President: John Mesman
Contact: president [at] casg.ca
About the Office of the President:
The CASG President acts as the Student Governance Coordinator of Carleton University. It is the President’s responsibility, as Student Governance Coordinator, to report to Senate on the academic student governance representatives (ASG Representatives), those who sit on departmental boards and school councils.
The CASG President is also responsible for attending meetings with the Administration (i.e. President of the University, Associate VP Student Support Services, etc). Apart from managing all other executives, the President is specifically responsible for ensuring that the constitution is upheld and deals with external student organizations. The President is to be well informed on academic matters regarding the University, CASG constitution, by-laws, and policies. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the President to participate in and oversee the creation of new policies, by-laws, and constitutional changes whenever deemed necessary.
The President represents the CASG organization within the undergraduate population, CASG Council, and the Carleton University Senate. Within the CASG structure, the President is the first among equals within the executive committee. It is the President’s responsibility to ensure that the executive meetings are held on a bi-weekly basis (from September to April), and that CASG general meetings are held throughout the year. Should the executives be in any need of assistance, it is the duty of the President to aid the VPs with their responsibilities. The President is a signing authority and is entrusted with the finances of CASG. Finally, the President of CASG is to promote accountability, transparency, and fair practices in matters including, but not limited to; elections, hiring, volunteers, meetings, policies, finances, record keeping, etc.
About the President:
John’s currently the President and Governance Coordinator at CASG, but he also serves as the two-term President of the Carleton Science Student Society and a two-term Councillor on the Carleton University Students’ Association. John is victory lapping (completing his 5th year) at Carleton studying Biochemistry and Biotechnology and he has been very involved in the Faculty of Science community. He is currently completing his undergraduate thesis work at Health Canada and plans on graduating this coming 2014/2015 year!
John enjoys coffee, the occasional social gathering and, unfortunately, student politics. Get in touch with him if you’re looking to get involved!