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2021/22 Branch Teams

Our IgNITE Branches brings everything IgNITE has to offer to their own communities. This allows us to expand beyond regional boundaries! As a branch they are responsible for a variety of duties based on their status as either a dependent (tier 1) or independent (tier 2) branch. Tier 1 branches are branch new branches that are learning the lay of the land, whereas tier 2 branches are experienced teams that expand to their own executive teams. However, the main goal stays consistent across branches: Promotion and Recruitment. Each branch director will act as the 'President' for their school, taking leadership and responsibility over goals set out by headquarters. Branch can host their own events, run their own socials and do everything they think is best to build a strong IgNITE community at their school.

Dependent IgNITE Branches

Chelsea Klein

Ottawa Branch Director

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Ashutosh Upreti

Carleton Branch Director

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Rochelle Guan

British Columbia Branch Director

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Parnika Sakthivel

Calgary Branch Director

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Jessica Maher

Lakehead Branch Director

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Stephany Emmanuel

Waterloo Branch Director

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Susan Egbert, PharmD

Manitoba Branch Director

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Maheru Bint

Memorial U of Newfoundland Branch Director

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Kusha Shirani

Abby Park Branch Director

Independent IgNITE Branches

Western Executive Team 2021/22

Daniyal Khan

Western Assistant Director

Laura Tolciu

Western Assistant Director

Zheng Song

Professional Relations

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Vienna Fu

Relations Chair

Jainee Patel

Relations Chair

Salem Abu Al-Burak

Social Media Chair

Julia Nguyen

Finance Chair

Keya Patel

Sponsorship Chair

Anya Sarma

Bilingualism Chair

Hannah Polley

Western Branch Director

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McMaster Executive Team 2021/22

Fatimah Jessa

Relations Chair

Saismetha Visnukumar

Social Media Chair

Breanne Poernbacher

Bilingualism Chair

Harmony Gagnon

Finance Chair

Zenab Gill

Sponsorship Chair

Anika Minoji

Events Coordinator

Madison McKellar

McMaster Branch Director

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Queens Executive Team 2021/22

Zoë Myers

Relations Chair

Maya Senthilkumaran

Social Media Chair

Claire Rosienski-Pellerin

Bilingualism Chair

Leah Brown

Finance Chair

Anthony Cimino

Sponsorship Chair

Isabella Martins

Events Coordinator

Megan Zalzal

Queens Branch Director

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York Executive Team 2021/22

Nicky Akbarian

Relations Chair

Elia Xhindole

Social Media Chair

Alyssa Duhon

Bilingualism Chair

Jacqueline Duhon

Finance Chair

Era Caushi

Sponsorship Chair

TBD

Events Coordinator

Samaneh Fatehi

York Branch Director

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Windsor Executive Team 2021/22

Nima Malakoti-Negad

Relations Chair

Venisa Patel

Social Media Chair

Jaefer Mohamad

Bilingualism Chair

Teodor Cretu

Finance Chair

Maliha Baseet

Sponsorship Chair

Mansi Patel

Windsor Branch Director

Toronto Executive Team 2021/22

Annie Kim

Relations Chair

TBD

Social Media Chair

Varunen Siva

Bilingualism Chair

Siobhan Wilson

Finance Chair

Angela (Ji Min) Kwon

Sponsorship Chair

Laura Gorwill

Events Coordinator

Jenny Wei & Trusha Tullu

Toronto Co-Branch Directors

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Kirpa Dhillon & Cassandra Stan

Guelph Co-Branch Directors

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Guelph Executive Team 2021/22

Jocelyne Cyrenne

Relations Chair

Divya Vurrabindi

Social Media Chair

TBD

Bilingualism Chair

Faisal Nawaz

Finance Chair

Quinlan Cotnam

Sponsorship Chair

IgNITE Ambassadors

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Emma Savoie
Emma Savoie

I joined IgNITE mainly due to my love for science and my interest in research. I think IgNITE is such a great way to give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and gain valuable research skills that they otherwise may not have the chance to do. Throughout my role, I hope to make connections with likeminded individuals and gain even more experience in the research field!

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Kushvir Saini
Kushvir Saini

"As a proactive and committed individual passionate about helping students, I joined IgNITE to help the organization in its mission to promote the accessibility of medical research. Most importantly, while helping students, Ignite provides a good opportunity for its members to network with like-minded individuals."

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Abinaci Kaur Bahra
Abinaci Kaur Bahra

I joined because it is an amazing way to gain research experience before ever stepping into a lab! Making connections in the medical & research field is a necessity as we are all able to foster relationships which creates a network for us to get help when needed! I hope to gain that network of connections as well as gain the experience to enable me to achieve a research position. IgNITE has so much to offer and I want others to realize what a great stepping stone this organization is!

