The Administrative Officer is responsible for ensuring that the Association is provided with the necessary information and support to conduct its affairs in a timely and effective manner, performing duties that support the Executive and standing committees, management of the day-to-day operations of the office, and liaising with the membership.
Megan Mericle is ULFA’s AO. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2007 with a BFA in Art and a Minor in Art History and Museum Studies, and in 2013 she completed her MA Degree in Art History from McGill University. While at McGill she became involved with AGSEM (Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill) as Communications Officer. She then joined AMUSE (Association of McGill Support Employees) as Chair of the Board of Representatives, as a member of the Negotiating Committee for two years of collective bargaining, and as a member of the Grievance Committee and Communications Committee. She has worked in visitor services and in collections at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Galt Museum & Archives, and more recently worked as Administrative and Outreach Coordinator at the Concordia Greenhouse Project in Montreal. She has worked and volunteered for various artists and non-profit organizations and ran her own photography, web design and writing business. She enjoys spending time with her family, loves to go for walks, supporting the local art and cultural scenes, and to have a good laugh.
The Executive Director (ED) oversees the implementation of elected member’s decisions. This includes coordinating the ULFA office and standing as a member on ULFA’s Committees as an ex-officio non-voting member. The ED assists with ULFA’s external relations, including communications, grievances, collective bargaining, solidarity efforts, and our participation in the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). The ED also provide guidance on the Academic Staff Collective Agreement and serves as staff support for the returning officer for ULFA elections.
Aaron Chubb is ULFA’s current ED. He has had a range of jobs in post-secondary as a lecturer, in campus radio, for PIRGs, staff for student government and in student learning services. His research is in adult education, focusing on social movement learning and labour union education. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge with B.A (2005), double majoring in Drama and Anthropology and was a founding board member of the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group. In 2012 Aaron received his M.Ed from the University of Alberta where he studied social movement learning and labour union education in the Educational Policy Studies Department. He was a learning strategist and headed up the Study Skills program for the University of Lethbridge from 2013-2019, prior to his arrival at ULFA.
ULFA’s Professional Officer is primarily responsible for member relations and grievance matters. If you have any questions about the Collective Agreement, your rights and responsibilities as a member of ULFA and the University of Lethbridge, or about grievance matters, please contact our Professional Officer.
Karl Laderoute serves as ULFA’s Professional Officer. Karl has been at the University of Lethbridge since 2014 and holds a PhD in philosophy from McMaster University. He instructed courses in philosophy, logic, liberal education, and academic writing before joining ULFA in 2021. He enjoys a good argument, spending time with his family, and walking in nature.
The Executive Committee shall comprise the Association’s officers other than the Ombuds Officer, the most recent and available Past President ex officio, the chairs of standing committees, and the Executive Director (non-voting). Subject to these bylaws and to any resolution enacted by a general meeting, the Executive Committee shall have the authority to manage and direct the Association’s affairs.
The President shall call meetings of the Executive Committee as required to deal with the affairs of the Association, and at least one week prior to any general meeting of the Association. In the absence of the President, an Executive Committee meeting may be called by the Vice-President/President Nominate or, if that Member is also absent, by the Treasurer.
There shall be a joint meeting of the incoming and outgoing members of Executive Committee in June of each year. Read full bylaws here.