Hailing as an immigrant from the small island of Cuba – Andres is your daily dose of Shakira and Enrique Iglesias entering his 3rd year of Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Waterloo. Whenever he isn’t giving Michelle terrible design advice – he can be found yelling about random political and financial events. Andres has worked at EY for two co-op terms, auditing financial institutions and complaining about busy season. Although short in DECA background – Andres comes in with a wide range of leadership and organizational experience founding and helping create various successful and large organizations at the University of Waterloo . Aside from DECA – Andres currently serves as Corporate Treasurer for Start Proud, one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ+ professional development organizations. I respond to messages freakishly fast (actually), so feel free to reach out if you want to talk politics, DECA, finance or the audit world.
VP Digital Operations
Moosa can be found in his natural habitat of a coffee shop or his room chugging down coffee and spitting out mad bars… of code. Whether it be web design, app development, or coming up with another crazy start up idea; Moosa loves doing it all. Moosa is also very involved in the hackathon community where his love of hackathons first started when he competed in the University of Waterloo’s Hack the North, since then, he has gone to compete in countless others, notably placing top 5 in UofT’s hackathon and becoming the founder and head organizer of Laurier’s first hackathon, Starthacks. Moosa is in his third year at Wilfrid Laurier University and is doing his co-op at BlackBerry as a Service Engineer. He is excited to bring his new perspective and creative ideas to the DECA U BoD, so prepare yourselves for a new era of DECA U. If you ever needed to run your startup idea by someone or would just like to have a chat, feel free to reach Moosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hasham is entering his 5th year as a Marketing and IT Management student at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He is a seasoned DECA delegate, and has competed in numerous competitions across the province. Previously, Hasham has served as the Vice President of Corporate Relations, and Executive Vice President of DECA Ryerson – the largest chapter in Canada. He is currently in the middle of a 12 month internship at IBM Canada – specializing in B2B Analytics Sales. When he is not at work or in the library, he can be found shamelessly roaming the streets of Toronto taking pictures of skyscrapers. He is also a huge Raptors fan, and is looking forward to seeing them win a championship in 2017! If you ever need any tips, advice, or just want to improve your case cutting abilities, Hasham is the man for the job.
VP Projects Management
Your go to local coffee shop gal pal, Michelle is probably sipping on her iced coffee at the local Starbucks with Photoshop opened. She is currently a Marketing Management student at the University of Guelph and has spent her co-op terms at Leonardo Worldwide Corporation, Kellogg Canada Inc., and Samsung Electronics Canada. When Michelle isn’t spending countless hours managing DECA U’s brand, she can be found ignoring Andres’ phone calls. Michelle’s work revolves around integrating digital media into business and marketing where she is continuously trying to make an impact in the digital and tech community in which she has been nominated to be a TEDx speaker based on her entrepreneurial spirit. You can reach her at email@example.com if you ever needed life or pizza topping advice.
VP Chapter Development
Anna is starting her 5th year in International Management at the University of Ottawa and her 9th year of DECA. How has it already been 8 years?! Passionate about the intersection of technology and business, Anna has spent the past 8 months at Microsoft while also serving as Chapter President of DECA uOttawa. Equally passionate about mentorship and people development, she is ecstatic at the prospect of bringing a more robust mentorship program to DECA as VP Chapter Development. In the past, Anna could be found on Parliament Hill, working first as a House of Commons Page, and then a Parliamentary Guide. This summer, Anna will be working in Europe, and spending weekends visiting the places she didn’t get to during her exchange in France.
VP Delegate Experience
Riley is one of the new kids on the block. He is a 3rd year BBA student at Wilfrid Laurier and going into his 5th year of DECA; he is ready to bring his new ideas and put a twist on upcoming events. Riley is your typical sports fanatic and can talk for hours on almost anything that includes a ball with a particular interest in hockey, golf, football and NASCAR racing. Riley has also worked for BDO his past 2 co op work terms and is aiming to pursue his CPA designation. After graduation Riley is going to travel as much as he can (or can afford) before settling into the business world and working his way up the corporate ladder to partner. Riley firmly believes that loyalty and confidence will take you far in your career and life in general.
Maria is entering her third year at the University of Toronto studying Human Biology and Psychology, and for some reason, this qualifies her to serve as one of the VP Partnerships for DECA U. On any given day, Maria can be found critiquing the quality of the iced capp made at her local Tim Hortons, before dashing off to work as a cleft lip and palate research assistant at SickKids. Her personal pet peeve? Referring to oneself in the third person.
Sam is very excited to be serving as one of the VP Partnerships on the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year. After serving as the VP Communications on the 2016-2017 Board, he aims to leverage his executive experience to play an impactful role within the Partnerships portfolio. After his undergrad, Sam plans to attend law school to pursue a career in corporate commercial law. When he’s not in the library, you can usually find him volunteering with the youth literacy organization, Start2Finish, or rowing on the Rideau Canal. A lover of grammar and spelling, Sam believes in goal-setting, youth empowerment, and the Oxford comma.