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 Coordinator

CUPFA introduced Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) services in 2021 and has expanded to an EDI team coordinated by CUPFA member Jacqueline Peters. EDI advises fellow members and the Executive on a range of matters, contributing other perspectives, training, and support for fair, respectful, and equitable treatment in and beyond the classroom and workplace.

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.


Stephanie Mitelman Stephanie Mitelman
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team

In her role with CUPFA’s EDI team, Stephanie Mitelman focuses on bringing members together. Her goal is to build stronger community through conversation and action.
Stephanie has been a CUPFA member since 2005; she teaches in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. She is one of the AHSD’s PTHC representatives, and also sits on her department’s faculty council.

She is a Certified Sexuality Educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a member of the Order of Sexologists of Quebec. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council of Family Relations, and has a private practice working with individuals with neurodiversity.

Stephanie is also a founding member of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec (re-launched from the Planned Parenthood Chapter of Montreal in 2005.)
She has created training, programs, curricula and teaching tools for many schools and several Indigenous communities. Her work focuses primarily on prevention issues and healthy relationships.


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 Stuart Thiel
IT Consultant

Dr. Stuart Thiel is a part-time faculty member, 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.