Full-Time Staff

The SSMU employs full-time staff to run the SSMU’s day-to-day activities. All of the staff report to the General Manager, who in turn reports to the SSMU Executive.

Jennifer Varkonyi (General Manager)

Jennifer is responsible for the SSMU’s Administration, Governance, Corporate Obligations, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Business Operations and Legal Affairs! Jennifer started in February 2015.

Ryan Hughes (Building Director)

Ryan oversees the Building, IT, Archiving, Security and Events portfolios. The Building portfolio includes tenants relations, maintenance, repairs, projects and portering. Ryan has been with the SSMU in various positions since 2012.

Julien Benoît (Political Advisor and Press Secretary)

Julien is responsible for providing the SSMU Executives with advice and information regarding political and social issues and initiatives at all levels, while working closely with the VP External in its relation with external instances.

Wallace Sealy (Security Manager)

Wallace handles day-to-day and event-specific security in the Shatner Building. He has worked at the SSMU since 2004.

Zachary Kay (Graphic Designer Supervisor)

Zachary handles the graphic design demand for the SSMU events, meetings, conferences, publications, website and digital media since 2014.

Wendy Gamboa (Communication and Publication Manager)

Wendy plans and oversees communications at the SSMU and manages the yearbook, handbook, sponsorship and translation teams.

Josée Couture, CPA, CA (Comptroller)

Josée oversees the SSMU accounting department, manages the budget, works closely with the auditors, and helps oversee the operations. She has worked at the SSMU since 2012.

Monique Bélanger (Accounts Payable)

Monique records all accounting information in the systems. She has worked at the SSMU since 2005.

Cynthia Laramé (Payroll Specialist)

Cynthia manages payroll along with managers and answers related employee inquiries. She is at the SSMU 2 days per week since 2014.

Jing Men (Accounting Analyst)

Jing isresponsible for accounting tasks such as month-end, budget variance analysis, financial statements preparation, bank reconciliation and cheque issuance. She has worked at the SSMU since August 2014

Marie-Élaine Reid CHRP (Human Resources Advisor)

Marie-Elaine provides human resources advice and expertise, develops and implements procedures and processes, applies programs and policies for all SSMU regular and casual staff members since June 2011.

Will Prudhomme (Front Desk Receptionist)

Will handles general questions from students and visitors, helps clubs and services with forms and procedures and manages the mail and posters.

Tania Canalès (Events Manager)

Tania administrates all events occurring in the Shatner building. She has been working with SSMU since July 2012.

John Campbell (Systems Administrator)

John manages the SSMU server and email and responds to any other IT need. He has worked at the SSMU since 2008.

Alessandro Sangiovanni (Operations Manager – Gerts & The Nest)

Alessandro opens the bar, produces sales reports, hires staff, plans and purchases supplies, prepares the budget and monitors the bar’s financial performance.

Aline Karagioules (Daycare Director)

The Daycare Manager oversees the SSMU’s daycare (in the Brown building) and nursery (in the Shatner building).


Luis Rego since 1980, Jose Rego since 1986, Jose Frade since 1988, Fernando Serrano since 2013.

Porters work in the Shatner Building taking care of the maintenance of the building, which consists of, but not limited to, cleaning, painting and furniture moving.