MEET THE TEAM

WAA Executive Team 2019-2020

Mehek is a fourth-year student in the Honors Business Administration (HBA) program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. She plans to pursue her CPA designation upon graduation. Mehek has been a dedicated member of the Western Accounting Association (WAA) serving as the Director of Events in her second year and as the Vice President of Events in her third year. As Co-President, she will work in collaboration with the executive team to lead all functional areas of the club while also setting the strategic direction. This past summer, Mehek worked as a Finance Intern at Kraft Heinz. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to 2Cellos, trying new outdoor activities, and staying on top of current events. Mehek is committed to ensuring that the club not only has another successful year but also has a robust member engagement roadmap for the future.

Mehek Hussain

Co-President

KPMG, Vancouver

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Julia is in her fourth year in the Management and Organizational Studies program with plans of obtaining an honours specialization in accounting and pursuing her CPA designation upon graduation. In her first year, she was a general member of the Western Accounting Association, selected as the 2nd Year Representative in her second year, selected as a director of finance in her third year and elected as Co-President for the upcoming year. In this role, Julia is responsible for overseeing the club’s operations while collaborating with the executive team to ensure another successful year for the club. Over the past two summers, Julia has completed two internships at KPMG London as an audit intern. Julia is looking forward to another year on the Western Accounting Association with a focus on working together with the executive team to further grow the club.

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Julia Van Daele

Co-President

KPMG, London

Andre is in his third year at Western University and has begun his first year in the Honors Business Administration (HBA) program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Andre has been a Director of Events in the 2018-2019 year for Western Accounting Association (WAA) before returning as the Vice President of Finance for this year. He will be responsible for overseeing WAA’s budget and collaborating with the executive team in order to ensure that WAA has another successful year. Andre has worked for the past two summers as a Manager at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington. He also an executive for Western Cryptocurrency and can be found keeping up with world events and financial news. Along with ensuring that the future of WAA has a sound financial foundation Andre hopes to ensure the club offers a valuable experience for all of its members.

André Breton

Vice President, Finance

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Alex is in his third year at Western University and his first year at The Richard Ivey School of Business. Alex has past experience with Western Accounting Association (WAA) as a Director of Events last year and is excited to be VP Events this year! As the Vice President of Events for 2019-2020, he will collaborate with the rest of the executive team to run WAA’s events on time, on budget and to specification. This past summer, Alex interned at Franklin Templeton Investments in their Institutional and High Net-Worth groups. This year Alex will also be a charity orientation leader and return to the campus tour guide team for a second year! Alex is committed to maintaining the quality of existing events while creating new events that will be beneficial for sponsors and members alike.

Alex MacDonald

Vice President, Events

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Alexia is currently in her third year of the Management and Organizational Studies program at Western University, pursuing a specialization in Accounting. She plans on obtaining her CPA designation after graduation. Previously, Alexia was the Third Year Representative for the Western Accounting Association (WAA) and will now take on the role of Vice President of Communication. This position will require Alexia to actively engage with WAA's member and potential members. All while promoting the club events on various social media platforms. This past summer Alexia interned at Bottom Line Accounting, where she was able to gain various experience that will be extremely beneficial towards her position. She is excited to join the WAA team again this year and contribute towards the success of the club, while working alongside the other executives!

Alexia Romic

Vice President, Communications

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Vivek Bassi

Vice President, Sponsorship

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Vivek is currently in his third year of Western University’s Management and Organizational Studies specialization in accounting. Upon graduation, he aspires to obtain his CPA designation. Previously, Vivek held a director of finance position within the Western Accounting Association and is returning as the Vice President of Sponsorship where he is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with sponsors, executives and club members. Vivek has repeatedly shown his dedication to WAA’s goals to bridge the gap between Western’s students and accounting professionals. He does so in an insightful manner, as he uses his expertise to consistently provide valuable contributions and suggestions. He is ecstatic to work alongside the rest of the team to not only ensure the club’s success this year, but also for years to come. In his spare time, he can be found keeping up with the newest technology, playing basketball and spending time with family and friends. Overall, Vivek is a committed student that is regularly willing to lead, learn and be an effective brand ambassador for WAA.

WAA Directors 2019-2020

Malena Thushanthan

Director ​of Events

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David McGee

Director ​of Events

Edward Ouyang

Director ​of Events

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Hannah Watson

First Year Representative

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Ania Krekora

Second Year Representative

Aaryan Patel

Third Year Representative

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Abby Berkvens

Fourth Year Representative

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Peter Chen

Director of Finance/Sponsorship

Mahima Asrani

Director of Finance/Sponsorship

Ally Mcbean

Director of Finance/Sponsorship

Malena is a third-year student in the Honors Business Administration (HBA) program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. She has been a dedicated member of the Western Accounting Association (WAA) serving as the Director of Events for her second year now. This past summer she dedicated her time off to travel the globe including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Portugal. Her experiences coupled with her previous involvement in marketing and public relations will allow Malena to showcase her creativity to bring forth new events. Malena is committed to maintaining the integrity of the organization and excited to contribute to another successful year for WAA.

