Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of APIRG, made up of both U of A students and external community members. New directors are selected by the current board. Check here and on our social media for updates on openings on the Board!

Current Board



Merna Rachid

Simone Halliday-Shaw

Haley Ehl

Luthfia Friskie

Luthfia is a first generation settler in Edmonton, AB. She is entering the Library and Information Studies and Digital Humanities graduate program at the University of Alberta, drawing from a background in Anthropology and Film Studies. Her academic focus has been on creating community and connection through art, literature and film. Luthfia has worked and volunteered at a local non-profit community based movie theatre, as a workshop facilitator for inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre, a career counsellor for members of the public, and as a youth mentor. Her work will continue to focus on building community and empowering others to do so as well.

Jennifer Ha

As first generation immigrant to Canada and a late-in-life prairie dweller in Treaty 6, Jennifer was compelled to join the APIRG Board of Directors because she wanted to discover more of a community in Edmonton and Alberta and support more of the amazing progress happening here. In her spare time, Jennifer likes to work toward her annual reading challenge, tending to her community garden, and eat sugar.

Jamie Zarn

Lia Bui

Lisa Bui is a 1st generation Chinese-Vietnamese Canadian born in Calgary, Alberta. In her various experience working & volunteering with non-profits and in international development, she is passionate about organizing and strengthening societal change. She wants to steadily dismantle systems of exploitation and oppression, in addition to changing the conditions we live in, to achieve an equality of outcomes for all peoples. She is currently a Policy Analyst at the Government of Alberta, creating a greater capacity and culture of innovation within the ministry, through systemic design and design thinking. She is also an indie film maker, with a mission to highlight more Queer, Trans, 2 Sprit and Black, Indigenous, People of Colours (QTBIPOC) narratives in film.

James Wincott

Abigail Isaac