Executive Team 2021-2022


Piers Elms

Hello Dalhousie Commerce students,
My name is Piers Elms, and I am going to be your 2021/22 President. This year is anticipated to be a very different atmosphere for many of our current Commerce students, with that, our Executive Team and I are eager to assist our students in various ways. Several events and opportunities have already been planned for this upcoming year, however, we are looking forward to receiving feedback from all students and faculty members to help facilitate the needs of all demographics of the student body. I encourage anyone that has ideas, opinions or wants to have a coffee chat to reach out to me directly via email at President@Dalcomm.ca. 
In the Fall, I will be entering my fourth year at Dalhousie University majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. Upon my graduation from the Bachelor of Commerce program, I intend on travelling and working internationally to further my knowledge of global economies and financial markets. Aside from academics, I love spending my time supporting Manchester United, running and eating food from different cuisines. 
The Dalhousie community is renowned for its intelligence, inclusiveness and various streams of academic and personal support systems, this year will be no different. I wish everyone safe travels as they return to Halifax, I look forward to meeting all of you throughout this upcoming year.


Denali Dorn

My name is Denali Dorn, and I am your 2021/22 VP Internal. I will be going into my fourth year in the fall while majoring in accounting. 
I look forward to the upcoming school year where, fingers crossed, we can all be back in the Rowe together. As your VP Internal, I plan to bridge the gap between the disconnect we have experienced in the past year through all students. Dalhousie Commerce has many great opportunities to participate in different umbrella societies, and I want to make sure students are aware of all that we have to offer. As well, I hope to include more diverse events that cater to inclusivity with international students, as it's important to foster a sense of community between all of us. Apart from school, you’ll see me every Monday night watching The Bachelor with my friends while betting on which contestant is going to last the longest. 
Looking forward to a great year with you all and please don't hesitate to reach out to anyone on our team with anything!



Michael Gorjup

VP  Finance

My name is Michael Gorjup and I’m a fourth-year commerce student here at Dalhousie University. I am majoring in finance and minoring in economics. Just as a little background on myself, I’m originally from Ottawa, Ontario and came out to Halifax for school back in 2018 and haven’t left since. I love the city of Halifax and the East Coast as a whole. In my spare time I like to get involved in the many intramural teams here at Dal and kick back and spend time with my fellow comm students. 


As we get this year under way, my main goal as VP Finance is to provide and facilitate all the events we have planned for this year with the necessary funding. With the return of commerce students back to the Rowe this Fall the execs and I have lots of social events planned to get everyone involved. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the team that brings back what it means to be a commerce student here at Dalhousie. See you in September!


Grace Gaffney

Hi everyone, my name is Grace Gaffney and I am the VP Events for the 2021/22 year. I am going into my fourth year of my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business. I am currently completing my final co-op with RBC as a Risk Analyst in their Anti-Money Laundering Financial Intelligence Unit. I have been involved with DCS since my first semester at Dalhousie and I am really excited to be able to play a bigger role in the society this year. Much of my experience has come from organizing different year-based events which I believe will help me make sure we get the best events for all years! My plan as VP events is to get Dal Commerce students back together as much as possible through a variety of events and socials! I want to try and run lots of in-person events (if possible) and bring back the sense of community that we are known for. I am open to suggestions when it comes to future events and will start the hiring process for other DCS roles in the late summer/early fall. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and be sure to keep an eye out for job postings on our website and Instagram page!

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Margaret Purkiss

Hi all, my name is Margaret and I am an incoming fourth year majoring in finance. I am super excited for the year ahead! As VP Academic I will oversee all the case competitions this year and boy do we have some exciting things in store for you all! As the co-president of DECA, and my time working as a case competition chair for the previous VP Academic, I have developed a vast background in case comps and look forward to putting that to use in the upcoming year. I hope to host all the case competitions in person (covid permitting) where there will be lots of opportunities to win big prizes, develop case competition skills and get recognition from your peers and professors. I am currently completing my third work term with RBC where I work in Investor and Treasury services. In my free time I love to enjoy the outdoors by hiking, camping, and going to patios. Feel free to reach out to me anytime for a chat, a beer (or both). Let's collectively make this the best year.

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Himanshu Kumar

Hi everyone, my name is Himanshu Kumar, and I am the VP of Marketing for the 2021/22 year. I am going into the fourth year of my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing Management.
I am responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, and managing all marketing functions.
My main goal as a VP of marketing is to increase student's engagement. 
Never hesitate to reach out to me regarding anything DCS, Marketing or Dalhousie-related.
I'm looking forward to getting to know more of you throughout this year!


Tiffany Butt

My name is Tiffany Butt and I am the VP External on the incoming DCS Executive Team.  I am going into my fourth year as a managing people and organizations major and am currently completing my third and final co-op at Lockheed Martin this summer.  My plan for the DCS this coming year is to get more involved in the community and to run many (hopefully in-person) events!  If you have any questions, you can reach me at external@dalcomm.ca.  Looking forward to a great year!