The four WUSA Executives are the faces of the undergraduate student association and the advocates for all UWaterloo undergrads. These are full-time paid, executive-level positions.

President Candidate

There is one position for WUSA President, and one candidate running. All Waterloo undergrads will have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” for this candidate on voting days (Feb 2-4):

Benjamin Easton

Team: duckduck

Program: Honours Economics, French Minor

Current year of study: 4B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Student Councilor (May 2017-December 2018)
  • Municipal Affairs Commissioner (May 2018-April 2019)
  • Secretary of the Corporation (May 2019-April 2020)
  • Chair of the Board (May 2020-present)

Top three platform points:

  1. Governance reform that makes WUSA more accessible for every member.
  2. Advocate the creation of a University ombudsperson to support students with academic policy issues.
  3. Holding the University to its commitments to divest from fossil fuels.

Vice President Education Candidates

There is one position for WUSA VPEd, and one candidate running. All Waterloo undergrads will have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” for this candidate on voting days (Feb 2-4):

Stephanie Ye-Mowe

Team: duckduck

Program: Knowledge Integration

Current year of study: 4B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Chair of the Waterloo Environment Students’ Endowment Fund (WESEF)
  • WUSA Delegate, Ontario Undergraduate Students’ Alliance (OUSA)
  • VP-Operations & Social Director, Environment Students’ Society (ESS)
  • Student Councilor, WUSA Students' Council
  • Seats on the following:
    • Education Advisory Committee
    • Internal Funding Committee
    • Student Safety Committee
    • Executive Structure Review Committee

Top three platform points:

  1. Advocate for accountable and equitable online learning.
  2. Work with UW, the provincial government, and other relevant stakeholders to develop supports for students left in precarious circumstances as a result of the pandemic.
  3. Lobby to include co-op students under the Employment Standards Act and provide resources to students stuck in toxic work environments.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

No one said university would be easy, and there’s certainly no shortage of less-than-ideal things that we regularly encounter as students. Toxic work environments, predatory landlords, ineffectual mental health supports, student debt, and now COVID-19. It gets rough. But I think it’s essential to recognize that we can and we have done things about this before. Some will err towards just 'putting up' with it until graduation, and I can respect that- advocacy can take a lot out of a person. Personally, though, I like a good fight.

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Vice President Operations & Finance Candidates

There is one position for WUSA VPOF, and two candidates running. All Waterloo undergrads will have the opportunity to vote for their choice by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2-4):

Matthew Schwarze

Team: duckduck

Program: Mathematics and Business Administration Double Degree

Current year of study: 3B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Fall 2020 MathSoc President
  • Fall 2019 Vice President Academic of MathSoc
  • MathSoc Director & Business Councillor (Almost 2 years straight and counting!)
  • WUSA Math Councillor
  • Member of the WUSA Budget & Appropriations committee
  • Member of the Education Advisory Committee
  • Yearly involvement with Math Orientation
  • I also have lots of valuable experience working with and for students outside WUSA:
    • I spent much of my first year helping the St. Paul's Student Coffee Shop succeed
    • I now represent student interests on the City of Waterloo Economic Development Advisory Committee

Top three platform points:

  1. Return the core principle of value-for-student-money to WUSA decision-making, while pursuing cost-saving strategies to respect your money.
  2. Actively build greater transparency and accountability across WUSA through proactive, public reporting and communications directly from me.
  3. Being there for students though the pandemic and beyond—including a 24-hour response time to all of your inquiries.
  4. Get campus ready for your return, and not at any additional cost to students.

For the details behind each of these points, check out my full platform over at duckduck.ca

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Hey, I'm Matthew, and I'm running to be your next VP Operations & Finance! I've loved every second I've invested in student representation, and I'm very excited to have the chance to serve you again. My background in business and mathematics, as well as from other student roles, from MathSoc President to WUSA's own Council & budget committee, leaves me with the confidence to excel as VPOF and achieve the goals I have for WUSA—I know what works, and I know what doesn't and needs to change.

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Soham Mehta 

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Vice President Student Life Candidates

There is one position for WUSA VPSL, and one candidate running. All Waterloo undergrads will have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” for this candidate on voting days (Feb 2-4):

Catherine Dong

Team: duckduck

Program: Mathematics

Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Undergraduate Mathematics Senator (F20–present)
  • Mathematics Student Councillor (W20–present)
  • Internal Administration Committee (S20–present)
  • Operations Director—WUSA Clothing Store (F20–present)
  • Operations Director—Glow (W21-present)
  • Volunteer—RAISE (W21-present)
  • Councillor—Math Students & Other Representative (S20–present)
  • Executive Assistant (W20–present)
  • Director (S20–F20)
  • Interim Vice President, Academic (S20)
  • First-year Representative (F19–W20)
  • Chief Returning Officer (F19–W20)

Top three platform points:

  1. Integrating sustainability and equity into every branch of the organisation.
  2. Investing in support, guidance, and resources for student groups.
  3. Working with services to create long-range action plans to set clear direction for coming years.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I’ve been involved with student governance since my 1A term here at UW, and I’m excited to give back to an organisation that’s given so much to me throughout my time here. The student life portfolio means a lot to me—orientation, acapella, and developing the second-hand clothing store have been big parts of what's made my time here special, and I want to make sure there’s space for everyone to feel at home on campus. I’ve got big plans for how we can support student groups to be the best they can—but I need your vote to make them happen!

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