Office Staff and Member Services

The GMUFA is expanding to be truly representational of the number of members that belong to it. If you have any comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to visit us in room 7-102 and our administration assistant would be more than happy to guide you in the right direction or progress your issue to our Professional Officer or Faculty Advocate. 

Jasmine French, Executive Director

Jasmine French is a native Albertan working in post-secondary education labour for the Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association (GMUFA). As Executive Director, she ensures the GMUFA Board and membership have the essential resources to negotiate and apply the collective agreement.  Her experience includes negotiations of contracts, settlements and as a member of bargaining committees.

Previously, Jasmine provided members services for the academic staff at the Association of Academic Staff, University of Alberta. This included representation at tribunals and appeals, preparation of grievances and conflict resolution. Jasmine also provided training and expertise to school councils and fundraising societies through her work with Alberta School Councils’ Association.

Jasmine is trained in mediation, negotiations and restorative practice with a specialized degree in psychology, she has also completed graduate work in the field of organizational development and design.

Jasmine has over 25 years as an advocate providing representation and assistance as well as training, development and facilitation in education and post-secondary education.

 

 

Graham Baker, Professional Officer

As the Professional Officer for the Faculty Association, Graham provides support for members in resolving workplace disputes and in understanding their rights under the Collective Agreement. The Professional Officer also conducts strategic research, communications, and bargaining support, as needed.

 Before joining the GMUFA, Graham served as President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3906, advocating for academic workers, including Teaching and Research Assistants, Sessional Faculty, and Postdoctoral Fellows at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has extensive experience in conflict resolution, grievance handling, member education and engagement, and collective bargaining, and he understands the unique challenges that academics face in their workplaces.  

If you have a question about the Collective Agreement or would like to speak to Graham about an employment issue, he can be reached via email at bakerg27@macewan.ca or by phone at 780-633-3509.

Kevin Hood, Faculty Advocate

Kevin has been with MacEwan’s Correctional Services program for the past 25 years, initially as a sessional instructor until he accepted a full time continuing position with MacEwan in July 2007 and subsequently took on the role of Chair in 2011. Kevin has recently been appointed Interim Department Chair of Public Safety and Justice studies in the Faculty of Health & Community Studies.

 Kevin has worked in a variety of roles over the course of his career including child welfare investigations, working with youth involved in high risk behaviours, and he managed the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution program for Alberta Children’s Services and was Senior Manager responsible for Crime Prevention and Restorative Justice with Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security during his time with the Alberta public service.

 In his spare time, you might see Kevin in Edmonton’s river valley as he enjoys running or walking to stay fit. Kevin also enjoys travelling and has been to a number of interesting locations around the globe.

Jolie Van Den Bussche, Office Assistant