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Brygeda Renke

Executive Director & General Counsel
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Brygeda Renke is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the AASUA. She first joined the AASUA in December 2007 and took on the role of Executive Director in July 2010.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA (Distinction) in 1982 and obtained her LLB from the University of Alberta in 1985. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta in good standing with over 30 years of legal experience, with a focus in civil litigation and labour law.

She has extensive experience in the post-secondary sector and provides legal advice to the AASUA. She serves as a resource to AASUA's Negotiations Team for collective bargaining. She represents the AASUA on all matters arising from the collective agreement, including grievances, appeals, arbitrations, and discipline matters.

As well, she is responsible for all management, personnel, and financial matters, and is responsible for the effective delivery of all AASUA services and administrative duties associated with her role as Chief Administrative Officer for the AASUA.

On October 30, 2017, Brygeda was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as a member of the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a three-year term. She has since been reappointed twice, with her current term ending April 30, 2026.

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Roxanne Rowe

Associate Director, Operations
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Roxanne joined the AASUA in 1995 after several years of administrative work in banking and health services in Calgary. Roxanne has held several positions in AASUA prior to being appointed Associate Director, Operations in 2015.

As the Associate Director, Operations, Roxanne is responsible for all financial, governance and human resource strategies, plans, and initiatives, and for the effective delivery of administrative support systems associated with her role. She provides strategic and operational advice and guidance, and promotes innovation and the exploration of new initiatives within the association.

Roxanne has been a member of the Canadian Organization of Faculty Association Staff for nearly 25 years and has been an annual conference contributor and co-presenter since 2008. Roxanne is currently completing requirements for her C.I.M. Designation, which recognizes academic qualification and experience acquired in the field of management.

Leanne Rosinski

Associate Director, Labour Relations
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Leanne Rosinski is the Associate Director, Labour Relations, at the AASUA and oversees the services provided by labour relations officers to over 4,000 academic staff while providing advice and strategic counsel to the executive director on labour relations issues affecting the membership. She is responsible for developing collaborative relationships with the employer while ensuring the terms of the collective agreements are upheld. Leanne leads the case management and grievance processes for the AASUA, including arbitration hearings.

Leanne has extensive labour relations and human resources experience in both management and union roles and is skilled in negotiation and conflict resolution. She also has an in-depth understanding of the research-intensive, post-secondary environment due to her 14 years as an academic advisor and cognitive strategies instructor. Leanne received her Bachelor of Education in 1994 and taught elementary and junior high school before she transitioned to the university teaching environment. Leanne holds a Master of Laws in Labour Relations and Employment Law, and certificates in labour relations, labour-management relations, and grievances and arbitrations, and is involved in collective bargaining.

Leanne is also a Commissioner for Oaths in the Province of Alberta and a Professional Investigator licensed through Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. On March 14, 2023, she was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a three-year-term ending April 30, 2026. 

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Aly Koskela

Senior Labour Relations Officer
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Aly represents AASUA members and advises them in all matters affecting their employment relationship with the University of Alberta. As Senior Labour Relations Officer, Aly advocates for members on contract interpretation matters and responds to members’ ongoing concerns and enquiries in matters such as: disciplinary investigations; faculty evaluations and appeals; harassment and discrimination concerns; disability and accommodation questions; and grievance procedures.

In addition to completing her degrees at the University of Alberta, Aly has held various positions across campus since 2012, and was proud to found the East Asian Studies Undergraduate Student Association, KGK, as well as serve as a Graduate Student Association representative while undertaking her graduate studies.

Rachel Narvey

Communications Officer
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Rachel Narvey moved to Edmonton in 2018 to pursue an MA in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. During her time there, she worked as a research assistant for The Orlando Project, a text base of women’s writing in the British Isles. While wrapping up her MA in 2020, she became involved as a journalist at the U of A’s student newspaper, The Gateway, and later worked as a city hall reporter with the St. Albert Gazette.

As AASUA’s communications officer, Rachel is responsible for facilitating how the organization engages its members, the university community, and the public. She is passionate about communications and the craft behind a well-told story, and is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Shelagh Ayers

Administrative Professional Officer
currently on maternity leave 

Shelagh is the Administrative Assistant supporting the staff as well as AASUA's administrative operations. She graduated with distinction from the Legal Assistant Program at Grant MacEwan University in 2011 and gained valuable experience working for two and a half years at law firms.

She decided to continue her post-secondary education at the University of Alberta and worked for the AASUA during the summer between her third and fourth years of study.

Shelagh joined the AASUA after graduating from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Her legal assistant skills are a valuable asset to the AASUA particularly for grievance and arbitration files, and when providing administrative support to the Negotiations Team.

Linda Wagner

Administrative Professional Officer
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Linda is excited to be returning to AASUA to cover Shelagh's maternity leave. Linda previously worked at AASUA from 2009-2018. As the Administrative Assistant, Linda organizes meetings and events and serves as the primary contact for our members. In her free time, Linda enjoys camping, crafting, and most recently, spending time with her new granddaughter.