Meet The Team

Welcome, from the 2023 QCIR team.

Our team includes both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous student leaders. We do not ask our team members to self-identify, but some have chosen to do so in their bios. Scroll over our name cards to learn more about us. 

Want to know more about what we do, read our role descriptions, or find out, officially, what our club is all about? 

Co-Chairs

The Co-chairs work year-round to coordinate the other team members in making the conference the best that it can possibly be. We manage high-level branding, finances, and event planning. Our main job is team-wide task management, and jumping in when our co-planners need help. 

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Sinead Dunne

Sinead will mostly be taking care of our marketing, gallery night, and delegate coordination this year. 

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Sinead is a 2L law student at Queen's Law, with an undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Ottawa. She has worked with many equity-seeking groups before in both marketing and internal logistics roles. She is returning to QCIR this year after working with us as a Marking Coordinator.

She is vegetarian, loves good coffee and good books, and fall the most. 

VP Internal

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Amber St-Jean

Amber will be mostly overseeing sponsorship and speaker coordination this year. 

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Amber is a third-year law student, who holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen's University. She summered at the Belleville Crown Attorney's Office and will be articling with the Sudbury Crown Attorney's Office beginning in August 2023. Amber works to further equity and diversity initiatives at Queen's Law by being project lead for PBSC, being a member of the Law Student Society's Equity and Diversity Committee, and being Co-Chair of QCIR. As a bilingual student, Amber has also spearheaded the Queen's Law French Club. Outside of QL, Amber has a dalmadoodle puppy named Isla who is her whole world.

The VP Internal is a new position this year, with all the same decision making powers as the co-chairs, but with a tighter focus on our internal affairs, like venue acquisition and other admin tasks. 

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Rosemary Gasparro

As VP Internal, Rosemary will be keeping an eye on our logistics planning for our conference.

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Rosemary is currently in her second year of law school at Queen’s Faculty of Law. She actively shows support for Indigenous initiatives including volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada’s project titled “Applying for Native Status”, and McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s outreach efforts for the First Nations Drinking Water Settlement this past summer. She has a passion for health and wellness and likes to stay active in her spare time. She is pursuing a career in litigation in which she aspires to exercise her passion for advocacy. She is proud Métis.

Speakers Coordinators

The Speakers Coordinators are responsible for keeping our lineup full, diverse, and most important of all, interesting. They both search and take suggestions for speakers, and build panels, workshops, and lectures around our roster. 

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Reuben McHenry

Reuben will be our lead Speaker Coordinator for the 2023 year. 

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I’m in 2L and I’m interested in a human rights related and/environmental law career. I like dogs, good food, and watching Toronto sports teams.

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Nadia McGowan

Nadia is a returning team member, stepping into the speaker coordinator role for the first time. 

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My name is Nadia I am third year commerce. I am from white rock BC and live spending time at the beach. I’m really excited to be a returning member of QCIR this year and am so stoked to meet you all.

Terry Zhao

Terry is joining the team for the first time this year, offering fresh ideas to the speakers role.

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Born and raised in Nanjing, China, I came to Vancouver in 2015 and enjoyed living in Canada. As an international student, I understand the importance of diversity and respecting different cultures. In my free time, I am a passionate amateur boxer and curler. I also enjoy making puns to let others laugh.

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Sponsorship Coordinators

Conferences need money and resources - the sponsorship and finance coordinators are responsible for making sure that we've got both.  

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Liam Gillespie

Liam is a returning team member this year, coming back to the sponsorship coordinator role. 

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Socha Verbeke

Socha is also a returning team member this year, coming back to the sponsorship coordinator role. 

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Hey I’m Socha and I’m from Calgary, AB and i’m a biospych and coned major. I’m super excited for this year in person!!

Finance Coordinator

The Finance Coordinator is responsible for the health of our banking, and for managing any invoices, both ingoing and outgoing. 

Marketing Coordinators

Marketing Coordinators keep us looking good online, are responsible for making sure that our delegates know what's going on, and manage our branding. They also enter into media partnerships where the opportunity exists.

