Who we are

These individuals are the personalities behind the emails, the posts and tweets. CUP’s national office is comprised of the full-time staffer responsible for CUP’s day-to-day operations. The CUP Board of Directors is tasked with the governance of the organization and meet regularly each month.  Other staff are mandated with creating original content, organizing major annual events such as CUP’s national conference, fondly known as NASH, and strategic planning.

National Office

Jane Lytvynenko | National Executive (executive@cup.ca)

DSC_0100After being embedded into CUP for the past two years as the Ottawa Bureau Chief and admiring from afar for three more, I was fortunate enough to become CUP’s National Executive. My five years in student press began at the University of Ottawa’s Fulcrum where I volunteered and then became the news editor. While there I helped the paper’s digital transition and rallied to better engage our readers. I bring that experience with me to CUP, hoping to unite the community and strengthen the organization.

Twitter: @JaneLytv 

Katherine Lapointe | CUP—CWA Program Coordinator (cwa@cup.ca)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Katherine joined CUP three years ago as the CWA Canada Mentorship and Membership Program Coordinator. She brings to her work a commitment to social and economic justice, and a belief that change can be achieved through collective action. After graduating from Trent University with a BA in International Development (followed by a brief stint at the Canadian Canoe Museum), she completed a masters in Environmental Studies at York University, where she focused her studies on critical education. Katherine’s interest in union organizing stems from her involvement in the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) as a campaign organizer and educator. She is interested in creating fair opportunities for student journalists, and raising awareness about rights for interns and other precarious workers.

Twitter: @KatJLapointe 

The Board of Directors

Mick Sweetman | Ontario Regional Representative, Chair (ontario.board@cup.ca)

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Mick Sweetman is an Ontario Regional Director and chair of the CUP board. While not trying to govern the ungovernable, also known as campus journalists, he spends his time as the managing editor of The Dialog newspaper at George Brown College in Toronto and cursing at Toronto FC. Mick’s immediate focus as a Regional Director are members in the Greater Toronto Area but he represents all Ontario members on CUP’s Board of Directors. If you’re ever in Toronto let him know as he’s been known to buy interested CUPies a drink while chatting about what we can do to make CUP the best co-operative it can be.If you would like to talk to him you can reach him at ontario.board1@cup.ca or call his office at The Dialog during business hours at 416-415-5000 Ext. 2764.

Twitter: @MickSweetman 

Henry-Tye Glazebrook | Prairies and Northern Regional Representative (prairies.board@cup.ca)
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HenryTye Glazebrook assures everyone that they can simply call him Henry. Whether he’s wearing out the keys on his laptop, reciting his favourite second-hand jokes or recounting any number of the embarrassing tales from his own escapades, Henry is never at a loss for words. Henry was introduced to CUP during his time at the University of Saskatchewan’s student newspaper, the Sheaf, where he spent the last year as editor-in-chief. Entering his last year as a student, he plans to earn a career in journalism once he completes his honours degree in English. In his downtime, Henry cultivates a passion for storytelling in print and on film, and spends as much time as possible playing with his German shepherd, Rush. Henry is happy to answer any questions about the origin of his unconventional first name, and can be reached directly via Twitter.

Twitter: @HenryGlazebrook 

Connor Jay | Atlantic Regional Representative (atlantic.board@cup.ca)
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Connor never wanted to be a journalist. He actually laughed people enrolling into journalism programs. Yet somehow, 2 universities and 3 campus newspapers later, Connor is a journalist. Well, kind of. He’s less interested in reporting and more interested in the design and production of news. He works as the Layout & Web Editor for The Aquinian, where he does all the nerdy things most people don’t understand.

Twitter: @connorrejay 

Erin Hudson | Continuity Representative (continuity@cup.ca)

270e9f2My experience in campus press began at The McGill Daily, where I worked for as a news editor for two years, and as a volunteer at CKUT campus community radio station. I became involved in CUP as Quebec Bureau Chief working with The Concordian in 2012-13. I was CUP President last year and am returning to the Board this year as a director to provide continuity for a new group of directors.

Twitter: @EK_Hudson 

Steve Ladurantaye| Industry Representative (steve.ladurantaye@cup.ca)

Steve Ladurantaye manages news and government partnerships at Twitter Canada. An accomplished journalist, Steve has been the recipient of two National Newspaper Awards. Prior to joining Twitter, he was the media reporter at The Globe and Mail. Steve has also served as a city editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard and the Peterborough Examiner and as a reporter with the Ottawa Sun.

