About LazSoc

Who are we?

The Lazaridis Students' Society ("LazSoc") is a student-run organization at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. We oversee 21 subsidiary clubs, associations, and committees made up of 6,000+ undergraduate students.

What do we do?

LazSoc strives to enrich the Lazaridis student experience beyond the classroom. Our clubs host a variety of events throughout the year which provide opportunities for learning new skills, networking, and personal growth. 

Our Team

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Catalina Garzon

Co-President | She/Her

Hi! My name is Catalina Garzon (feel free to call me Cata) and I’m a fourth year BBA student pursuing a minor in Economics with Co-op. I am one of this year’s LazSoc Co-Presidents, leading a phenomenal team to make student experience in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics even better. This being my third year on LazSoc and my fourth year involved in clubs, I REALLY recommend you find something you’re passionate about and make it a part of during your university experience!

Outside the Laz walls I love to travel, paint and read! If you have any club, academic, co-op, or miscellaneous questions, I would love to connect and have a chat! Feel free to reach out whenever and be sure to follow along with all the amazing events, opportunities, clubs and more that we have planned for this year.
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Thomas Andress

Co-President | He/Him

Hi, my name is Thomas Andress and I am one of the LazSoc Co-Presidents for the 2021/2022 academic year! I am in my fourth year of the BBA program with the co-op option and a minor in Economics. This year marks my third on the LazSoc team, working previously as an Events Manager (now Director of Operations) and Vice President of Corporate Relations.

I could not be more excited to step in as Co-President this year and have the opportunity to lead this incredible team. We are planning to make the most of what this year brings, so please follow our social media accounts to be kept up to date with everything that's going on! I can feel this is going to be an amazing year.

And I have one piece of advice, especially for incoming first years … GET INVOLVED! The LazSoc and Laurier community as a whole has so much to offer, so take advantage of every opportunity you can! The memories and connections you make and the skills you develop will last a lifetime!

Please don’t be a stranger and reach out if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns!
Deveena Bharat

Vice President of Technology | She/Her

Hi! My name is Deveena and I'm a third year BBA & Computer Science double degree student. I’m LazSoc's VP of Tech this year, and I'm currently doing my first co-op term at the VC firm StandUp Ventures (and going back for my next work term in the new year!).

So excited to be on the team again this year and can’t wait to see what all we accomplish! I’m always willing to chat, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to grab coffee!
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Yvonne Cao

Product Management Specialist | She/Her

Hello! My name is Yvonne Cao and I am the Product Management Specialist for LazSoc this year. I am looking forward to working with the team and being there for all of your technology or website-related needs. I am going into my 2nd year of the BBA program and really excited to get on campus and meet everyone!

I am sure that many can agree when I say that I think Laurier is an amazing and friendly community, and the best way to get the most out of your experience would be to GET INVOLVED! It is a great way to meet people and to also learn more about specific industries in business. If you ever want to chat or have any questions about Laurier, please feel free to reach out!
Michael Veloso

Software Developer | He/Him

Hey! I'm Mike and I'm one of the Software Developers at LazSoc. In Fall 2021, I will be in my 4th year of a BBA/Computer double degree. If you have any suggestions for the website (or anything LazSoc related) check out the contact us page.
Mridhulaa Suresh

Software Developer | She/Her

Hi! I'm Mridhulaa, a third year in the BBA/BCS double degree with UWaterloo. I'm a Software Developer at LazSoc, I'm responsible for building and maintaining LazSoc’s digital platforms to enhance the experience of all our students!
My pandemic induced hobbies are reading and going on long walks, but these fancy things aside, I love binging on new shows and movies! I'm always excited to hear your recommendations :)

My advice for students is to get involved in clubs. It's a great way to gain some valuable experience while having a ton of fun and meeting some amazing people! I'm very excited to be a part of LazSoc this year and am looking forward to the things we will achieve!
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Alex Aldaoud

Vice President of Operations | He/Him

Hey everyone! My name is Alex and I’m so excited to be LazSoc’s VP of Operations for the 2021/2022 academic year. I’m a third year business student with co-op and love being a Golden Hawk!

This year the events and philanthropy portfolio is stacked with some amazing individuals, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store!

