Who we are

Executive Council

President

Alex Demers was born and raised in Toronto despite having spent the last three years between British Columbia and Alberta. She is a 4th year in the Global Tourism Management Program and also has a Social Service worker diploma. Demers is passionate about environmental sustainability and wishes to give back to the community. As President, Demers plans to promote Royal Roads as the sustainable university that it is, while bringing new interactive events to engage both online and on-campus students. She hopes to make this the best year yet. Her goal is to one day start her own non-for profit.

Program: BA Global Tourism Management

Where are you from? Toronto, Ontario

Favourite food: Cheese

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: I would hope that people would say I am an inspirational leader and I made a difference in my community by giving back.

Favourite Meme

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I grew up on a sailboat on Lake Ontario

Dream job: To start my own non for profit

Favourite quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney “

 

VP Finance

Virti Dave was born in Baroda, India but lived most of her life in Mumbai. She moved to Canada last year and is a Year 4 Bachelor’s in Business Administration-Sustainability and International Business student. Apart from being a member of the Executive council of RRUSA, she is also the WileyPLUS student rep for RRU. As the VP Finance, she expects to build her leadership qualities and connect with different people. Through her passion for yoga, Dave hopes to make the world a better place to live in. She loves travelling, trying different food, meeting new people and learning new things.

Program: Bachelors in Business Administration – Sustainability and international Business

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Where are you from? Mumbai, India

Favourite food: Indo-Chinese and Thai

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: I came to work because she made work seem fun

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I own lots of stuffed animals

Dream job: Own yoga studios all around the world

Favourite quote: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”

 

VP Communications

Kyle Boniol is an aspiring graphic designer and in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Boniol’s goal is to spread diversity and is proud to represent his Filipino heritage. As VP Communications, he intends to build relationships with his peers and from other people in different programs. Boniol’s would like to work as an animator for Disney or be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts aka Charlie Brown, one of Boniol’s role models. If there is one thing he wants to be remembered for, it’s his sense of fashion.

Program: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

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Where are you from? Calgary, Alberta

Favourite food: Phở

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: “Kyle is still very fashionable!”

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I was awarded a plaque in Kindergarten due to my high grades in Math

Dream job: Cartoonist or an Animator at Disney

Favourite quote: All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

 

VP Online

Barbi Hofer

Program: BCom in Entrepreneurial Management

Favourite Meme

Where are you from? Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Favourite food: Sushi

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: It was a blast!

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I’m actually very shy.

Dream job: Retirement

Favourite quote: In progress…

 

VP On Campus

Lyaba Faran is from Calgary, AB and is currently a student in the Professional Communications program. She is passionate about spreading awareness on diversity and community involvement. She hopes to one day open a non-for-profit for children in third world countries that will provide free education and development. As the VP on Campus, Lyaba wants to help create a sense of community in the university amongst students and staff. She is a proud Royal Roads University student who wants to promote the school locally and across the county.

Program: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

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Where are you from? Born in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan moved to Calgary at the age of 3

Favourite food: Pizza and Shawarma

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: An understanding person, who was dedicated to not only the success of the company but each individual working.

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I am a huge MMA fan and rap music enthusiast – not that random but people always get surprised!

Dream job: Resident of my own NGO that will give kids free education in underprivileged countries

Favourite quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

 

VP Executive Administration

Jessie Foster is a dedicated outdoorsman who loves skiing, traveling and writing good. Born in Vancouver, raised in Calgary, she thinks both are super. When she grows up she want to be just as happy as she is right now. Foster enjoys reading magazines, trying to surf, camping in her car and skiing wherever possible. At RRU she is taking the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications, trying to perfect her speech patterns. If Foster could get better at anything it would probably be the kendama. If anyone holds this skill then you two should probably think about getting together.

Favourite Meme

Program: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

Where are you from? Calgary, Alberta

Favourite food: Pineapple and grilled cheese sandwiches

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party:
Please pass those little sausage bites

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I forage the forrest for fawns,
ferns and the french.

Dream job: My dream job is the one I have

Favourite quote: Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

 

VP Engagement

Jessica Mills is in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications. Mills is from Carseland, a small Albertan town and is hoping to implement her sense of community into the student association. During her time as VP Engagement she is hoping to bring exciting and challenging opportunities to the school. Mills’ focus is to motivate people. She does this well through her strong-willed personality and sense of humour. Jessica is fluent in Pig Latin, lover of dogs, and is excited to be apart of the Royal Roads University Student Association.

Program: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

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Where are you from? Carseland, Alberta

Favourite food: Chicken, popcorn chicken, chicken tenders, chicken wings, and buffalo chicken dip.

Dream job: Marrying rich and retiring. Just kidding I want a job where I can support three dogs

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: I hope people will say that “Jessica, what a lady. She was like an paid vacation to downtown Edmonton. Not super exciting, but free so you enjoy your time.”

Something no-one would ever guess about you: I’m a hydration station. Drink water all day every day. #HydrationStation

Favourite quote: Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Or “I’m  a luxury few can afford.”

 

Executive Director

Dory Thuot has been working with the Royal Roads University Student Association (RRUSA) since 2013, when she took on the Project Coordinator position to oversee a prevention of violence program funded through a federal government of Canada, Status of Women Canada grant. She is a graduate of the Master’s of Leadership program at Royal Roads University. In her current role as RRUSA, Dory helps manage all things RRUSA for the Executive Council.  In addition to her work with RRUSA, Dory has two children and owns two community acupuncture clinics in Victoria. You can contact Dory via email at rrusaed@gmail.com

Where are you from? Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia

Favourite Meme

Favourite food: Tuna sashimi

Something you hope people say about you at your retirement party: Dory was a ‘get things done’ kind of person, who made sure fun and play were part of every aspect of her life

Something no-one would ever guess about you: Was a children’s television actor in Taiwan for 4 years.

Dream job: Travel writer

Favourite quote: I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. – Rilke