As the stars and stripes dawn over Columbia and cries of “God Save the King” echo across the hills of Montreal, the Joint Crisis Committees welcome you to the year 1812. In the fledgling years of the United States, the ever-present shadow of Britannia looms above the continent. Disputes among trade, expansion, and national sovereignty have brought these nations to the brink of war. Delegates will have to guide their armies to victory through cunning tactics and creative directives, as American forces seek to have their visions of freedom and liberty rule over these lands and British forces seek to maintain their hegemony over North America.
The Joint Crisis Committees (JCC) are very different from the normal MUN experience, yet equal even the United Nations Security Council in their complexity and challenge. JCC consists of two independently running subcommittees whose decisions and actions immediately affect the perpetual crisis at hand, thus providing for an experience like no other. The ritual raising of placards is replaced with international espionage, fast-paced decision-making, and incessant debates; all aimed to destroy the ideological enemy. What delegates will be asked to deal with is only partially revealed for your preparation; covert plots, terrible luck, and the well-meaning — or hostile — actions of the opposing committee together offer an unpredictable, volatile, and urgent, but undoubtedly exciting, experience. If the bloc as a whole is to succeed, the delegates must compromise, negotiate, and persevere in a battle of diplomatic wit; after all, there is a nemesis waiting, biding its time.
As a continuous crisis committee, the Joint Crisis Committees are most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Tyler Rosenzweig | Director
Currently in Grade 11 at St. George’s School, Tyler Rosenzweig is thrilled to serve as your Director of the Joint Crisis Committees. For the past 3 years, Tyler has learned the ropes of the complex sport of debate and compromise, developing a passion for Model United Nations. Other than MUN, Tyler can be found indulging in calorie-filled hamburgers and fries, arguing over American patriotism, playing basketball, and crying after the New York Jets fail to make the playoffs. Tyler cannot wait to meet everyone and awaits a quality and inspiring debate at VMUN 2020.
Jessy Ma | Bloc Director
Currently a Grade 12 at Crofton House School, Jessy Ma is ecstatic to be serving as one of JCC’s Bloc Directors at this year’s VMUN. This will be Jessy’s 4th VMUN and her 3rd time staffing. Since her first Model UN experience in Grade 8, Jessy has continued to strive to improve her skills as a passionate leader and public speaker. Through Model UN, Jessy has made many memorable memories and lifelong friendships and she hopes to make this year’s VMUN just as special as it was to her. Besides MUN, Jessy enjoys eating cheese, browsing Netflix, and discovering the “je-ne-sais-quoi” in life. As an avid crisis lover, she looks forward to a weekend of crisis solving and intense debate!
Armaan Jaffer | Bloc Director
As a sophomore currently attending St. George’s School, Armaan is honoured to serve as a Bloc Director of the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2020. After attending his first conference as a wide-eyed Grade 7 student, Armaan has grown to love Model United Nations. Now entering his fourth year of MUN, Armaan has attended over a dozen conferences. Armaan is especially grateful to serve on a staff team at VMUN, which was also the first conference he attended. Without attending this conference, he would not have developed a strong passion for diplomacy, public speaking, and foreign affairs. In his free time, Armaan can be found on the soccer field, taking photographs, and learning languages. He is looking forward to a weekend full of enjoyable discussion and intense debate.
Armon Kaboly | Chair
Armon, a sleep-deprived senior hailing from Handsworth Secondary School, is exuberant to be serving as your JCC Bloc 1 Chair for VMUN 2020. Armon originally began his MUN career in Grade 9 with St. Georges school. Since then, Armon has become addicted to the passionate, fast-paced world of MUN and has attended almost a dozen conferences. Armon will candidly cherish the friends, enemies, experiences, and skills he has gained from MUN eternally. Outside of MUN, Armon enjoys writing poetry, exploring Vancouver, drinking bubble tea, and shamefully savoring oriental artwork. Armon is truly grateful to be a part of this new chapter for VMUN and looks forward to a conference brimming with vigor and diplomacy.
Cher Ning | Chair
Cher is a senior at Crofton House School who is ecstatic to be serving as a Chair in the Joint Crisis Committee at VMUN 2020. Beginning her Model UN journey a short four years ago, Cher is astonished that she not only now sits on the other side of the Dais table, but is also most likely the oldest one in the room. Outside of Model UN, Cher can be found laughing about insignificant coincidences such as the fact that every other staff member in her bloc has exactly 4 A’s in their name but she herself has none. Additionally, Cher often spends time learning to stay under the speed limit and making low quality travel vlogs. She looks forward to meeting all delegates in February and hopes to make this conference a worthwhile experience!
Josh Harris | Crisis Staff
Josh is a senior at Magee Secondary School and is excited to serve as an Assistant Director for JCC. Josh began attending MUN in the ninth grade and was hooked by the thrill and intensity of debate immediately. After four years of MUN and PF debate across the globe, Josh is grateful for the opportunity to close his high school career at the conference that started it all! Outside of the public speaking world, Josh works in education, representing the students of Vancouver as the Student Trustee on the school board. His hobbies include trading stocks, startups, tennis, and wasting time on video games. Josh is looking forward to a weekend of passionate debate, and hopes to make the experience as wonderful for his delegates as he found it.
Aaron Anandji | Crisis Staff
Aaron is a student at Salish Secondary School and is proud to be a part of the Joint Crisis Committees in this current iteration of VMUN. Despite only being introduced to Model UN last year, Aaron has developed a passion for the intellectual discourse that takes place in this unique environment. When not gavel-hunting, Aaron can be found playing mediocre chess, shooting (and missing) three point shots in basketball, and sipping taro bubble tea with extra sugar whilst complaining about himself being out of shape. Aaron is delighted for this upcoming VMUN and is quivering with anticipation for the high level of debate and co-operation that he hopes will take place in his committee.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.