Leadership

The OPYC Executive Team is composed of six passionate individuals, with an age range and diverse composition that reflects our mandate. Meet them below & feel free to contact any of them if you have any ideas or comments.

Eleanor Park

President, Acting

Eleanor is an incoming freshman at the University of Toronto seeking to pursue a double major in Political Science and Ethics, Society, and Law. With the personal mantra of working for students with students, she has served as the Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students and established a startup company for a universal extracurricular platform for students. With her passion for enhancing youth platforms and engagement in politics, she looks forward to building a powerful cabinet that represents the collaborative voices of Ontario youth. In her free time, you can find Eleanor brewing coffee or binge-watching House of Cards. 

Contact her at: vicepresident@opycjo.ca

Akash Jain

Director of Policy & Advocacy

Akash is a 3rd year National President’s Scholar at Western University, studying PPE (Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics) and enrolled in a specialized research program called Scholar’s Electives. Akash’s passion for advocacy was fostered through his extensive global travelling and volunteer work with Amnesty International. His integral involvement in Western’s student government has afforded him valuable experience in bringing voice to student interests and aligning their needs to administrative priorities and policies. Akash joined OPYC as he sees its strong potential to enact positive change and believes in the power of diversity when developing Ontario’s future. 

Contact him at: policyandadvocacy@opycjo.ca

Justin Schwartz

Director of Organizational Development

Justin will be starting grade 11 at William Lyon Mackenzie C.I this fall. He is enrolled in the MaCS Program, which enriches students in math, science, and technology. Justin displayed his strong passion for politics in the 2018 Ontario Election and 2019 Canadian Election by volunteering for campaigns in multiple Toronto ridings. He joined the Ontario Provincial Youth Cabinet because he believes that youth should have a voice in the issues that affect them most such as education, the environment, the economy, and transportation. Justin looks forward to working with the executive team and the government to make Ontario a better place for youth.

Contact him at: organizationaldevelopment@opycjo.ca

Ashton Mathias

Director of Ministry Working Groups

Ashton is a recent graduate of McGill University, where he studied Honours Political Science with a Double Minor in Economics and History. In terms of previous experience, he previously helped organize Canada’s largest high-school Model UN conference (SSUNS) and was a delegate to the 58th Session of the Commission on Social development in New York City. Ashton joined the OPYC because he strongly believes in countering youth disillusionment with politics, and in the need for a diverse set of voices in decision-making. He looks forward to working with the Cabinet to ensure youth voices are heard at Ministry Working Groups. 

Contact him at: ministryworkinggroups@opycjo.ca

Maham Rehman

Director of Provincial Relations

Maham is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Honours Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Program at Western University. She is a passionate advocate for issues of social justice and equity, notably in medical education and implicit stigma. Her involvement with Western University Student’s Council has lent her experience and expertise in post-secondary education advocacy. Maham joined the Ontario Provincial Youth Council because she believes in the importance of creating a representative council to amplify youth voices. In her free time, Maham is either baking or engrossed in a Jane Austen novel.

Contact her at: provincialrelations@opycjo.ca

Daksh Mathur

Director of Communications, Brampton South Riding-Representative

NOTE: Bio coming soon…

Contact him at: communications@opycjo.ca