Alberta's United Student Voice.
What We Do
The Alberta Students' Executive Council (ASEC) is a provincial advocacy organization representing the interests of more than 105,000 students. We are a place where students learn, lead and work together to create solutions for Alberta’s post-secondary sector.
Message From the Chair
It has come to ASEC’s attention that a former ASEC employee, Justin Benko, has been making allegations that ASEC discriminated against him due to his mental health issues and forced him to resign.
Out of concern for the privacy rights of Mr. Benko and other ASEC employees, we do not wish to comment on this matter publicly other than to say that Mr. Benko has seriously mischaracterized the key facts and that his allegations against ASEC and its staff are unfounded. ASEC has had legal counsel involved throughout, acted appropriately in the circumstances, and in fact exceeded some of its legal obligations. In particular, at no time did ASEC force Mr. Benko to resign, nor did it discriminate against him. ASEC is currently considering possible claims for defamation, breach of confidence and other matters.
In its role as advocate for over 105,000 post-secondary students, ASEC has repeatedly sought funding for mental health supports, services and accommodation on Alberta campuses. ASEC is well aware of the challenges faced by those suffering from mental illness and has worked hard to advocate on their behalf. We hope that Mr. Benko is receiving the treatment he requires and we wish him well. Albertans experiencing mental illness can contact the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 for crisis intervention and referrals to other support agencies.
ASEC’s focus remains on the importance in advocating for our members across Alberta concerning the changing post-secondary climate. We continue to be optimistic in meeting with MLAs to collaborate in addressing the needs of Alberta’s post-secondary students.