David is in his Third year as an undeclared student at Western University, pursing a transition into the Management and Organizational studies program, specializing in Accounting. He plans on obtaining his CPA designation after graduation. This is David’s first year in the role of Director of Events, which will consist of helping his team members in running WAA’s events on time, on budget, and to specification. This past summer, David interned at the Royal Bank of Canada in their Major Financial Crime division. He is excited to join the WAA team and contribute to making the events as well run and impactful as possible!

Edward is in his second year at Western University, studying Management and Organizational Studies with a Specialization in Accounting. He is very interested in the different functions of the accounting industry and plans to pursue the CPA designation in the future. Edward was a general member of WAA in his first year. In addition, he is also a Faculty of Social Science Soph and an executive on the Canadian Asian International Students’ Association. This past summer, Edward was as an intern at Finastra; a finance technology company. Edward is a passionate executive who is dedicated to facilitating new and existing events of WAA during the upcoming school year.

Hannah is in her first year in the Management and Organizational Studies program at Western University with the goal of obtaining a specialization in accounting. She plans to obtain her CPA designation upon graduating in a couple years. She is taking on the role of First Year Representative on the Western Accounting Association (WAA). In this role, Hannah is required to advertise and promote WAA’s events to all first year students at Western and its affiliates. This past year, Hannah worked as a Customer Service Representative for Scotiabank where she gained real world experience in finance. Hannah is looking forward to being a part of the WAA and learning from other executives.

Ania is in her second year of the Management and Organizational Behaviour program at Western University pursuing a specialization in Accounting. Ania is excited to be joining the Western Accounting Association team as the Second Year Representative. She is looking forward to collaborating amongst many other like-minded students also pursuing a CPA designation upon graduation and working with the talented executive team. Previously holding the position as a CPA Ontario Ambassador, Ania is happy to continue her involvement within the Accounting community. While communicating to the Western University student body about upcoming events, Ania is committed to ensuring that students will proud to be a part of such a prestigious student association. 

Abby is in her fourth year in the Management and Organizational Studies program specializing in accounting. Upon graduation she plans to obtain her CPA designation. Abby is the 4th year representative for the Western Accounting Association. In this role, Abby actively engage with WAA members and promote the club. She is very excited to be a part of the team and contribute to the success of the club.

Peter is in his first year at Western University and has just begun his journey of obtaining his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies. Peter was previously a Marketing Assistant at Wequal, a non-profit organization in which he was responsible for creating a variety of advertisements and translating documents. He plans to put forth considerable effort to help the Western Accounting Association provide more value to its members. Peter also aims to improve his social skills through his director position on the Western Accounting Association. In his spare time, Peter likes to play tennis with his friends, play the cello and piano. Peter is looking forward to work hard and to help the club achieve its goals and gain more experience in the accounting industry.

Mahima is a third-year student in the Management and Organizational Studies Program at Western University working towards obtaining an honours specialization in accounting, and pursuing her CPA designation upon graduation. This is her first year being involved with Western Accounting Association. As Director of Finance and Sponsorship, she will collaborate with other VPs and executives to ensure a successful year for WAA. In this role, Mahima is responsible for striving to increase sponsorship engagement while building more valuable relationships with new and existing sponsors, as well as using WAA funds to maximize member value. Mahima also aspires to serve as an effective overall brand ambassador through spreading awareness of our events to fellow students and club members. Mahima previously worked as analyst intern at Lincoln International Investment Consulting Firm. Mahima looks forward to contributing as an involved executive member for WAA in the future to gain valuable experience and further improve WAA alongside its team!

Academic Advisory

Stacey Hann, CPA, CA

Academic Advisory

Western University

Stacey is a Lecturer in the DAN Management and Organizational Studies Department at Western University. Her teaching focus is in the areas of intermediate accounting, auditing and advanced accounting.  Stacey also teaches in the  Graduate Diploma of Accounting for students wishing to pursue a CPA designation.  Stacey started her career in public accounting as a Senior Manager in the Assurance and Advisory group at Deloitte, where she obtained her Chartered Public Accountant designation. Prior to joining the DAN faculty, she also worked in industry as the Manager of Treasury, and Controller at Emco Corporation.  

Past Executives
2018/2019
Co-Presidents
Grant Nicholson, Sitong Sun
Vice Presidents
Savitri Nariswari, Mehek Hussain, Katie Devins
2017/2018
President
Ryan Stern
Vice Presidents
Joe Laferiere, Grant Nicholson, Sitong Sun, Ambrin Mahbub
2016/2017
President
Valerie Parrett
Vice Presidents
Ryan Stern, Alicia Hayre, Elizabeth Gaskas
2015/2016
President
Wendy Wang
Vice Presidents
Darren Lewis, Lindsay Banks, Lindsay Hamilton
2014/2015
President
Tom Zheng
Vice Presidents
Wendy Wang, Rebecca Brown
2013/2014
President
Matthew Walker
Vice Presidents
Tom Zheng, Blake Emmott
2012/2013
President
Christopher Rawlings
Vice Presidents
Mihaela Ivtiminov, Adam Fisher

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