I encourage everyone in the Laz community and beyond to try to get involved with clubs in any way that works best for you! The clubs community is filled with amazing, helpful, and kind people and being apart of it is super rewarding, you’ll just have to take my word for it and see for yourself!
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Diana Odunze

Director of Operations | She/Her

Hi, my name is Diana Odunze and I am one of the Director of operations at Lazsoc this year! I will be entering my 2nd year in the BBA program and I am thrilled for the journey ahead. I’m originally from Nigeria and I moved to Canada 4 years back. I love to dance ad I enjoy a night in with popcorn and Netflix. As the director of operations I will be in charge of planning and executing many flagship events such as O-Day, LNG and YEG. As well as planning some new events that we can’t wait to share with you all, so stay tuned.

I am more than excited to be joining a team of hardworking and talented individuals whose goal is to improve your experience within the Lazaridis community. My advice to you is that its okay to make mistakes, don’t let it stop you, but let it drive you to be a better version of yourself.

If you have any questions about the events, looking to coffee chat or simply need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out, I am more than happy to answer any questions you have and meet you all. Fun fact about me, I love a good laugh so if you are reaching out don’t forget to lead with a good joke!
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Katrina Sage

Director of Operations | She/Her

Hi! My name is Katrina Sage and I’m a second year BBA student. I am one of LazSoc’s Directors of Operations this year! I’m really looking forward to the role and planning some exciting events for the students of Laz. We have a super passionate and dedicated portfolio and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish.

Being involved at Laurier has allowed me to meet so many great people and learn so much. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about classes, getting involved, or anything else Laurier related!
Maddy Wight

Director of Operations | She/Her

Hi! My names Maddy Wight and I'll be one of Lazsoc's Director of Operations this year. I am going into my third year of BBA and I am beyond excited to be joining such an incredible team! Myself and the rest of the Operations team, can't wait to organize all the awesome events we have planned for you in the 2021/2022 school year! If you have any questions about an events or any ideas for improvements or new event ideas, don't hesitate to reach out!
Sean Cornelius

Vice President of Marketing | He/Him

Hey! My name is Sean, I’m a two-time exited marketing agency founder and marketing consultant currently in the BBA program at Laurier doing a specialized major in Law and is pursuing a minor in marketing. In 2017, I was named one of the top 100 youth entrepreneurs by EY for my work in the marketing space, and have since built and delivered marketing campaigns for companies like TD Canada-Trust, Pfizer, Aer Lingus, Amazon and others.

As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, I am responsible for the planning, execution and analysis of all marketing, communications, public relations and brand management activities at Lazsoc and our 25 clubs and associations.

I am originally from London, Ontario and graduated from Saint André Bessette CSS and now live in Bayfield, Ontario in Bluewater. Additionally, I’m also a dual-citizen in Ireland. In my spare time I often run or bike, watch whatever is trending on Netflix or practise for pitch competitions as a part of JDCC.
Sloan Yack

Projects Manager | She/Her

Hi, my name is Sloan Yack and I am the Projects Manager on LazSoc's Marketing Team this year. I am entering my third year at Laurier, working towards my BBA, specializing in Marketing, with a minor in Financial Math. I am so excited to be collaborating with this team of inspiring and dedicated individuals.

Some advice I wish had been shared with me as I started first year, would be to make use of the resources accessible to you and to find ways to get involved in campus life! Join one of the 20+ clubs LazSoc oversees, ask questions, and network, because at the end of the day, you only have 4 years to get the most out of what Laurier has to offer. Engage, learn, grow, and embrace all the opportunities that are offered to you. They will contribute to the person you will become upon graduation.

Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to connect!
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Alexa Holmes

Social Media and Brand Director | She/Her

Hey! My name is Alexa Holmes, and I’m a third year BBA student minoring in User Experience Design. I’m so excited to be the Social Media and Brand Director for LazSoc this year. I’ll be behind the scenes running the LazSoc social media pages with our amazing marketing team.

If I could give you one piece of advice while you’re in the Lazaridis community, I’d say find a way to get involved. It’s truly a great way to make new connections and try new things. With so much offered at our school I encourage you to find something fit for you!

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to reach out to me!
Bella Brodeur

Content Marketing Director | She/Her

Hi, my name is Bella Brodeur and I’m entering my third year of the BBA program. As the Content Marketing Director, I work alongside an amazing team to create content that captures and enhances student engagement in LazSoc events and the greater Lazaridis clubs community. Specifically, I coordinate all of our email marketing and newsletters, and develop articles for our blog (coming soon).

