Executive 2017-20

Robert SorokaRobert Soroka
B. Comm, MBA, Juris Doctor

Robert Soroka has a varied background as a criminal lawyer, professor, union executive, marketing analyst, TV and radio personality, conference speaker, consultant, and, as a pastime, actor and playwright.  He began his career as a marketing and financial analyst for large consumer and business-to-business organizations.  After earning his Juris Doctor degree (State University of New York) he practiced criminal law. Upon returning to Canada, he served as a consultant for public and private organizations.

Soroka is presently a faculty member at JMSB, and was a faculty member at several other universities and CEGEPs. At Dawson College, he served as Department Chair and Program Coordinator for 10 years and founded the annual Dawson Quebec Case Competition. At McGill, Soroka served as the Grievance Officer for the Course Lecturers’ Union. At Concordia, among other things, he was the Coordinator of the School of Extended Learning’s business programs.

He was the recipient of Concordia University JMSB’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the McGill University Management Undergraduate Students’ Teaching Award.

Soroka has made more than 1500 television and radio appearances (national and local), and was a regular commentator on CTV, Global TV, and CBC. He hosted a local week-in-review radio show for several years.  One of Soroka’s passions is theatre; he has authored several produced plays.

As CUPFA president, Soroka provides leadership in all labour-related areas. Among other things, he contributes meaningfully to various committees, provides strategic direction to the Executive, and manages several portfolios. He contributes his legal and business expertise while serving on the Labour Relations Committee and the Negotiating Team. He is the primary liaison with the University’s Senior Executive, and currently sits on Senate.

E: robert.soroka@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Me Patrice Blais
Vice President, Collective Agreement and Grievance

Patrice Blais has been practicing law since 2006 after obtaining degrees in Law (Université de Montréal) and Political Science (Concordia University). In 2009, he began teaching at Concordia. He teaches in the fields of business law and ethics, not-for-profit organizations law, labour law, and public security and terrorism in the Departments of Political Science and Management at Concordia; he also teaches business law at Dawson College.

Me Blais joined the CUPFA Executive in 2010 as VP Grievance and Collective Agreement and was re-elected to that position in 2011, 2014 and 2017.  As Chief Negotiator for CUPFA, Me Blais negotiated the 4th and 5th Collective Agreements.  He sits on many University committees, most notably University Senate.  Me Blais is committed to ensuring that the contributions of part time faculty are recognized and their working conditions bettered, and that the governance of the university is improved.
E: patrice.blais@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

June Riley

June Riley has been Treasurer of CUPFA since 2011 and part of the CUPFA Negotiations Team since 2014, helping to settle our 2012-2015 and 2015-2017 Collective Agreements. Her duties as Treasurer include care and custody of Association funds and securities, including co-management of our strike fund – worth just over $2 million – along with our professional management team at Raymond James. She supervises the financial affairs of the Association including preparation of financial reports and budgets, acts as liaison between our accountant and auditor, ensures our monthly income statements are prepared, and oversees staff payroll and insurance provisions for the executive. June ensures funds stemming from the Collective Agreement, including dues, fines and grievance awards, have been paid, provides information to the membership about the CUPFA Endowment Scholarship and assists the President with CUPFA contingency funds. She also provides information to the membership about the Pension Plan for Employees of Concordia University and any updates on government retirement plans such as QPP and OAS. June maintains and updates the financial protocols of the Association and co-chairs the Finance Committee of the CUPFA Executive along with President Soroka.

June has been teaching at Concordia since 1988 in the Departments of Finance and Economics, where she has been the CUPFA hiring representative since 1998 and 2007 respectively. Over the years, she has served on other committees related to curriculum, student course evaluations, student retention and teaching and learning issues. Prior to that she worked as Financial Economist and then as Senior Economist in the investment banking industry, which gives her an applied knowledge about finances and accounting.
E: june.riley@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Scott Chlopan
Executive Secretary

Scott Chlopan began teaching at a private institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to Concordia in 1999. In the Department of Education, he teaches courses in English as a Second Language and teaching training for this specialisation. He has always been a strong voice for the rights of and roles played by part-time faculty. In his Department, he has served on every committee on which part-time faculty have a seat.

