National Executive | Young Liberals of Canada

National Executive

The National Executive of the Young Liberals of Canada consists of the Table Officers, Representatives on other Commissions in the Liberal Party of Canada, and the Presidents of each provincial and territorial Young Liberal organization.

Table Officers
National President Mira Ahmad – Biography
Vice-President (English) Ninu Forrest- Biography
Vice-President, Policy Erin Brown – Biography
Vice-President, Finance Dominic Bitondo – Biography
Vice-President, Organization Salman Arif – Biography
Vice-President, Communications Alexander Cohen – Biography
 Vice President, Membership  Ryan Steeves – Biography
Commission Representatives
Representative, Indigenous People’s Commission Deliah Bernard
Representative, National Women’s Liberal Commission Nimra Norman
Provincial & Territorial Presidents
President, British Columbia Kayleigh Erickson
President, Alberta Christi Basaraba
President, Saskatchewan Javin Ames-Sinclair
President, Manitoba Muhammad Jazim
President, Ontario Charlotte Zronik
President, Quebec Chelsea Craig
President, New Brunswick Bradley Henstock
President, Nova Scotia Ray Anjoul
President, Prince Edward Island Sam McPhail
President, Newfoundland Nick Moody
Staff
LPC Commissions Coordinator James Christie

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Mira has been proudly volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada since 2010. While attending John Abbott College, Mira created the first YLC club on campus – the first formal organization of Young Liberals in Western Montreal – and she later headed the YLC club at Concordia University. After serving on the executive of the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec) for over a year, Mira was acclaimed President in 2015. She became President of the Young Liberals of Canada at the Biennial Convention in Winnipeg in May, 2016.

Mira recently served as campaign manager for the nomination of Frank Baylis – now the MP for Pierrefonds–Dollard. She was also one of the earliest supporters of Rachel Bendayan’s campaign in Outremont, where her hard work and leadership as campaign manager helped increase the Liberal vote by 18% against former Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.

Mira is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media at Concordia University. Passionate about climate change, Mira is a climate leader with the Climate Reality Project Canada, whose goal is to raise awareness through educating Canadians on the urgency of the climate crisis.

As President of the Young Liberals of Canada, Mira is committed to working with youth from across Canada to champion progressive causes and policies as we build toward the 2019 election campaign.

Believing passionately in organizing and the value of local engagement, Ninu Forrest hails from Victoria, British Columbia and has contributed to the YLC and Liberal Party at several levels in her home province. She has been heavily involved throughout her time the University of Victoria, served as an EDA liaison, Director of External Relations, and most recently as President of the uVic Young Liberals of Canada. For the past year, she’s also served as Women’s Commission Representative on the executive of the YLC-British Columbia.

In March 2017, Ninu represented Saanich-Gulf Islands at Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote summit in Ottawa. During the summer of 2016, she volunteered in the constituency offices of the Hon. Harjit Sajjan in Vancouver South and Joyce Murray in Vancouver Quadra, and in the summer of 2017 interned for Minister Sajjan in Ottawa. Ninu is currently completing her BA at uVic, majoring in Political Science with a minor in European Studies. She’s eager to use her role to grow the YLC’s presence in unheld ridings and rural regions and among younger demographics.

Erin Brown was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and credits her hometown for teaching her the power of grassroots organizing and community. She became involved in politics in 2013 as a Youth Coordinator for the Nova Scotia provincial election in an election where the Liberal Party nearly swept the province. In 2014 she joined a nominee team for the Dartmouth-Cole Harbour federal nomination working on driving membership, and then joined the newly nominated candidate as his Day of Action Chair, and later Canvass Chair. In 2015, she left her position with Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, and joined the Halifax Liberal team to be the lead on door-knocking, as the Canvass Coordinator.

For the Young Liberals, Erin has been the VP Organization and VP Communications for the Dalhousie Young Liberals, the VP Finance for the Nova Scotia Young Liberals, and is now the VP Policy for the Young Liberals on the national executive.

I was born in Pakistan and now live in Guelph and Brampton as I complete my undergrad at the University of Guelph. My most prominent political achievements thus far have been being hired as an intern in Minister Monsef’s office as part of the Summer Leadership Program last summer, and being a Deputy Filed organizer for the LPCO for the 2015 federal elections and helping many Liberal MP’s win in the Peel Region! So far in my role as YLC Women’s Representative I have developed an inclusion guide for campus clubs and PTAs to use as best practices when recruiting female members and members with diverse backgrounds. I hope to work with campus clubs in the upcoming semesters to increase female involvement and sustain best practices. Currently, I’ve been working with my teammates to organize a photo series that launched on International Women’s Day 2017, and help produce film interviews with inspirational MPs and Liz Plank to discuss and shed light on the importance of feminism. I want to continue to put out content that encourages more young women to join the political process. Other Fun Facts include that I am a master at making guacamole, I started school as early as two years old, and I am fluent in three languages.

