Secretary General | Tascha Shahriari-Parsa
After attending a diverse and ample plethora of conferences as a participant and as an organizer, Tascha is overjoyed to serve as the Secretary General of Canada International Model United Nations 2013. Undoubtedly, he has placed this above all priorities, as he tends to sacrifice every iota of time he has (or does not have) to make CAIMUN a memorable conference. Having so far lived a life with creativity stemming through his shoulders, he fell right into the legacy of CAIMUN and innovation, and strives to inspire youth to elevate society to its optimum. Aside from MUN, he enjoys learning about everything, ruminating on the nature of our existence, arguing with people (also known as ‘debating’), playing or composing music, and trying to do his part to make the world around him a bit more sustainable. With his indissoluble ebullience to politics, global issues, and the progress of humanity, he strives to elevate CAIMUN to become the infallible paragon of a Model UN conference.
Deputy Secretary General, Internal | Eric Yang
Eric Yang is a grade 12 student at University Hill Secondary. He has been to numerous conferences since grade 10 and most of his memories are from the UNSC. Model UN has taught him important skills, such as diplomacy and the power of rhetoric. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and playing tennis. Eric is delighted to serve as your DSG-Internal for CAIMUN 2013 and hopes all delegates have a memorable conference!
Deputy Secretary General, External | Nirupan Sivakumaran
Nirupan Sivakumaran is a grade 12 student at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario. He started competing in Model UN in grade 9, and he is now one of the top Model UN delegates in Canada. He is a decorated model UN champion, having won over 17 Best Delegate awards locally, nationally, and internationally. He has dedicated much of his time to charitable causes such as Free the Children, Grameen Bank, Kiva, and promoting Fair Trade products. He is a second generation Canadian, his parents being refugees from Sri Lanka. Nirupan has been interviewed on TV to talk about his experiences with politics as an upcoming Tamil youth. Nirupan is also the elected representative for the City Youth Council of Toronto, representing Ward 39. In his spare time, his hobbies include robotics, karate, anime, and playing classical South Asian music.
Chief of Operations | Saman Arfaie
A senior at University Hill Secondary, Saman Arfaie is extremely honored to be serving as the Chief of Operations here at CAIMUN 2013. Saman has maintained an active participation in numerous MUN conferences and debate tournaments in Vancouver and has won several awards. His ideology is best described as converting innovative thoughts into actions and actions into solution and for that matter he has been very affectionate about CAIMUN 2013. As an active pianist, Saman dedicates a lot of his time to classical music and has found a great deal of fascination in the Beethoven piano sonatas. He also takes pride in helping his community by volunteering for various non-profit organizations being a certified Life-guard, and an executive of U-hill's Student Council.
Director General | Sachin Phadkar
Sachin Phadkar is a first year student at the Sauder School of Business in UBC. Having experienced the cultural diversity of three countries, Sachin finds himself fascinated by world affairs. He has held a passion for Model UN ever since he took part at his first conference in grade 10. After grabbing 4 awards at 5 conferences, and holding the post of Director General in the inaugural TCMUN 2012 conference, Sachin is now excited to deal with all the logistical delights at CAIMUN as the Director General, and is looking forward to meeting delegates from around the world. In his free time, Sachin is passionate about volunteering in his community and is an ardent sports fan. He enjoys playing tennis, table tennis and cricket, as well as watching hockey.
Chief of Staff | Catherine Wang
Catherine is a Grade 12 student at University Hill Secondary School. Catherine attended her first MUN conference in her junior year and since then has developed a passion for MUN. She is delighted to be on the secretariat team for CAIMUN 2013, as the Chief of Staff. Catherine is looking forward to meeting potential staff members, and helping make the conference as enjoyable and educational as it can be. When not busy with MUN or other extra-curricular activities, Catherine enjoys relaxing with her friends with some bubble tea. She wishes all the best to all the delegates and hopes that CAIMUN 2013 will be a conference that no one will forget.
USG of Committees | Eric Han
Eric likes to live in a personal bubble of bliss; as a first year student currently attending the University of British Columbia in the faculty of arts, his dreams have yet to be crushed. Eric is excited to be a member of the secretariat for CAIMUN 2013 now that his high school MUN career of 3 years has elapsed. When Eric is not distracted by a nearby flower, or the permanently affixed rose colour lenses that he sees life through, he can be found playing guitar, singing, hanging out with friends and playing table top role playing games such as dungeons and dragons. Eric looks forward to helping each and every delegate that comes to CAIMUN find something unique to love about the conference.
USG of Committees | Liam St. Louis
Liam St.Louis is a Grade 12 student at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, and is incredibly excited to use his position as USG Committees to make CAIMUN a memorable and unique experience for all. Despite joining MUN relatively late, the MUN world quickly absorbed him, combining his passions for speech, politics, international affairs, and getting to know good people. Besides that, he founded his school’s Debate Team and Politics Club, serves as his riding’s Policy Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada, sings bass in his school’s choir and vocal jazz groups, and participates in several other miscellaneous activities. In his (precious little) spare time, he listens to musicals, reads books on every topic under the sun, and, of course, has arguments with his friends. Liam is looking forward to helping make CAIMUN’s quest for innovation, fun, and education a reality!
