Our Executive

The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UMGSA. All of the Executive Members are elected during the UMGSA general elections held each March.  If you would like to suggest ideas, raise your concerns, or meet with any of our Executives for any reason, check the calendar for their office hours at 221 University Centre.

The executive includes the President, who is responsible for ensuring that the UMGSA runs effectively and sits on the U of M Board of Governors, the Senate, and chairs the Executive Committee. The Vice-President External is responsible for liaising with outside organisations that affect graduate student life, like government or labour organisations and other student associations in Manitoba and Canada. The Vice-President Academic is responsible for coordinating academic events, providing services for students in financial need and providing advocacy on academic issues on behalf of graduate students. The Vice-President Internal looks after Policies and Bylaws, the UMGSA budget, conference grant funding, and other services. The Vice President Marketing and Events is responsible for communications that promote our services, events, and activities. Additionally, three Senators represent graduate student interests in the University Senate.

Scroll down to meet our current team!

Carl Neumann, President


Hello Grad Students!  As the President of the UMGSA, I am the official spokesperson for the Association, and I am here to ensure that all Grad Students and their interests are well-represented both within and beyond the University.  Please do not hesitate to contact me and the rest of our team with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have.

Over the past two years I have been pursuing my MA in Philosophy here at the UofM.  During that time I have been active on the UMGSA Council, and on several of its committees, including as Chairperson of the IDRSC.  I have been the VP and then President of the Ethics Center Students’ Association, and I have also repeatedly been a Teaching Assistant for several courses in Philosophy including both Environmental and Business Ethics.

I was previously an Executive-at-Large with the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, and a member of their Council for several years.  While completing my undergraduate degree at Carleton University, I served as a student Senator for three years and a Council Representative for two years.  I served on all of the Association’s committees, and was elected Chairperson to conduct all administrative duties for four of them.  I also later completed my BEd at OISE at the University of Toronto.

Andrew Plesniarski, Vice-President Health Sciences


Hello! It is my pleasure to be elected your 2017-2018 HSGSA President.  I am currently doing a PhD in the Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases department on Bannatyne campus. My research focuses around studying the effects of oxytocin on HIV susceptibility, and how the endocrine system is able to modulate cellular immunity.  My office is at 114 Brodie Centre, so feel free to drop by whenever you’re at Bannatyne.

I have extensive experience leading student groups, starting in high school, and I want to bring that experience and enthusiasm to the HSGSA this year. I am always free for questions or suggestions, and look forward to getting to know all of you this year. Drop by my office anytime, and look forward to the socials and improvements we will be putting forward this year as HSGSA. With your help we’ll make this a memorable year for Health Science students!

Chandan Qumar Howlader, Vice-President Internal


Hello, Friends! I am the Vice President Internal of your University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association. I am looking forward to developing the relationship between the UMGSA and grad students. In addition, how can we maximize the assistance to our grad students within our limited resources? Please do not hesitate to contact me as well as come by the UMGSA office.

I am in the second year of my M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and I am planning to continue my studies at the PhD level. My research area is on optics, especially I am working on the laser. I always love to work with student groups, and I have been closely involved with UMGSA activities from the very beginning of my U of M student life. Previously I was serving on the Campaigns Committee and on the Events Committee of UMGSA. I love to make new friends with diversity, gardening, cycling, fishing as well as different types of games.


Albert Boakye, Vice-President External



I am a graduate student in the joint MPA program run by the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. I serve as a Student Representative on the Joint Discipline Committee for the JMPA and as Vice President (Special Functions) for the Student Association for the Masters of Politics and Public Administration.

I currently serve as a Teaching Assistant at UW and have worked as Research Assistant on Post-Secondary Education Financing in Canada at the Department of Political Studies in UM. Provincially, I have worked as a Policy Analyst for the Office of the Fire Commissioner and for Manitoba Mineral Resources in the areas of research, planning and policy development.  Before coming to Canada, I served as a Teaching Assistant at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and Ghana Christian University College. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Wales, UK, in Development Management. My research interests include leadership, governance, and development issues; public management and public policy; as well as strategic management. I participate in academic conferences on an annual basis and coordinate research activities for a couple of NGOs in Ghana. I enjoy cooking, loves travelling and meeting new people.

