Changes to the OSTA-AECO Board of Directors and Alumni Network

On May 23rd, 2015, the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association/l’Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l’Ontario (OSTA-AECO) passed an amendment to the organization’s constitution to amalgamate the Board of Directors and Alumni Board of Directors into a single entity comprised of seven (7) Directors as of August 1st, 2015. This recent transition comes at a time in which the organization is undergoing many significant changes to improve the ways in which the student voice is heard within the education system.

As the largest student-run organization in Canada, representing over two million students across the province, OSTA-AECO strives to provide a united voice for students at all levels of the education system. The Board of Directors fulfills an imperative role in ensuring a unified, inclusive voice for the students of Ontario.

As per the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, “the Board of Directors is accountable to the members. It is responsible for managing, and supervising the activities and affairs of the corporation.” In this way, the Board of Directors has the fiduciary duty to oversee and advise the Executive Council in all operational activities to align short-term goals with the long-term vision of the organization.

The Board of Directors maintains internal policies and procedures that promote and sustain fiscal management, accountability, risk mitigation, long-term sustainability, and social responsibility. As a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation, these procedures comply with not-for-profit corporate regulations and are designed to maintain transparent and equitable financial records in accordance with regulatory requirements.

In addition to these operational duties and responsibilities, the Board of Directors also facilitates the implementation of programs and events through the Student Trustee Alumni Network. Ranging from mentorship opportunities for Student Trustees to an annual Gala recognizing student achievement, the Board facilities a range of organizational initiatives.

The current Directors of the Board fulfilling a one-year term concluding on July 31, 2016 are as follows:

Last Name
First Name
Email Address
Director Unified Communications
Director Logistics
Director Alumni Relations
Director Alumni Relations

This current transitional period is the beginning of a promising future for the organization and the students of Ontario. I firmly believe that these organizational realignments will improve the internal operational efficiency of OSTA-AECO, allowing for Student Trustees to receive exceptional professional development experiences and providing the students of Ontario with an echoing, united voice.

On behalf of the Board, I look forward to the term ahead and what the future holds for the organization, the Student Trustees, and the students of Ontario.

Yours in education,

Jacob Pullia
Board of Directors

Student Trustee Alumni Leadership Awards Gala


Ticket sales for OSTA-AECO’s Student Trustee Alumni Leadership Awards Gala are now in full swing! To purchase a ticket, please click here to be redirected to our Tilt campaign where purchases can be made on a secure site. Alternatively, school boards can pay by cheque. Payments can be made to OSTA-AECO, and can be mailed to OSTA-AECO c/o Jason Barron. For more information, and for our mailing address, please email

Alumni Profile: Stephan Telka

Stephan_Telka-1aI had the pleasure of serving as Student Trustee on the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board (which I believe is the longest school board name in the province!) from 2000-2001, and was one of the founders of OSTA-AECO in the autumn of 2000, serving as the inaugural President of the English Catholic Board Council. During my time as Student Trustee, I focused on getting students more involved in board affairs. I established a Student Trustee advisory committee, comprised of student council representatives of each secondary school within the board, and made sure my contact information was in every single secondary school classroom across the board. I also spearheaded the creation of a sub-committee…continue reading on our Alumni Profiles Page!

Alumni Profiles

The Alumni Board would like to profile alumni Student Trustees in our email updates as well as on our website. Through this, we hope to provide Student Trustee alum with the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments after having sat at the Board table. If you are interested in being profiled by the Alumni Network, please email us.