The UOSU By-Elections
Get Involved, Nominate Yourself Today
With the referendum over, it is now time to elect students to fill the vacant positions on the Executive Committee and our Board of Directors!
These are the positions up for election:
Executive Committee – One (1) Commissioners:
- Equity Commissioner – One (1) Position
Board of Directors – Twenty Two (9) Directors
- Faculty of Education – One (1) Position
- Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) – One (1) Position
- Faculty of Health Sciences – One (1) Positions
- Faculty of Arts – Two (2) Positions
- Faculty of Engineering – Two (2) Positions
- Faculty of Science – One (1) Positions
- Faculty of Social Sciences – One (1) Positions
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Important Dates and Timelines
With elections right around the corner, now is the time to get involved and run for a position within our new union! Here are the important dates that any potential nominees must be aware of:
- Nomination Period: October 9th 8 A.M. – October 23rd 3 P.M.
- Language Testing for Executive Candidates: October 24th – October 27th
- All-Candidates Meeting for Executive Candidates: October 27th
- All-Candidates Meeting for Board of Directors Candidates: October 27th
- Last Day to Register Volunteers Ahead of the Beginning of the Campaign: October 25th at 11:59 PM
- Official List of Candidates Published: October 27th
- Super Sunday (Postering Begins): October 27th at 7 P.M.
- Beginning of Campaign: October 28th at 11:59 P.M.
- Campaign period: October 28th – November 4th
- Executive Candidates Debate: November 4th at 5:30 PM
- Black-Out Period Begins (Campaigning is Prohibited): November 5th at 11:59 P.M.
- Voting Days: November 6th at 10 A.M. – November 8th at 7 P.M
- All-Candidate Poster Clean-Up: November 8th at 7 P.M
- Results: November 8th at 9 P.M.
- Last Day for Candidates to Submit Reimbursement Requests: November 10th at 7 P.M
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Election forms and documents
Here are the crucial forms for the UOSU election process:
List of candidates
Hey folks! My name is Judy El-Mohtadi and I’m a third year student in Criminology and Feminist and Gender Studies. As Interim Equity Commissioner, I fell in love with the role and I am running to become the permanent Equity Commissioner. I am committed to making campus a safe(r) and more accessible space for everyone by putting in the work required to respond to your needs and to ensure that you are thriving as students. I am committed to continuously learning, unlearning and relearning the things that I know. I am here for you!
Board of Directors
Directors of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Hi everyone! My name’s Tim, I’m a second-year PoliSci major, and I’m running to help build a more progressive and inclusive union. I want our union to make fighting cuts to OSAP & student services a priority. I want it to lead on the climate crisis, and commit to becoming carbon-neutral. And I want it to tackle the mental health crisis on campus, by consulting students and expanding coverage. I’ve co-organized a protest against Ford & attended BoD meetings - I understand how to get things done. Let’s rebuild our student movement together!
Directors of the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section):
David Ricardo Menendez Ortiz
My name is Daniel Kuhnreich, and I am a second year student in the English Common Law program at the University of Ottawa. I am running to represent my faculty because I believe I can bring about positive change within the internal student government. By focusing on increasing student awareness, ensuring every student has an advocate for them, and guaranteeing open and accountable governance with proper oversight, I plan to have every uOttawa student feel represented and included. I felt at-home the moment I joined uOttawa, and you should too!
Directors of the Faculty of Engineering:
Nicholas Morin is a first-year student in software engineering. He seeks to bring professionalism and integrity to the growing UOSU. Nicholas Morin is you. He is your engineer. For fair and honest representation, vote for Nicholas Morin.
Thomas Scott Fulton
Curious to know how our elections process will go, what positions are up for election, and what responsibilities fall under each? Check out our answers below!
The Executive Committee is formed of five (5) Commissioners who manage the day-to-day activities of the UOSU and oversee its operations. The positions are:
Advocacy Commissioner: responsible for overseeing the advocacy work of the organisation, including lobbying and public education campaigns. Along with the Operations Commissioner, they shall supervise the work of the General Manager. This position is also tasked with maintaining relations with the University of Ottawa and, where appropriate, with governments and external organisations. In addition to this, the Advocacy Commissioner will oversee the operations of the International House, the Peer Help Centre, and the Student Rights Centre.
Equity Commissioner: tasked with directing and overseeing the equity-building work of the UOSU. They shall advocate on behalf of marginalized communities and fight against discrimination at uOttawa. They are responsible for relations with equity-building organisations active at uOttawa, and shall oversee the operations of the Centre of Students with Disabilities, the Pride Centre, the Women’s Resource Centre, the Multi-Faith Centre and the Racialized and Indigenous Student Experience (RISE) Centre.
Francophone Affairs Commissioner: must be a student who self-identifies as francophone, shall direct and oversee services and programs aimed at francophone students, ensuring their linguistic accessibility. They shall advocate on behalf of francophones and work to promote la francophonie on campus. This role shall also oversee the operations of the Bilingualism Centre and deal with any bilingualism-related student complaints.
Operations Commissioner: along with the Advocacy Commissioner, is tasked with supervising the General Manager of the UOSU. This role will also direct and oversee the internal operations of the organisation and is tasked with scheduling meetings and preparing agendas. This position is responsible for the Bike Co-op, the Food Bank, the Foot Patrol, the Sustainable Development Centre, and UOSERT. Should UOSU have any business dealings, the Operations Commissioner woul also oversee them.
Student Life Commissioner: responsible for student clubs and their representation in UOSU, planning of social events (such as 101 Week), and overseeing Zoom Productions. This Executive will be responsible for relations between the UOSU and Recognized Student Governments (Federated Bodies) and will ensure a diversity of events and social activities on the uOttawa campus. They will work closely with the administration to ensure student interests are central to event planning.
The BoD is a body of elected students who represent their respective faculties in the internal affairs of the UOSU. They are tasked with voting on motions, amending certain parts of the Constitution, holding monthly Board meetings, and overseeing the financials of the Union. This is an incredibly important job that doesn’t require as much time as the Commissioner positions, and it is a great opportunity to get involved in the student movement!
In order to be a Commissioner, a student must pass a bilingualism test (English and French) as administered by the University of Ottawa’s Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI). There are different levels of bilingualism requirements for each position, which you can access in both our Constitution and our Electoral Code. As it is a full-time, salaried position within the union, elected Executive Committee members cannot register for more than two (2) courses per semester in the year of their mandate, meaning that Commissioners must be part-time students. This is to ensure that their first priority is the job that they were elected and will be paid to do.
The UOSU’s transitional directors will be overseeing the Elections Committee. These three members, one of whom is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), are responsible for treating complaints by candidates and applying any sanctions if required. If any candidate does not agree with the Election Committee’s decision, they may appeal it to the Appeals Committee, composed of three other students. All decisions by the Appeals Committee are final. Please consult our Electoral Code for more information.
All vacant positions on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be filled in a By-Election that will be held in Fall 2019. The newly elected Board will have the power to appoint interim Executive members to fill any vacancies on the Executive Committee; such interim Executives would be in place until their positions can be filled in the Fall By-Election.
Yes. Vacancies do not hinder the Board’s ability to pass binding motions, and any vacant Executive positions can be filled by an interim member until the Fall By-Elections take place.