JONATHAN CROMBIE, President
Jonathan is student director for the Ontario Young Liberals. Last year, he served as Executive Vice-President of the UofT Liberals. Jonathan was a youth chair for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberal leadership campaign. He was Vice-President Communications for the Mississauga-Streetsville Young Liberals and served as youth director for the Queer Liberals. All through middle and high school, Jonathan worked during each election for MPPs Bob Delany, Harinder Takhar and Charles Sousa, and for federal candidates like Tony Ianno, Christine Innes, Omar Alghabra, Paul Szabo, Bonnie Brown, Grant Gordon, Frank Valeriote and, of course, Bonnie Crombie. He was student body president of Neuchatel Junior College and secretary-general of the Appleby College Model United Nations in his final year of high school. Since enrolling at the UofT, he took on leadership roles as a first-year director of LGBTOUT while working on a degree in political science and classics studies.
ADAM AUSTEN, Executive Vice-President
Adam Austen is in his third year, studying history. Last year, he served as Vice-President Membership, leading a team to recruit nearly 1000 federal supporters. Originally from Ottawa, Adam knows politics; he lives just fifteen minutes from Parliament Hill! In high school, Adam volunteered in the office of the Hon Dr Stéphane Dion. He volunteered on many campaigns during the 2011 provincial election in Toronto-Centre, Davenport and Toronto-Danforth as well as on the Toronto-Danforth federal by-election. As events director for the Trinity College Liberals, Adam organized several large-scale events throughout the year. He then served as president of the Trinity College Liberals. Adam was a volunteer on Sandra Pupatello’s leadership campaign and on Justin Trudeau’s campaign.
DEVYN NOONAN, Vice-President Federal
Devyn Noonan first became involved with the Liberal Party in 2008, when she volunteered in the federal election in the riding of Northumberland-Quinte West. She then served as youth director on the riding’s executive for the 2009-2010 year and she canvassed in both the provincial election and the Toronto Danforth by-election. Devyn is passionate about women’s issues, and advocates for women’s rights, including within the Young Liberals of Canada’s Beyond the Numbers Initiative. She is a third-year student, studying political science and philosophy. She has received multiple scholarships in recognition of her academic achievements. Devyn is a columnist with The Varsity. Last year, Devyn served as Women’s Issues Director, including moderating a panel on abortion rights under the Harper Conservatives. She was also campus chair at UofT for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership campaign and volunteered on the Justin Trudeau campaign.
ADEL BOULAZREG, Vice-President Provincial
Adel Boulazreg is the son of lifelong Liberals and he has volunteered with numerous political campaigns. He was youth chair for a city councillor’s campaign, worked with a Toronto mayoral campaign and volunteered for Mississauga-South MPP Charles Sousa. He sits as Co-Chair for the Rights and Democracy Chapter at the UofT and was Secretary General for Lorne Park Secondary School’s first-ever Model United Nations. He is currently studying for a double major in peace, conflict and justice studies, and political science. In addition to politics, Adel has a passion for finance and sports. He ran his own franchise last summer and currently sits on UofT’s Responsible Investing Committee as a sub-committee member. He is a summer intern with BlackSharp & Co. and is a communications assistant with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. On campus, Adel is intramural men’s rep for Victoria College’s Athletic Association and he captains Victoria’s soccer team. He was as a field organizer with Obama for America in the swing state of North Carolina. Adel was volunteer coordinator and executive assistant to the campaign manager of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership campaign. He is now also membership secretary for the Trinity–Spadina Young Liberals.
KALEEM HAWA, Vice-President Finance
Kaleem Hawa is a second-year student at Trinity College where he is studying as a recipient of the prestigious Loran Scholarship within the Trinity One International Relations programme. He was a student and prefect at Upper Canada College where he served as the three-time Liberal premier at the Ontario Model Parliament and as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Kaleem has volunteered with David Zimmer, Martha Hall Findlay, Eric Hoskins, Borys Wrzesnewskyj and Premier Kathleen Wynne. He is Vice-President of the Willowdale Young Liberals and a staff writer for The Varsity. Last year, he was a first-year rep on the UofT Liberals and a volunteer for Premier Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau’s leadership campaigns.
ERIN SINGER, Vice-President Membership
Erin Singer has been a member of the Ontario Young Liberals since 2011. Her interest in Liberal politics was first piqued through participation in the Ontario Model Parliament. She then volunteered with Mike Crawley’s federal presidential campaign. She is also involved in rebuilding efforts in her home riding of Eglinton–Lawrence. Erin is a second-year Trinity College student, having completed the Trinity One International Relations Programme She is doing a double major in international relations and global health. Last year, Erin was a first-year rep for the UofT Liberals, and she was a delegate for Premier Kathleen Wynne, and supported Martha Hall Findlay’s leadership campaign.
LAUREL CHESTER, Communications Director
Laurel was a director for New College to the UTSU and is a commissioner on New’s Student Council. She was co-chair of New College’s orientation week and is a student ambassador for UofT. In addition, Laurel is secretary of the St George Roundtable. Laurel studies political science. She was a Wynne delegate in the Ontario Liberal leadership race. Laurel is president of the Trinity–Spadina Young Liberals.
