Wenhan (Berry) Lou (Inspire UTM)
Wenhan Lou, also known as Berry, is a fourth-year marketing student running for vice-president internal of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) on the Inspire UTM slate.
Lou has been involved with the UTMSU for the past three years — first as a volunteer, then as a WeChat team co-worker, and finally as a chair coordinator in his third year. His responsibilities included organizing events, reaching out to people, and writing posts. He thinks that all of these experiences will be important for the vice-president internal role, since it involves the promotion of services.
If elected, Lou hopes to advocate for more services for students, as well as better buses through Mississauga’s MiWay. In an interview with The Varsity, he said that the return to in-person classes has created a need for a better system to commute to campus.
“We want to take the data and bring this recommendation to decision makers of [the] Mississauga transit system. And we also know the contract renegotiation for the capacity is coming up, which means we have the opportunity to talk about change, such as an opt-out plan for students who are never using [the] pass,” he said.
Tsz Hei Justin Ma (Independent)
Tsz Hei Justin Ma is running for vice-president internal of the UTMSU as an independent candidate. Ma is a second-year student at UTM studying humanities.
According to their campaign statement, Ma has previously volunteered in UTMSU programs including the free breakfast program and holiday events. Ma feels that by participating in these events, they have gained a good understanding of the concerns of the general student body, such as rising tuition and academic rights.
“I will use all the resources available to help students in any possible way. Your voice, my action!” wrote Ma.
Ma did not respond to The Varsity’s request for comment.
The voting period for the UTMSU elections is from March 15–17.