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Hannah Lam

Hannah works closely with the Co-Chairs and the Sponsors Coordinators to keep us in good health.

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Hannah is a second-year law student at Queen's University, who holds an undergraduate degree in legal studies from Carleton University. She has worked with the Child Advocate's Office in Alberta, travelling to Indigenous communities and connecting with youth receiving intervention services.

Hannah enjoys figure skating, skiing, and travelling. She plans to study abroad in Singapore next year.

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Mallory Felix

Mallory is our point person for visually accessible content, and we love how good she keeps us looking.

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Mallory is a 2L student at Queens Law and holds a masters degree in economics from UBC where she focused on sustainable development. She is passionate about Indigenous reconciliation and the environment believing that one cannot be properly addressed without consideration of the other. She has acted as fund manager for the Vancouver Social Value Fund, a venture capital fund supporting environmental and social initiatives, and has recently completed a 2000 km solo backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Delegate Coordinator

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Alexsis (Shu Yao) Qi

Alexsis also works hard to keep us in tip top shape, and to make sure all the info you need, gets to you. 

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Hello everyone! My name is Alexsis and, along with Mallory, I am a Marketing Coordinator this year. I am currently in 2L. I grew up in rainy (but beautiful) British Columbia. Before coming to Queen’s Law, I double majored in Political Science and Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. I love painting, trying to new restaurants, and watching true crime documentaries. I am looking forward to working with an incredible QCIR team to deliver an engaging and informative conference, meeting new people along the way, and learning from the fantastic speakers who will be at the conference this year!

Since we're hoping to be back in person this year, we thought it would be in our (and ultimately your) best interest to add a Delegate Coordinator to our team, to help get you from A to B with the least amount of stress. 

Mallory Felix

Hannah works closely with the Co-Chairs and the sponsors coordinators to keep us in good health.

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Rosemary is currently in her second year of law school at Queen’s Faculty of Law. She actively shows support for Indigenous initiatives including volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada’s project titled “Applying for Native Status”, and McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s outreach efforts for the First Nations Drinking Water Settlement this past summer. She has a passion for health and wellness and likes to stay active in her spare time. She is pursuing a career in litigation in which she aspires to exercise her passion for advocacy. She is proud Métis.

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Kyrie Bouscal

Kyrie is also returning this year to take care of our delegates - she'll be our attendees main contact!

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Kyrie is a second-year student at Queen's Law. Prior to law school, she completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature. She is passionate about creating spaces for respectful dialogue about issues facing marginalized people and communities and is grateful to be able to support this year's conference delegates. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music and painting

Tech & Logistics Coordinators

Speakers, mics, online events, and all the rest are the domain of the tech coordinators. Have questions about how to join us online, or want to sign up for this currently vacant position? Shoot us an email!

Gallery Coordinators

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Stephanie Fattori

As an art conservation student, Stephanie will be mainly focused on planning the content of our gallery.

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Hayley Crooks

Hayley will be more focused on the when, where, and how of this gallery night.

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We're opening our conference with a gallery exhibition this year, and this is the team that'll be behind the event. Come out for a wine and cheese, and for a discussion about creative culture and Reconciliation. 

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Braedan Downer

Braedan is returning for another year of tech and logistics planning, focusing on our online portion. 

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Matthew Garofalo

Matthew is joining our team for the first time, focusing on in-person logistics.

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My name is Matthew Garofalo and I am a third year student at Queen’s University. My fields of study include sociology and political science.

Emily Panhuyzen

Emily is a first-time QCIR member, and will join Matthew in focusing on in-person planning.

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Hi everyone! My name's Emily, and I'm on the Tech and Logistics team for this year's conference on Indigenous Reconciliation. As a 1L at Queen's Law and a member of Michipicoten First Nation, I'm excited for this year's conference. As a tech and logistics coordinator, I will be handling day-to-day running of the conference, focusing specifically on the setup and maintenance of technology. I'm super excited to be taking on this role!

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Interested in getting involved? We'll have much to do in January and February, and are looking for some general volunteers, even just for day-of set up. 

Interested? Shoot us an email and we'll get you sorted out.