Twitter: @sladurantaye 

Shelley Robinson| Industry Representative (shelley.robinson@cup.ca)
shelley-eyeroll-picShelley Robinson started in 1995 at the Dalhousie Gazette in Halifax, NS, North America’s oldest student newspaper. In her time there she was Features Editor, News Editor, Managing Editor, and was the ARCUP Bureau Chief, as well as helping organize CUP 60. She later ran a community newspaper on the peaceline in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has also worked for community media projects in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, Butare, Rwanda and back in Halifax. She has been the Executive Director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (www.ncra.ca) since 2010.

Twitter: @radiomeow 

Wendy McCann| Industry Representative (wendy.mccann@cup.ca)
Wendy-headshot1Wendy McCann was a reporter and managing editor at The Canadian Press for more than two decades before moving to strategic communications for the government of Ontario and now the Council of Ontario Universities. She ran CP’s internship program for more than 10 years, mentoring young journalists, and also sat on the board of the Ontario Press Council and the Ontario Newspaper Awards.

Twitter: @WendyMcCann

Other Staff

Rachel Ward | Labour Bureau Chief (labour@cup.ca)
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Rachel Ward is the labour reporter for CUP 2014–15. Based in Halifax, Rachel works as a freelance journalist for broadcast and online. She’s also studying in the investigative journalism master’s program at the University of King’s College. Five years ago during her undergrad she joined the Watch, volunteering first as a reporter, then as editor-in-chief and now as publisher. She’s also a past board member and radio contributor for Dalhousie University’s campus community radio station, CKDU 88.1 FM.

Twitter: @wardrachel 

Andrew Hawley | National Conference Coordinator (andrew.hawley@thefulcrum.ca )
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An Ottawa native, Andrew is entering his third year as General Manager of the Fulcrum newspaper. He was previously sports editor and a member of the Board of Directors at the paper. During his time as sports editor he was a co-host of the “Gee-Gees Hour” on CHUO. His involvement in student media coincided with a history degree from the University of Ottawa received in 2012. Along with managing a student paper and national conference, Andrew has been a data researcher for CBC Sports.
When not running or drinking homemade cocktails (often at the same time), Andrew can be found in the Fulcrum basement with some man in a suit.

Twitter: @AHawleywood 

Mackenzie Gray | National Conference Coordinator (mackenzie.gray@thefulcrum.ca)

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Mackenzie is an Ottawa-based journalist and student. For the past six years, Mackenzie has been the host of High School Sports Zone on Rogers TV in Ottawa. A political junkie, Mackenzie has been involved with multiple election night specials on Rogers. Mackenzie served as the staff writer for the Fulcrum in the 20130–14 publishing year. Outside of Rogers TV and NASH planning, Mackenzie is also putting the finishing touches on his communications degree from the University of Ottawa.
If you’re looking to get a hold of Mackenzie, you’ll likely find him in the basement of the Fulcrum, wearing a suit and working with coordinator Andrew Hawley on planning NASH.

Twitter: @Gray_Mackenzie

Jessica Eritou | Associate National Conference Coordinator (jessica.eritou@thefulcrum.ca)

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Born in the suburbs of the nation’s capital, Jessica found herself transferring from Carleton University studying Art History and History to enrol at the University of Ottawa to obtain a B.A. in Communication.

As a devoted media enthusiast who is always reading or listening to the latest headlines, Jessica found herself behind the scenes instead as began volunteering with the University of Ottawa’s independent newspaper, the Fulcrum. She began in January 2013, while reporting and gaining experience in becoming the current Arts & Culture Editor for the 2014 – 2015 year.

Alongside her journalism career throughout her university studies, Jessica worked in fashion and worked with designer labels such as; Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Halston Heritage, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, and Armani Collezioni.

Having studied with the Ottawa School of Art, Jessica developed her strength in visual arts, specifically in portrait painting. She is also a collector of contemporary modern art. As an United States political junkie, in her off time you can find her researching the latest media critique of the Obama administration.

Jessica is a full­time student at the University of Ottawa, and an aspiring broadcast driven to achieve her master’s degree.