Board and Cabinet
Youth Parliament of Manitoba Inc. is governed by a five-person board of directors, also known as the Executive. Each person is elected for a one-year term by the membership on the last day of Session. All directors are volunteers between the ages of 18 and 25.
The Executive is responsible for the administrative maintenance of YPM, such as renewing its charitable and corporation status, managing the endowment fund, running the website, and so on. There is no overhead supervision external to YPM’s board.
Premier – Alexa Mucyo Kayonga
Alexa joined YPM in the 96th Session and presented bills on implementing national pharmacare and mixed-income housing in the 98th and 99th Sessions. She is currently in her final semester of an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Manitoba. After completing her degree she plans to take some time off to work before pursuing a Masters degree in either development economics or political economy.
During her time in YPM, she has enjoyed helping Cabinet members grow professionally and working to improve YPM’s internal and external operations in the community. As the Premier, Alexa serves as the Chairperson of the organization. Her responsibilities include overseeing YPM’s strategic direction, leading the planning of Session, and presiding over meetings of the Executive, Cabinet, and general membership.
Speaker – Jacob Harvey
Jacob joined YPM in the 96th Session as the Member from Delta. After the first day of debate, his wariness turned to inspiration as he saw so many brave youths speak on the issues that mattered to them. After a memorable first Session, Jacob was sure he wanted to join Cabinet. In the 97th year, Jacob joined Cabinet as the Armstrong Whip, and greatly enjoyed waking members up every morning to get on the bus. He then went on to become the Minister of Human Resources in YPM’s 98th year, writing and passing a bill introducing a national Universal Basic Income.
Also in his fifth year of a Biosystems Engineering degree, Jacob hopes to eventually work in the field of industrial microbiology. Though he is a scientist at heart, he also has an interest in public policy — he believes a combination of progressive technology and policy is necessary to combat environmental threats.
As Speaker, Jacob serves as the Past Chairperson. The Speaker’s responsibilities include maintaining relationships with YPM’s alumni network, facilitating the bill-writing process, and presiding over sittings and debate at Session.
Deputy Speaker – Josephine Zhao
Josephine joined the Youth Parliament of Manitoba in 2018. She began as a Backbencher in the 97th Session and served recently as the Minister of Labour, before being elected to the Executive in 2021. After graduating from Fort Richmond Collegiate, she began her studies of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Josephine enjoys her time working in aerospace research and development at the university.
Josephine loves astronomy, reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy books), and is a big fan of an array of different music genres. Send her book recommendations, or any type of media that has a good storyline.
As Deputy Speaker, Josephine serves as the Director of Finance. The Deputy Speaker’s responsibilities include overseeing YPM’s financial standing, creating and managing a budget, and managing scholarships that YPM offers.
Deputy Premier – Xiao Zhang
Xiao first joined YPM as the member from La Prairie in the 98th Session. He joined Cabinet in the 99th Session as the Minister of Supply and Service, and then presented the Online Video Game Regulation Act as the Minister of Revenue in the 100th Session.
Xiao graduated from Westgate Mennonite Collegiate and is currently studying Computer Science and Biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg. He has a passion for scientific research and hopes to incorporate modern technology into the healthcare field. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature and playing sports with friends. Whenever he’s not outdoors, he is probably tinkering around with his robotics projects and spending time with family.
As Deputy Premier, Xiao serves as the Vice-Chairperson. The Deputy Premier’s responsibilities include overseeing YPM’s recruitment strategy, external relations, and communications strategy; and managing the registration framework for Session.
House Leader – Charlize Medina
Charlize joined YPM in the 97th Session as the Member from Trinity. She served four years on Cabinet as the P.S. to Human Resources, Minister of Publications, and Registrar General before being elected to the Executive in 2023. During her time on Cabinet, she presented two bills – the Community Service Act, and the Cashless Society Act.
Charlize graduated from Sisler High School in 2020 and is currently studying Political Science at the University of Toronto. She has served as an executive member for several student-run organizations and enjoys volunteering her time to the community. She is also passionate about the arts and takes pleasure in visiting museums and galleries.
As House Leader, Charlize serves as the Director of Procedures. The House Leader’s responsibilities include overseeing logistical planning and creating the schedule for Session.
Cabinet is YPM’s volunteer organizing committee. Members of the previous year’s Session are eligible to apply for Cabinet.
Cabinet is divided into Upper Cabinet and Lower Cabinet. Five Upper Cabinet ministers, also known as bill-presenting ministers, write the legislation debated at Session.
Portfolios on Cabinet range from managing our social media, designing and marketing our merchandise, scheduling clerks and pages for Session, writing Session’s daily newspaper, and more!
Team Deputy Speaker
- Ministry of Revenue
- Ministry of Alumni Affairs
- Ministry of Defence
- Ministry of Internal Affairs
- Ministry of Supply and Service
Team Deputy Premier
- Registrar General
- Ministry of Human Resources
- Ministry of Communications
- Ministry of External Affairs
- Ministry of Public Relations
Team House Leader
- Ministry of Government Services
- Ministry of Labour
- Ministry of Publications
- Armstrong Whip
- Thompson Whip