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Erlin Espina
Erlin Espina

After looking for extracurricular activities that align with my passion for medical research, I came across IgNITE and knew this was the perfect organization to take part in! I joined IgNITE because I love how this community is an inclusive platform that makes research opportunities accessible to students without any prior experience. Through my role as an Ambassador, I hope to help ambitious students seeking research opportunities to get involved with IgNITE!

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Sofia Skebo
Sofia Skebo

I wanted to join IgNITE because I believe in the accessible research experience it provides for everyone and anyone who takes advantage of it. I want to be able to share with others this amazing opportunity to get involved and meet others in the field!

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Ajay Pooran
Ajay Pooran

I joined IgNITE because I wanted to be a part of an established medical case competition to gain experience in research and this was a great place to start. I hope to add to my knowledge of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and to help others see what IgNITE has to offer!!

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Yasmien Mansour
Yasmien Mansour

I came across IgNITE while I was looking for opportunities to get more involved with extracurriculars in the science field. When I found out more information about IgNITE, I realized that it was the best opportunity to participate in something that encourages students to gain scientific research experience. There are not very many opportunities where students with no experience can get involved in something like this, which is why I'm looking forward to working with others who are interested in

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Sylvanna Pavao
Sylvanna Pavao

Becoming an Ambassador for IgNITE is such an exciting opportunity for me. IgNITE has inspired me as it gives opportunities for skill and research development to students. I relate to this as I am first in my family to attend university especially in a STEM field where it can be more challenging to navigate alone. I hope to gain more connections and promote a non-profit that will push me further to step out of my comfort zone and meet amazing people!

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Hoda Osman
Hoda Osman

As a young science student, I am always eager to learn more about the medical and research field. Therefore, joining IgNITE as an ambassador was perfect for me because this organization's foundations match my interests, while also allowing me to give back to the community. This includes providing other students like me with opportunities to innovate and gain experience. IgNITE is an amazing way to network with great minds in the science community!

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Omar Elomari
Omar Elomari

I joined IgNITE because I want to help other students get involved in the world of research and expose myself to more of it. I want to meet new people and make valuable connections and even participate in the case competition myself. I want to meet new professors and other members of IgNITE and expand my network and make new connections.

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Cynthia Sun
Cynthia Sun

I joined IgNITE after an amazing experience from being a past competitor. I've had the chance to view just how much knowledge can be obtained and all the accomplishments that can be achieved through the competition. IgNITE gives students the basic tools they need to be successful in research, as well as their academic career. I'm excited to join the ambassador team and be able to unlock this opportunity and inspire others to take part in IgNITE.

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Alexia Adamo
Alexia Adamo

I chose to become an ambassador for igNITE because of its goal. As an undergraduate student, I myself found it very difficult and intimidating to find research opportunities. IgNITE really aims to make research as an undergraduate student much easier through mentorships and networking opportunities. I hope to introduce IgNITE to a wide audience, as it is such an amazing opportunity! Along the way, I hope to meet many like-minded individuals interested in research and science.

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Charles Floden
Charles Floden

I wanted to become an Ambassador because I believe in IgNITE's goal and think it is very beneficial for students to practice and apply research skills. I am also very open to being apart of different communities and think this will be a great experience for me

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Mariejan Rishwain-Brassard
Mariejan Rishwain-Brassard

Devenir ambassadeur IgNITE me permet non seulement d'acquérir de l’expérience parascolaire en lien avec mes intérêts, mais me donne également l'opportunité de contribuer à la croissance d'une organisation incroyable. Je suis fière de promouvoir cette plateforme qui offre aux étudiants un moyen accessible d'intégrer le monde de la recherche médicale.

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Aïcha Gharib
Aïcha Gharib

I joined Ignite to provide access to research and mentorship opportunities for high school students. Throughout my role as an ambassador, I hope to contribute and connect with like-minded individuals and gain first-hand exposure to research.

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Feven Bisrat
Feven Bisrat

I joined Ignite because I wanted to be able to join an organization or a club that was related to my major. As a health science student, I hope to get valuable exposure in my field and hope to learn more about what I can do in research through Ignite.

