General Elections

General elections

Winter 2021

Get Involved, Nominate Yourself Today

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

Notice of General Elections

The University of Ottawa Students’ Union will hold its General Election from March 24 to 27 2021. All members are invited to participate.

The nomination period is from February 22nd to March 7th. You must submit your nomination form by 11:00 pm on March 7th by sending an email to: chief-electoral-officer@seuo-uosu.com.

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

Timeline

March 24 at 9am Ends March 27 at 9pm
March 28
  • 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

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*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)

-This does not apply to the University of Ottawa Board of Governors Form or Senate Form.
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
    3
  • Faculty of Engineering
    3
  • Faculty of Sciences
    3
  • Telfer School of Management
    3
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    4
  • 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
  • Student 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

*September 1st, 2021 to August 31st, 2022

University Board of Governors

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

*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
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Elections

It's time to vote for the candidates in the 2021 General Elections!
General Elections Results

The 2021 General Elections Results!

Ombudsperson

Ombudsperson

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

The Board of Directors

Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section

Alexis Khouzam - Yes (89)
88.1%
Alexis Khouzam - No (12)
11.9%

Faculty of Medicine

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

Faculty of Health Sciences

Round 1

Anjolina Hamel (57 votes)
Lyazid El Fatouani (46 votes)
Victoria Paller (46 votes)
Demetra Sainas (23 votes)

Eliminated Demetra Sainas due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 2

Anjolina Hamel (69 (+12) votes)
Victoria Paller (54 (+8) votes)
Lyazid El Fatouani (49 (+3) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Anjolina Hamel due to: highest 1st preference

Round 3

Anjolina Hamel (Elected 69 votes)
Victoria Paller (54 votes)
Lyazid El Fatouani (49 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Lyazid El Fatouani due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 4

Anjolina Hamel (Elected 96 (+27) votes)
Victoria Paller (76 (+22) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Victoria Paller due to: highest 1st preference

Round 5

Anjolina Hamel (Elected 96 votes)
Victoria Paller (Elected 76 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Faculty of Arts

Lindsay Coles - Yes (151)
91.5%
Lindsay Coles - No (14)
8.5%
Allie Skwarchuk - Yes (153)
Yes 188 90.5%
Allie Skwarchuk - No (16)
No 16 9.5%

Faculty of Engineering

Emma Ballantyne - Yes (110)
83.3%
Emma Ballantyne - No (22)
16.7%

Faculty of Sciences

Round 1

Tarasha Sharma (96 votes)
Buse Loçlar (57 votes)
Albrightine Orsar (40 votes)

 Elected Tarasha Sharma due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Tarasha Sharma (Elected 96 votes)
Buse Loçlar (57 votes)
Albrightine Orsar (40 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Buse Loçlar due to: highest 1st preference

Round 3

Tarasha Sharma (Elected 96 votes)
Buse Loçlar (Elected 57 votes)
Albrightine Orsar (40 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Albrightine Orsar due to: number of options equals number of winners, highest 1st preference

Round 4

Tarasha Sharma (Elected 96 votes)
Buse Loçlar (Elected 57 votes)
Albrightine Orsar (Elected 40 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Buse Loçlar due to: highest 1st preference

Telfer School of Management

Round 1

Nora Al-Akwaa (56 votes)
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert (41 votes)
Maxime Chouinard (38 votes)
Aziz Dhieb (34 votes)

Elected Nora Al-Akwaa due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Nora Al-Akwaa (Elected 56 votes)
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert (41 votes)
Maxime Chouinard (38 votes)
Aziz Dhieb (34 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

 Eliminated Aziz Dhieb due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 3

Nora Al-Akwaa (Elected 76 (+20) votes)
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert (49 (+8) votes)
Maxime Chouinard (44 (+6) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert due to: highest 1st preference

Round 4

Nora Al-Akwaa (Elected 76 votes)
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert (Elected 49 votes)
Maxime Chouinard (44 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

 Elected Maxime Chouinard due to: highest 1st preference

Round 5

Nora Al-Akwaa (Elected 76 votes)
Jean-Simon Lavoie-Albert (Elected 49 votes)
Maxime Chouinard (Elected 44 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Round 1

Henry Mann (128 votes)
Lewis Wilson (77 votes)
Alexandra Cooper (51 votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (48 votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (41 votes)
Adshaya Shanmugathasan (40 votes)
Carson Baker (36 votes)
Samiatou Doumbia (36 votes)
Alaina Brunone (27 votes)

Elected Henry Mann due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Henry Mann (Elected 128 votes)
Lewis Wilson (77 votes)
Alexandra Cooper (51 votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (48 votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (41 votes)
Adshaya Shanmugathasan (40 votes)
Carson Baker (36 votes)
Samiatou Doumbia (36 votes)
Alaina Brunone (27 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Alaina Brunone due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 3

Henry Mann (Elected 131 (+3) votes)
Lewis Wilson (77 votes)
Alexandra Cooper (60 (+9) votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (51 (+3) votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (46 (+5) votes)
Adshaya Shanmugathasan (43 (+3) votes)
Carson Baker (39 (+3) votes)
Samiatou Doumbia (37 (+1) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Samiatou Doumbia due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 4

