Board and Cabinet

The Executive

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 and from the membership on the last day of Winter 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.

(L–R) The Executive of the 100th Youth Parliament of Manitoba: Alexa Mucyo Kayonga, Marie Sutherland, Deborah Tsao, Jacob Harvey, and Nina Lam.
(L–R) The Executive of the 100th Youth Parliament of Manitoba: Alexa Mucyo Kayonga, Marie Sutherland, Deborah Tsao, Jacob Harvey, and Nina Lam.

Premier

The Premier acts as the chairperson of the organization. Their responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the planning of Winter Session;

  • Presiding over all meetings of the Executive, Cabinet, and general membership; and

  • Overseeing the strategic direction of the organization.

The current Premier is Nina Lam.

Speaker

The Speaker acts as the past-chairperson of the organization. Their responsibilities include:

  • Acting as the primary liaison between YPM and the alumni;

  • Presiding over sittings and debates at Winter Session; and

  • Facilitating the bill-writing process for bill-presenting ministers.

The current Speaker is Deborah Tsao.

Deputy Speaker

The Deputy Speaker acts as the Director of Finance of the organization. Their responsibilities include:

  • Managing YPM’s financial accounts and flows, including accurate bookkeeping;

  • Overseeing YPM’s corporate relations; and

  • Coordinating YPM’s financial aid programs.

The current Deputy Speaker is Jacob Harvey.

Deputy Premier

The Deputy Premier acts as the vice-chairperson of the organization. Their responsibilities include:

  • Fulfilling the responsibilities of the Premier in their absence;

  • Overseeing YPM’s recruitment strategy, external relations, and communications strategy; and

  • Managing the registration framework for Winter Session.

The current Deputy Premier is Marie Sutherland.

House Leader

The House Leader acts as the Director of Procedures of the organization. Their responsibilities include:

  • Creating the schedule for Winter Session;

  • Overseeing the logistical planning for Winter Session;

  • Chairing SOBLOC, a committee that annually reviews YPM’s governing documents.

The current House Leader is Alexa Mucyo Kayonga.

The Cabinet

Cabinet is YPM’s volunteer organizing committee. Members of the previous year’s Winter 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 Winter Session.

 

Portfolios on Cabinet range from managing our social media, designing and marketing our merchandise, scheduling clerks and pages for Winter Session, writing Winter Session's daily newspaper, and more!

Members of the 98th Cabinet and Executive at our annual Cabinet Retreat.
Members of the 98th Cabinet and Executive at our annual Cabinet Retreat.

Upper Cabinet

  • Registrar General

  • Minister of Human Resources

  • Minister of Revenue

  • Minister of Government Services

  • Minister of Labour

Lower Cabinet

  • Team Deputy Speaker: Ministry of Alumni Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Supply and Service

  • Team Deputy Premier: Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Public Relations

  • Team House Leader: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Publications, Whips