JACFA Committee Members

Academic Year 2023-2024

Academic Council

Academic Council is a sub-committee of the Board of Governors which provides advice to the College on all academic issues.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Suzanne Black, Chemistry
  • Geoffrey Cook, English
  • Antoine Herlin, Mathematics
  • Anna Lepine, English
  • Maria Mastorakos, Physics
  • Claire Russell, English
  • Chris von Roretz, Biology
  • Hicham Tiflati, HPR
  • Michele Trepanier, English
  • Jessica Vandervort, HEPS
  • Tom Young, HPR

Permanent Substitutes:

  • Roy Fu, HPR
  • Vikram Singh, Computer Science
  • Rhoda Sollazzo, Mathematics
  • Kristina Swiercz, Nursing

Faculty Labour Relations Committee (CRT)

The Faculty Labour Relations Committee (CRT) is where JACFA representatives and the College administration meet to discuss and resolve issues concerning the application or interpretation of the collective agreement, including the allocation of teaching resources to disciplines and departments.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Valerie Bherer, English
  • Michael Haaf, Computer Science
  • Maria Mastorakos, Physics
  • Ethan Mombourquette, Mathematics
  • Alexandre Panassenko, Mathematics
  • Kristina Swiercz, Nursing

Faculty Professional Development Committee

FPDC is a parity committee of JACFA and the College that establishes faculty professional development priorities and allocates the professional development fund.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Mohammad Bardestani, Mathematics
  • André Leblanc, HEPS
  • Alice McLeod, Mathematics
  • Ian Rogers, GWD
  • Candis Steenbergen, HPR

Financial Review Committee

The JACFA Financial Review Committee meets with JACFA’s Treasurer to review the revenues and expenditures of the association once each semester, and makes recommendations, if necessary, to the Executive and to the General Assembly.


  • Ed Hudson, Chemistry
  • Claire Russell, English
  • Carolyn Viger, Physics

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee advises the College on environmental sustainability issues.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Jessica Burpee, Geosciences
  • Julien Morency- Laflamme, HEPS
  • Darren Millar, English

Harassment Awareness Committee

The Harassment Awareness Committee’s work is to advise the College and to raise awareness within the college community about the issue of sexual or psychological harassment.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Manijeh Ali, Nutrition
  • Andrew Cuk, Theatre

Innovation, Research & Development Committee

The IRDC meets to review and recommend approval of all research projects conducted at the college.

Faculty Representatives:

  • Niusha Zohoorian, ILT

Food Services Advisory Committee

The Food Service Advisory Committee meets to discuss the results of the annual evaluation surveys for the overall food services offered at the College and to make recommendations on ways to improve this service.

Faculty Representatives: 

  • Claire Russell, English
  • Nicholas Tosaj, HEPS

Research Ethics Board

Faculty Representatives:

  • Murray Bronet, Chemistry
  • Shireef Darwish, Biology
  • Anila Hasko, Dental Hygiene
  • Rekha Iyer, Chemistry
  • Catherine McConnell, Dental Hygiene
  • Etienne Portelance, Physics
  • Laura Shillington, Geosciences

JACFA Climate Change Committee

  • Manijeh Ali, Nutrition
  • Roxane Millette, Biology
  • Ian Rogers, GWD

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Faculty Representatives: 

  • Rosalind Belgrave, Nursing
  • Elisha Conway, Theatre
  • Debbie Lunny, HPR
  • Sarwat Viqar, HPR

For lists of members of committees from past years, click here.