Henry Mann (Elected 132 (+1) votes)
Lewis Wilson (80 (+3) votes)
Alexandra Cooper (66 (+6) votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (60 (+9) votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (53 (+7) votes)
Adshaya Shanmugathasan (48 (+5) votes)
Carson Baker (45 (+6) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Carson Baker due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 5

Henry Mann ( Elected 134 (+2) votes)
Lewis Wilson (89 (+9) votes)
Alexandra Cooper (87 (+21) votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (65 (+5) votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (58 (+5) votes)
Adshaya Shanmugathasan (51 (+3) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Adshaya Shanmugathasan due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 6

Henry Mann (Elected 145 (+11) votes)
Alexandra Cooper (103 (+16) votes)
Lewis Wilson (96 (+7) votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (73 (+8) votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (67 (+9) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Alexandra Cooper due to: highest 1st preference

Round 7

Henry Mann (Elected 145 votes)
Alexandra Cooper (Elected 103 votes)
Lewis Wilson (96 votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (73 votes)
Dawoud Najmudin (67 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Dawoud Najmudin due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 8

Henry Mann (Elected 161 (+16) votes)
Alexandra Cooper (Elected 126 (+23) votes)
Lewis Wilson (108 (+12) votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (89 (+16) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Lewis Wilson due to: highest 1st preference

Round 9

Henry Mann (Elected 161 votes)
Alexandra Cooper ( Elected 126 votes)
Lewis Wilson (Elected 108 votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (89 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Sherouk Elasfar due to: number of options equals number of winners, highest 1st preference

Round 10

Henry Mann (Elected 161 votes)
Alexandra Cooper (Elected 126 votes)
Lewis Wilson (Elected 108 votes)
Sherouk Elasfar (Elected 89 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Executive Committee Positions

President

Timothy Gulliver - Yes (1428)
87.5%
Timothy Gulliver - No (204)
12.5%

Francophone Affairs Commissioner

Lia Bosquet - Yes (1393)
91.2%
Lia Bosquet - No (134)
8.8%

Operations Commissioner

Round 1

Nouria Sawadogo (917 votes)
Ratisbonne Kazadi (296 votes)

Elected Nouria Sawadogo due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Nouria Sawadogo (Elected 917 votes)
Ratisbonne Kazadi (296 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Student Life Commissioner

Ashley Wunsch - Yes (1360)
91%
Ashley Wunsch - No (134)
9%

Advocacy Commissioner

Armaan Kheppar - Yes (1354)
90.4%
Armaan Kheppar - No (144)
9.6%

Student Services Commissioner

Amina El-Himri - Yes (1416)
89.8%
Amina El-Himri - No (161)
10.2%

Voter Summary

Total: 2323

Abstain: 746 (32.1%)

University of Ottawa Senate

Faculty of Arts

Celina Seguin - Yes (177)
93.7%
Celina Seguin - No (12)
6.3%

Faculty of Engineering

Balkissa Toure - Yes (133)
83.1%
Balkissa Toure - No (27)
16.9%

Faculty of Law

Michelle Liu - Yes (232)
85.9%
Michelle Liu - No (38)
14.1%

Faculty of Medicine

Mawaia (Maya) Elkbouli - Yes (46)
79.3%
Mawaia (Maya) Elkbouli - No (12)
20.7%

Faculty of Science

Round 1

Samantha (Sam) Yee (209 votes)
Mahée Côté(122 votes)

Elected Samantha (Sam) Yee due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Samantha (Sam) Yee (Elected 209 votes)
Mahée Côté(122 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

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

Round 2

Julia Alvi (234 (+18) votes)
Zineb Jouali (109 (+12) votes)
Max Christie (97 (+21) votes)
Anjana Balachandran (87 (+15) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Anjana Balachandran due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 3

Julia Alvi (280 (+46) votes)
Zineb Jouali (143 (+34) votes)
Max Christie (104 (+7) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Julia Alvi due to: highest 1st preference

Round 4

Julia Alvi (Elected 280 votes)
Zineb Jouali (143 votes)
Max Christie (104 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Telfer School of Management

Round 1

Reana Agil (136 votes)
Prisca Simporé (74 votes)

Elected Reana Agil due to: highest 1st preference

Round 2

Reana Agil (Elected 136 votes)
Prisca Simporé (74 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

University Board of Governors

Round 1

Hannan Mohamud (566 votes)
Liam Roche (487 votes)
Sana Alamansour (296 votes)
Keziah Oduro (190 votes)
Adam Walji (164 votes)

Eliminated Adam Walji due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 2

Hannan Mohamud (612 (+46) votes)
Liam Roche (542 (+55) votes)
Sana Alamansour (323 (+27) votes)
Keziah Oduro (226 (+36) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Eliminated Keziah Oduro due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 3

Hannan Mohamud (697 (+85) votes)
Liam Roche (606 (+64) votes)
Sana Alamansour (400 (+77) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

 Eliminated Sana Alamansour due to: lowest 1st preference

Round 4

Hannan Mohamud (1010 (+313) votes)
Liam Roche (693 (+87) votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Elected Hannan Mohamud due to: highest 1st preference

Round 5

Hannan Mohamud (Elected 1010 votes)
Liam Roche (693 votes)
Exhausted votes (0)

Voter Summary

Total: 2538

Abstain: 835 (32.9%)

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.