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Luiza Antunes
Luiza Antunes

Research is a field I have always been interested in. To become part of an organization where research is the core focus and where I will be able to make connections with other students who are also very passionate about the scientific world truly appears to me. I also love working with social media, so this would be a dream position where I would be joining my love for research and social media. I am also very interested in developing broader connections. Since I moved to Canada, I had to leave

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Nicole Yan Tung Lee
Nicole Yan Tung Lee

"I have always been interested in research, but never had a clue as to how or where to start. When introduced to IgNITE, I just knew that this was the stepping stone I needed. IgNITE is the perfect opportunity for me to gain experience and to connect with other like-minded individuals. I look forward to helping others who are in the position I once was to discover research opportunities through this role."

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Ahmed Sadeknury
Ahmed Sadeknury

The reason for which I would like to get involved with IgNITE is because I believe in giving students the opportunity to explore the field of research. Many students desire research experience but are missing the lab experience and communication skills. I believe that this is the perfect opportunity for students to channel their inner passion for research and give them credible experience.

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Bhavya Gupta
Bhavya Gupta

I joined igNITE because of my interest in research. This organization allows you to learn about research techniques and gain first-hand exposure to research as an undergraduate student. In my role as an ambassador, I hope to spread the word about igNITE to my fellow students and gain a close network of like-minded individuals in the process.

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Aanal Trivedi
Aanal Trivedi

After looking for numerous research jobs myself, I realized there were barely any student opportunities for undergraduate students like me, that's when I came across IgNITE. IgNITE provides students with research experience and tips, it also allows individuals like me to work with new people to promote student research. I can't wait to be a part of this amazing community!!

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Tahirah D'Costa Correia
Tahirah D'Costa Correia

I joined the IgNITE team to make research and mentorship opportunities more available to high school students. Over the years, we have had extremely meritorious achievements in the field of science, but a lot of work still has to be done. I believe that the students have the potential to do great things, we just need a start. By involving students and giving us a platform, the IgNITE competition not only helps build the students intellect, it helps build communication and interpersonal skills

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Samantha Loshusan
Samantha Loshusan

When I came across IgNITE I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to take part in this established organization and expand my knowledge in both of my passions. Furthermore, IgNITE seemed like an amazing opportunity not only for myself but for other aspiring students in the science and medical field. Through my role as an Ambassador, I hope to help other ambitious and aspiring students grow in the field as well as meet other people who can assist them along the way.

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Olivia Le Piane
Olivia Le Piane

I joined IgNITE to inform my school community about the amazing opportunities IgNITE provides in terms of scientific research. I look forward to not only promoting events featuring doctors and members of the scientific community, but also learn more about different research fields. As an IgNITE ambassador, I hope to become more familiar with scientific research. Also, I intend on practicing and mastering effective communication with large groups of people on various online platforms.

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Naomi Omorede
Naomi Omorede

I liked that the case competition promotes innovation and creativity in STEM. As a participant of last year's case competition I understand and value the collaborative, organizational and communication skills myself and my teammates developed by the end of our IgNITE journey. Although we did not make it very far in the competition the experience alone was extremely fulfilling. Afterall, many of today's discoveries began with a few people who decided to think outside of the box.

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Hunter Bolton
Hunter Bolton

I joined ignite to connect with my community in a meaningful way and to utilize this unique opportunity to help educate students and encourage them to apply their interests and achieve their full potential. If I could achieve one thing as an Ambassador, I would want to play a critical role in motivating students to engage with the scientific community whilst refining their skills in a way that is both enjoyable and educational.

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Mariam Aboobaker
Mariam Aboobaker

I joined IgNITE because I realized what an amazing opportunity it provides students with. I feel that people often shy away from research because they don’t know where to start or they don’t have experience. However, IgNITE gives everyone a shot at getting their foot in the door of something much bigger than themselves. As an ambassador, I am honoured to be able to contribute something to the greater good, such as recruiting someone who will influence the future of medicine.

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Anika Ranadive
Anika Ranadive

I wanted to join IgNITE because I believe in making the research field more accessible to students. The multitude of informative and interactive events along with the competition are helpful ways of getting started in research. As an IgNite ambassador, I want to aid others interested in research to learn through the events and competition. I also hope to gain key skills in research techniques, networking, and publishing papers. The IgNite Medical Case Competition is the perfect opportunity to ge

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Stanley Cao
Stanley Cao

I joined IgNITE due to my passion for sciences and my interest in research. I believe IgNITE is a great opportunity for students to seek what they are after in the science and medical fields, whilst gaining valuable research skills and knowledge. Through this role I hope to make connections with other people who share the same interest as I do and gain some experiences in research.

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William Winarta
William Winarta

I love the idea of research and lab based learning so ignite seemed like the perfect fit for me. I also love sharing and letting others know about new awesome opportunities which is why I’d love to see you all compete when the time comes around. I look forward to working with the ignite team and getting the chance to speak and network with new people as well.

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