Student Committee

Statement of Purpose

The student committee advocates for post-secondary students studying archaeology in Canada. It promotes, facilitates, celebrates, and communicates student initiatives and achievements. The committee aims to create a safe, welcoming, and encouraging environment for all students of archaeology. The committee also maintains a communicative network between post-secondary students studying archaeology, and the CAA Board of Directors.

Contact: Kelsey Pennanen and/or Liam Wadsworth

Current Membership

Co-Chair: Kelsey Pennanen (University of Calgary)
Co-Chair: Liam Wadsworth (University of Alberta)

LOCATION / Institution Graduate Representative Undergraduate Representative
Simon Fraser University Sarah Smith ongoing recruitment
University of Northern British Columbia Courtney Lawrence Patrick Smith
MacEwan University N/A JoAnn Wanner
University of Alberta Liam Wadsworth ongoing recruitment
Mount Royal University N/A Paula Claus
University of Calgary Kelsey Pennanen Kristen Moss
University of Lethbridge ongoing recruitment Samantha Kondor
University of Saskatchewan Katie Willie Christie Fender
University of Manitoba Jasmine Leisch ongoing recruitment
University of Winnipeg N/A Tekla Cunningham
Lakehead University Holly Flemming ongoing recruitment
Trent University ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
McMaster University Beatrice Fletcher Keira McCartney
University of Toronto (St George Campus) Maryssa Barras ongoing recruitment
University of Western Ontario Rebecca Goodwin ongoing recruitment
Laval University Laurence Ferland ongoing recruitment
McGill University ongoing recruitment Sasha Boghosian
Memorial University Ashley Cameron Molly Ingenmey/ Jordan Hollohan
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
YUKON TERRITORY ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
NUNAVUT ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
NOVA SCOTIA ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
NEW BRUNSWICK ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ongoing recruitment ongoing recruitment

Scope: National, with regional representatives.

Authority: The program of activities and recommendations of the Student Committee must be approved by the CAA Board of Directors.

Committee Composition: The Student Committee consists of a Chair or Co-Chairs, and post-secondary archaeology students representing institutions across Canada. The committee will aim to comprise at least one (1) undergraduate and one (1) graduate student from each institution with an archaeology-related program(s) and to include representation from every Province and Territory in Canada. As membership to the committee changes every academic year, recruitment for this committee is ongoing. Membership is open to all students of archaeology (whatever their home department) registered at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Student committee members are strongly encouraged to be active members of the CAA.

Term: The term of service is one year, beginning and ending at the AGM. Terms can be renewed up to five times for a total of six years. The maximum term for a Chair or Co-Chair is three years.

Rights and Obligations of Members: Active members in the CAA Student Committee have the right to be represented on the National level to the CAA Board of Directors through the Student Committee Chair(s). Members also have the right to participate in the Committee through its structures and services. Members are obliged to respond to communications from the Student Committee Chair(s) and to canvas other students in their programs and share information with them at the request of the Student Committee Chair(s).

Committee Communications: Primary communication with the Chair(s) of the committee shall take place through Meetings or other forms of communication are organized by the Chair(s). Informal committee communications may also take place through “Archaeology Student Communications” closed Facebook Group.

Reporting: The Student Committee reports in writing, and directly to the CAA Board of Directors. The Chair (or Co-Chairs) submits a report on work in progress at each of the two Board meetings annually (spring and fall). A representative from the committee will also make a brief summarizing report to the membership at the AGM during the annual conference.  

Review: The Terms of Reference of the CAA Student Committee will be reviewed periodically by the Committee Chair(s) as membership changes require, and periodically by the CAA Executive Board. All amendments to the Terms of Reference must be approved by Student Committee Chair(s) and the CAA Board of Directors by consensus.