THE TEAM

Martin Gonzalez
President

Hi, my name is Martin Gonzalez and I am pleased to be your 2019/20 President for the Society of Undergraduates in Economics. I am currently a 4th year economics student with a minor in business management and society. I grew up in Trail, British Columbia and moved to Calgary for university. I currently work at Enbridge in their Financial Regulatory Services group. I have been apart of S.U.E since my first year and I have grown passionate about our role within the department and school body. Through these experiences and through my academic career I found that there is extreme value in an economics degree, and I hope to be able to share my experiences with everyone. My goal is to foster the impact S.U.E has made in our community and contribute my creative, and enthusiastic nature to the organization and events this year as President.

Edi Lacic
Executive Vice President

Hey! My name is Edi, and I'm in the final year of my undergraduate degree in economics. I just completed an internship with TransAlta and I will be looking to return there in May. Long term I hope to complete either my MA or MSc.

Jessica Liu
VP Academic

Hi there, my name is Jessica Liu and I am in my fourth year of a combined degree in economics and computer science. I’m super excited to be involved with SUE again this year to continue building a strong and supportive economics community. I’ve been lucky to be part of both the honours cohort and the SUE team during my undergraduate degree - they’ve both greatly enriched my experience, so I hope to help other students also explore the many opportunities available to them! I’m passionate about learning, so outside of school I’ve enjoyed reading more about philosophy and psychology and learning new music on the piano when I have extra time (or feel extra stressed out). I also really enjoy connecting with others, so I’m always happy to go for a coffee if you’d like to reach out!

Tanya Snyder
VP External

Hi, I'm Tanya Snyder and I will be your Vice President External this 2019/2020 academic year. I am in my final year of a combined degree in Economics and International Relations at the University of Calgary. As VP External I am leveraging personal and business relationships in order to secure SUE's financial positions to ensure that we can resource events for SUE's membership. I also act as the contact for external sponsorships, partnerships and initiatives.

 

This year I am currently completing a year-long internship at Suncor Energy Inc. as a government and strategic relations co-op student. As this year comes to a close I will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with goals to eventually go to law school. My  hopes are to influence policy to enable efforts towards sustainable energy development. In my free time I can be found supporting local art and music around Calgary. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about internships, partnerships, or interdisciplinary degrees.

Samira Ayache
VP Communications

Hi, my name is Samira and I am a fourth-year Economics major and Developing Studies minor. I am originally from Lebanon, but I was born and raised in Canada.

My goal as VP Communications is to reach as many Econ students as possible, by sharing important networking opportunities that can help build a community of Economists!

I usually spend my summers in Lebanon, with the 150 members of my family. When I'm not studying, I love online shopping and trying exotic foods from different cultures.

Oriane Kacoutie
VP Events

Hey! My name is Oriane Kacoutié and I will be your Vice President Events for this year. I am currently in my fourth year of study with a combined degree in Economics and International Relations. I am from a beautiful country called Côte D’Ivoire and can be hyper sometimes! I am mostly interested in development in the Global South parts of the world as well as politics. Remember me, I can become the president of Côte D’Ivoire one day! I work with the SU as a Program and Events Assistant. You will see me around campus a lot! My hope this year is to create a strong sense of community and give the knowledge needed to our members to succeed in the field of economics and future career goals.

Ebenezer Belayneh
VP Finance

Hello everyone! My name is Ebenezer Belayneh, and I will be acting as your VP Finance this year. I am very excited to begin budgeting and financing all of SUE's 'new and improved' initiatives. My goal is to provide our members with valuable resources that can help them succeed both academically and professionally.

Asides from all that, I'm a proud Ethiopian that was born and raised in Canada. Fortunately, I ended up in a never-ending dual (Hons.) degree in Economics and Development Studies.

At school, I work as a strategic advisor for the Development Studies Club and the Faculty of Arts Student Association. I also supervise the Arts Lab (SS basement), which is the best place for me to introduce myself. When I'm not running around campus, I'm vlogging on my YouTube channel, mastering Brazilian martial arts, or searching for the next FREE FOOD event on campus! If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please reach out to me!

Colton Elhard
Director of Finance

Hi, I’m Colton Elhard, I’m currently in my fifth year at the University pursuing a BA in Economics at the University of Calgary. As Director of Finance this year I’m looking forward to helping provide the best possible experience for our SUE members this year! This is my first year involved in SUE directly, but I’ve been a member for the majority of my time here and I’m excited to be a part of the community. Being born and raised here in Calgary and being a hockey fan, I usually spend my evenings cheering on the Flames. Some of my other hobbies include drumming and playing video games.

Jacob Jones
Director of Academics

Hi, my name is Jacob Jones, and I am a fourth year Economics Major in the Honour’s Stream. I am pleased to be serving as the Director of Academics this academic year. I am also currently facilitating PASS for Econ 357. Economics has always been my passion! I have a particular interest in Law and Economics, as well as interests in Political Economy, Economic History, Regulatory Economics, and Game Theory. Aside from economics, I really enjoy reading, playing tennis with my wife, and I am currently trying to improve my squash game. I am excited for the upcoming year with SUE! If you ever see me hanging around the Econ department, feel free to say hi!

