Who we are

Executive Council


Jeffrey A Philavong  was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He is studying in the Sustainability and International Business BBA program. He hopes to make positive changes in the world aligning nature and business. He is  also a member of the Academic Council, and an executive member of the RRU Toastmasters. He is comfortable speaking practical and business in French. Having spent much time in restaurant management, Philavong learned to speak fluent Thai. He has travelled to more than 30 countries and 150 cities examining  political, economical and cultural differences. Exploration is one of his many passions. He discovered his capacity for leadership when he began reading books. He believes that applied knowledge can change your life.


VP Finance

Agnes Cheung is a final year BBA student experienced in accounting and finance. She was the last year VP Finance, and the student council working  atmosphere  made her stay for another year. She is currently looking after this year’s Executive Committee and overseeing the funding requests from students to the council. Any questions about program funding, please email her atrrusa_vpfinance@royalroads.ca


VP Communications

Ellen Lambie Hamilton, is a Bachelor of Professional Communications student. Her background is in journalism and communications and she is a full-time editor in Calgary, Alberta. She is the VP Communications for RRUSA, the chair of the Communications Committee and editor of The Royal Magazine, RRU’s magazine. She loves school and is always looking for new things to learn. Her hobbies playing scrabble, photography, baking and sailing.


VP Online

Mackenzie Dine is a fourth-year Blended Justice studies program student. He grew up on Pender Island BC and currently lives in Victoria B.C. He has held a variety of jobs and volunteer positions ranging from a professional cook to a volunteer firefighter. He has always had a passion for change and is looking forward to helping RRUSA becomes the best it can be!


VP On Campus

Negar Abedi is a second-year Business Administration student who moved to Victoria last year from Iran. She loves getting involved in community and has done a lot of volunteering in Victoria since arriving. She loves reading, rain and long walks on the beach – or in the forest, she says. She a conversation enthusiast, so shoot her an email if you like to talk about curious places around the campus, gender equality and everything in between.


VP Executive Administration

Paul Cadiente is an online student in the BAPC (Professional Communication) program, here at RRU. He is an alumni of York University (BA Canadian Studies ’05) and has a lot of life experience. Currently, Paul is employed with Black & McDonald in Toronto as an Office Manager, making sure that work flows smoothly through the office. In his personal life, he not only works with RRUSA, but sits on a Board with an organization focusing on Mental Health. He loves travelling and meeting new faces, but also loves being busy (just like how he’s currently doing full time school and full time work). For any RRU friends in Toronto, don’t be shy to look him up!


VP Engagement

Zain Abbas is  a fourth-year BBA International Business and Sustainability student. Pakistan is his home country. He is passionate about bringing change and making this world a better place to live in. Currently, he is using the platform of RRUSA to attain his passion and if you have any ideas to make the experience at RRU better, feel free to reach out.



Executive Director


Dory Thuot