The transition to remote learning has been an ongoing challenge—but it’s one we’ve embraced with emboldened creativity and inspiration. I’m looking forward to all the cool initiatives LazSoc devises, to deliver to you that same renowned Laurier undergraduate experience. And I hope to see your smiling faces in person by winter!

My most valuable piece of advice is also the most cliché: get involved, step outside your comfort zone, seek opportunities that challenge you. University is a pivotal chance to grow and I encourage you to take risks and make friends—so at the very least, you won’t be pulling all-nighters alone.

Always happy to chat and answer any questions I can whether it’s about Laurier, writing, or the best coffee on campus :)
Angela Huo

Design Director | She/Her

Hi, my name is Angela and I am one of the two Design Directors on LazSoc who create visuals for the club’s social media and promotions. I am a third-year BBA student who is also working on completing a minor in Psychology. Some things that I like are Tiktok, memes, and chicken souvlaki.

The clubs and associations in the Laz community provide an abundance of opportunities for students to make meaningful connections and develop their skills, so be sure to check them out! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you just want to chat.
Danielle Depencier

Design Director | She/Her

Hi, my name is Danielle and I am one of the two Design Directors for LazSoc, working to develop exciting visuals to promote our club’s social channels and activities. LazSoc has been such an important player for me in engaging with the community and building confidence in my passions. I am so thrilled to be working with an extraordinary team of talented, determined and inspiring individuals who continue to exceed expectations to bring memorable opportunities to Laurier students.

As a third-year BBA student, I can confidently say that getting involved on campus is such an essential way to find an environment where you can excel, connect with others, and uplift the Lazaridis community. With the over 20 clubs and associations under LazSoc, you’ll find something that compliments your interests - but don’t be afraid to try something new, you may surprise yourself!
Lauren Pope

Director of Merchandise | She/Her

I am in my third year of the BBA program and this is my second year on LazSoc! This year I am the Director of Merchandise for this year, which means I am responsible for the Business Casual brand and the merch we get to sell to the students of Lazaridis, as well as any merchandise for our executive team! I am currently on my first Co-Op term with Deloitte as a Staff Accountant in Audit and Assurance, and am looking to pursue a career in either accounting or finance. Outside of class, you can also find me working at Hustl and Flow fitness studio in Uptown Waterloo, so definitely come say hi and get a workout in! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about anything at all or even just to chat :)
Sofia Novillo

Multimedia Director | She/Her

Hi! My name is Sofia Novillo and I’m the Multimedia Director for LazSoc this year, which means I’m responsible for creating promotional videos and taking photos throughout the year. I’m in my third year of BBA and pursuing a minor in Psychology. One piece of advice I can offer you is the importance of developing a work-life balance. Don’t overwork yourself and be sure to leave time to explore new opportunities, discover new hobbies, join clubs, and overall take care of yourself. Creating a schedule with tasks I want to complete and goals I want to achieve keeps me focused and motivated throughout the day!
Celine Cheung

Executive Vice President | She/Her

Hi! My name is Celine Cheung and I am the LazSoc Executive Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is my second year on the LazSoc Executive Team, previously serving as the First Year Representative. Beyond LazSoc, I am minoring in psychology and planning to pursue a career in wedding planning.

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to lead a passionate and talented portfolio, dedicated to showcasing the diverse environment at Lazaridis and LazSoc. Our team is working hard to continue fostering a welcoming culture through introducing numerous social and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

Our time at Laurier is special, take the risk and get involved to make the most of your experience! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to chat :)
Rachel Goodwin

Director of EDI | She/Her

Hi, my name is Rachel Goodwin and I'm going into my third year in BBA. I am the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which is a new position at LazSoc, and my role involves overseeing LazSoc initiatives to ensure that they reflect our values of inclusivity, non-discrimination, and equity.

I am so lucky to be working with such an amazing group of people, and I am incredibly excited to see that creating a welcoming and diverse organization, that truly represents the students of Laz, is becoming a high priority. I can't wait to see what this year will bring and I look forward to meeting new people. I am always willing to chat so feel free to message me!
Rachel Rabito

Director of Administrative Affairs | She/Her

Hi! My name is Rachel Rabito and I am the Director of Administrative Affairs for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am a second year BBA student also pursuing a minor in Economics. This year, I will be providing administrative support to the VP of Internal Affairs.

