Executive Director

Jonathan completed his undergraduate education in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Throughout his academic career, Jonathan was heavily involved in student government and student representation. He spent three years on the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union Board of Directors, including one year as Chair and Chief Governance Officer. He was a member of the university Board of Governors as well as a student representative on several other Senate and university committees. After two years of travel and work, Jonathan returned to school to complete a Master of Public Administration/Policy from Queen’s University. He spent his final summer semester abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After Queen’s, Jonathan joined the Ontario Public Service and served in the Ministries of Community and Social Services and Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

He can be reached at (613) 236-3457 ext. 222


Policy and Research Analyst

Amélie completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at l’Université de Montréal in Political Science. A native of the National Capital, she is perfectly bilingual with an understanding and keen interest for political and policy issues on multiple scales. She began her career as a junior political advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs before entering the world of public relations and government communications. Outside of work, Amélie enjoys running, playing tennis and soccer, in addition to attending regular moksha yoga classes. She is also an avid reader with an affinity for Canadian literature.

You can reach Amélie at (613) 236-3457 ext: 224


Policy and Research Analyst

Patrick Snider brings a strong background in policy analysis and political experience to CASA. He graduated from Carleton University, acquiring a Master’s Degree in Political Science, and has experience performing research and policy analysis on Parliament Hill for a number of MPs, as well as off the hill with a number of advocacy groups and professional associations. He has also worked on the ground in election campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. He has lived in Ottawa all his life, except for when he was living in Korea and Texas, and is an avid runner, skier and fencer.

You can reach Patrick at (613) 236-3457 ext. 223


Government Relations and Communications Coordinator

Matthew is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and completed his undergraduate degree at Acadia University. During his studies he was active in student politics, serving three years on the Acadia Students’ Union Executive. Further to that he served as Vice-Chair of Students Nova Scotia, and was engaged with CASA during his two years as a delegate. During his time at Acadia, he developed a strong passion for student advocacy and that is what guides his work at CASA today. Away from work, Matthew is an avid reader, a full-time fantasy football coach and a diehard Manchester United fan.

You may contact Matthew Rios at (613) 236-3457 ext 221


Manager, Stakeholder Relations

Michael completed his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University and his graduate degree at Macquarie University in International Environmental Law. Throughout his studies, Michael was actively engaged in student politics, being elected student president at his CEGEP and serving as a CASA Ambassador at Bishop’s. He has always had a passion for politics, and has had the privilege of working actively for national political campaigns in both 2008 and 2011. Outside of work and school, Michael is an avid debater, amateur historian and middling hockey player.

You may contact Michael McDonald at (613) 236-3457 ext 227


Office Manager

Ellen Wightman was born and raised in Blackpool, England where she earned a B.A. in Business Management. Ellen has gained a variety of professional experience, having worked in Oman as a controller for a national manufacturing company, a statistician for the German civil service and as a banker with HSBC UK. She brings to CASA over 25 years of experience in accounting and office administration.

She may be reached at (613) 236-3457 ext 226