2016-17 TUGS Executive

Nick Stern, Co-President:

Hello, my name is Nick Stern and I am a third year here at U of T. I am majoring in Human Geography and Urban Studies and minoring in GIS. I am one of the Co-Presidents of TUGS this year. As one of the Co-Presidents of TUGS my mission is to prepare TUGS for the future. I hope to clean up and organize the TUGS office, documents and finances and create a detailed binder of information to pass on to the TUGS exec of the future. My hope is to make TUGS a better place for all undergraduate geographers at U of T today and for many years to come. Outside of the classroom I work as a bellman at the Delta Toronto Hotel, frequent Toronto craft beer festivals and breweries, try new restaurants across the city and enjoy time with friends at fun places in Toronto.

Bronwen Hunter, Co-President:

Hi! My name is Bronwen and I am one of the Co-Presidents of TUGS for this year. This is my second year on TUGS and I am so excited to continue representing such an amazing undergraduate society. I am in my final year at U of T and am majoring in Sociology with a double minor in Human Geography and GIS. I am hoping to further pursue GIS after finishing my undergrad, and I have the privilege to be interning at the Martin Prosperity Institute this year and applying the skills I have acquired in the classroom to projects in the real world. On my downtime I enjoy running, exploring, reading, and photography. You’ll most likely spot me in the TUGS office, in a coffee shop, or at the CN Tower (where I work part-time). Looking forward to meeting lots of new geographers this year at our academic and social events!

Desang Li, Vice President


Hi, my name is Desang Li, I’m a third year student specializing in Human Geography and minoring in GIS. Outside the classroom, I enjoy travelling and exploring new food. Also, I’m a huge map lover and could spend hours on reading maps. It is my second year at TUGS, and I’m thrilled to contribute more to geography students. As the vice president this year, I hope I could bring more connections between TUGS and the geography students and making TUGS a better place!

Aayesha Patel, Treasurer


Hello, my name is Aayesha and I’m the treasurer on TUGS this year. I’m a third year student majoring in Human Geography with minors in GIS and Urban Studies. I’m interested in issues of access to public transit and hope to carry my passion for geography into a future in urban planning. When I’m not reading about city building, you can find me shelving books in the stacks or looking at memes in the GIS lab (just kidding, only making maps). I pretty much live in Sidney Smith so if you see me, say hello! If you’re a new geography student, welcome and congratulations! You’re now a part of one of the most interesting departments at UofT. I’d love to answer any questions about geography programs and courses and I’m excited to meet some more of you through the many fun activities TUGS has planned for this year.

Helena Najm, Secretary

helena-copyHi! My name is Helena Najm and I am a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Human Geography and Human Biology. I am most excited about how interdisciplinary my Geography major is, having been able to apply it to courses, extracurriculars and internships pertaining to urban policy, geopolitics, journalism, health policy and law. I have been actively involved in on-campus publications such as the Varsity and Intra Vires throughout my undergrad, but this will be my first year with TUGS and I look forward to meeting and working with more geography students.

Kayla Greenberg, Media Officer


Hi I’m Kayla Greenberg! I’m going into my third year at U of T majoring in human and environmental geography and minoring in urban studies. I am really looking forward to being a member of the TUGS exec this year and meeting lots of fellow geography enthusiasts. Outside of class I’m an adventure seeking, food loving, urban planning enthusiast who is also a captain of the University of Toronto Varsity Track and Field team. This summer I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work at Friend of the Pan Am Path a non-profit legacy project of the 2015 Games. Throughout the summer I’ve enjoyed being involved in planning events with various community members and even got the chance to help paint murals along the path.

Christina Eun-Young Choi, Social Coordinator



Hey, I’m Christina and I’m a fourth year student studying Human Geography. I’m the social coordinator for TUGS this academic year and so excited to get to know more fellow geographers! I used to disapprove of Toronto, but now I really love this city. I enjoy walking or getting on a streetcar to see the dynamics of stores and demographics in different neighbourhoods. I also love talking to fellow geographers, sharing different experiences and perspectives so always feel free to talk to me or ask me for my kitten’s pictures!

James Taylor, GIS Representative

jamesMy name is James Taylor and I am a fourth year student studying environmental geography and GIS. I am particularly interested in how we can use spatial information to explore human impacts on the environment and how these impacts can influence our health. Outside of school I have worked as a silviculture and agriculture foreman: leading crews planting trees in northern Ontario, picking cherries in the Okanagan Valley, and working on vineyards near Margaret River, Australia. If you ever find yourself on a road trip across Canada, I would recommend stopping in Thunder Bay for breakfast. I am very excited to be a part of TUGS this year and I look forward to meeting lots of students who have just started studying GIS as well as those that already love it.

Puneh Jamshidi-Moghadam, Environmental Geog Representative

punehHello, my name is Puneh Jamshidi-M and I am the Environmental Geography Stream Representative for TUGS. I am in my third year of study at the University of Toronto majoring in environmental geography, and minoring in geographical information systems (GIS) and forest conservation. These courses have grounded my perspectives on life and encouraged me to participate in community based projects such as getting involved with the High Park Stewards. After graduation, I hope to carry on studies and find a career evolving GIS. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy writing, reading, painting, hiking, camping, and preparing for Halloween too early in the year. For the duration of my role as the Environmental Geography Stream Representative, I hope to collaborate with the members of TUGS and bring forward positive ideas to support our peers and create an altogether memorable year.

Angelo Mangosing, Human Geog Representative

angeloMy name is Angelo Mangosing and I’m in my fourth year at U of T majoring in Human Geography and minoring in GIS and Urban Studies. I’m interested in changing the lives of people in places that are typhoon and heavy flood-prone like the Philippines, Indonesia etc. by implementing urban design and sustainable planning that would help mitigate major damage. Other than spending my time at the university for my studies, I enjoy fishing over the summer, engaging in the hunt for unique food in the City of Toronto, and cheering on all of Toronto’s sports teams.

Sophia Zamaria, Physical Geog Representative


Hi! I’m Sophia, and I’m in my final year pursuing a double major in Physical & Environmental Geography and Earth & Environmental Systems, plus a minor in GIS. I love all areas of physical geography, but I’m especially interested in paleoclimates, groundwater hydrology, and applying GIS to these fields of research. This is my second year as Physical Geography rep and I’m super excited to meet new faces who share my passion for geography and the natural world! Come and hang out with me in the TUGS office – I’ll be there often either knitting or gushing over videos of my two adorable cats.