I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and did all-star competitive cheerleading for a number of years. My advice to incoming students is to work hard and not be afraid to try new things! There are so many amazing opportunities to meet new people and gain valuable experience at Laurier. I am looking forward to working alongside the LazSoc team to enhance the Lazaridis experience for students this year!
Travis Braine

Vice President of Finance | He/Him

Hi there!

My name is Travis and I am the VP of Finance for the Lazaridis Students’ Society! My team and I work diligently at ensuring the most value is provided through the use of LazSoc funding. Outside of LazSoc I am in my third year of the BBA program with a minor in Economics. I enjoy playing/watching sports and spending time at the cottage. I have enjoyed my three years with the LazSoc team and would encourage everyone to get involved as much as possible.

Lastly, please come say hello if you pass me on campus or feel free to reach out, I am always happy meeting new people and making new connections!
Prateek Bedi

Senior External Director of Finance | He/Him

Hi! My name is Prateek Bedi and I am the Senior External Director of Finance for LazSoc this year. This will be my second year here on the club and I cannot wait for all the exciting things we have planned for the year. I am currently in the BBA program and will be going into my 3rd year. Some of my interests including, watching and playing sports, learning about financial markets and hanging out with friends! I look forward to working with the many amazing clubs that are under LazSoc and providing the students of Lazaridis with excellent opportunities to be a part of the Laurier community. I also cannot wait to learn and gain insight from my peers while helping other students in any way I can. As for upcoming first years, do not be afraid to get involved with the many clubs here at Laurier and attend as many events as possible to build that strong network!
Niko Chilakos

External Director of Finance | He/Him

Hello! My name is Niko Chilakos and I am the External Director of Finance for LazSoc this year. I am entering my 3rd year of BBA at Laurier and am super excited to be able to work alongside so many great people, while also trying to make the university experience an enjoyable one for all. Going into my third year, the one piece of advice that I could offer to anyone is to get involved, regardless of if it is once a week or twice a semester. You will never know who you will meet by joining a club or a team, and from past experiences those people could be life changers. If you need advice, have any questions, or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out!
Ben Jesseau

External Director of Finance | He/Him

Hi! My name is Ben Jesseau and I am one of LazSoc’s External Directors of Finance this year! I am in my second year of the BBA & BMath Double Degree program, and am also a residence life don and advisor. I am looking forward to my second year with the LazSoc team and to working with our amazing clubs to help give all Laz students the best year possible! If I were to give someone any piece of advice it would be GET INVOLVED! Joining a club or a council is an awesome way to get to know people, get conducted to Laurier and build your skill set along the way. If you have any questions or just want to chat feel free to reach out to me anytime!
Evan Clementino

Internal Director of Finance | He/Him

My name is Evan Clementino and I am LazSoc's Internal Director of Finance, which means I oversee the bank account and take responsibility for ensuring integrity in our financial decisions and operations. If not at Laz, you'll find me embracing the outdoors through canoeing, camping or hangin' in a hammock.

I'm in third year BBA and beginning my first year with LazSoc. Joining LazSoc has been a big step in making friends and building relationships with my peers and is also providing me experiences where I can practice new skills. I aim to provide all Laz students with new experiences too so they can pursue their curiosity and I encourage everyone to take advantage of various clubs and their events.

BBA is a program with much to offer and the decision to come to Laurier is one that contributes to who I am today. I'm happy to surround myself with all people of Laz and working alongside some of them here at LazSoc is exciting and engaging.

If you're interested in my position or profile, or would just like to chat, please reach out!
Ethan Thompson

Vice President of Corporate Relations | He/Him

Hi! I’m Ethan, the Vice President of Corporate Relations for LazSoc 2021/2022. I’m in my 4th year of Economics with the management option. Throughout my time at Laurier, I’ve learned the importance of getting involved. I know my colleagues agree when I say getting involved is the best way to meet new friends, share new experiences, and create everlasting memories. I have been involved with many different areas of Laurier life and am excited to continue this year with LazSoc. I am looking forward to bringing some amazing sponsors to our LazSoc events this year, and providing the best possible experience for all of our members.
Maddie Kenny

Senior Corporate Director | She/Her

Hey! My name is Maddie Kenny and I am a Senior Corporate Director on the Lazaridis Students’ Society. As a part of the Corporate Relations Portfolio, we seek to build and maintain a large network of corporate relationships, as well as provide opportunities for students to foster meaningful connections of their own. As a third year BBA student, my one piece of advice is to take a step out of your comfort zone. Apply for clubs, attend events, take some cool electives, and explore Waterloo. You never know who you may meet along the way!

