LARA AIPPERSBACH | SECRETARY-GENERAL
Lara is a graduate of Carleton University’s Public Affairs and Policy Management program. Currently, she works as a policy analyst for Employment and Social Development Canada. Lara has extensive Model UN experience from her university life, where she participated in over 15 conferences in various capacities. The vast majority of Lara’s work experience is in communications; she is passionate about a number of issues and has a great deal of research interests. Some of her major research endeavours have looked at screening mammography policy in the United States, the global governance of refugee protection, and the legality of mandatory conscription. Lara has worked with UNA-Canada since she participated in her first CANIMUN in 2015; this year, she is thrilled to take on the role of Secretary-General, and hopes to make the conference’s 15th anniversary its best iteration yet.
ANDREW CHEN | DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
Andrew is pursuing a degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in Ottawa. In addition to his studies, Andrew works for the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, and has a passion for politics and the world of aviation. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Andrew has been involved in Model United Nations since Grade 8, and has participated in numerous conferences in various capacities. Most notably, he has served as Under-Secretary-General Conference for Vancouver Model United Nations (VMUN) and as Under-Secretary-General, Conference Operations for CANIMUN 2016. Andrew is looking forward to delivering a memorable and high-quality conference for all delegates.
VÉRONIQUE LEBLANC | UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, COMMITTEES
Véronique is a student beginning an undergraduate degree at McGill University in the fall of 2017. She will be majoring in Psychology with tentative minors in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist & Social Justice Studies and Music. Véronique discovered MUN at the very beginning of her CEGEP career, and has since participated in conference within multiple Canadian circuits and abroad. Other notable public speaking competition involvements include a number of debating and case competitions. Outside of MUN, Véronique volunteers both at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals and at Suicide Action Montreal. Otherwise, you can find her writing and recording music, reading in obnoxious amounts or sketching. Fueled by passion for a variety of causes, Véronique is excited to take on CANIMUN committees and to challenge and inspire delegates.
KATELYNN WYNEN | UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, COMMITTEES
Katelynn (Katie) is a Political Science and Economics student at the University of Ottawa with a passion for international relations and diplomacy. Since attending CANIMUN as a delegate in her first year, Katie has become heavily involved with the University of Ottawa Model United Nations Association, and is now its President. She has also worked as a co-op student with the provincial and federal governments, and as a tour guide at Parliament. She has staffed and participated in various Canadian and international MUN conferences both as a representative of the University of Ottawa and as an exchange student at Sciences Po Paris. Katie was the Director of Committees for the 2017 Capital MUN Conference, and for CANIMUN 2017 she took on the role of Director of the UNEP. This year, she is thrilled to be overseeing CANIMUN 2018’s exciting academic program.
GABRIELLE MÉNÈS | UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, DELEGATE AFFAIRS (ADMINISTRATION)
Gabrielle is originally from Montreal, Québec. In 2011, she moved to Paris where she lived for two years and completed her Brevet des Collèges, before relocating to Helsinki, Finland, where she attended the International School of Helsinki. In 2016, she moved to Ottawa and worked as a Page in the House of Commons while attending uOttawa in International Development & Globalization. In the fall of 2017, she will start her Licentiate in Law (LLL) and Honours BSocSC in International Development & Globalization. While in Europe she had the opportunity to attend MUN conferences in the UK, Helsinki, Dublin and most notably in the Hague at The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN), as both a delegate and staff member. Furthermore, Gabrielle was part of her MUN leadership team at her school where she trained delegates and organized mock committees.
KIRTHANA SASITHARAN | UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, DELEGATE AFFIARS (OUTREACH)
Kirthana is a final year Masters of Journalism candidate at the University of British Columbia. Before entering the world of Journalism, she was a student at the University of Windsor, where she obtained an Honours B.A. in English Literature and Dramatic Art. Kirthana began her studies with the intention of becoming a director. In her third year, she became involved in Model UN, where she participated in NAMUN, CANIMUN, and Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters. Her success and involvement in CANIMUN’s IPF sparked her interest to continue being involved in Model UN and also inspired her to pursue journalism. She has served as UWinMUN’s Secretary-General and IPF Editor-in-Chief. She will be serving as the the Under-Secretary-General, Delegate Affairs (Outreach) for CANIMUN 2018.
EMILY MANZEROLLE | UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, CONFERENCE OPERATIONS
Emily is a 4th year Public Affairs and Policy Management student at Carleton University. A passionate MUN delegate, she has attended 10 different conferences including one hosted by the World Federation of United Nations Associations in the UN Headquarters in NYC. She has also been heavily involved with the Carleton UN Society in previous years, including serving as a 2016/17 Co-Director of Training. Emily’s passion for the UN and international law was spared during her first MUN conference, and she has since gone on in her degree to specialize in areas of international diplomacy. With a strong passion for queer rights, law, and comic books, Emily hopes to one day be able to work with the UN or represent Canada as a member of the foreign service.
CHRISTELLE TESSONO | CHIEF OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Although currently residing in Montréal and of Haitian descent, Christelle was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is presently pursuing her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Economics at McGill University. Over the past three years, Christelle has gained a lot of experience in the Model UN scene, namely by attending over ten North American conferences as a delegate, chairing 3 simulations, acting as the Director of Finance of the 2017 Harvard World Model UN Organizing Committee (WorldMUN), and lastly as the USG Finance & Business for the 2017 Montréal United Nations Conference (MUNC). Aside from Model UN, Christelle’s interests are political economy, public policy, sustainable development, and Latin American history. She is looking forward to celebrating CANIMUN’s 15th anniversary with you all in March!