EUS Executive Profiles 2016-17

By Fariha Hassan

Welcome (back) everyone! It’s the start of a new academic year at the Faculty of Engineering, and everyone can feel the hustle and bustle in the McConnell Engineering building: EUS Mall is back in business, some of the most exciting events of the year are rolling in and our tutoring services are getting ready to help students for those midterms that are right around the corner.

 

During times like these, we often forget the people behind the doors of room 7 in the McConnell Engineering Building who work tirelessly to make sure all these services and resources are running smoothly and are accessible to our engineering students.

 

A member of both the Quebec Confederation for Engineering Student Outreach and the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, the EUS is a non-profit organization committed to bring students the resources they need for an incredible university experience. They do so by advocating students’ academic needs, organizing student-led social and professional endeavors, running on-campus services, and much more. The EUS also works with seven departmental associations each representing a field of study within the Faculty of Engineering to ensure that the engineering community always remains strong.

 

Here are your EUS representatives for the 2016-2017 academic year. And remember, they are here for you!

 

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Name: Dianne Ferguson

Position: Administrative Manager 

My name is Dianne Ferguson (aka Hot Mama), and I am the Administrative Manager of the EUS. I am going into my 21st year of working for the EUS, and I have honestly come to think of it as my home-away-from-home. There have been many changes during those 21 years, and I must say that most of them have been positive. We have grown in size and stature, and in my opinion, the EUS is the BEST student society at McGill.

Prior to working at the EUS, I completed a BA and a Master’s degree in Anthropology here at McGill, and during those years studied many “primitive societies”, so I did have the necessary training for this job!!!!

My position is roughly defined as that of receptionist, secretary, “mom,” nurse, psychiatrist, and anything else that requires my attention. From year to year, it is my goal to help the EUS run as smoothly as possible; to help the execs, departments, clubs and committees; to maintain a continuity while at the same time adapting to necessary changes. The EUS is a great way for students to get involved, and we do have a large volunteer base to make sure that our events are well organized and attended. The EUS office is a welcoming place, and we strive to give every student that enters the best possible information and help.

 

Name: Jean-Louis Shi

Position: President

Year: U4

Department: Mechanical

Email: president@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

As President, my primary role is to represent engineering students to the Engineering Faculty and McGill Administration. That involves meeting regularly with the Dean of Engineering, the McGill Engineering Student Center (MESC), University Advancement (UA) and the Deputy Provost. The more exciting part of my presidency revolves around 3 major topics: Equity, Sustainability, and Mental Health. These important social matters are addressed by well-established committees that offer numerous cool events. Being president is also about leading a team, and the seven amazing individuals that form the exec committee are the best colleagues/friends/second family one can hope for. Their experience, dedication and hard work will ensure that you have the time of your life this year!

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

The EUS has expand exponentially over the past few years so it has outgrown its current structure. As such, to continue supporting new student initiatives and improving current ones, the EUS needs better foundations. This can be accomplished through 4 areas of improvement: increased involvement, better feedback, improved governance and unified spirit. In terms of involvement, we are implementing a more open and transparent process to facilitate involvement within EUS through an involvement package, better promotion and more structured selection process. In terms of feedback, we are considering launching a series of surveys, focus groups, and open forums to get a better sense of the needs of McGill Engineering students. In terms of governance, we are looking to create a Board of Administrators to take over the legal and financial oversight of the EUS as well as implement a well-established network of directors (e.g. Budget Director) to take care of the day-to-day operations. This reform will allow EUS execs to focus on projects and enact concrete changes within the EUS. Finally, in terms of unified spirit, we are pushing hard to establish the Engineering Scarf – sold at the G-Store – as the unifying swag for all McGill Engineering Undergraduate students.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a huge addict of cinnamon Excel gums. They are the only kinds that I get from the G-Store. Also, I am a devout consumer, meaning that if I like a brand (clothing, electronics, food, etc.), I tend to buy uniquely from it.

 

Name: Mitch Dumont

Position: Vice President Internal

Year: U4

Department: Electrical

Email: vpinternal@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

My name is Mitch and I’m proud to call myself your 2016-2017 EUS VP Internal. As VP Internal, I’m in charge of a bunch of committees that mainly focus on events in Engineering. These include Social Committee, Adventure Committee, Ski Trip, Blues Pub, Frosh, E-Week and both MERTWs. I have tons of experience running events so feel free to stop by my office hours if you want to chat about event planning or if you just want to know more about the events that we organize!

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

This year, I want to bring our events to a whole new level, especially the Sports and Social/Adventure Committees’ smaller, more frequent events. Expect to see something for all interests and tons of sportsing.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

As for me, I’m an avid StarCraft II fan and player. I generally like all video games but SC2 has my heart. Also Fallout (NV or bust). I’m also a huge music fan and dream of being a drummer in a metal band once I get this engineering thing out of the way. Honest dream job is circuit board and integrated chip design though.