I am so fortunate to work alongside such a passionate team of students, and am beyond excited for what this year holds. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat!
Krisha Patel

Director of Corporate Outreach | She/Her

Hi everyone! My name is Krisha Patel and I am one of the Director's of Corporate Outreach here on the Lazaridis Students' Society. This year, I will be working alongside an amazing team to continue to grow our network of corporate relationships. As a portfolio, we aim to find new and exciting companies to work with and want to provide Laurier students with meaningful networking opportunities.

The biggest piece of advice that I can give you is to put yourself out there! Here at Laurier there are so many amazing opportunities to get involved and there truly is something for everyone. Joining various executive teams allows you to meet such amazing people, build industry connections and practice and strengthen your skills. If you want to chat or have any questions about life at Laurier, be sure to be send me a message!
Julia Mercier

Director of Corporate Outreach | She/Her

Hi there! My name is Julia Mercier and I am one of the Directors of Corporate Outreach for LazSoc. I am entering my 3rd year of BBA with a passion for marketing, minoring in Economics, and in co-op!

Having put on valuable and exciting online events last year as an Events Manager, I am so excited to be involved on the corporate side of things this year. We can’t wait to provide Laz students the opportunity to connect with amazing sponsors and companies from all industries!

Getting involved in the Laz community has been one of the greatest highlights of my undergrad yet. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there - you’ve only got 4 years, and you’ll make so many friends and connections!
Ethan Ioannidis

Director of Corporate Outreach | He/Him

Hi! My name is Ethan Ioannidis. I am one of the Directors of Corporate Outreach on LazSoc this year. I am going into my third year of BBA with a minor in criminology. I am excited to be working on the team this year with a bunch of great people. Some advice that I would give to incoming first years is to get involved in as many clubs and extra opportunities you can. Clubs are a way for you to develop greater business knowledge and create some really strong friendships. Some of my best friends are people I have met on clubs! I hope you all have a fantastic year!
Isaac Boutin

Vice President of Club Strategy | He/Him

Linnea St. Clair

Director of Club Strategy | She/Her

Hi, I’m Linnea!

I am excited to hold the position of Director of Club Strategy for this year. I am a third year BBA student with the co-op option. I am planning my concentration in either Marketing or Business Sustainability with minors in both French and Economics.

I am super excited to support all of the LazSoc clubs this upcoming year and I cannot wait to see what they will accomplish. If you are considering joining the club community or getting involved on campus, I would highly recommend it! Laurier and LazSoc has so many incredible opportunities to offer.

If you have any questions regarding the BBA program, LazSoc, our clubs or anything else, please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, I am always happy to chat!
Julie Tanna

Vice President of External Affairs | She/Her

Hi! My name is Julie Tanna and I am this year’s Vice President of External Affairs; a brand-new portfolio on LazSoc. I am a fourth-year Double Degree: BBA and Financial Math student with a strong interest in pursuing a career in Finance and obtaining my CFA designation.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to build a portfolio that fosters relationships with other business schools and their respective organizations. Throughout the year we will work towards providing our students with opportunities to attend external conferences and competitions. With a goal to grow Lazaridis’ reputation (aka “Put Laz on the Map!”), I believe there is strong importance of increasing inter-university collaboration!

I highly recommend getting involved within the Laurier community as it is one of the best ways to enhance your university experience. Not only are you able to develop your skills through various clubs and organizations of your interest, but you will meet such amazing people along the way!

Outside of Lazaridis, I play tennis, watch all types of sports, and have been learning more about photography. If you have any questions about club involvement, academics, co-op, or other miscellaneous questions, I am always happy to chat! Feel free to reach me through email or direct message.
Nyla Gottlieb

Director of External Affairs | She/Her

Hi! I’m Nyla Gottlieb and I am the Director of External Affairs on LazSoc’s newest portfolio. This is my first year on LazSoc and I’m super excited to have the opportunity of connecting students at Laz with all of the amazing external opportunities available to them. I’m entering my second year of the BBA program this fall, and in addition to LazSoc, I’m the Co-Vice President of Internal Operations at Business Design Laurier! A piece of advice I’d love to offer is to get involved! It’s such an amazing way to find what you’re interested in and meet like-minded people. The connections you make through extra-curricular opportunities will lead to lifelong friendships and you will build so many skills along the way! I love meeting and connecting with people, so please feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to answer questions and available to chat!