Mohammad Emrul Hasan, Vice-President Academic


I am a Masters student in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba. I have been involved with UMGSA from the beginning of my studies at the University.

As a former senator of UMGSA I earned tons of experiences. I served on different internal and external committees including University senate. Also I was the Vice-President event of Kishoreganj Students’ Welfare Association for two years in my undergraduate school, Bangladesh.

As your Vice-President Academic for 2017-2018 term, I will be focusing on advocacy, improving essential workshop for graduate students. I will also be working on increasing the number of awards and streamline the awards application process.

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, fishing, playing cards and gardening.

Obi Nnaemeka, Vice-President Marketing & Events


Hello fellow grad students! I’m Obi, your Vice President Marketing and Events for the year 2017-2018. I’m an international graduate student from Nigeria in my 2nd year pursuing my Masters degree at the Mechanical Engineering department in the field of Renewable energy.

My objective as your VP Marketing and Events is providing you with a more valuable and well-rounded experience during your time here as a graduate student. As much as we learn and do groundbreaking research here at the University of Manitoba, I feel it is also pertinent to take out some time to relax, meet new friends and network. This is why over the coming year, I will be putting together exciting sporting activities, socials, development workshops and networking events for graduate students. Come out with your friends to our events to connect with other grad students, win great prizes and enjoy some free food. Also, make sure to watch out for our newsletters and social media so you never miss these great opportunities. Looking forward to meeting you!

Richard From, Executive-at-Large


Greetings fellow students, as your new Executive-at-Large this year I am happy to be back with the UMGSA executive team helping out wherever my experience can lend a hand. Having been a UMGSA Senator and also Executive-at-Large over the last several years I hope to bring some valuable insights to the UMGSA team.

I’m currently in the final stages of my Ph.D. thesis project in the department of Geological Sciences where I study ancient metamorphic rocks on Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut. My thesis is part of a large collaborative geosciences project that demonstrated to me the value of positivity and teamwork to accomplish goals. I now try to embody this mantra and create inspiration in others. In my spare time I practice and teach Tai Chi, reflect on life through meditation and enjoy gardening.

Silvia Araujo, Senator 1


Hi Graduate Students,

I am Silvia Araujo and I am pleased and honoured to serve as your Senator 1 for the 2017/2018 term. Besides my studies for my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, I have been involved in several volunteer positions both at the University of Manitoba and in the community, including, for instance, serving as a councillor for my department and sitting on graduate students’ committees. These experiences enhanced my eagerness to be your voice and represent you in the Senate Meetings, UMGSA council and in the University at large. I am here to listen to your concerns and interests and I am working hard to ensure we all experience the best opportunities the University of Manitoba can offer to the Graduate Students.

Skye Kushner, Senator 2


I’m an M.Sc. student in the Department of Environment and Geography studying trace-metal fluxes from Central American volcanic systems. Prior to this, I graduated with a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba, where I served three terms as President of the Society of Earth Science and Environmental Students. As a native Manitoban, it gives me a great sense of pride to be able to give back to the community by bettering this institution. As your Senator for the 2017-2018 term, I will advocate for graduate students and communicate pertinent issues to Council.


Nour Eissa, Senator 3


I am a veterinarian with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and Master’s degree in veterinary medical sciences. I have research experience in microbiology and functional genomics from Ohio State University, USA. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Immunology, University of Manitoba. I have been influenced by how different student associations shape individuals and facilitate the development of leadership skills. Therefore, since high school, I have participated as an active member in many student associations in various positions. I have gained knowledge of student organizations and their processes through these experiences. This has given me the critical skills necessary to execute crucial roles in an effective and efficient manner. Previously, I served as the HSGSA VP Internal (VPI). Due to the positive energy surrounding the HSGSA Executives and members, I have decided to continue serving on the HSGSA and am representing you as HSGSA Senator. My primary goal as the HSGSA Senator is to continue bringing dedication and creativity in this position. I will ensure that I will represent your interest during my term.