OUR BOARD

Meet our Directors

Arjun Dhanjal

Arjun Dhanjal

Chair of the Board

Arjun Dhanjal (he/him/his) is a Technology Project Manager at TD Bank Group in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information & Technoculture in 2017, and has returned to working in technology since graduating. Arjun has a combined 10 years’ experience in the technology industry.

Arjun served as a student trustee for the Halton District School Board from 2012-2013, and has been involved with OSTA-AECO in a leadership capacity since his return to the organization in 2014. As a member of the Board, Arjun oversees the communications/public affairs and technology portfolios for OSTA-AECO.

Arjun is an advocate for queer issues and visibility in his personal and professional lives. Embodying a politic that empowers folks who have been historically and contemporarily oppressed—through a social justice lens—is central to the way he sees the world.

Carina Gabriele

Carina Gabriele

Vice-Chair of the Board

Carina Gabriele (she/her/hers) graduated in 2018 with an Honors BA in Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature from Western University. Carina served as the student trustee for Durham Catholic from 2013-2014, and went on to actively participate in student government during her four years at Western. During her last semester at Western, Carina was elected to serve as an Executive Officer for the University Students’ Council (USC) of Western University for 2018-2019.

On the OSTA-AECO Board, Carina holds the position of Chair of the Governance Committee and serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy. Outside of her work with OSTA-AECO, Carina serves as a Young Director for Girls On Boards, works in the constituency office of Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, and works for Courage to Act, a 2-year federal government initiative to end gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses across Canada. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Education Policy at the University of Toronto.

Alex MacDonald

Alex MacDonald

Treasurer

Alex MacDonald (he/him/his) is currently a third year student in the Bachelor of Commerce Honours program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University focusing in the areas of finance and accounting. From 2016-2018 he served as a Student Trustee for the Ottawa-Carleton DSB and has served in a variety of capacities at OSTA-AECO including Administration Officer from 2016-2017 and Chief Financial Officer from 2017-2019. As Treasurer, his role is to hold the Board of Directors and the Executive Council to the highest standard of financial responsibility and accountability, and ensure that the stability and long-term future of the organization is secure.

Paul Okundaye

Paul Okundaye

Board Secretary

Paul Okundaye (he/him/his) currently works as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company’s Toronto office. He served as a student trustee for the Peel District School Board and Administration Officer on the OSTA-AECO executive council during the 2014-2015 school year.

Paul graduated with an Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University, where he also served as Chair of the Advisory Board of Western Capital Markets and Vice President – Finance of the Black Students’ Association.

Prior to working at Bain, he had previous stints in Investment Banking and Social Entrepreneurship. Paul is also a current member of the Advisory Board and Co-Founder of the Black Students at Ivey Collective.

Harleen Arora

Harleen Arora

Director

Harleen Arora (she/her/hers) currently works as a Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble in Toronto. She graduated with an Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University, in 2020. While at Ivey, Harleen served as the Vice President – Finance of the Women in Management Club, as well as the Logistics Committee Lead for The LEADER Project, an Ivey student-led, overseas economic development program that teaches and coaches aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Harleen served as a student trustee for the York Region District School Board and Public Board Council Vice-President on the OSTA-AECO executive council during the 2015-2016 school year.

Prior to her current role at P&G, Harleen has had experience working in healthcare, business development, and economic development.

Amanpreet Chonkrian

Amanpreet Chonkrian

Director

Amanpreet Chonkrian (she/her/hers) is a political staffer with the City of Toronto, working for a Toronto City Councillor. She served as Student Trustee for the Peel District School Board during the 2018-2019 school year. After her term as student trustee, Amanpreet worked on municipal, provincial and federal endeavours in the political and public policy realm. In these positions, Amanpreet continued to advocate for social justice issues, engaging with stakeholders in the government sector and elected officials. She currently attends the University of Toronto and is majoring in both Political Science and Criminology, Law and Society.

Amanpreet enjoys working in politics, engaging in meaningful advocacy work and working towards building positive change in the community.

Chloe Kemeni

Chloe Kemeni

Director

Chloe Kemeni (she/her/hers) is currently a law student at the McGill Faculty of Law.  She served as Student Trustee for Halton Catholic District School Board for two terms from 2014-2016 and on the executive council as President of OSTA for the 2015-2016 school year.

Chloe graduated from McGill University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Gender, Feminist and Social Justice, where she heavily participated in student government while spearheading equity initiatives on campus. For the last 6 years, Chloe has dedicated her time and developed expertise in racial justice, policy and sexual violence prevention. She sat on McGill’s highest board of governance as Senator, worked in Parliament, and provided front-line supports for students and community members experiencing violence. She currently works with the Faculty’s Dean of Black and Indigenous students to develop strategic planning to meet their needs, is a sexual violence researcher for the McGill’s sexual violence office, and volunteers at the Legal Outreach program, offering public legal education to youth in Montreal.

Chloe hopes to bring these experiences to the organization so that it can continuously meet the needs and realities of students across the province.

Kira Petriello

Kira Petriello

Director

Kira Petriello (she/her/hers) graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, with a focus in areas of business law and corporate governance. Kira served as student trustee for the Niagara Catholic DSB from 2016-2017 and continued to actively participate in student government during her time at Queen’s University. In her last year, Kira was appointed as Commissioner for the Smith Commerce Society and contributed significant EDII (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigeneity) reform within the program.

Kira is also a devoted advocate for justice and equity outside her university as she values the importance of giving back to her community. As a member of the Arif Merani Foundation, she has enriched her community by seeking justice for abused women and children as a partner of Gillian’s Place. Kira is excited to return to the organization in a greater leadership capacity, as the Treasurer of the Board at OSTA-AECO. In this role, she will ensure OSTA-AECO’s long-term financial security and maintain the stability of the organization through the highest standards of fiscal responsibility.

Cameron Prosic

Cameron Prosic

Director

Cameron Prosic (he/him/his) is a second year student at McMaster University studying Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour as well as Mental Health and Addictions. Cameron served two terms as a student trustee at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board from 2017-2019. He was elected public affairs coordinator of OSTA-AECO from 2018-2019, and was appointed chief executive officer of the organization from 2020-2021.

Cameron currently works for St. John Ambulance as a first aid instructor and medical first responder, and also runs a trades business employing 8 full-time students. Cameron looks forward to coaching and mentoring the executive council, as well as supporting governance and infrastructure. Cameron is also heavily involved with technology management, and hopes to apply his experiences both in the health & safety and private business sectors to support all members of the organization in fulfilling their roles.

Amal Qayum

Amal Qayum

Director

Amal Qayum (she/her/hers) is a second-year student at Western University studying International Relations with the plan of starting at the Ivey Business School in her third year. She served as a student trustee for the District School Board of Niagara for two consecutive terms from August 2017 to July 2019. During Amal’s terms, she served as the Professional Development Coordinator and President of the association. In her position as Director of Logistics, Amal is excited to plan and execute the 20th anniversary gala to celebrate all of the great work done by association.