year buddy, and peer tutor for a first year Inquiry class. In addition, he has been involved with numerous MSU services such as being a SWHAT Dispatcher and SHEC Peer Support Volunteer. With his background, his goal as the Vice-President Administration is to support and encourage the passion of McMaster’s students leaders during the transition back into in-person programming. He is excited by the opportunity to be able to learn and grow alongside the inspiring leaders within the McMaster and Hamilton community.

Elizabeth Wong, wearing a dark places and tean necklace, standing in from of Hamilton Hall

Elizabeth Wong 

vped@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24017

Elizabeth was born at McMaster Children’s Hospital and she has lived in Hamilton ever since. She is currently completing her Bachelor in Labour Studies and Political Science after switching from Life Sciences. Elizabeth was the MSU Speaker in the 2018-2019 school year and served as a member of the University affairs in 2019-2020.  Starting her advocacy work early Elizabeth was a Student Trustee for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) throughout her highschool years and worked with the City of Hamilton to develop new tagline for HWDSB and establish the Elementary Student Senate. She is currently serving as a Board Trustee for Wards 1&2 at the HWDSB.

Elizabeth is excited looking forward to re-establishing student connecting with campus by ensuring a safe return to campus this coming school year. She wants to continue to advocate for accessibility on campus and in classrooms as we move back and forth between virtual and in-person teaching models. Additionally she wants to work with the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) and the incoming Board of Directors (BoD) to improve access to mental health services for all students. As the co-author of the Indigenous Students Paper, Elizabeth wants to work with Indigenous communities to decolonize education and increase support for Indigenous students on campus during her incoming term.

In her free time Elizabeth loves traveling and trying new places to eat around the city! She has two guinea pigs named Hotdog and Nugget that she loves dearly. She is also a huge BTS fan and loves traveling to their concerts and listening to their music!

 

 

Sarphina Chium wearting a black jackcet and maroon sweater, standing in the MSU office

Sarphina Chui

vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905.525.9140 x24109

Sarphina is a graduate with Honors B.Mus. in Music Cognition, BA in Political Science, and a Performance Diploma in Oboe. Born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, she’s developed an appreciation for the diversity within cultures. She is an avid back-country camper, amateur photographer, and a foodie. Also, Sarphina is a musician who plays multiple instruments and sings. As someone who loves live bands and orchestras, some of her favourite artists include Jacob Collier and Vulfpeck.

As the SRA Humanities Caucus leader for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, Sarphina sat on multiple standing committees and held numerous leadership positions in multiple MSU Clubs, as well as inside her faculty. As Vice-President (Finance), Sarphina intends to increase financial transparency initiatives, expand financial support for students, and advocate for students’ financial needs to the university. Her areas of focus will also include enhanced transit options for students via the HSR and Go systems, as well as advocating for better mental health supports. Moreover, Sarphina intends to increase engagement and feedback between students-at-large, and the political processes of the MSU / Student Representative Assembly.