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)

Nicolas Bottger will be attending Western University in the fall in the Ivey School of Business. He was a two-term Student Trustee at the York Catholic District School Board, where he will be serving his second term. He was elected in April of 2015, and was officially inaugurated at the board table in August of the same year. In his role, Nicolas represented over 55 000 students in the board, from elementary to secondary school.

Nicolas has been heavily involved in his school, partaking in his Student Council, Presidents’ Council, and even started his school’s DECA Chapter. In 2014, he was very fortunate to have been selected as a Junior Team Canada Youth Ambassador to Global Vision’s Trade Mission to China, where he promoted local industries as he aimed to represent the Canadian mining sector. In his first term as Student Trustee, Nicolas was a key member in the planning and organization of conferences for the students of the YCDSB, promoting awareness and providing solutions for the issues affecting youth. He has also had a prominent voice in the running of leadership conferences, and is on the planning committee for the Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference which is being hosted by the YCDSB in April of 2017.

For Nicolas, determination, passion, and efficiency achieve goals that make a lasting impact. He encourages everyone to get involved in their community, doing things not for merit, but for the love of doing them. Having been born in Peru, he has seen the many struggles that the less fortunate have had in not only in household economics, but the effects it has had in childhood education, health, and overall state of wellbeing. Living in the USA for 6 years, and more than 7 in Canada, he has learned the power a proper education has on a populous, and the everlasting effects it has on youth. If you can make a difference in a child’s life, you can make a difference in the world.

Throughout his time in the USA and Canada, Nicolas became in love with Catholic Education, as it is now part of who he is and what he stands for. He acknowledges how fortunate he, and hundreds of thousands of other students are to be part of a system that encompass their faith, morals, and values with the education they receive every day.

He is excited to be part of the executive council of OSTA-AECO, he looks forward to the many initiatives being planned for the coming school year.