New director hired

Position fills vacancy after previous General Manager’s March resignation

Paul began working full-time on May 15.
Paul began working full-time on May 15.

The AMS has instated a new managerial position to oversee its operations.

Annette Paul, ArtSci ’98, has been hired as Executive Director of the AMS, following Annette Bergeron’s resignation mid-March as General Manager.

Bergeron had resigned in order to fulfill external commitments. Paul officially stepped into the position full time on May 13.

The position of AMS General Manager has been changed from Executive Director. Paul said that the 2012-13 AMS executive and Board decided to change the nature of the position in order to emphasize certain roles.

“The reasoning was to create more clarity around the specific needs associated with the role of a chief permanent staff resource in the Executive Director, such as [providing] guidance and direction on operational, management, financial and governance matters of the AMS, and serving as the chief facilitator and resource to the AMS executive,” Paul said.

A key change is the specification of the Executive Director as a chief advisory, mentor, facilitator and resource to the AMS executive, she added.

“An Executive Director’s role is to meet the changing needs and demands of the executive and the AMS as a whole, and by creating a thread of continuity during annual changes with elected and appointed student leaders.”

The AMS launched a province-wide search soon after Bergeron’s resignation, with hopes to fill the position before September. Paul said she believes her previous experience with the AMS will be beneficial to the executive.

“I have had a long history with the AMS. As an undergraduate I was on the AMS executive, and two years ago I returned to Queen’s to become involved again with the AMS Board of Directors,” Paul said.

Paul’s last position at Queen’s was the Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Queen’s School of Business from 2012-13, and before that she held the role of Senior Relationship Manager for the school.

Paul worked for 15 years after her graduation in not-for-profit organizations. She held the professional title of CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive), and has worked with the YMCA, Food Bank Toronto as well as other fundraising endeavors.

Paul added that her role as Executive Director involves assuming multiple roles at once.

“My main roles as Executive Director would be as a chief advisor to the executive, a chief permanent staff resource to student leaders, and to maintain an oversight of operation and strategic objectives with

the AMS.”

When asked about possible AMS improvement, Paul said that the AMS should look to catering to the needs of current, as well as future students.

“I hope to shape the AMS so that it is prepared to take on what the future holds.”

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