Elections

SPEAKER:

The position of SOGS Speaker requires a by-election. The position runs from February 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022.

SOGS members in good standing wishing to nominate themselves to the position of Speaker must send their nomination (as well as an optional 1-page election poster/platform for inclusion in the SOGS Council mail-out) to the SOGS President (president@sogs.ca) no later than Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by 4 pm.

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The Speaker oversees and administers SOGS Council. The Speaker:

  • is a Non-Executive Officer of the Society;
  • is a vital part of the operations of SOGS’ student government;
  • is the official liaison of the Bylaws & Constitution and ad-hoc Pilot Project for Executive Compensation committees, as well as the Appeals Review Commission;
  • is responsible for creating the council package agenda, running and attending monthly council, and updating the SOGS Motions Database, amongst other duties;
  • has an understanding of parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules;
  • currently receives a monthly stipend of $972.

More details on position of Speaker is available in the SOGS Constitution & Bylaws (primarily under Bylaws 2.2.2.). The most current version can be downloaded at sogs.ca/documents

If you have any questions about the role, please reach out to our former Speaker, Effie Sapuridis (services@sogs.ca), or the interim Speaker, Mitchell Glover (speaker@sogs.ca), who will be more than happy to chat with you!

 

PRESIDENT:

This is a reminder that the position of SOGS President will be up for election in the Winter 2022 Term. The position runs from May 1, 2022 until April 30, 2023. STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NOMINATION PERIOD!

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The President oversees the day-to-day operations of the Society of Graduate Students. The President:

  • is an Executive Officer of the Society;
  • is a vital part of the SOGS operations, overseeing the bookkeeping and administrative functions of the Society;
  • works collaboratively with the SOGS Vice-Presidents to ensure the Academic, Advocacy, Finance, and Student Services portfolios are maintained and in good standing;  
  • is responsible for holding month Executive meetings, as well as attending meetings with a variety of campus partners and administrators each month; 
  • is a voting member of SOGS council and is responsible to report to Council monthly;
  • receives formal training (April 2022) from the outgoing President; 
  • currently receives a monthly stipend of $2,805.

More details on position of President is available in the SOGS Constitution & Bylaws (primarily under Bylaws 2.1.2.). The most current version can be downloaded at sogs.ca/documents

Thinking of running for President? Keep an eye out for the upcoming call for nominations!

If you have any questions about this elected position, please reach out to the SOGS President, kirstyn seanor (president@sogs.ca), who will be more than happy to chat with you!

 

INDIGENOUS COMMISSIONER:

This is notification that the Indigenous Commissioner position is VACANT.

SOGS members in good standing wishing to nominate themselves must send their nomination and 1-page election poster/platform to the SOGS Speaker (speaker@sogs.ca).

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SOGS Commissioners operate as independent, elected community advocates that are Non-Executive Officers of the Society. Commissioners earn an honorarium of $1,500 per year, pro-rated. Commissioners are expected to serve a 12-month term.

REQUIREMENTS
: The Commissioners — Accessibility, Gender Concerns, Indigenous, Pride, and Racial Equity and Inclusivity — are required to report to council at minimum of once per term, host a constituency event once per term, and work with the VP Advocacy and other commissioners to host various events and community engagement initiatives throughout the year as a team.

Should you have questions about any of these community advocate positions, please feel free to contact SOGS VP Advocacy, Yousuf Hasan (advocacy@sogs.ca), or any of the incumbents directly. See below for Commissioners email addresses.


Election Dates

Position Month of election Day of taking office
President As established by the University Secretariat May 1
VP Academic April May 1
VP Advocacy April May 1
VP Finance April May 1
VP Student Services April May 1
Speaker June July 1
Chief Returning Officer November January 1
Ombudsperson July August 1
Commissioners October November 1
Appeals Review Commission January February 1