Domenic first became involved in politics in high school volunteering for his local EDA and has been hooked ever since.  A native of Toronto and long-time Young Liberal, he served in many roles in campus & riding clubs and for the past three years on the executive of the Ontario Young Liberals. Most recently, he was the OYL’s Treasurer. Domenic has worked on many campaigns, from leaderships to by-elections.

During the 2015 election, Domenic supported local teams and staff as a member of LPC’s Campaign Technologies team. He’s also interned for the Hon. Bardish Chagger and the Hon. Deb Matthews as well as in caucus offices and for other provincial legislators. Domenic studied at Western University, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the student government. He’s since graduated with a degree in Astrophysics and Philosophy and is currently pursuing further studies in Financial Mathematics at Ryerson University.

A Liberal since he was old enough to know what politics was, Alexander Cohen recently completed his BA in History & Political Science at the University of Toronto. Raised in Ottawa, Washington and Berlin, he got his start organized politics with his local MP, the late Mauril Belanger and has since served in myriad roles, including President of the U of T Liberals and Communications Director of the Ontario Young Liberals.

Alex has been lucky have had a wide variety of political experiences over the years. He was a youth organizer on both the 2013 federal and Ontario Liberal leadership races and faced off against Jagmeet Singh’s local campaign in Brampton during the 2014 Ontario Election. He’s worked for pollster Mainstreet Research and spent summers interning in the offices of Ontario’s Ministers of Transportation and Agriculture. During the 2015 federal election, Alex helped prepare Minister Bill Morneau for the CIJA Jewish Issues Debate, led U of T’s efforts to re-elect Minister Chrystia Freeland and represented the OYL & YLC in public forums and debates. He’s attended the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, canvassed with the Liberal Democrats during the 2017 UK election and spent last year’s American election campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Ohio.

As your VP-Communications, Alex is responsible for ensuring that the YLC’s brand, message and outreach are relevant to you! If you have ideas or things you’d like to see on the website or social media channels, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

 

Ryan Steeves is a born and bred Newfoundlander, who most recently served as the inaugural President of the YLC-Newfoundland & Labrador. Since first getting involved in Liberal politics in 2011, he’s assisted in more than a dozen political campaigns, worked as a constituency assistant for both provincial and federal Liberal members and was a Field Organizer with LPC-Newfoundland & Labrador (and helped elect Churence Rogers to Parliament last week!) Ryan has extensive experience engaging new Young Liberals, including as President of the Memorial University Young Liberals, where he oversaw the fastest growing YL club in Atlantic Canada. He’s also particularly proud of his work as VP of the NL Young Liberals – where ensured every one of his province’s youth had their 2016 convention costs fully funded – and as Vice President of his province’s Youth Parliament, where he worked increase the participation of rural Newfoundlanders. Ryan is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science at  Memorial University. Ryan is excited about the opportunity to be a strong voice for both Newfoundland & Labrador and all of rural Canada on the YLC, and looks forward to using this new role engage new members from Pouch Cove to Vancouver!

 

Originaire de Mississauga, Salman a débuté sa carrière en politique en 2015 en travaillant sur la campagne victorieuse de Gagan Sikan dans sa circonscription de Mississauga-Streetsville et en tant qu’adjoint d’organisation sur le terrain pour le PLC(O). Peu après, il est devenu président des Jeunes libéraux de l’Université Ryerson et a été nommé VP à l’organisation des JLC en décembre 2016. Né au Pakistan et élevé aux Émirats arabes unis ainsi que dans la région du Grand Toronto, Salman possède une expérience politique très diversifiée, incluant un stage auprès de l’Honorable Bill Morneau et une participation dans la campagne en Ohio lors des élections américaines de 2016.

Travaillant présentement en tant qu’adjoint de circonscription dans Toronto-Centre et étudiant la politique et la gouvernance à l’Université Ryerson, Salman a hâte de rencontrer les présidents, les exécutifs ainsi que tous les membres afin de consolider et agrandir la présence des JLC dans les campus à travers le pays.