General Elections

General elections

Winter 2022

Get Involved, Nominate Yourself Today

It’s now time to elect students to fill positions on the UOSU Executive Committee and the UOSU Board of Directors, as well as the University of Ottawa Senate and University of Ottawa Board of Governors!

Notice of General Elections

The University of Ottawa Students’ Union will hold its General Election from March 9 to 11, 2022. All members are invited to participate.

The nomination period is from Sunday, January 30 at 12:01am to Saturday, February 12 at 11:59pm. Send your nomination forms to the Chief Electoral Officer at ceo@seuo-uosu.com.

If you have any general questions, please email to: elections@seuo-uosu.com

**Please note that the General Election will be taking place entirely online.

It's Time to Vote!

It's time to vote for the candidates in the 2022 General Elections!

Timeline

Saturday, January 22nd
Sunday, January 30th at 12:01am to Saturday, February 12th at 11:59pm
Week of Monday, February 14th or Week of Monday February 21st
Week of Monday, February 14th or Week of Monday February 21st
Thursday February 17 at 11:59 pm
Sunday, February 27th at 6:00pm to Monday, March 7th at 11:59pm
Tuesday, March 8th at 12:01am to Wednesday, March 9th at 12:01am
Wednesday, March 9th at 12:01am to Friday, March 11th at 11:59pm
Saturday, March 12th at 9:00am (At latest: Saturday, March 12th at 11:59pm)
Sunday, March 20th at 4:00pm (ordinary meeting)
Prior to Saturday, March 26th 11:59pm
  • Notice of Elections: Saturday, January 22nd
  • Nomination Period: Sunday, January 30th at 12:01am to Saturday, February 12th at 11:59pm
  • *Nomination Deadline Extension and Notice of Referendum: Thursday February 17 at 11:59 pm
  • Candidate Information Session(s): Week of Monday, February 14th or Week of Monday February 21st 
  • Bilingualism Testing: Week of Monday, February 14th or Week of Monday, February 21st
  • Campaign Period: Sunday, February 27th at 6:00pm to Monday, March 7th at 11:59pm
  • Blackout Period: Tuesday, March 8th at 12:01am to Wednesday, March 9th at 12:01am
  • Voting Period: Wednesday, March 9th at 12:01am to Friday, March 11th at 11:59pm
  • Unofficial Results Released: Saturday, March 12th at 9:00am (At latest: Saturday, March 12th at 11:59pm)
  • Ratification of UOSU Results by the Board of Directors: Sunday, March 20th at 4:00pm (ordinary meeting)
  • Ratification of UOSU Results by the Extraordinary General Assembly: Prior to Saturday, March 26th 11:59pm

*The extension applies to UOSU Board of Directors, uOttawa Senate, and uOttawa Board of Governors positions only

Election Forms

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Send your nomination forms to the Chief Electoral Officer at ceo@seuo-uosu.com

*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 UOSU 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
    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
    2
  • Faculty of Engineering
    3
  • Faculty of Sciences
    3
  • Telfer School of Management
    3
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    5
  • 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

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

University Senate

  • Faculty of Arts
    1
  • Faculty of Engineering
    1
  • Faculty of Health Science
    1
  • Faculty of Law – Civil Law and Common Law
    1
(1 for both sections)
  • Faculty of Medicine
    1
  • Faculty of Sciences
    1
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    1
  • Telfer School of Management
    1
  • Faculty of Education
    1

*One-Year Term, from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023

University Board of Governors

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

*Two-Year Term, from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2024

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

Notice of Referendum

General Elections Results

The 2022 General Elections Results!

Ombudsperson

For (1153)
62.5%
Against (692)
37.5%

The Board of Directors

Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section

Fabiola Galvao - Yes (104)
88.9%
Fabiola Galvao - No (13)
11.1%

Faculty of Medicine

Toros Canturk- Yes (37)
80.4%
Toros Canturk- No (9)
19.6%

Faculty of Health Sciences

Final Round (Round 6)

Nour Elmestekawy (88 votes)

Elected Nour Elmestekawy due to: highest 1st preference (Round 3)

Kate Gilliland (59 votes)

Elected Kate Gilliland due to: highest 1st preference (Round 5)

Aminah Bakhtair (39 votes)

Eliminated Aminah Bakhtair due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 4)

