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MEET THE TEAM

WAA Executive Team 2019-2020

Mehek Hussain

Co-President

KPMG, Vancouver

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Julia Van Daele

Co-President

KPMG, London

André Breton

Vice President, Finance

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Alex MacDonald

Vice President, Events

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Alexia Romic

Vice President, Communications

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Vivek Bassi

Vice President, Sponsorship

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.

Malena Thushanthan

Director ​of Events

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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.

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