Current Council

President: Dylan Stermer

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not in McMed I’m in Leacock, jk school’s closed, I’m probably playing guitar
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Favourite drug: Cold water; it cured my chronic migraines when medicine failed
Fun fact: I once navigated the Saint Laurence River at 3AM in the pitch darkness during a lightning storm
Fields of interest: Longevity and cell senescence

VP Academics: Liana Caprera

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m usually studying in Redpath (2nd floor) or napping
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Favourite drug: Paroxetine (happy pills!)
Fun fact: I competed in the 2009 Dance World Cup
Favourite place I’ve travelled: the globe lol, but if I had to choose, Italy!

VP Communications: Hannah Billings

Program: pharmacology major, neuroscience minor
When I’m not at McMed I’m making coffee at Humble Lion
Hometown: Langley, British Columbia
Favourite drugs: quetiapine and aripiprazole (and caffeine)
Fields of interest: psychiatry, science communications, and neuropharmacology
Known for: complaining about the lack of mountains here (Mount Royal is a HILL!)

VP External: John Calogerinis

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m at the ODR
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Favourite drug: carfentanil
Fun fact: So far two diseases have successfully been eradicated: smallpox and rinderpest
Favourite comedy movie: Grown Ups

VP Finance: Akash Sasitharan

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m
probably talking to someone
Hometown:
born in Ottawa, lived in Toronto, raised in Montréal
Favourite drug:
modafinil (should’ve taken it for my 8am classes)
Fun fact:
I broke my head when I was one month old at a party FOR ME!
Fun story:
my friends convinced my chem teacher I was a drug dealer cuz I had to leave early to “take care of family business”

Katie kissing a turtle!

VP Fundraising: Katie Arisz

Program: pharmacology major, neuroscience minor
When I’m not at McMed I’m at the gym
Hometown: Saint John, New Brunswick (not to be confused with the cooler Saint John’s, Newfoundland)
Favourite drugs: probably not proton pump inhibitors
Field of interest: neuropharmacology
Fun fact: my friends say I look like Greta Thunberg!

VP Internal: Maathumetha Ponnambalam

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m watching Netflix or room makeover videos on YouTube
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Favourite drug: Adderall
Fun fact: “Matou” means non-castrated male cat in French ☺
Favourite place I’ve travelled: Tokyo, Japan

U3 Representatives:

Evan Puligandla

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m at the gym
Hometown: London, Ontario (but grew up in Montréal!)
Favourite drug: Nitrous Oxide (lol)
Fun fact: the scientific name for the striped skunk is Mephitis mephitis which means “stinky stinky”
Field of interest: cancer epigenetics

Sunaina Alam

Program: Major, Pharmacology
When I’m not at McMed I’m taking advantage of my OPUS card and thrifting around the city
Hometown: Montreal
Favourite drug: Amphetamine
Fun fact: If I had to eat from one place for the rest of my life, I would most definitely pick Taco Bell
Favourite MTL restaurant/bar: Milky Way (great music, ambiance, and drinks)

U2 Representatives:

Atchaya Kanagasabai

Program: pharmacology major
When I’m not at McMed I’m watching or reading an action-thriller
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Favourite drug: antihistamines
Fun fact: I have 23 first cousins and I know every single one of them
Favourite I’ve travelled: Sri Lanka because it is the most beautiful country ever (I may be slightly biased…)

Zachary Grimard

Program: pharmacology major, philosophy minor
When I’m not at McMed I’m playing rugby or hockey
Hometown: Chambly, Québec
Favourite drug: acetaminophen
Fun fact: I once got robbed in Greece, but they gave everything back after one of them heard me say I’d fail my semester since all my schoolwork was on that laptop (:
Favourite place I’ve travelled: still Greece

U1 Representatives:

apply in the Fall!!