Lorraine Pereira (32 votes)

Eliminated Lorraine Pereira due to: lowest 1st preference(Round 2)

Elisha Chadha (27 votes)

Eliminated Elisha Chadha due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 1)

Faculty of Arts

Nicolas Michaud - Yes (192)
87.3%
Nicolas Michaud - No (28)
12.7%

Faculty of Engineering

Final Round (Round 5)

Emma Ballantyne (77 votes)

Elected Emma Ballantyne due to: highest 1st preference (Round 1)

Akachukwu Ekwueme (61 votes)

Elected Akachukwu J Ekwueme due to: highest 1st preference (Round 2)

Bowen Xue (51 votes)

Elected Bowen Xue due to: highest 1st preference (Round 4)

Miten Jitendra Soni (30 votes)

Eliminated Miten Jitendra Soni due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 3)

Faculty of Sciences

Final Round (Round 5)

Buse Loçlar (91 votes)

Elected Buse Loçlar due to: highest 1st preference (Round 1)

Iman Kashif (86 votes)

Elected Iman Kashif due to: highest 1st preference (Round 2)

Roshana Pattikedward (80 votes)

Elected Roshana Pattikedward due to: highest 1st preference (Round 4)

Dylan Vincent (54 votes)

Eliminated Dylan Vincent due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 3)

Telfer School of Management

Final Round (Round 7)

Armande Mayelly Obrou (89 votes)

Elected Armande Mayelly Obrou due to: highest 1st preference (Round 1)

Nora Al-Akwaa (72 votes)

Elected Armande Mayelly Obrou due to: highest 1st preference (Round 4)

Monia Mugabekazi (44 votes)

Elected Monia Mugabekazi due to: number of options equals number of winners, highest 1st preference (Round 6)

Shivangi Bharti (28 votes)

Eliminated Shivangi Bharti due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 5)

Marissa St-Amand (22 votes)

Eliminated Marissa St-Amand due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 3)

Vanda Rosa Lecchino (14 votes)

Eliminated Vanda Rosa Lecchino due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 4)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Final Round (Round 12)

Ty Bradley (172 votes)

Elected Ty Bradley due to: highest 1st preference (Round 1)

Emma Pellegrini (114 votes)

Elected Emma Pellegrini due to: highest 1st preference (Round 7)

Sherouk Elasfar (100 votes)

Elected Sherouk Elasfar due to: highest 1st preference (Round 9)

Bushra Khadra (83 votes)

Elected Bushra Khadra due to: number of options equals number of winners, highest 1st preference (Round 10)

Carlos Pawendtaore Oubda (68 votes)

Elected Carlos Pawendtaore Oubda due to: number of options equals number of winners, highest 1st preference (Round 11)

Max Christie (62 votes)

Eliminated Max Christie due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 8)

Juanita Calderon Rodriguez (49 votes)

Eliminated Juanita Calderon Rodriguez due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 6)

Marek McLeod (45 votes)

Eliminated Marek McLeod due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 5)

Darryl Orleans-Lindsay (30 votes)

Eliminated Darryl Orleans-Lindsay due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 4)

Gregory Jared Coleman (22 votes)

Eliminated Gregory Jared Coleman due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 3)

Wajid Zaman (27 votes)

Eliminated Wajid Zaman due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 2)

Executive Committee Positions

President

Armaan Singh - Yes (1489)
80.9%
Armaan Singh - No (352)
19.1%

Equity Commissioner

Sana Almansour (1036)
62.1%
Daphnée Veilleux-Michaud (631)
37.9%

Francophone Affairs Commissioner

Anjolina Hamel (966 votes)
62.2%
Ratisbonne Mukadi Kazadi (587 votes)
37.8%

Operations Commissioner

Nouria Sawadogo (1153 votes)
Ethan Coudenys (522 votes)

Student Life Commissioner

Erin Atkinson (934 votes)
57.9%
Ricardo Saikali (679 votes)
42.1%

Advocacy Commissioner

Chelsey-Lynn Rousselle - Yes (1534)
86.3%
Chelsey-Lynn Rousselle - No (244)
13.7%

