Nominations

The nomination period for the 2017 Representation Executive Council (REC) elections is now open!

Nominate yourself or someone you know!

Are you interested in making a difference on campus, helping your fellow students, and learning new skills in representation or governance? Then think about running for a position on the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University’s Representation Executive Council (REC). There are four full-time REC positions: President, Vice President Academic, Vice President External, and Vice President Student Life. REC elections are held in the winter semester.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or think you know someone who would make a great candidate, then make sure to fill out a nomination package. Being a member of REC is one of the best and most rewarding student experiences you can have during your time at MRU.

 

Download the SAMRU 2017 Election Executive Nomination package

 

Important Dates

 

Nomination period: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:30am until Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:30pm

Elections information session: TBD – 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Council Chambers (2nd floor of Wyckham House)

All-candidates meeting: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:30 pm to 1:30pm

Campaigning: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm until Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Candidates’ debate: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the Wyckham House Main Stage

Voting: Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm until Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Voting will be online only.

 

In the nomination process, all candidates must submit their nomination packages, including all supporting materials, by the end of the nomination period. In addition, all candidates are expected to submit their Candidate Platform and a ‘head and shoulders’ style digital photograph. Incomplete nomination packages will render a candidate ineligible for the election.

Nomination forms for all positions will be available in Reception in Room Z222 in Wyckham House and on this website. Any potential candidates will be invited to attend an information session in 2017 to inform potential candidates of the regulations.

 

Voting period: REC Elections 2017

Voting will run from Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00pm until Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00pm and will take place online.

In-person voting stations will be available at East and West Gates during the following times:

  • Monday, February 27: 10:00am to 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 28: 10:00am to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 1: 9:00am to 5:00pm

 

 

Representation Executive Council Nominations

The four elected students who form the Representation Executive Council (REC) act in accordance with the wishes of the Student Governing Board and support the Board’s governance role. On a day-to-day basis, members of REC are primarily responsible for amplifying the student voice by representing students’ interests to the university, and by lobbying all three levels of government. The REC deals with issues like tuition and loan policies, governance, lobbying, academic appeals, and external relations.

Each REC member is an elected, full-time paid employee of the Students’ Association and must take one course per semester (excluding Spring and Summer), maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0, and keep full-time office hours. Students must be enrolled in full-time credit courses to be eligible to run for an executive position.

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What kind of skills can you gain as an Executive?

Representation Executive Council members receive training and obtain skills through work experience in the following areas:

Representation: understand the roles and responsibilities of boards and of directors, representational roles, board/staff relations, goal setting, and fiduciary responsibilities.

Finance training: learn how to read operating reports, understand budgets and financial statements, and ask the right questions to ensure financial stewardship of the Students’ Association.

Legal and liability training: review ethics case studies, learn about organizational and officer liability, and understand the nuances of fiduciary or trustee responsibilities.

Robert’s Rules: chair meetings and briefings, participate in meetings, prepare for meetings, understand meeting procedures, partake in committee work, ensure that agendas are prepared, minutes and bylaws are reviewed and the work cycle is progressing.

Media training: understand the media, how to work with the media, interview preparation, and feedback.

Teambuilding: learn about cooperation, conflict resolution and communication, and create cohesive work groups.

Collaboration and self-discovery: learn about the work style colour energy that best describes you, how to collaborate with other work style types and tips for overcoming common conflicts in the workplace.

Organizational training: read content briefings on organizational history, understand staff roles and responsibilities, and operational and departmental functions.

Negotiation: develop skills with representation, lobbying and advocacy, to promote the best interests of students.

Policy development and analysis: work within a team to understand, develop and refine governance policies.

Leadership: understand and build confidence in yourself and others, set an example, represent others, take ownership, communicate effectively, persuade others, counsel, evaluate, and develop active listening skills.

Networking: engage in networking opportunities with professionals and other student leaders through committee work and professional conferences.

Time management: multi-tasking, scheduling, and work/life balance.

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Students’ Council Governor Nominations 

In the fall semester of each academic year, the Students’ Association seeks passionate and dedicated students to fill vacant Governor positions on Students’ Council. Collectively made up of student-elected Governors, Students’ Council is the highest decision-making body of SAMRU, and as such, Students’ Council is a policy-making board of directors for the Students’ Association. All Governors have a clearly defined governance role that focuses on the organization as a whole. Students’ Council has 18 seats. All members of Council, regardless of position, are entitled to a single vote at Students’ Council meetings.

In order to serve on Students’ Council, you must be a Mount Royal University Student enrolled in at least one credit course. Governors receive an honoraria for their committee work, but not for their governance work.

What kind of skills can you gain from being on Council?

Students’ Council Governors receive training and obtain skills through work experience in the following areas:

Governance: understand the roles and responsibilities of boards and of directors, representational roles, board/staff relations, goal setting, and fiduciary responsibilities.

Finance training: learn how to read operating reports, understand budgets and financial statements, and ask the right questions to ensure financial stewardship of the Students’ Association.

Robert’s Rules: chair meetings and briefings, participate in meetings, prepare for meetings, understand meeting procedures, partake in committee work, ensure that agendas are prepared, minutes and bylaws are reviewed and the work cycle is progressing.

Teambuilding: learn about cooperation, conflict resolution and communication, and create cohesive work groups.

Collaboration and self-discovery: learn about the work style colour energy that best describes you, how to collaborate with other work style types and tips for overcoming common conflicts in the workplace.

Leadership: understand and build confidence in yourself and others, set an example, represent others, take ownership, communicate effectively, persuade others, counsel, evaluate, and develop active listening skills.

Learn more about Governor roles and SAMRU committees.

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Contact

Governance Coordinator 
Phone: (403) 440-6405
Email: Governance