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
  • Government/Public Affairs
  • Marketing/Brand Awareness
  • Technology Management
Attendance History
  • Board: 7 of 7 100% 100%
  • Governance Committee: 3 of 3 100% 100%
Connor Webster

Connor Webster

Vice-Chair and Secretary

Connor Webster is a fourth-year student completing his Honours Bachelor of Commerce at the Smith School of Business – Queen’s University, having also spent time studying with Alliance Manchester Business School – University of Manchester. Connor served as the Student Trustee of the Renfrew County District School Board from 2015-2017 and the Professional Development Officer for OSTA-AECO for the 2016-17 academic term before transitioning into his role on the Board of Directors. As Vice-Chair, Connor assists the Chair in leading all initiatives of the Board, supporting the Executive Council, supervising all annual conferences, and managing the organization’s Alumni Network.

Connor has specialized his studies in the areas of business law and economics. He continually looks forward to mentoring the next generation of student trustees in his role.

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Audit/Accounting
  • Legal/Regulatory
  • Talent Management
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%
Carina Gabriele

Carina Gabriele

Director

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
  • Operational Excellence
Attendance History
  • Board: 7 of 7 100% 100%
  • Governance Committee: 3 of 3 100% 100%
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/Public Affairs
  • 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%