The board of directors of the TRU Students’ Union is made up of nineteen representatives selected in an election each year. These representatives each serve a one-year term from May 1st to April 30th. There are five executive members, six constituency representatives, and eight committee representatives. These representatives are responsible for overseeing the Students’ Union and its operations. They make decisions on behalf of the entire membership and manage the organisation in between annual general meetings.

Campaigns Committee

Vice President External

Sachin Pathigoda Arachchige | s.arachchige@trusu.ca

The Vice President External’s primary responsibility is chairing, overseeing, and reporting on the work of the Campaigns Committee. The Vice-President External can expect to work with the Campaigns Coordinator to provide leadership for a team of students to plan weekly committee meetings, respond to media requests, and engage in extensive campus outreach. The Campaigns Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the campaigns and government relations of the Students’ Union at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. This has included campaigns to improve government funding to TRU, improve transit service, and lobby to create a need-based grants system. They also serve as the provincial executive representative to the BC  Federation of Students.


Campaigns Committee Representative

Rami Johal | r.johal@trusu.ca

The Campaigns Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Campaigns Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Campaigns Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the campaigns and government relations of the Students’ Union at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. In the past this has included campaigns to improve provincial government funding to TRU, improve transit service for students, and lobby to create a provincial need-based grants system.


Campaigns Committee Representative

Sabrina Jadavji | s.jadavji@trusu.ca  

The Campaigns Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Campaigns Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Campaigns Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the campaigns and government relations of the Students’ Union at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. In the past this has included campaigns to improve provincial government funding to TRU, improve transit service for students, and lobby to create a provincial need-based grants system.


Entertainment Committee

Filza RazaVice President Internal

Filza Raza | f.raza@trusu.ca

The Vice President Internal’s primary responsibility is chairing, overseeing, and reporting on the work of the Entertainment Committee. During their term, the Vice-President Internal can expect to work with the Entertainment Coordinator staff person to provide leadership for a team of students to plan weekly committee meetings, respond to media requests, and engage in extensive campus outreach throughout the fall and winter semesters. The Entertainment Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the entertainment that the Students’ Union offers. This includes the Back to School BBQ, the Common Voices annual lecture series, the Last Class Bash, and other events throughout the year.


Ruchika ShettyEntertainment Committee Representative

Ruchika Shetty | r.shetty@trusu.ca

The Entertainment Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Entertainment Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Entertainment Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the entertainment that the Students’ Union offers. This includes the Back to School BBQ, the Common Voices annual lecture series, the Last Class Bash, and other events throughout the year.


Swagath SwamyEntertainment Committee Representative

Swagath Swamy | s.swamy@trusu.ca

The Entertainment Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Entertainment Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Entertainment Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the entertainment that the Students’ Union offers. This includes the Back to School BBQ, the Common Voices annual lecture series, the Last Class Bash, and other events throughout the year.


Equity Committee

Shantelle BishopVice President Equity

Shantelle Bishop | s.bishop@trusu.ca

The Vice President Equity’s primary responsibility is chairing, overseeing, and reporting on the work of the Equity Committee. During their term the Vice-President Equity can expect to work with the Equity Coordinator to provide leadership for a team of students to plan weekly committee meetings, respond to media requests, and engage in extensive campus outreach throughout the fall and winter semesters. The Equity Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the equity based events and campaigns that the Students’ Union organizes. This includes events to end systems and structures of oppression that are faced by Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ community, women, and racialized persons, in addition to other equity issues.


Darien KilbreathIndigenous Representative

Darien Kilbreath | d.kilbreath@trusu.ca

The Indigenous Representative ensures that the valuable perspective and interests of the Aboriginal, First Nations, and Métis constituency are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Equity Committee and are responsible for planning and implementing equity initiatives to end systems and structures of oppression that are faced by Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ community, women, and racialized persons.


Eliana BaboiuLGBTQ+ Representative

Eliana Baboiu | e.baboiu@trusu.ca

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ) Students’ Representative ensures that the valuable perspectives and interests of the LGBTQ community are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Equity Committee and are responsible for planning and implementing equity initiatives to end systems and structures of oppression that are faced by Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, women, and racialized persons.


