Brandon Fick – Chair – North Atlantic Council
Brandon is a recent Carleton University alumnus, originally from Calgary. He served two years as Director of Training of the Carleton United Nations Society, and since leaving university, he has maintained a relationship with the MUN/MNATO community that is definitely not unhealthy, and has moved into a much nicer apartment. He currently works as an International Biosecurity Analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada, engaging with Canada’s global partners to advance global health security, and apparently he can’t stop talking like a bureaucrat. His academic interests include security, economics, Canadian politics, and many other equally fascinating topics. This will be his third year chairing the North Atlantic Council, and he’s looking forward to the unique and creative solutions delegates will bring to the challenges in front of them.
Omer Kaya – Chair – North Atlantic Council
Omer completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration at Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey. After participating in exchange and internship programs in Hungary, Bulgaria, and Russia, he decided to move to Canada for higher education. He is currently a second-year MA candidate in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University, with the specialization of Europe and the European Union. His research areas of interest include Canadian, Turkish, and the EU politics, international security, refugee crisis, and migration governance. He also works as a research analyst for a strategic management consulting firm.
Kiernan McClelland – Chair – Military Committee
Kiernan McClelland will be serving as the Chair of the Military Committee at Carleton MNATO 2018. Having served in some capacity with Carleton MNATO since 2014 and as the Secretary General for the 2016 Global Model NATO Summit, he been become a usual contributor to Model NATO simulations across the country.
Recently moved from Calgary, Kiernan works as a space consultant in the Nation’s Capital. Having worked on several projects funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Kiernan now works for the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) developing an international database on space launch facilities and resources. Kiernan also serves as the Ottawa correspondent for SpaceQ.ca and an assistant editor for the upcoming Oxford journal “Space & Security”.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science and International Relations from Carleton University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Centre for the Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, Kiernan is a PhD in the Political Science department at Carleton University. His dissertation research focuses on the intra-institutional bargaining between national space agencies, with an emphasis on CSA-NASA-ESA relations.
George Stairs – Chair – Military Committee
George Stairs has been involved with MNATO for far longer than most people take to complete a degree, and that’s still considering the fact that he took even longer to complete his. He has worked in a variety of conference capacities including as Project Manager for the 2016 Conference. He completed his M.A. (barely) at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in 2016 through a Master’s Research Project on Tunisia’s democratization process post-Arab Spring. He has presented conference papers on a variety of topics and most recently had his chapter “The Amplification of the Sunni-Shia Divide through Contemporary Communications Technology: Fear and Loathing in the Modern Middle East,” in IGI Global’s Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict. He currently works for the Ottawa-based NGO the Forum of Federations.
Emily Nickel – Chair – Committee on Proliferation
Emily is a senior analyst in international affairs at Public Safety Canada. She has many years of experience working on international files, such as humanitarian assistance, development, security, and human trafficking, including with Global Affairs Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the United Nations. Emily holds an MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University, where she researched the EU’s refugee and security policies. She served as Project Manager for the 2017 Carleton Model NATO conference.
Samir Kassan – Chair – Committee on Proliferation
Patrick Morton – Chair – Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
Patrick Morton is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He has a bachelor of arts in Philosophy from Carleton University. Patrick currently works at the Department of Justice as a business analyst.
Patrick enjoys cooking, camping, and board games, to name a few hobbies. Patrick has long had a passion for history, including history of the World Wars, and Russian history, especially the Soviet collapse.
Patrick’s participation in Model UN through the Carleton University United Nations Society during his undergraduate studies first brought him to participate in Model NATO. He has delegated twice on the EAPC at MNATO. Later he directed one historical crisis committee, and chaired another.
Patrick views his role as chair as one to facilitate debate and discussion, and to help delegates enjoy a productive and interesting conference.
Julia Khodos – Chair – Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
Ben Stone – Chair – Civilian Emergency Planning Committee
Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Carleton University in 2017 with an honours degree in History and Political Science, focusing in Cold War history, and in Post-Soviet politics. Ben has been an active participant in Model UN conferences throughout both his high-school and university careers (or, if you want to make him feel old, his first conference was in 2008). When Ben is not immersing himself in the latest political gossip and debates, he is cooking up a storm at home, or getting ready for the next great hiking trip.
He is extremely excited to be co-chairing the Civilian Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC), and is looking forward to seeing what protocols and measures that delegates will develop to prepare and prevent emergency situations.
Tameka Bailey – Chair – Civilian Emergency Planning Committee
As this year’s Vice Chair of the Civilian Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC), Tameka Bailey is a first-year M.IPIS Program student at Carleton University with a background in Criminology and Legal Studies. Tameka is the sole proprietor of Argh Trade; a company within the maritime sector currently catering to the research and development of the seams within the fabric of Maritimes. Tameka is also a Finance and Governance Committee Advisor for the AAC at UOIT and a Content Creator for Project: Restore FIBI. With interest in maritime affairs, its technological development and associated risks, she plans to expand her business and provide the necessary products and services. Tameka’s wanderlust and career-focused spirit encompasses her personality and continues to guide her in life’s journey.