MedConnect’s Board of Directors

The MedConnect Conference is being organized by a team of undergraduate students from Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Canada Beta Chapter at Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with medical students from the University of British Columbia. Below, you can learn more about our diverse and experienced event team working hard to create another successful MedConnect on November 23rd, 2019.


Jessica Seemann – Executive Director

Jessica Seemann is a third year SFU student majoring in Biomedical Physiology. She joined Phi Delta Epsilon Canada Beta Chapter during her first year at SFU. Currently, Jessica serves as the Professional Development chair of PhiDE. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in forensic pathology. She is driven by her passion to help others, both locally and abroad. This passion has motivated her to help organize fundraisers for BC Children’s Hospital and peer tutor chemistry. It also inspired her to travel to India in the summer of 2018 to volunteer in a medical outreach program. Outside of school, she is a dance teacher, teaching intro ballet to ages 2 through 9.


Daria Elrick – Senior Advisor

Daria is a third year student pursuing a BSc in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She hopes to some day work as a Pediatric physician. In Phi Delta Epsilon Canada Beta Chapter, Daria is the Chapter President. Her previous roles included Social Media Coordinator and Academic Coordinator. Daria has always been passionate about giving back to her community and has held various volunteer positions over the years. Currently, she volunteers at BC Children’s hospital and as an executive with the SFU Blood, Organ, Stem Cell club. She also fundraises for the Make a Wish foundation through their Rope For Hope event. In addition to her studies and volunteering, Daria also works for a telehealth start-up, Babylon by TELUS Health, and tutors school aged children.


Vanessa Kelly – Programming Director

Vanessa is a third year general science student with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. In addition to programming director for MedConnect, she is the Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon Canada Beta Chapter. With a drive for learning, teaching, and advocacy, Vanessa brings her philosophy of social justice to her goals as a future physician. As a labour organiser and grassroots political activist, she has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most vulnerable people in British Columbia. As a result, she strives to design programming that helps future physicians understand the social complexities in Canada while empowering them to succeed in their journey to medical school with practical and critical thinking skills.


Maya Naidu – Communications and Plenary Director

Maya is a third year Health Sciences student at SFU and the Recruitment Chair of Phi Delta Epsilon Canada Beta Chapter. Though her goal is to become a physician, she hopes to spend her undergraduate years to better understand the social, economic, and biological determinants of health and illness. Due to her wide array of academic interests, she is also pursuing a Certificate in Liberal Arts. Outside of classes, she works as a tutor with the Friends of Simon Program and is the co-president of Impact SFU. During summer, Maya delves into other passions such as coaching full-bore marksmanship at an army cadet camp, travelling as an international volunteer with Help, Learn, and Discover, and researching within the field of HIV latency at an SFU laboratory.


Elyssa Bingham – Marketing Director

Elyssa is a second year student majoring in Actuarial Science with a minor in Contemporary Arts focusing on sound production. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, specifically psychiatry. Her work as a behavioural interventionist working with kids diagnosed with ASD has led her to find her passion for helping people. This year she has joined the MedConnect team to educate others on non-traditional pathways to medicine, including majors outside pre-med such as her own. She hopes to encourage everyone to follow their own unique career path rather than conform to expected social norms.


Taranjot Kaur – Logistics Director

Taranjot is a first year SFU student majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Biomedical Physiology at SFU and transferred from Douglas College with a Diploma in Microbiology. She hopes to study medicine and eventually be able to teach it as part of not-for-profit organizations. Outside of school, Taranjot is a department supervisor for the provincial and national operations of a leading security firm and volunteers with the BC Children & Women’s foundation. Taranjot is also a part of SFSS Women’s Centre and hopes to work on women’s health through her career in medicine. Taranjot joined the Medconnect team to share her skills and experience from working in a corporate environment and seeing this event be a success.


MedConnect’s Past Event Directors

Our Event Directors for the MedConnect Conference 2018 are captured below.

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[Top Left to Bottom Right] Stephanie Dong (Programming Director), Daria Elrick  (Plenary and Branding Director), Tiffany Barszczewski (Recruitment and Experience Director), Donyanaz Divsalar (Senior Advisor), Jessica Seemann (Logistics Director), Zara Jeffrey (Executive Director)
Our Event Directors, Case Study Facilitators, and Student Ambassadors for the MedConnect Conference 2017 are pictured here.

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Our Official Event Directors for the MedConnect Conference 2016 can be seen below. Special thanks to the Interactive Challenge Coordinators, Alli Jussila and Valeriya Zaborska, and the Alpha-Epsilon Class of Phi Delta Epsilon SFU.

[Top Left to Bottom Right] Nathan Chatron (Experience Director), Stephanie Dong (Logistics Director), Laura Dawson (Communications Director),  Natasha Smith (Recruitment Director), Breanna Lansdell (Plenary Director),  Abhishek Lakhra (Sponsorship Director), Lisa Haroldson (Finance Director), Tia Young (Branding Director), Henry Tran (Internal Director) Donyanaz Divsalar (Executive Director), David Luu (Programming Director), Ryan Calasin (External Director)