 

I hope you guys enjoy your 2016-2017 year and I look forward to meeting you! Cheers!

 

Name: Jessica Dakkak

Position: Vice President External

Year: U4

Department: Mechanical with a minor in Biomedical Engineering

Email: vpexternal@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

As VP External of the EUS, I help you connect with industries, opportunities and amazing people to enhance your undergrad. My mandate involves representing you (EUS members) on a national level to professional and student organizations like the OIQ, the CFES and QREIQ. These student federations, which regroup all engineering students in Canada and Quebec respectively, serve as a catalyst for nationwide discussions and help us improve on making the engineering profession relevant to our students. CREIQ and the CFES also organize events throughout the year to connect with other engineering students from across the country. Keep an eye out for in-house engineering competitions (MEC), Quebec scale competitions (QEC & EngGames) and national competitions (CEC) to put your skills to the test and meet incredible people. Competitions aren’t your thing? My portfolio also includes finding conference opportunities around the globe to inspire and educate students within the EUS community.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

There are many events and national opportunities planed for the VP External portfolio this year. We started off the academic year with the first ever EUS Conference, aimed at educating EUS students on how to get involved, how to be an effective leader and how to have a large-scale impact on the engineering community. It was a great success and will definitely be something we repeat in the future. We also have the amazing opportunity of hosting and participating in the Conference on Diversity in Engineering 2016 this November. It will bring together engineering students from across Canada to discuss the importance of diversity, the issues minority groups face in engineering, and how each of us can make the engineering field more inclusive and accessible. We also host and send delegates to a lot of competitions, such as the McGill Engineering Competition, the Quebec Engineering Competition, the Canadian Engineering Competition and EngGames. These events give students the chance to put the knowledge they learn in class to the test and really showcase the engineering spirit.

I will also be focusing a lot on professional development this year, with the new Engineering Career Path program. It will essentially be a database of students and alumni who did internships and are willing to network with current students and promote job opportunities. I am always looking for new projects to take on and am always open to students’ suggestions!

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I really enjoy skiing (yes, I’m one of those of those people that jump for joy when it snows). Snow also means maple syrup and comfort food, and food is the best thing ever! I can easily be won over in a debate with anything coconut flavored and a pack of Reese’s Pieces.

 

Name: Nicolas Proulx-Jones

Position: Vice President Clubs & Administration

Year: U4

Department: Electrical

Email: vpadmin@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail? 

I’m the VP Clubs and Administration. I’m mainly responsible for all clubs and design teams. I ensure that their interests are upheld, and I lobby for them whenever they may need it. I’m also in charge of EUS Junior Council and the administrative parts of EUS council. Beyond that, as an EUS exec, there are a lot of miscellaneous tasks such as office hours and being the exec in charge for Blues Pub.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

Other than always striving to find and improve space for design teams and clubs, we are currently working on improving recruitment within the EUS. In broad terms, we want to advertise positions better (working on an Involvement package that has all positions listed for clubs, committees, design teams, etc.), we want to add transparency to how the selection process actually occurs and try to streamline the process so it goes as well as possible. In order to achieve this, we have created an Involvement and Recruitment Directorship position and we are still looking for someone to fill it (email vpadmin@mcgilleus.ca)!

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a U4 electrical engineering student and I make my own beer.

 

Name: Malcolm McClintock

Position: Vice President Communications

Year: U2

Department: Materials

Email: vpcomm@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

The VP Communications portfolio oversees a whopping 10 different committees, ranging from student publications, to IT services, to creative groups, and Graduation Committee. Broadly what I offer as an executive is guiding the various committees to being more accessible to the engineering students, meeting the undergraduates’ needs, and providing an array of opportunities to explore interests outside of an academic format. I’m also in charge of the general mediums of contact to the undergraduates, including (but not limited to) the Pipeline Newsletter, the TV screens around campus, and more.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

As previous IT Director, I’m quite aware of the current holes in our network; as many programs that we rely on (including but not limited to our Room Booking website, our TV Screen clients, Pipeline program) are created by previous students of McGill, there’s a large gap in their accessibility and ability to update in general that is not sustainable long term. We’re trying to now move into a more reliable system of open-source software that still allows our IT-affiliated students to explore software improvements without running the risk of the service itself dying in the process. This gap is also heavily dependent on documentation as to how our services work, since the turnover rate of students involved is so quick and the depth of knowledge necessary is so deep.

Additionally, I’d like to make accessibility to various EUS groups and departments, and communication with them, more approachable; far too often students need to rely on word of mouth or other involved individuals to get things done. Creating listservs has provided an easier method to communicate with specific groups without previous knowledge of who those groups are.