USG of Delegate Affairs | Carmen Chiu
Carmen is a senior student at Little Flower Academy, and she has developed a passion for debate and international relations through MUN. She got the amazing opportunity to attend many international MUNs such as SSUNS 2011 in Montreal and is looking forward to JHSMUN 2013 at John Hopkins University in Washington DC. Outside of school, she loves to work with and fundraise for many non-profit organizations. When she takes time out of her activities, she enjoys shopping with friends, and drinking bubble tea. Carmen is pleased to serve as the USG of Delegate Affairs for CAIMUN 2013, and looks forward to giving delegates an amazing experience.
USG of Delegate Affairs | Monica Ng
Monica Ng is a graduating student from Little Flower Academy and has been an active participant in local and international Model UN conferences. As CAIMUN's USG of Delegate Affairs, she hopes to provide the ultimate MUN experience to all delegates where they can engage in stimulating debates and connect with youths across the world. Outside of CAIMUN, Monica is also involved with several charities, including the Philanthropy Club and the SDC Blue Ribbon Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys adventures to Downtown Vancouver with her friends in search of the basic human needs: food, drinks, and clothing. Monica looks forward to creating a forum of discussion for youths where they can harness their leadership and diplomacy skills and solve the issues of today's world.
USG of Professional Affairs | Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee will be your Undersecretary General for Professional Affairs this year. He has extensive experience in international relations and is also a decorated delegate in numerous conferences. Kevin looks forward to working with his colleagues to make CAIMUN 2013 an amazing and rewarding conference for all attendees. He enjoys spending his spare time swimming, throwing a frisbee, and watching Stephen Colbert sing ‘Ave Maria’. As the direct liaison between college inquiries and the conference, Kevin is available to handle any questions about Model UN and why it will help you in your post-secondary education and the future.
Director of Sponsorship | Estella Zhao
Estella Zhao is in her sophomore year at Fraser Heights Secondary School. After attending her premier conference at Trinity Western University, she became captivated by the world of Model UN. Since then, she has gone on to become an avid participant of numerous conferences as both delegate and staff. She firmly believes in the crucial role of youth in society, and understands that the participation of young minds in international issues can essentially alter the future of a nation. Thus, she jumps at every chance to organize and attend events that provide opportunities and experiences that engages youth in life changing experiences. CAIMUN is one of these opportunities, and she is absolutely thrilled to welcome delegates to experience yet another unforgettable weekend!
Director of Marketing | Haider Nayani
Haider Nayani is an SFU student studying a combination of economics and political science. He began MUN in grade 10 and has enjoyed his experience since. He was involved in organizing the inaugural TCMUN conference and hopes to bring everything he learned to CAIMUN. Haider believes that CAIMUN is unique because it gives delegates the chance to take part in a creative form of discourse, which challenges them in innovative ways. He is looking forward to the conference and wishes all delegates an amazing experience.
Marketing Coordinator for Canada | Zoe Luba
Ever since stepping into her first committee session, Zoe Luba has been captivated with the addicting world of Model United Nations. She went on to co-found Seycove Secondary's first Model United Nations Team and has been obsessed ever since. Zoe is very passionate about social justice, and to further this passion, she recently travelled to the Dominican Republic to help build houses in the local slums. She is currently a first year student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, pursuing an honours degree in International Relations. She knows CAIMUN 2013 is going to be a first class conference, CAI - n't you just see it?
Marketing Coordinator for Internationals | Yoona Kang
Yoona Kang is in Grade 12 at Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam. She is extremely delighted to be part of the CAIMUN Secretariat 2013. Yoona enjoys singing and dancing, as well as badminton and basketball. She co-leads the Public Speaking Club at her school, which is composed of Model United Nations, Debate, and Youth Parliament. Last year, she was fortunate to be part of the secretariat of TreeMUN 2012, a conference in Coquitlam, BC. Now an international marketing coordinator for CAIMUN 2013, her goal this year is to present the conference all over the world, and to give as many delegates as possible the opportunity of an amazing experience at this exceptional international MUN conference in Vancouver.
Social Coordinator ; Marketing Coordinator for Internationals | Ciru Kinyanjui
Ciru Kinyanjui is a loud outgoing senior at Kitsilano Secondary in Vancouver. Model United Nations is the home of her partying since she was in grade 7. She finds that Model United Nations has helped shape her into a more knowledgeable person when it comes to International Relations and hopes that everyone else can grow as well. When Ciru is not partying at a MUN social she is out playing field hockey and basketball. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and having a great time overall. She is very excited to be part of the CAIMUN Secretariat and cannot wait to meet all the delegates!
Director of Graphic Design and Photography | Edward Chang
Edward Chang is in the twelfth grade and is currently enrolled in University Hill Secondary School. He is taking the position of CAIMUN's USG of Graphic Design and Photography. Prior to CAIMUN, he has worked for various other organizations as a graphic designer and photographer and has enjoyed the immersive nature of the Vancouver MUN community. In his spare time, he enjoys taking photos, doing volunteer work across the city, and exploring the world around him. He hopes to use his skills to make CAIMUN a one of a kind experience for all delegates and staff members.
USG of IT | Vivian Lin
Vivian is currently a first-year student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, pursuing her dream of becoming an industrial and graphic designer. Though a late-comer to the MUN world, Vivian has grown to love MUN through the conferences she has attended and is ecstatic to be part of the CAIMUN secretariat. When she isn't sipping coffee from Starbucks or listening to music while blogging, Vivian is usually found volunteering for various events and teaching an art class for children. She is extremely excited to be part of something this phenomenal and hopes delegates will equally share her enthusiasm in order to make this year's conference a memorable one.