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Undergraduate Student Elections to
Board of Governors, Senate and University Planning Committee

Student elections to the Board of Governors, Senate and the University Planning Committee are conducted from January to March of each year and in the early Fall if necessary. Information will be posted during the election periods, so please check the website regularly for updates.

Please contact the Univeristy Secretariat if you have any questions.



Board of Governors

  • Ms Essma Alfanous - Honours Anthropology and Health Studies, Level III (two-year term, effective July 1, 2017)




Health Sciences

    • Ms Rina Patel - Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences, Level II (two-year term, effective July 1, 2017)


    • Mr. Jason Chestney - Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law, Level III (two-year term, effective July 1, 2017)

Social Sciences

    • Mr. Cam Brandreth - Social Sciences I - Acclaimed (two-year term, effective July 1, 2017)


The remaining vacancies will be filled during the Fall election period. Please check this website again in mid-September for further information.


Eligible Voters


All full- and part-time undergraduate students, as well as continuing and second-degree students in the Faculties of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences are eligible to vote in their respective Faculty election, insofar as there is a vacancy in their Faculty.

Undergraduate students registered in joint programs under the auspices of more than one Faculty may vote in only one of those Faculties. Students registered in programs not under the auspices of any Faculty may vote in the Faculty of their choice, but shall have a vote in only one Faculty.

Board of Governors and University Planning Committee

Undergraduate students registered in undergraduate degree programs approved by the Senate of the University, including Medical students, Nursing consortium students, and Continuing students, are eligible to vote in the elections for undergraduate student representatives to the Board of Governors and to the University Planning Committee.

Rules, Regulations and Terms of Reference