OUR BOARD

Meet our Directors

Arjun Dhanjal

Arjun Dhanjal

Chair of the Board

Arjun Dhanjal 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.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance and Policy Development
  • Marketing/Brand Awareness
  • Public Affairs
  • Technology Management
Attendance History
  • Board: 7 of 7 100% 100%
  • Governance Committee: 3 of 3 100% 100%
Carina Gabriele

Carina Gabriele

Vice-Chair of the Board

Carina Gabriele 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.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance and Policy Development
  • Government Relations
  • Operational Excellence
Attendance History
  • Board: 7 of 7 100% 100%
  • Governance Committee: 3 of 3 100% 100%
Alex MacDonald

Alex MacDonald

Treasurer

Alex MacDonald 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.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Audit/Accounting
  • Corporate Governance and Policy Development
  • Risk Management
Attendance History
  • Board: 6 of 7 86% 86%
Paul Okundaye

Paul Okundaye

Board Secretary

Paul Okundaye 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.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Audit/Accounting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Operational Excellence
Harleen Arora

Harleen Arora

Director

Harleen Arora 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.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Marketing/Brand Awareness
  • Operational Excellence
  • Public Affairs
  • Talent Management
Amal Qayum

Amal Qayum

Director

Amal Qayum 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.
Key Areas of Expertise
  • Government Relations
  • Operational Excellence
  • Talent Management
Attendance History
  • Board: 6 of 7 86% 86%
  • Governance Committee: 3 of 3 100% 100%
Matthew Reid

Matthew Reid

Director

Matt Reid is a Partner at Cohen Highley Law Firm and past Chair of the Thames Valley District School Board. Matt served as the Trustee for Wards 2-6 in London from 2013-2018, serving on over a dozen committees for the Thames Valley District School Board. Prior to being elected a Trustee, Matt was the Student Trustee for Thames Valley from 2003-2004 and served as President of OSTA-AECO during his term.

Matt graduated with his B.A. (Hons) from Western University and J.D. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Matt was a Loran Scholar while at Western and was named one of London’s top 20 under 40 in 2016. He served on the Board of Governors and Senate for Western during his undergraduate degree. Matt continues to be involved in the London community and is currently a board member of the London-Middlesex Health Unit and HOBY Canada.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate Governance and Policy Development
  • Legal/Regulatory
  • Operational Excellence
  • Talent Management
Attendance History
  • Board: 5 of 7 71% 71%
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