Diego Velez Gonzalez
Director of Administration

Hello, my name is Diego Velez and I am currently in my 4th years of economics in the honours program. I was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to Calgary for university. This is my first year involved with SUE, as Director of Administration, and I look forward to a great year with SUE. Outside academics, I really enjoy playing sports and videogames. Once I finish my undergraduate, I plan to do a masters and then come back to Ecuador to put into practice what I have and will learn.​​

Fetsami Araya
Director of IT

Hey everyone! My name is Fetsami Araya and I’m in the last year of my honours degree in economics with a minor in data science. I’ve been a long-time member of SUE and I’m excited to be SUE’s Director of IT this year. My main responsibility is to work on this website that you’re on right now, I hope you’re enjoying the site, and if you have any suggestions for it please contact us. Outside of university, I enjoy reading, programming, and supporting Arsenal FC.

Chiamaka Ubakwelu
Director of Events

Hello! My name is Chiamaka Ubakwelu and I’m in my 3rd year of economics, minoring in political science. I was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria. I came to the University of Calgary as an International Student to pursue my undergraduate degree and hopefully advance onto a graduate program after my undergrad at U of C. My interest in economics lies within the area of macroeconomics and public policy. My love for economics began right from high school, because I started taking economics classes from grade 10 back in my country. This will be my first year on the SUE team, and I will be your Director of Events. I am thrilled to work with the team to continue to generate opportunities for new and returning members of SUE. During my free time I love playing drums and reading journal articles on developing nations. I see myself having a career with the United Nations in the future, because the UN maintains international peace and security, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development goals (SDGs), protects human rights and uphold international law. I volunteer as a peer helper at the University of Calgary Office of Sustainability so feel free to walk in anytime and say hello!

Chris Claxton
Director of Communications

My name is Chris. I am currently pursuing an honours degree in Economics, in my 5th year. I am passionate about econometrics and data analysis. I represent S.U.E as the Director of Communications. I truly believe in bringing together the Econ community, and the importance of creating networks. My goal is to represent S.U.E as an individual who adheres to the needs of the student body, through communication. I am also co-coordinating the Work Integrated Learning Pilot Program, initiating a work experience in data for students who want real world experience. In my spare time I’ll either be in the gym or reading a book! Please reach out and say hello if you ever see me!

Naomi Quinlan
Director of Events

Hi, my name is Naomi Quinlan. I am a fourth-year economics student in the honours program, and I am so excited to be a part of the events team for SUE in the 2019-2020 year! This will be my first time with SUE team, and I am looking forward to giving U of C economics community an enjoyable experience. Before starting university, I spent many years working as a payroll and office administrator before I decided to come back and upgrade my education. Outside of the school, I am a mother and a wife. I have three kids, and they are very supportive of me pursuing my dream and finishing my education.  I am very passionate about learning; anything from a useful skill, new language. Also, I am very passionate about proper money management, investing and growing money.

Russell Glenn
Executive Director

Russell is a third year economics student with a minor in political science. This is his first year on the SUE executive. Russell is also highly involved with the U of C Debate Team. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and climbing. 

Chelsea Nanan
Director of Corporate Sponsorship

Hello! My name is Chelsea Nanan and I am currently in my 4th year completing my undergrad in Economics at the University of Calgary. I am pleased to represent the SUE 2019/20 as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship, aiding the SUE with financial support. I am looking forward to providing the students at the University of Calgary with fun and memorable events, as well as any academic support that we can provide. By being apart of the SUE this year, I hope I can help share the beauty of Economics!

 

I am originally from the Caribbean island, Trinidad, but after a few moves I have made Calgary my home. My long-term goals are to either pursue Law or continue my Economic journey and complete my masters. My life outside of the SUE includes volunteering on campus at the Faith and Spirituality Centre, as well as working my part-time job as a Brand Ambassador. In my spare time I work on my editorial skills, play video games and walk dogs! My dream goal is to set up an organization that works to help rehabilitate troubled dogs and find them loving homes.

Gabrielle Hanna
Junior Executive

Hello, my name is Gabrielle and I am excited to be your Junior Executive for 2019/2020 SUE! This is my second year being involved in SUE and I pursued this role after enjoying the first year so much. Currently, I’m completing the combined BA/BCOMM degrees program. My main academic focus (and passion) is economics, however I also study risk management & insurance as well as German. I also work as a Junior Analyst for a local private equity firm. I love being able to apply what I’ve learned in the workforce: economics has been such a versatile field of study in my experience. I began studying at the University of Waterloo in Ontario where I grew up. I’ve only been in Calgary for two years where I live with my fiancé & puppy. Most of my free time is spent with those two, but I also enjoy going to coffee shops downtown – I’d love to connect & chat with you at one of them!