Fall 2021

Get Involved

It’s now time to elect students to fill the vacant positions on the Executive Committee and our Board of Directors! 

The University of Ottawa Students’ Union will hold its By-Elections from October 12-14, 2021. All members are invited to participate. Please note this by-election will be taking place entirely online.

Interested in advocacy?

The nomination period is from Sunday, September 12 to Saturday, September 25. Please submit your nomination form to

If you have any general questions, please email to: 



It's time to vote for the candidates in the 2020 By-Elections!


  • Saturday, September 4th at 4:00pm: Notice of election
  • Sunday, September 12th at 12:01am to Saturday, September 25th at 11:59pm: Nomination period
  • September 27th & 28th: Bilingualism Testing
  • Thursday, September 30th:
    Candidate Information Session
  •  Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00pm to Sunday, October 10th at 11:59pm: Campaign Period
  • Monday, October 11th at 12:01am to Tuesday, October 12th at 12:01am (Thanksgiving Monday): Blackout Period
  • Tuesday, October 12th at 12:01am to Thursday, October 14th at 11:59pm: Voting Period
  • Friday, October 15th at 1:00am (At latest: Friday, October 15th at 11:59pm): Unofficial Results Released
  • Monday, October 18th at 3:00pm (ordinary meeting): Ratifications of Results : Senate
  • Sunday, October 24th at 4:00pm (ordinary meeting): Ratifications of Results : Board of Directors


Saturday, September 4th at 4:00pm
Sunday, September 12th at 12:01am to Saturday, September 25th at 11:59pm
September 27th & 28th
Around Thursday, September 30th
Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00pm to Sunday, October 10th at 11:59pm
Monday, October 11th at 12:01am to Tuesday, October 12th at 12:01am (Thanksgiving Monday)
Tuesday, October 12th at 12:01am to Thursday, October 14th at 11:59pm
Friday, October 15th at 1:00am (At latest: Friday, October 15th at 11:59pm)
Sunday, October 24th at 4:00pm (ordinary meeting)
Monday, October 18th at 3:00pm (ordinary meeting)
  • February 22 to March 7 at 11pm: Nomination period 
  • March 7-10: Evaluation of the language skills of executive candidates 
  • March 12: Last day to register volunteers before the campaign begins 
  • TBD: All candidate meeting for executive candidates 
  • TBD: All candidate meeting for Board Candidates 
  • March 13: Publication of the official list of candidates  
  • March 14: Super Sunday (Postering begins) 
  • March 14-22: Beginning of campaign 
  • March 14 to 22 at 11pm: Campaign period 
  • TBD: Executive candidates debate 
  • March 23: Black-out period begins (Campaigning is prohibited) 
  • March 24 at 9am – March 27 at 9pm: Voting Days 
  • March 28: Election Results 
  • TBD: Last day for candidates to submit reimbursement requests 

Election Forms


*Please note: Due to COVID-19 and our elections taking place online, we will accept three types of signatures from Supporters and Volunteers on the Nomination Form and Volunteer Form :

1) Physical signature
2) Electronic signature
3) Student Number with initials that appear in the Full Name (ex: 0123456789 AB)

Available positions

UOSU The Board of Directors

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law - Common Law
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Education (1) 
  • Faculty of Law – Civil Law (1) 
  • Faculty of Law – Common Law (1) 
  • Faculty of Medicine (1) 
  • Faculty of Health Science (2) 
  • Faculty of Arts (3) 
  • Faculty of Engineering (3) 
  • Faculty of Sciences (3) 
  • Telfer School of Management (3) 
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (4) 

UOSU Executive Committee

  • Equity Commissioner

University Senate

  • Faculty of Health Science
– term ending April 30, 2022
  • Faculty of Education

– please contact Camille Beaudin ( Term ending April 30, 2022

University Board of Governors

  • One (1) seat to fill (application to all faculties)

*Two-Year Term, from May 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2023

  • President 
  • Equity Commissioner 
  • Francophone Affairs Commissioner 
  • Operation Commissioner 
  • Student Life Commissioner 
  • Advocacy Commissioner 
  • Student Services Commissioner

By-Election Results

The Fall 2020 By-Election Results!

The Board of Directors

Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section

Nickolas Eburne 87
Sarah Varin 84

Faculty of Law - Common Law section

Michelle Liu
Yes 103 92.8%
No 8 7.2%

Faculty of Engineering

Round 1

Jasmin Cartier 32
Ibrahim Chohan 54
Chloé Richard 53
Julian Ward 38

Round 2

Jasmin Cartier 32
Ibrahim Chohan 54
Chloé Richard 53
Julian Ward 38

Round 3

Ibrahim Chohan 54
Chloé Richard 53
Julian Ward 38

Round 4

Ibrahim Chohan 63
Chloé Richard 68
Julian Ward 42
Exhausted Ballots 4

Faculty of Sciences

Prabasha Rasaputra
Yes 165 84.2%
No 31 15.8%
Tarasha Sharma
Yes 188 92.2%
No 16 7.8%

Telfer School of Management

Round 1

Maxime Chouinard 61
Zachariah Downey 50
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert 81

Round 2

Maxime Chouinard 61
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert 81

Round 3

Maxime Chouinard 87
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert 97
Exhausted Ballots 8

Faculty of Social Sciences

Dawoud Najmudin 212
Gershon Tsirulnikov 181

Executive Committee Positions

Equity Commissioner

Jason Seguya
Yes 1314 89.1%
No 160 10.9%

University of Ottawa Senate

Faculty of Social Sciences

Félix Collin
Yes 360 94%
No 23 6%

Turnout: 5.4% 

Number of votes: 2057

Notice of by-elections

Would you like to run for the UOSU elections and be on the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors? By-elections will be held from November 9th at 10:00am. to November 11th, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

The nomination period was from October 12th at 8:00 am. to October 27th, 2020 at 3:00 pm. to October 27th, 2020 at 3:00 pm. You must submit your nomination form by 3:00 pm on October 27th, 2020 at the UOSU office (UCU 07) or send an email to

Campaign period: November 1st 2020 – November 7th, 2020

Debate: November 7th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Voting Days: November 9th at 10:00 am. – November 11th, 2019 at 7:00pm

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 seven (7) Commissioners who manage the day-to-day activities of the UOSU and oversee its operations. The positions are:

  • President: The role of the President is a new position, meant to support the other commissioners in their roles, represent the UOSU in communications and in relations with RSGs and the administration. The President also takes on the managing commissioner role from the Advocacy Commissioner, sharing this along with the Operations commissioner in human resources and operations. Beyond a leadership role, the President is key to holding the Executive Committee accountable and ensuring the Executive Committee completes its projects, respects deadlines and ensures the smooth operations of the Union. The President reports to the Executive Committee and he is also the Chair of the President’s Round Table as well as the Governance Committee and the Executive Committee.
  • 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 would also oversee them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student Services Commissioner: The Student Services Commissioner supervises the services as well as the clubs of the UOSU. The Student services commissioner shall be the chair of the Services committee, which oversees the services of the UOSU, as well as things that relate to UOSU recognized student clubs and associations. This year, the Student Services Commissioner also chairs the Communications Round Table. 

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 or exceptionally more than two (2) courses per semester in the year of their mandate if they are international 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.

If positions still remain vacant after these by-elections, the 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 the General Elections.

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.

Please note this by-election will be taking place entirely online.