Chair of the Board
As a student at the Ivey Business School, Jacob has worked in both the consulting and financial industries. Through his roles within the Ivey Consulting Club, Ivey HBA Association, and Ivey Leaders Forum, Jacob works in collaboration with many clubs, organizations, and businesses in order to provide students with networking and professional development opportunities. Jacob strives to incorporate technology development and efficient operations across all facets of the organization.

Roberto Bagnato, 20, is a post-secondary student currently enrolled in the Sports Administration program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Roberto, the current President of his program’s Student Council, is working towards achieving an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Sports Administration, with plans of entering the sports business industry.

A leader from Sudbury, ON, Roberto has worked with a number of organizations ranging from volunteer work with the Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief’s Youth Advisory Council to forming an Investor’s Group at Laurentian University. Roberto served as Student Trustee for the Rainbow District School Board, and with his experiences, he represented the various voices of youth in his community. Through his time as the Student Trustee, Roberto served as the Northern Representative, speaking for the diverse student body throughout Northern Ontario, for the Public Board Council at OSTA-AECO. The following year, Roberto was elected to the Executive Council of OSTA-AECO as the organization’s Policy Officer. After a one-year term on the organization’s Board of Directors as the Director of Alumni Relations, Roberto was recently appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Board.

In his spare time, Roberto, formerly an athlete in the Ontario Soccer League representing the region of Sudbury, enjoys playing a variety of sports. He also enjoys watching hockey, baseball, and basketball, as well as volunteering in the community and working at Scotiabank. This past summer, Roberto worked as the Youth and Amateur Hockey Development Intern with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he completed projects promoting youth hockey in western Pennsylvania.

Roberto currently serves as the Manager of Statistics for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and is optimistic for the 2016-17 season.

Secretary-Treasurer of the Board

Michelle Sempowski has been with OSTA-AECO since 2013, in roles of Communications Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Alumni Relations, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Through the organization, she has learned valuable skills and met incredible people who continue to influence her today. Michelle has had professional experience at TD Bank and Procter and Gamble (P&G), while working to complete her education through the Honours Business Administration (HBA) program at Ivey Business School. Within the education system, Michelle is passionate about mental health advocacy, the improved and transparent sexual education curriculum, opportunities for youth interested in business/finance, and advocacy for a secular education system with universal values taught to students

Director, Unified Communications

Arjun is an MA student in Communication & Culture at York University. His current research focuses on biopolitics and the relationship between cyborg bodies in science fiction film and literature and trans embodiment of and identification with the self. Arjun is also passionate about the state of mental health and the equality of gender and sexual minorities in Ontario schools.

Director, Logistics

Jennifer Williams is a fourth year Health Studies & Life Sciences student at Queen’s University. She is heavily involved on campus, working as a Student Life Centre coordinator, tour guide, at-risk student mentor, housing adviser, and peer health educator. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching independent films, and going for runs along Kingston’s beautiful waterfront! Jenny looks forward to continuing her work with OSTA-AECO, especially planning the year-end Gala!

Director, Alumni Relations

Mike is interested in civil and municipal engineering applications, project management, and organisational policy development.


STEM, public service, and volunteering define Mike’s personal and professional life. He feels a deep obligation to contribute to his community in the areas of policy development, stakeholder consultation, strategic business planning, and medical first response. He is also interested in municipal engineering, specifically civil services design, environmental protection, and urban planning and development.


Personal Overview:

–              Commitment to student government and education causes

–              Avid reader of small-font policy papers

–              Expedition enthusiast – hiking, biking, white-water canoeing

–              Fair-weather runner


Notable Awards:

–              HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – for volunteer work

–              Gold Standard, Duke of Edinburgh Award – for personal achievement

–              Mark Latham Memorial Award – for commitment to student leadership at Queen’s

–              Alumni Leadership Award – for dedication and innovation, Ontario Student Trustees’ Assoc.

–              LGen Vance Award for Leadership – for leadership in the Army Cadet Expedition Programme

–              St. John Ambulance 3-year Service Pin – for sustained service to the Order

Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio)

This fall, Hannah is attending the University of Western Ontario to study International Relations after graduating Suma Cum Laude from Westdale Secondary in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Over the past two years, she has served as a two-term student trustee for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. As part of her responsibilities entering her second term as a student trustee, she served as the 2015-2016 Operations Officer for the Ontario Student Trustee’s Association – l’association eleves counsellor de l’ontario.

Throughout her high school career Hannah has had a passion for youth advocacy in Ontario’s education system, as well as in her own community of Hamilton. She has been a member of the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council; where she had a number of opportunities to speak with the Minister of Education on behalf of her peers about Ontario’s education system. She started a youth advisory council for the past mayor of Hamilton; to provide a platform for youth in Hamilton to advocate about their needs and wants in the community. She has received multiple Ministry of Education Speak Up grants on different projects that have helped transition students into high school.  She has also graduated from the Asper Foundation Human Rights and Genocide program. In her free time, she enjoys being involved in her school community; which she plans to continue throughout university.

As a Student Trustee, she was able to ensure that student consultations on Board policy became a more consistent process. This had an impact on HWDSB’s new strategic directions, as well as student engagement and transitions reporting.

While working on OSTA-AECO’s Executive Council she helped to ensure that committee’s could see out their initiatives including; a province wide student voice survey, the creation of a student trustee handbook and provincial awards for student voice.

This year Hannah is very excited to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association – l’association eleves counsellor de l’ontario. The education sector in Ontario is constantly developing as the government attempts to work with educators to create the best learning environments for students. The incoming Executive of OSTA AECO will play an important role in this development and deliver the voice of students from across the province to the Ministry of Education.