Our People

Here you can meet the members of CUASA’s Executive (the Steering Committee), and our Staff. Click on the photos to learn more.

CUASA employs full-time professional staff who are available to provide assistance and answer your inquiries. They can be found in the CUASA Office (2003 Dunton Tower), by phone at (613) 520-5607 or via email (see below or email the CUASA Office). CUASA’s staff are unionized under Unifor Local 567.

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Executive

ANGELO MINGARELLI

President

Email: president@cuasa.ca

ROOT GORELICK

Past President

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DORON NUSSBAUM

Vice-President

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PUM VAN VELDHOVEN

Chair, Grievance Policy and Administration

CHANTAL DION

Chair, Collective Bargaining & Chief Negotiator

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GREG FRANKS

Salary and Benefits Officer

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BRETT STEVENS

Chief, Internal Affairs

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ISLA JORDAN

Librarian Representative

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CHRISTAL CÔTÉ

Director / Senior Grievance & Arbitration Officer

Email: christal.cote@cuasa.ca
Direct Line: (613) 520-2600 ext. 8329

DEBORAH JACKSON

Office Manager

Email: deborah.jackson@cuasa.ca
Direct Line: (613) 520-5607

JOSH HORTON

Member Services and Communications Officer

Email: joshua.horton@cuasa.ca
Direct Line: (613) 520-5608

ALEX AUCOIN

Paralegal Placement Student

Email: alex.aucoin@cuasa.ca
Direct Line: (613) 520-2600 ext. 8330

HANAN MANKAL

Paralegal Placement Student

Email: hanan.mankal@cuasa.ca
Direct Line: (613) 520-2600 ext. 8381

ANGELO MINGARELLI

President

Angelo is Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, where he’s been on the faculty for 29 years. As a  CUASA member he’s been a member of almost every committee in the association and president of the association for a fourth term this year. He has published more than 110 papers and is the author of six books.

ROOT GORELICK

Past President

Root is an anarchist who cares deeply about equity, inclusion, integrity, and due process. His guiding principles are “do no harm” and “leave things better than you found them”. He has training and work experience in biology, mathematics, economics, and physics.

CHANTAL DION

Chair, Collective Bargaining & Chief Negotiator

Education is Chantal’s passion. Fair democracy is her main objective. With this in mind, it probably helps she has written a PhD dissertation on Humor and Laughter in learning and teaching a second language (Université de Montréal, 2007). Chantal believes in negotiations, as long as all parties are respectful and fair. Over time, her involvement with CUASA has been natural: Council representative, Instructor representative, President, and Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee/Chief Negotiator. She believes in the strength of the whole, and she has faith in intelligent and positive participation. In Chantal’s opinion, there is no greater power than the power of solidarity exercised with no-nonsense diplomacy.

CHRISTAL CÔTÉ

Director / Senior Grievance & Arbitration Officer

Christal is the in-house legal services professional responsible for representing the Association, and its members, at all stages of the grievance process and before various boards, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Under the oversight of the Grievance Policy and Administration Committee and in collaboration with the President, Christal is also responsible for coordinating legal projects, developing grievance education and overseeing the Association’s grievance handling and representation services. She also serves as CUASA’s Director.

Christal is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and holds a P1 license; has a BA from the University of Manitoba; is a Mediator with a certificate in Advanced Negotiations; and graduated with honours from the LSUC accredited licensed paralegal program at Algonquin Careers Academy. Christal is currently a graduate student in the Master of Ethics and Legal Studies, Labour and Industrial Relations program at Charles Stuart University.

DEBORAH JACKSON

Office Manager

In addition to the day to day running of the CUASA Office, Deborah is responsible for CUASA’s finances, administering the mailing and membership lists, running CUASA elections and the loan of CUASA materials to members. Deborah has been with CUASA since 1999.

JOSH HORTON

Member Services and Communications Officer

Josh’s primary responsibilities are member development, mobilization and organization, day-to-day services to members, committee support, and both internal and external communications on behalf of the Association, including the CUASA website and social media feeds.

Josh holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication from Cape Breton University in his hometown of Sydney, NS. He is currently enrolled in a Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Calgary.

ALEX AUCOIN

Paralegal Placement Student

Alex is a student placement at CUASA who assists with administration. Alex is nearly completed the LSO accredited Paralegal Program at Algonquin Careers Academy, and will obtain his p1 license in November 2019.

HANAN MANKAL

Paralegal Placement Student

Hanan grew up in Ottawa and moved to the Middle East for a number of years with her family. She comes from a diversified professional background working in the medical field, retail and the legal field. Hanan is currently completing the Paralegal Program at Algonquin Careers Academy. She is passionate about helping people and looks forward to assisting people who may need her help.