VP Finance


Alexandrea Johnston
Vice President (Finance)  
Email: vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905.525.9140 x24109


Alexandrea (Alex) Johnston graduated in June 2019 with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB) and a minor in Sustainability. She is from Muskoka, where her two golden retrievers and family live. She loves to travel, read, and watch Ellen DeGeneres clips. Johnston has previously been involved as a Welcome Week representative and within the McMaster Science Society, in addition to serving as the Associate Vice-President (Finance) this past year.

Johnston’s main platform points focus on ensuring the longevity of our business units, increasing financial and operational transparency, and working to address and plan for changes as a result of the Student Choice Initiative. On top of this, Johnston plans to provide more ongoing support to our faculties and services.

The 2019-2020 Operating Budget:

Click here for a breakdown of how the MSU is spending your money, as approved by the Student Representative Assembly in April 2019.




What is the role of the Vice President Finance?

The VP Finance is responsible for overseeing the financial direction and strategy of the organization. Primary duties include creating and overseeing the budget, providing financial insight to service units, business units the Board of Directors, Executive Board and the SRA, chairing the Silhouette Board of Publication and developing other projects which I feel would improve our financial standing.

Where can I find a copy of the MSU Budget?

The Operating Budget, Capital Budget, and Audited Statements are available here

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the budget please feel free to email me at vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca

What does the MSU Operating Fund Fee go towards?

The MSU Operating Fund Fee goes towards funding student services that are provided by the MSU. This money ensures that service delivery is consistent and sustainable. The best way to explore how this money is used is to attend SRA meetings and talk to the fantastic people around that table. I am also available via email or in person to comment on the specifics of the budget breakdown - feel free to get in touch!

How can I get more involved in the MSU Finances?

For those looking to get even more engaged I recommend attending SRA meetings and contacting the AVP Finance to observe Finance Committee meetings. You can reach the AVP Finance at avpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca.

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