SCOTT DALLEN, Policy Director
Scotty has held a variety of leadership positions at UofT, including serving as the chair of the St George Roundtable. He was social and events coordinator for the University College Literary and Athletic Society and executive director of Winterfest in 2012. Scott has extensive involvement in production, including running a collaborative music-management program, coordinating for Me to We and doing event production for various Canadian music shows. He is a Miller-Thomson National Scholar and a JS McLean Scholar; he also spent a semester as a scholarship researcher at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scotty was a delegate for Premier Kathleen Wynne at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention and is Executive Vice-President of the Trinity–Spadina Young Liberals. He is in his final year of a joint specialist in peace, conflict and justice studies, and international relations.
TOM GLEASON, Events Director
Tom Gleason is a third-year student, majoring in political science and sexual-diversity studies. Tom is the President and Founder of Woodsworth Inclusive or WINC (the LGBTQ group at Woodsworth College). In his first year, he served as an executive-at-large on LGBTOUT and was voted additional responsibilities as special-events coordinator for this coming year, including planning such events as the Homohop. Tom is also co-chair of the 2012 UofT Pride Planning Committee and is involved with Woodsworth Frosh Week. Last year, he was Queer Issues Director for the UofT Liberals. He is co-chair of the Queer Young Liberals in Ontario and was a proud supporter of Premier Kathleen Wynne — including as a commentator — and a supporter of Martha Hall Findlay’s federal leadership campaign.
ALEX BYRNE, Opposition Watch Director
Alex has a long-time interest in public policy. He is studying international relations at Victoria College. He was president of the debating club at Appleby College and undersecretary-general of the Model United Nations, participating actively in organising and competing at tournaments. He is now director of special committees for the North American Model United Nations. Throughout high school, he volunteered for various political campaigns, including federal and municipal campaigns for Bonnie Crombie. Alex has a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, which led him away from previous support of the Conservative Party because of the wasteful F35 debacle. Since becoming a Liberal in 2011, he has worked on the Grant Gordon by-election campaign. Alex was a supporter of Marc Garneau for the federal leadership, and an active phone-bank volunteer for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership campaign.
JOE GUIYAB, Community Outreach Director
Joe is a law student and previously served as president of the UofT-Scarborough Young Liberals, where he attained his H.B.A. He has worked in the constituency office of the Hon Margaret Best, MPP, and as a stakeholder relations analyst and strategic communications personnel for Metrolinx. He supported Dr Eric Hoskins and George Takach in their leadership campaigns.
MICHELLE TEDESCO, LGBT Issues Director
Michelle is in her third year at St Michael’s College studying for a degree in political science. A lifelong Liberal, she was inspired to join the Party in 2011 and has since volunteered extensively, including for John McKay, Greg Sorbara and Glen Murray, and on the Grant Gordon by-election. She is a founding member of the Nicaragua Society at St Michael’s College and is a contributing writer to the student-run political science journal, The 1837 Society. She was the winner of the Churchill Peacemaker Award at the University of Toronto Model Parliament and is a UofT representative to the Queer Liberals in Toronto. She was an intern in the office of The Hon Sen David Smith this past summer.
UMAIR AHMED, Multicultural Issues Director
Umair is Vice-President Federal of the Toronto–Centre Young Liberals. He was an active volunteer for both Premier Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau’s respective leadership campaigns.
TANYA KUZMAN, Women’s Issues Director
Tanya began her involvement with the Liberal Party at McMaster University, where she graduated with a double-honours degree in history and political science, and a minor in performance. During her undergraduate career, Tanya served on the McMaster Young Liberals as Vice-President Outreach, Vice-President Policy and as Vice-President Communications. She also served for two years as an elected representative on the McMaster Student Government and was elected the University Affairs Commissioner, working to develop operating policies for social media and student engagement. In the broader community, she has made multi-year commitments as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Legal Aid. Tanya is also the artistic director of the Summer Performance Festival, which gives local and new generation artists the opportunity to pursue non-normative theatre. Tanya worked as a Legislative Assistant at Queen’s Park. At the University of Toronto, Tanya is pursuing her MA in public policy.
BREEN WILKINSON, Executive-at-Large
Breen is a second-year student at Trinity College, with extensive campaign experience at the federal and provincial levels in Perth-Wellington. He was a delegate for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership campaign. He is now communications secretary for the Trinity–Spadina Young Liberals.
MAX STERN, Executive-at-Large
Max is a second-year student at Victoria College. He has interned in the office of Joyce Murray, MP and helped run her social-media campaign during the federal leadership race.
JONATHAN SCOTT, Past President
Jonathan studied for an English-literature degree and plans to study law in the UK. He first became involved with the Liberal Party as a candidate’s aid for Kate Wilson in York-Simcoe in the winter 2006 federal election. A former Vice-President and policy director of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, Jonathan worked closely with Minister Kathleen Wynne on equity and inclusive-education policies. He volunteered as poll captain for the UofT area for Christine Innes’s campaign in Trinity-Spadina, while coordinating TTC canvassing, and did communications, canvassing coordination and debate prep on the Grant Gordon by-election in Toronto-Danforth. A regular contributor to media outlets across Canada, Jonathan has worked to advance Liberal values, especially related to education, in print, television and online. On campus, Jonathan was president of the English Students’ Union, Vice-President Communications for the International Relations Society, was a staff writer for The Varsity and was a Head of Trinity College. He is a Toronto Dominion Scholar. He did communications work and youth organization for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership campaign. He also was on the communications, events/tour and organization teams for Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal leadership campaign. Jonathan now does communications in the Office of the Premier of Ontario.