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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.

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.

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Jamie Benoit is a Business Finance and Political Science Graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B. She has been politically involved for a number of years, starting with student politics as a representative on the Leadership Council, then becoming involved with the New Brunswick Liberal Association as an active volunteer throughout the 2014 election where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Coordinator for her riding.

She also served as a key volunteer on the New Brunswick Liberal Leadership Campaign, travelling the province with Premier Brian Gallant. Jamie was heavily involved with the 2015 federal election, serving as the Office Manager for MP for Saint John- Rothesay, Wayne Long, where her leadership heavily contributed to victory of the Atlantic majority.

Jamie has been working with the Young Liberals for a number of years as the Federal Vice President of the New Brunswick Young Liberals, as well as an active volunteer for Liberals of Canada before assuming her role. Jamie is passionate about recruiting youth from rural ridings in politics and has been a role model and advocate for young women in politics for a number of years, proudly dedicated to be a voice in educating her peers about the importance of adding young women to the legislative process.

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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.

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I was born in Cape Town, South Africa and immigrated to Canada at age 2. I grew up in the Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta where I completed my Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Marketing in December 2015.

During the federal election I predominantly worked on Karen Leibovici’s campaign in Edmonton-West as the Events and Social Media Coordinator, and before that I was involved with the Randy Boissonnault campaign in Edmonton-Centre as a Volunteer Coordinator.

In my role as the National VP Finance there are some projects that I’m very proud to have been a part of, namely the creation of the first Fundraising & Finance Committee which has three regional desks- West, Central and East held by three fantastic volunteers – Brendon Dawson, Riley Schnurr and Samuel Cousineau Bourgeois. Together, we have created a transition manual coming soon for PTB VP Finances, Campus Club Finance Directors and the next YLC VP Finance. Additionally, we have been leading the charge on a comprehensive new funding application, as well as a new solid budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

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Originally from Halifax, Jason brings a wealth of both international and Young Liberal experience to his role on the executive. A graduate of St. Mary’s University, where he majored in Global Business Management and minored in Political Science, Jason has taken several opportunities to study abroad, and work in various industries before settling (for now) in Ottawa working for his Member of Parliament.

Jason’s involvement with the Young Liberals began as a campus club president, before moving on to serve as VP Finance for the Nova Scotia Young Liberals. In the 2015 election he worked as a Regional Campaign Manager for Bernadette Jordan’s successful campaign, and he is now her Executive Assistant on Parliament Hill.

Jason has a passion for travel, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys reading non-fiction. He’s working to brush up on his French, and tries to find time to keep his Spanish conversational. Jason looks forward to strengthening the YLC’s work internationally, working with partners in IFLRY and other peer organizations around the world, while also highlighting the strength that lies in the diversity of the membership of the YLC here at home.

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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.

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Table Officers
National President Mira AhmadBiography
Executive Vice-President Jamie BenoitBiography
Vice-President, Policy Erin BrownBiography
Vice-President, Finance David FriedlandBiography
Vice-President, Organization Salman Arif
Vice-President, Communications Alexander Cohen
Commission Representatives
Representative, Indigenous People’s Commission Deliah Bernard
Representative, National Women’s Liberal Commission Nimra NormanBiography
Provincial & Territorial Presidents
President, British Columbia Kayleigh Erickson
President, Alberta Christi Basaraba
President, Saskatchewan Luke Gilmore
President, Manitoba Muhammad Jazim
President, Ontario Alana Kiteley
President, Quebec Chelsea Craig
President, New Brunswick Bradley Henstock
President, Nova Scotia Ray Anjoul
President, Prince Edward Island Sam McPhail
President, Newfoundland Ryan Steeves
Staff
LPC Commissions Coordinator James C hristie