Andrew Boden

Andrew Boden, Executive Director, 778.782.5423

Andrew supports the APSA Executive and Board and the various committees by researching legal issues, liaising with legal counsel, maintaining the financial books and budget and supervising the Association’s day-to-day operations. He loves seeing members enjoying themselves at social events and hearing that a PD event has made a difference in a member’s life.


  • Non-Profit Leadership and Management (15 years)
  • Non-Profit Board Management (15 years)
  • Team Leadership and Management (9 years)
  • Chair, APSA Advocacy Committee (3 years)
  • Research Management (9 years)
  • Public Sector Bargaining (1 year)



  • The Progressive Discipline Seminar for Supervisors and Stewards
  • Getting to the Finish Line: Avoiding Unforced Errors in Investigations
  • Effective Workplace Investigations
  • Effective Advocacy Bootcamp
  • Executive Director 101
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Tackling Addiction
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • How to Overcome Depression
  • From Stress to Psychosis
  • Preventing Bullying


Lakshmi Gosyne

Lakshmi Gosyne, Associate Director, Communications, 778.782.4182
Pronoun: She/Her

Lakshmi joined the APSA team as Communications Coordinator in October 2018. She keeps members updated on the behind-the-scenes work APSA carries out on their behalf and fosters two-way communication with the Association’s 1500+ members. Lakshmi also writes content for APSA Central, the Association’s website and oversees all communication channels.


  • BSc in Psychology
  • Brainstation UX Design certification
  • Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles (Certificate, HarvardX)
  • Seven years of experience in using Social Media platforms for branding
  • Eight years of experience in design, brand strategy, and marketing strategy for small female-led businesses
  • 10+ years of CSS, HTML and PHP programming knowledge
  • 10+ years of experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office for professional marketing and communications collateral
  • MSc in Education with expertise in designing curriculum, training, and implementation have worked in an agile environment collaborating with a variety of departments and stakeholders


  • Currently taking: Leadership: Creating Public Value
  • Psychological First Aid
  • New Ideas for Non-profit Leaders (HarvardX webinar)
  • The Science of Corresponding with Busy People (HarvardX webinar)
  • Strategy and Leadership (Continuing Studies SFU)
  • Bargaining in the Public Sector (Lancaster House)
  • Defamation Law for Unions (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Lancaster House Audio Conferences
    • Discipline in Disguise
    • Nosy or Necessary: Balancing Medical information and privacy


Angela Vass

Angela Vass, Senior Labour Relations Officer, 778.782.4319
Pronoun: She/Her

Hailing from the University of Victoria, Angela is APSA’s incredibly hard-working Member Services Coordinator. From orientation to front-line intake, Angela has spearheaded our Temporary APSA Orientation Training. She also ensures the Executive Board and all our committees are thoroughly supported in their work.


CUPE Shop Steward & Activist from 2006 to 2012

Highlights of Education & Conferences during that time:

  • Advanced Bargaining Skills Training
  • Advanced Arbitration Skills Training
  • Worksite Bullying & Harassment Investigations
  • Labour Research
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • BC Labour & Employment Law
  • Canadian Labour Congress Labour College in 2010
  • Bargaining & Protecting Pension Benefits Conference
  • CUPE BC Human Rights Conferences
  • Lancaster House Conferences
    • Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference
    • Human Rights & Accommodation Conference
    • Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference

APSA 2013 to Now

  • Lancaster House Audio Conferences
    • When does the law impose a ‘Duty to Inquire’ about Disability
    • Responding to Employees in Distress: Suicide, Self-Harm, and PTSD
    • Discipline in Disguise
    • Nosy or Necessary: Balancing medical information and privacy
    • What you don't know can hurt you: Duty to inquire about disability
    • Responding to Employees in Distress
  • Canadian Mental Health “Bottom Line Conference” 2014
  • Centre For Labour-Management Development
    • Progressive Discipline Seminar
    • Human Rights & Accommodation Law Conference 2018

Tracey Ferris

Tracey Ferris, Member Services Coordinator
Pronoun: She/Her

Tracey has worked at BCIT in a managerial role, is an SFU alum and has experience working with SFU’s Wellness and Recovery office and assisting with bullying and harassment investigations. Before this, she worked extensively in media and market research for companies such as CTV and Olympic Broadcast Services.


  • Advocacy: How to Make Your Case Effectively (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Discipline in Disguise (Lancaster House)
  • Effective Note-Taking (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Workplace Investigations from Complaint to Closure: Top recent cases and practical pointers (Lancaster House)
  • Effective Representation in High Conflict Situations (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Defamation Law for Unions (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Investigations & Interrogations: Representing Members in Employer Interviews (Vancouver & District Labour Council)
  • Spotlight on Medical Information: Documentation, accommodation, adjudication, and more (Lancaster House)