Karen Taillon
Office Manager

A graduate of Concordia University, Karen Taillon has been the Association’s Office Manager since 1994. Karen is responsible for the front-line services offered to all members who call or drop in and assists part-time faculty maneuver through the sometimes-murky waters of Concordia. If she doesn’t have the answer to your question, she can steer you in the right direction.
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Michael Pinsonneault
Assistant to the VP Collective Agreement and Grievance 

I have been working as Assistant Grievance Officer for CUPFA since 2007, when the position was established. In this regard, I prepare and research issues concerning grievances and the CUPFA Collective Agreement. Working in concert with our Vice President, Collective Agreement and Grievances, I attend when required Grievance Hearings. In addition, I have served numerous terms as the PT Hiring rep for the Departments of Music and Communication Studies from 2002 to the present, as well as on the Music Curriculum Committee. As a member of the CUPFA Advisory Council I sit on the Fine Arts Environmental Health and Safety Committee.
T: 514-848-2424 ext. 3691

Jacqueline Peters
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer

CUPFA has created a new staff position: the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer. This is a one year mandate, and the holder of the mandate will be a CUPFA member. We are pleased to introduce our inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, Jacqueline Peters.

The EDI Officer will advise the CUPFA Executive on a range of matters, contributing another perspective to ensure fair and equitable treatment of our members.

Jacqueline received an Honours BA in Linguistics from Concordia University, a MA in Linguistics from the University of Toronto and is a Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics at York University. Her doctoral dissertation, “Feeling Heard”: The Discourse of Empathy in Medical Interactions, is a qualitative study on Empathy in Medical Interactions.

Jacqueline’s research has been funded by a Master’s SSHRC and a Doctoral SSHRC.

Her publications are “Black English in Toronto”: A New Dialect? (Co-authored with Laura Baxter) Conference Proceedings of Methods in Dialectology 14. 201, and “”(Be)coming Jamaican”: (Re)Constructing an Ethno-Cultural Identity.” In Identity through a Language Lens.  Kamila Ciepiela (ed). Lodz Studies in Language (23). Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien: Peter Lang Publishing House. 2011. Pgs.109-118.

Jacqueline has previously examined identity construction of non-European immigrants living in Montreal and young people of Caribbean descent in Toronto, and has presented her work at numerous international linguistic conferences.

Jacqueline is a member of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Working Group at Concordia University where she teaches Sociolinguistics. She is the first EDI Officer for CUPFA, Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association.

Alexander Louis Alexander Louis

Alexander joined CUPFA as a legal intern in 2019 after having obtained BCL and LLB degrees from McGill University Faculty of Law and passing the Quebec Bar exams. Before law school, he graduated from Concordia University with an honours degree in Political Science.

Alexander advises and assists CUPFA on all aspects of employment & labour law, including our ongoing labour negotiations for a new collective agreement.

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Stuart Thiel
IT Consultant

Stuart Thiel is a part-time faculty member, a doctoral candidate in Computer Science, a software developer and a Professional Engineer. He spends his time teaching, researching algorithms, tinkering with software and working on various non-computer community projects.

Stuart has been teaching part-time at Concordia since 2006, and currently sits on the Gina Cody School Faculty Council, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department Council, as well as a variety of advisory, steering, implementation, curriculum and hiring committees.

As CUPFA’s Technical Consultant,  Stuart advises the executive on any IT matters they find salient, evaluates IT offerings from the University and maintains oversight of the technical nitty-gritty of the union operations.