Laila Khoshkar ~ President

Laila completed a double-major in philosophy and English at the University of Toronto. Laila’s current research interests lie in the intersection of political philosophy and normative ethics. Laila works on human rights theory, specifically as it applies to refugees; exploring the implications of various theories for refugee rights in the Canadian context. Laila’s ultimate goal is to provide a robust theory of refugee rights, with policy suggestions necessary for its implementation in Canada.



Robyn Dunbar ~ Vice President

Robyn completed her BA in Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Her research project investigates the works of Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, to investigate the experience of being at home in the world in chronic illness and disability. Robyn is dedicated to advocating for patient rights and raising awareness of the emotional and social challenges associated with living with chronic health conditions and chronic pain. Outside of this, she is also interested in phenomenology, critical theory, and Ancient Greek philosophy. Robyn runs the Colloquium series and maintains this website.


Michelle Charette~ Conference Coordinator

Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 at Ryerson University in the Arts and Contemporary Studies program. Her current research focuses on different phenomenological accounts of inter-subjectivity, specifically those of Husserl, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. Michelle is in charge of coordinating our annual Graduate Philosophy Conference that is taking place on March 16th, 2018.


Ian Thut ~ Social Chair/Secretary

Ian completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph. He is
currently a second year Master’s student at Ryerson University. Ian is writing his
Master’s dissertation comparing the metaphysical theories of Friedrich Nietzsche,
Emmanuel Levinas, and dialectics. This work aims to better understand inter-
subjective relations, while also providing insight into ethical responsibility.


Nathan Smith~ Treasurer

Nate completed a Bachelor’s is in Philosophy at Bishop’s University. Nate is interested in the philosophy of space and time, temporality, Medieval Philosophy, and 20th century Jewish Philosophy. Nate’s research deals with the distinction between kairos and chronos in Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time and Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion.



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