Moreover, the EUS Wiki(pedia) has been created and is now up and running, which will in time serve as a platform of digital institutional memory accessible to all students. It’s the hope that this Wikipedia can allow new students to get a lay of the EUS landscape without a two hours conversation with someone who currently knows it; it would also serve as a record for past projects, both successful and failed.

Currently the Pipeline (our newsletter) does not meet student needs for a variety of reasons; the EUS has expanded such that there are on average 15 posts per week, discouraging many students from reading it. Therefore, I’m exploring new ways to disseminate information to students such that overlooking the pipeline no longer means overlooking important or relevant events.

The yearbook for Engineers as it stands is teetering; torn between two years of previous yearbooks unfinished as past yearbook editors have been unable to fulfill their duty to the year at hand. As such, I plan to clear away the clutter of previous yearbooks and empower our yearbook editor to recruit and design early and often. If this does not work, then the yearbook will be re-evaluated as to whether or not it should be a service the EUS will continue to provide.

Lastly, since so much of my portfolio is based on running committees, I’d like to make involvement and recruitment of students an easier process. Many groups threaten extinction just by lack of volunteers; this isn’t due to lack of interest, rather finding the right people to get involved is too difficult as there’s so much competition amongst other on campus involvement opportunities. This ties in with one of the executive team’s projects overall: The Involvement Package, which will outline every position, its responsibilities, and how to get involved. We are of the belief that if all opportunities are laid out accessibly in a manual of sorts, students can pinpoint their interests more readily than drowning in the sea of static that currently exists.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I have a flash drive with executable games in my drawer (including SUPERHOT, Prison Architect, and more). If ever you’re looking to relax on one of the EMF computers, let me know and I can hook you up. I can also put my leg behind my head.

 

Name: Erin Holley

Position: Vice President Services

Year: U3

Department: Electrical with a minor in Software Engineering

Email: vpservices@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

The VP Services oversees all equipment rentals, room bookings and the management of the services.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

My plans for this year are to help The Cube (the EUS’s 3D printing service) expand as a service, help our new space director develop a long term plan for the EUS spaces, and ameliorate the transition period of service managers.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I ran a half marathon in September and I’m planning to do another in February.

 

 

Name: Pentcho Tchomakov

Position: Vice President Finance

Year: U3

Department: Software with a minor in Russian Language

Email: vpfinance@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

The Vice President Finance position is quite broad in terms of portfolios (Corporate Relations, Budgeting, Funds and Investments, and even Operations). The position has a lot of weekly tasks relating to work with the different EUS Groups: this can range from preparing floats for a BBQ sale, to approving cheque requests, and even consulting various group on their financial standings. It also has the job of long term financial planning, along with the President, to look at the future of the society (i.e. EUS 2020, MEDN, etc.) which requires a lot of discussions, meetings, and research. For example, this summer the Funds Director, Sandro, and I heavily looked into investing our cash assets into different opportunities.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

I want to grow the VP Finance position by involving more people into it. We are setting up an actual Corporate Relations team, which will have sponsorship representatives as well as a compliance manager to ensure that we are compliant with our contracts. On the Funds side, we automated the application process: Clubs Fund, Design Team Fund & Student Space Fund. We are also looking into optimizing our current assets in order to bring higher returns and a higher financial health. On the budget portfolio, we’ve update the Financial Bylaws this summer, and we are now looking forward to open a central online payment system with Tilt. Furthermore, we are also hiring more people with that position (Budget Analysts) in order to start having monthly reports on the status of our finances, investments, and the liquidity levels of all of our groups.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

I collect stamps? I’m really bad at those questions hahaha!

 

Name: Katherine Duff

Position: Vice President Academic

Year: U4

Department: Electrical with a minor in Software Engineering

Email: vpacademic@mcgilleus.ca

 

What does your position entail?

VP Academic most importantly represents the academic interests of students at the Faculty level. This includes approving course and curriculum changes but also making sure that students are aware of their student rights and that they are being respected. Another big part is the management of the Academic Funds, which is over half a million dollars that is allocated to faculty for undergraduate resources by a committee that is 2/3 students: this is everything from TA hours to lab equipment. Beyond strictly academics, the role involves professional development initiatives like TechFair, TechWeek, and industry skills tutorials.

 

What are your plans for this academic year?

Most importantly, I want to work on better managing our Academic Funds. They provide us a lot of power in impacting how our courses are taught and designed and are not being utilized to their full effect. I plan on having more students aware of how they work, what they do and making sure your money is being properly tracked. I’m also working on improving academic advocacy. This includes empowering all students to know their rights through informational resources but, more importantly, making sure the EUS and departmental societies have the knowledge and resources to help students with a wide range of advocacy issues. Other than those specific goals I want to make students more aware in general of how they can help improve their academic experience at McGill.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

As a now retired competitive Irish dancer, I welcome any and all challenges to an Irish dance-off.

 

 

 

 

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