Scott was elected to the CUPFA Executive in 2011. He was a member of the negotiating team that secured our 4th Collective Agreement. As Executive Secretary, his core duties are to keep the Association’s records and meetings duly recorded. In addition, he leads our efforts in promoting various projects within the University, such as the Memorial Golf Tournament and the Concordia Shuffle, both of which raise money for scholarships for Concordia students, and Centraide, which raises money for those in need throughout the Montreal community. These efforts promote the importance and integral nature of part-time faculty to the University.
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Lorraine Oades
Vice President, Professional Development

Lorraine Oades joined the CUPFA executive as Vice President of Professional Development in 2012. A practicing artist with over 22 years of teaching, she has acquired a broad range of experience from within the university and the Montreal art community.

Oades has been actively involved on many committees at Concordia, including Senate, Fine Arts Faculty Council, Studio Arts Department Council, Studio Arts Visiting Artist Committee, Studio Arts Curriculum Committee for Intermedia, and the CUPFA Professional Development Committee. In addition to overseeing the distribution of Professional Development and Small Claims funds, she promotes part-time faculty through such activities as MicroTalks, MicroLinks, CUPFA Special Project Awards and the creation of promotional videos. Oades has organized many cross-faculty events and workshops in Studio Arts and initiated a series of in-depth interviews with part-time faculty in The Concordian.

Oades looks forward to continuing to build an exciting environment that enhances part-time faculty’s research and highlights our abilities both within and outside of the University.
E: lorraine.oades@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

laurie_milner.jpgLaurie Milner
Chair of Communications

Laurie Milner joined the CUPFA Executive as Chair of Communications in 2017. She has been teaching academic seminars in the MFA Studio Arts Program for 18 years and has also taught in the BFA Studio Arts and the Art History Departments.  She has been active as a CUPFA representative on Fine Arts Faculty Council and Steering Committee, Studio Arts Department Council,  Graduate Studio Arts Advisory Committee,  MFA PTHC, Studio Arts Department Appraisal Committee and a Hiring Advisory Committee to the Dean of Fine Arts. Laurie holds a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Art History from Northwestern University; prior to coming to Concordia she held a tenured position as Associate Professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; she has served as Head of Critical Studies at ECIAD and Acting Chair of the Art History Program at Bishop’s University. An active researcher, Laurie has received awards from the SSHRCC, the Government of France and Northwestern University as well as Professional Development grants from CUPFA and Bishop’s University. In addition to her academic work, she runs her own writing and editing business (www.lauriemilner.com), specializing in communications in the arts and education. Laurie’s first task as Chair of Communications at CUPFA is to develop a critical path for the Association’s communications policy in harmony with the President and Negotiation Team. She is committed to ensuring clear, timely and effective communications about CUPFA activities with the membership, other unions, the media, and the university.
E: laurie.milner@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Nick Papatheodorakos
Chair of External Relations

Nick Papatheodorakos is a practicing lawyer in commercial and labour law and a graduate from the University of Montreal Law School. he also holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and a MA in History from Concordia University.  Nick has been teaching at Concordia in the Department of Management since 2008, with a specialization in law and labour relations courses.  His involvement with CUPFA includes working with a Part-Time Hiring Committee and as the representative on the Program Appraisal Committee in the Department of Management.  As the Chair of External Relations, he is responsible for networking, developing informational resources and mobilizing with our fellow union members from various universities and community stakeholders.  Nick looks forward to working hard in his capacity and as a member of the CUPFA Executive towards the advancement of our members’ interests and the development of fairer work conditions.
E: nick.papatheodorakos@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Erik Chevrier
Chair of Internal Mobilization

As Chair of Mobilization, Erik Chevrier encourages CUPFA members to participate in union activities so that, together, we can achieve the best results in our collective bargaining.

Erik teaches courses on food, media, social economy, community activism and social psychology in the Political Science, Sociology and Psychology Departments at Concordia; he also teaches a course on food and activism at Dawson College. A social entrepreneur, Erik co-founded Co-op Collective Vision (www.collectivevision.ca) and established media education programs and courses for youth in Montreal. He is a founding member and primary researcher for the Concordia Food Groups Research Project (http://concordiafoodgroups.ca/), He has served as a graduate student representative on Senate and the Board of Governors (including the Governance and Ethics, and Finance Committees), and as VP External and Director of the Graduate Student Association, VP Bargaining of TRAC, Chair of the Judicial Board of the Concordia Student Union, and board member of the Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation.

Since joining the CUPFA Executive in 2015, Erik has organized mobilization events including social gatherings, town hall meetings, panels and other campaigns. He hopes to see you at CUPFA related activities in the future.
E: erik.chevrier@cupfa.org
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691