Amisha PatelRacialized Persons Representative

Amisha Patel | a.patel@trusu.ca

The Racialized Persons Representative ensures that the valuable perspectives and interests of racialized persons are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Equity Committee and are responsible for planning and implementing equity initiatives to end systems and structures of oppression that are faced by Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, women, and racialized persons.


Shannon LopesWomen’s Representative

Shannon Lopes | s.lopes@trusu.ca

The Women’s Representative ensures that the valuable perspectives and interests of women are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Equity Committee and are responsible for planning and implementing equity initiatives to end systems and structures of oppression that are faced by Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, women, and racialized persons.


Services Committee

Ali MuljiVice President Services

Ali Mulji | a.mulji@trusu.ca

The Vice President Services’ primary responsibility is chairing, overseeing, and reporting on the work of the Services Committee. During their term, the Vice-President Services can expect to work with the Services Coordinator to provide leadership for a team of students to plan weekly committee meetings, respond to media requests, and engage in extensive campus outreach throughout the fall and winter semesters. The Services Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the services that the Students’ Union offers. This includes management and promotion of existing services such as the Health and Dental Plan and the UPASS, as well and development, implementation, and promotion of new services.


Essam Abdul Sattar Abdul HannanServices Committee Representative

Essam Abdul Sattar Abdul Hannan |  e.hannan@trusu.ca

The Services Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Services Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Services Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the services that the Students’ Union offers. This includes management and promotion of existing services such as the Health and Dental Plan and the UPASS, as well and development, implementation, and promotion of new services.


Robert LimServices Committee Representative

Robert Lim | r.lim@trusu.ca

The Services Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the Services Committee with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The Services Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all of the services that the Students’ Union offers. This includes management and promotion of existing services such as the Health and Dental Plan and the UPASS, as well and development, implementation, and promotion of new services.


University Affairs Committee

Azul Hernandez-BillyPresident

Azul Hernandez-Billy | a.billy@trusu.ca

The President’s primary responsibility is chairing, overseeing, and reporting on the work of the Student Caucus. During their term the President will be working with the University Governance Coordinator staff person to provide leadership for a team of students to plan weekly committee meetings, respond to media requests, and engage in extensive campus outreach throughout the fall and winter semesters. The Student Caucus recruits and resources student representatives on TRU committees, and plans and implements campaigns seeking changes in the university. In the past this has included campaigns on food service, parking, and open copyright textbooks. In addition, the President chairs board meetings and serves as the staff relations officer for the organization


Graduate Representative

Nachiket Desai | n.desai@trusu.ca 

The Graduate Students’ Representative ensures that the valuable perspective and interests of graduate students are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Student Caucus Steering Committee and work to advance the interests of graduate students through institutional governance and campaigns of the Student Caucus.


Parth BavishiInternational Representative

Parth Bavishi | p.bavishi@trusu.ca

The International Students’ Representative ensures that the valuable perspectives and interests of international students are represented in the Board of Directors. They are a member of the Student Caucus Steering Committee and work to advance the interests of international students on campus through institutional governance and campaigns for the Student Caucus.


Kushal BhansaliUniversity Affairs Committee Representative

Kushal Bhansali | k.bhansali@trusu.ca

The University Affairs Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the university Affairs Community with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The University Affairs Committee provides leadership to the Student Caucus in recruiting and resourcing student representatives on TRU committees, and in planning and implementing campaigns seeking changes in the university. In the past, this has included campaigns on food service, parking, and open copyright textbooks.


Karelle Nelly IrankundaUniversity Affairs Committee Representative

Karelle Nelly Irankunda | k.irankunda@trusu.ca

The University Affairs Committee Representative’s primary responsibility is to assist the University Affairs Community with the implementation of its work. During their term, this will include attending weekly meetings, contributing to planning, and participating in extensive campus outreach on issues the committee is addressing. The University Affairs Committee provides leadership to the Student Caucus in recruiting and resourcing student representatives on TRU committees, and in planning and implementing campaigns seeking changes in the university. In the past, this has included campaigns on food service, parking, and open copyright textbooks.