New Student Leaders Elected

March 5, 2015  |   Found in Elections // News // SU in the News

After weeks of campaigning and candidate forums, undergraduate students at the University of Calgary have elected a new slate of student leaders for 2015-2016.  Levi Nilson was acclaimed as the new President-elect, marking the first time in decades that the race was uncontested. Nilson served as the VP External for the SU in 2014-2015.  The new Vice President, Academic will be Stephan Guscott, who had 62 percent of the vote.  Romy Garrido will be the new Vice President, External, garnering 29 percent of the vote and Sarah Pousette won the Vice President, Operations and Finance with 53 percent of the vote.  Kirsty McGowan takes on the role of Vice President, Student Life with 55 percent of the vote.

Michael Tom won the Board of Governors position with 31 percent of the vote. The two Senate representative positions will once again be filled by returning students Emily Macphail and Scott Vu who were acclaimed in their positions. The position of Faculty Representative Veterinary Medicine remains vacant. Vacant positions are filled during the Students’ Union’s annual By-Election in October.

Voter turn-out this year decreased by 3.4 percent to 25.4 percent of eligible student voters with 6,190 students casting a ballot. “With the acclamation of Levi Nilson as president-elect, that meant there wasn’t the usually-exciting race for the top seat. Without that race for SU President, there were a few less high-profile candidates out talking to students and engaging them in the elections” said Chris Yan, Chief Returning Officer.

These results become official on Mar. 16, 2015.

Newly elected officials will be sworn into office on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the annual Students’ Union’s Colour Night ceremony.  Over the summer months, this new team of capable young leaders will be engaged in strategic planning to take the Students’ Union into the 2015 fall semester.

Other results include:

The Students’ Legislative Council (SLC) also consists of 19 faculty representatives.  The number of faculty representatives sitting on SLC corresponds with the number of students in a given faculty. Five faculty representative positions were won through acclamation.  The following faculty representatives will serve on The 73rd Students’ Legislative Council.

Faculty Representatives Arts (4) -

Haider Ali
Shubir Shaikh
Jen Tokarek
Emily Leedham

Faculty Representatives Haskayne School of Business (2) –

Conrad Lowe
Jordan Grant

Faculty Representatives Cumming School of Medicine (2) –

Jovey Sharma
Shubidito Ahmed

 

Faculty Representative Science (3) –

Houda El-Sidawi
Conrad Jaeger
Julie Le

Faculty Representatives Schulich School of Engineering (2) –

Kaylyn Schnell
Negin Hemati

The Chief Returning Officer declared the following students as Faculty Representatives by acclamation:

Faculty Representative Werklund School of Education –
Christopher Klune

Faculty Representative Social Work –
Tasneem Zaman

Faculty Representative Kinesiology –
Megan Kolmatiski

Faculty Representative Law –
Mark Shearer

Faculty Representative Nursing –
Alicia Lunz

 

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Media Contact:

Robyn Dinnadge, Director, Marketing and Communications
(403) 210-9852 / (403) 461-1309 (cell)
robyn.dinnadge@ucalgary.ca

For Further Election Information:

Chris Yan, Chief Returning Officer
(403) 220-5780
cro@su.ucalgary.ca

Stephan Guscott, excited to be the newly elected VP Academic.

Stephan Guscott, excited to be the newly elected VP Academic.

Kirsty McGowan, newly elected VP Student Life, celebrates her victory.

Kirsty McGowan, newly elected VP Student Life, celebrates her victory.

73rd Students' Union executives, left to right, Stephan Guscott (VP Academic), Romy Garrido (VP External), Levi Nilson (President), Kirsty McGowan (VP Student Life), Sarah Pousette (VP Operations & Finance)

73rd Students’ Union executives, left to right, Stephan Guscott (VP Academic), Romy Garrido (VP External), Levi Nilson (President), Kirsty McGowan (VP Student Life), Sarah Pousette (VP Operations & Finance)