Clubs and Services Commissioner

Zach Flahaut - Yes (1498)
85.4%
Zach Flahaut - No (256)
14.6%

Referendum Question 1 - Advocacy

No (1471)
59.1%
Yes (1017)
40.9%

Referendum Question 2 - Compass

Yes (1502)
57.8%
No (1098)
42.2%

Referendum Question 3 - Legal Services

No (1177)
50.6%
Yes (1151)
49.4%

Voter Summary

Total: 3024

Abstain: 696 (23%)

University of Ottawa Senate

Faculty of Arts

Banafsheh Shamdani - Yes (144)
88.9%
Banafsheh Shamdani - No (18)
11.1%

Faculty of Education

Lexie Elbaum - Yes (34)
94.4%
Lexie Elbaum - No (11)
8.3%

Faculty of Engineering

Lauren McDermaid - Yes (125)
82.2%
Lauren McDermaid - No (27)
17.8%

Faculty of Law

Michelle Liu - Yes (130)
80.7%
Michelle Liu - No (31)
19.3%

Faculty of Medicine

Alex Young Soo Lee - Yes (155)
78.7%
Walid Hassouni - No (42)
21.3%

Faculty of Health Sciences

Lina Sanaallah (83 votes)
58%
Harneet Cheema (60 votes)
42%

Faculty of Law

Michelle Charlotte Liu - Yes (46)
79.3%
Michelle Charlotte Liu - No (12)
20.7%

Faculty of Science

Tarasha Sharma (162 votes)
Breana Sanders (104 votes)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Round 1

Julia Alvi (216 votes)
Zineb Jouali (97 votes)
Max Christie (76 votes)
Anjana Balachandran (72 votes)
Bryanna Lavictoire (66 votes)

Eliminated Bryanna Lavictoire due to: lowest 1st preference

Telfer School of Management

Reana Agil (121votes)
Reana Agil (11 votes)

University Board of Governors

Final Round (Round 6)

Jessica Tchida (661 votes)

Elected Jessica Tchida due to: highest 1st preference (Round 5)

Amina El Himri (545 votes)
Alexander Metaxas-Mariatos (170 votes)

Eliminated Alexander Metaxas-Mariatos due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 3)

Saad Sbai (128 votes)

Eliminated Saad Sbai due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 2)

Anais Rezaigue (84 votes)

Eliminated Anais Rezaigue due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 1)

Hadi Tehfe (332 votes)

Eliminated Hadi Tehfe due to: lowest 1st preference (Round 4)

Voter Summary

Total: 2209

Abstain: 1003 (45.4%)

FAQ

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 President, is tasked with supervising the General Manager of the UOSU. This role will also direct and oversee the internal operations of the organization and is tasked with scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, preparation of the budget, financial management, and internal human resources. 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. This position is also tasked with maintaining relations with the University of Ottawa and, where appropriate, with governments and external organisations.
  • 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.
  • 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 deal with any bilingualism-related student complaints.
  • Student Life Commissioner:  responsible for student clubs and their representation in UOSU and planning of social events (such as 101 Week) This Executive will share responsibilityfor 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 all 13 services of the UOSU, 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 elections will be overseen by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the Elections Committee. They are responsible for handling complaints by candidates and applying any sanctions if required. Students may appeal sanctions handed down by the Chief Electoral Officer to the Elections Committee, and may further appeal to the Appeals Committee. Please consult our Electoral Code and our Constitution 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 2020. 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.

The Board of Governors is the most senior corporate body that is responsible for all other aspects of the governance of the University not assigned to the Senate. This includes oversight of the management and control of the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business, and related affairs.

Specifically, the Board approves the annual budget of the University and monitors is implementation; it establishes and collects fees and charges for tuition and other services that may be offered by the University or that may be approved by the Board on behalf of any organization or group of the University

In addition, the Board appoints the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Secretary General. It also determines the compensation and benefits of principal officers and of both the academic and administrative staff.

Please consult the Board’s website for further information.

The Senate is the highest authority on academic matters and is responsible for the sound management of academic issues on campus. The Senate has the power, subject to the approval of the Board insofar as the expenditure of funds is concerned, to create, maintain, and discontinue faculties, departments, schools and to establish chairs. It enacts by-laws and regulations for the conduct of its affairs.

In general, the Senate controls, regulates, and determines the educational and research policies of the University; determines courses of study and standards for admission to, and continued membership in, the University; and determines the qualifications for degrees and diplomas.

Please consult the Senate’s website for further information.