Executive 2014-17


              Dave Douglas, Ph.D. President

I am a Professor (Part-time) in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where I teach film history, Canadian cinema as well as courses on other World Cinemas. In addition to this, since 2007, I have been a regular Visiting Professor at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where I teach avant-garde cinema. I first joined the Executive in 2011, as a Member-at-large (a position now re-titled as Chair of Communications) after serving for a number of years as a Department Council member for The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In addition to my work as President, I presently sit in the University Senate (representing Fine Arts) and on the Steering Committee of Senate where key pedagogical policies are established.  I am an integral part of the CUPFA Negotiation Team for our next Collective Agreement and serve on the Labour Management Committee that examines grievances or concerns the Association has.  In the past, I have served as Chair of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and as Vice-president of the Film Studies Association of Canada. My research interests include topics in film history, avant-garde cinema, Canadian cinema, Cuban cinema and cultural studies.

Email: president.cupfa@gmail.com

T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Me Patrice Blais
Vice President, Collective Agreement and Grievance

I hold two degrees one in Political Science and the other in Law. I am a member of the Quebec Bar, specializing in not for profit corporate as well as labour law. At Concordia I teach law courses in the Department of Political Science and in the School of Extended Learning.  I joined the CUPFA executive in 2010 and hold the portfolio of Vice-President Collective Agreement and Grievance.  My responsibilities are  to ensure that the Collective Agreement is implemented and that the rights of members are safeguarded in cases of violations by the employer.  I am responsible for the training of our Collective Agreement and the appointment of our members onto the  various  committees in their Departments. I am Chief Negotiator for the renewal of our fourth Collective Agreement with negotiations to start in September, 2012. A strong Negotiating Team has been formed to solicit feedback from members about the Collective Agreement and to work on proposed changes. In this regard a Survey has been developed for members about the Collective Agreement to provide our Nego Team with the concerns of the membership.
E: blais.patrice@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Lorraine Oades
Vice-President Professional Development

It is with great pleasure that I join the CUPFA executive as Vice-President of Professional Development. For over 17 years I have been teaching in the Faculty of Fine Arts. My administrative experience extends to a broad array of activities within the university and the art’s community. I have acted as CUPFA department rep for Intermedia/Cyberarts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Women and the Fine Arts; and previously participated on the Professional Development Committee in 2001-2003. Over the years I have been actively involved on numerous committees at Concordia, which include sitting on Department Council for the Department of Studio Arts, participating on Visiting Artist Committees and the Curriculum Committee for Intermedia/Cyberarts. I’ve initiated many cross faculty events and workshops in the Studio Arts Program at Concordia. Administrative experience outside of the university includes being a member of the Board of Directors for Studio XX and Videographe (artist run centres) and co-founding several artist collectives, the most recent of which, Cut Rate Collective, published USED/Goods, an ambitious bilingual book based on an installation project sited at the Montreal Salvation Army Thrift Store. As an artist, educator, and administrator I am committed to the development of creative situations that emphasize community building. I look forward to serving the CUPFA membership by continuing to build an exciting environment that enhances part-time faculty’s professionalism within and outside of the classroom.

E: locupfa@gmail.com

T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

June Riley

I am June Riley, Treasurer of CUPFA.  I am also the CUPFA hiring PT representative in the Departments of Finance and Economics. I have served on other committees related to curriculum at the Departmental levels. In addition I have been actively involved establishing policies at the Faculty level with the JMSB and with the Faculty of Arts and Science with course evaluations, student retention, teaching and learning issues.  I also have over 20 years of teaching experience here at Concordia.  Prior to that I worked as Financial Economist and then as Senior Economist in the investment banking industry which gives me an applied knowledge about finances and accounting. My responsibilities are to ensure our finances for the Association are in order but equally to ensure the financial well being of the membership.
E: jrcupfa@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Scott Chlopan
Executive Secretary

I am proud to be a new member of CUPFA’s Executive, after the election at 2011’s AGM. I have served on various committees in the Department of Education, in the TESL/ESL Unit and at The School of Extended Learning for the last 5 years. I hold degrees from The University of Western Ontario, The University of Toronto, and Concordia. My teaching career started in 1996 in a private institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1999, I came to Concordia and since 2002 have enjoyed the challenges of being a part-time faculty member of this community. My duties as Executive Secretary of the CUPFA Executive are diverse: keeping Association records and meetings duly recorded but in addition, I play an active role in promoting a number of  projects within the University:
Centraide, the Golf Memorial Tournament and the Concordia Shuffle. I participate on the CUPFA Negotiating Team for the upcoming negotiations
to help mobilise our efforts.
E: sccupfa@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Sally Cooke
Chair of Communications

It is a great pleasure to have joined the CUPFA Executive in September 2013.  I have been passionate about CUPFA and the work it does for its members for many years.  I began to get involved when I became the CUPFA representative for the part-time hiring and curriculum committees in the department of Creative Arts Therapies.  I also have been the CUPFA representative in this department for many years.  In the past four years I represented CUPFA at Fine Arts Faculty Council.   I received my professional qualification as an Art Therapist after completing an undergraduate and graduate degree at Concordia.  I work at a local hospital, but almost a decade ago discovered that teaching is also a passion, as I have the opportunity to help train the next generation of Art Therapists.  I look forward to meeting our members and serving you all.
E: svccupfa@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Erik Chevrier
Chair of Internal Mobilization

I joined the CUPFA Executive in May 2015 after working with student bodies for many years, in the area of mobilization.   My task is to connect with the membership, mobilize, and establish a broad base of support for negotiations and our collective activities.
E: erik@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Dr. Francine Tremblay
Chair of External Relations

My responsibilities on the CUPFA Executive are as the Chair of External Relations. In this capacity I am able to pursue our work with outside faculty associations, especially those who advance the interest of part-time faculty. This is achieved in working with our sister unions at Quebec Universities largely through the unions associated with FNEEQ-CSN. As well I mobilise with community groups and build solidarity with those with whom we share similar concerns in the area of labour and social policy. Such a role is critical with support we enjoy from others during contract negotiations. This role ideally places me to work in concert with CUPFA’s Chief Negotiator in obtaining needed research. I also currently sit in Faculty Council in Arts and Science, serve on the Council’s Steering Committee and I am the Department representative for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The mood at Concordia is febrile and in the last two years I have come to appreciate the role the CUPFA Executive needs to play. In solidarity with members, I am pleased to advance the concerns of the membership both within and external to our Association.
E: ftcupfa@gmail.com
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

             Maria Peluso, Past President

I have taught in the Department of Political Science for the past 30 years. I was a founding member of the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association and have been its President from 1994-2013.  I was the Chief Negotiator that saw the renewal of our Collective Agreement in 1998 and again, in 2008. I have been instrumental in ensuring the mobilisation of activities with the Concordia University Inter-Union Council (IUC) as Secretariat for this collective group of union Presidents. Outside of Concordia, I have secured the participation of CUPFA with FNEEQ-CSN joint activities (our sister part-time faculty unions in Quebec) as well as being active with the international COCAL movement (Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour). With COCAL I serve on the International Advisory Board and my research with COCAL is in two areas:  governance and elearning or online pedagogy. At Concordia, I have been active on Senate as a Senator from Arts and Science.  My teaching is focused in the areas of Canadian public policy, labour relations and women’s studies.  I am a full professor with Dawson College in the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy. My focus in the humanities involves research in three fields of study: human rights, international global policies, and ethics.