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OVERVIEW

As a democratic institution, the Capilano Students’ Union is driven by a passionate and diverse board of directors, all of whom are CapU students—just like you. Running to join CSU leadership is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the Capilano community and develop valuable skills. Take the first step towards an exciting future by running for office in the Capilano Students’ Union election!

Choose Position

Explore available roles and select the one that suits your interests and commitment level below.

Get Nominated

Complete nomination paperwork to nominate yourself as a candidate in the election.

Campaign

Introduce yourself to the campus community, share your vision, and follow campaign rules.

Positions Available

Positions available
  • president
  • vice-president equity & sustainability
  • vice-president external
  • vice-president finance & services
  • vice-president student affairs
Term and compensation
  • June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025
  • 26,413 per year per year, subject to increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the upcoming fiscal year (president)
  • $22,891 per year, subject to increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the upcoming fiscal year (vice-presidents)
Eligibility
  • Must have been registered in at least one credit course at Capilano University, and have paid student society fees, during the current or previous semester
  • May only run for one position at a time
Duties on the board of directors
  • Be an active participant at bi-weekly meetings of the Capilano Students’ Union board of directors
  • Be an active member of at least one committee (they usually meet bi-weekly)
  • Make decisions, as a board, in the best interests of the organization and all students
Duties on the executive committee
  • Attend executive committee meetings (they usually meet bi-weekly)
  • Lead the development of the CSU’s strategic plan
  • Look for ways to engage and consult with students
  • Serve in the role for at least 20 hours a week
Duties of the vice-president equity & sustainability (individual)
  • Provide support for the CSU’s equity-seeking collectives
  • Promote and create programming for the queer and women’s resource centres
  • Work with the university to ensure support for survivors of sexual violence
  • Organize campaigns on social justice and environmental issues
  • Lead the development and execution of the CSU’s mental health strategy
  • Ensure that board colleagues receive anti-oppression training
  • Serve on the CSU’s collectives committee
Duties of the vice-president external (individual)
  • Represent the CSU to provincial and national student organizations
  • Meet regularly with federal, provincial, and municipal decision-makers
  • Organize the CSU’s participation in national and provincial advocacy campaigns
  • Lead U-Pass BC negotiations between the CSU and TransLink
  • Serve on the CSU’s campaigns and advocacy committee
Duties of the vice-president finance & services (individual)
  • Oversee the organization’s finances, including budgeting and investments
  • Promote and develop the CSU’s student spaces
  • Help the executive director to build healthy HR systems and labour relations
  • Work with the executive director to ensure that the CSU’s legal obligations are met
  • Serve on the CSU’s finance and audit committee
  • Serve on the CSU’s student engagement committee
Duties of the vice-president student affairs (individual)
  • Promote student engagement through developing and overseeing programs and events that support students’ social, recreational, academic, and wellness needs
  • Liaise with campus representatives, and faculty representatives
  • Represent the CSU to the university senate and other academic decision-making bodies of the university
  • Serve on the CSU’s student engagement committee
Positions available
  • arts & sciences representative
  • business & professional studies representative
  • education, health, and human development representative
  • fine & applied arts representative
  • global & community studies representative
  • Sunshine Coast campus representative
  • at-large representative (four available)
Eligibility
  • Must have been registered in at least one credit course at Capilano University, and have paid student society fees, during the current or previous semester
  • May only run for one position at a time
  • Must be declared in the faculty they seek to represent (faculty representatives only)
  • Must be enrolled in a program or take classes based at kálax-ay, the Sunshine Coast campus (Sunshine Coast campus representative)
Term and compensation
  • June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025
  • $370.42 per month (subject to increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the upcoming fiscal year)
Duties on the board of directors (all faculty, campus, and at-large representatives)
  • Be an active participant at bi-weekly meetings of the Capilano Students’ Union board of directors
  • Be an active member of at least one committee (they usually meet bi-weekly)
  • Make decisions, as a board, in the best interests of the organization and all students
Duties as at-large representatives 
  • Be responsible for keeping the Board informed of the perspectives and concerns of students
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the board of directors
Duties as faculty and campus representatives
  • Represent the perspective of their faculty or campus to the CSU and the university
  • Organize meetings with senior administrators and faculty at least once per semester
  • Act as an ambassador for the CSU to the wider student body
  • Occasionally assist in additional CSU activities and campaigns
Positions available
  • accessibility justice coordinator
  • Indigenous students liaison
  • international students liaison
  • mature & parent students liaison
  • students of colour liaison
  • queer students liaison
  • women students liaison
Term and compensation
  • June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025
  • $370.42 per month (subject to increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the upcoming fiscal year)
Eligibility
  • Must have been registered in at least one credit course at Capilano University, and have paid student society fees, during the current or previous semester
  • May only run for one position at a time
  • Candidates for collective liaison positions must self-identify as a member of the constituent group they seek to represent (excludes accessibility justice coordinator)
Duties on the board of directors (all collective liaisons & coordinators) 
  • Be an active participant at bi-weekly meetings of the Capilano Students’ Union board of directors
  • Be an active member of at least one committee (they usually meet bi-weekly)
  • Make decisions, as a board, in the best interests of the organization
Duties as collective liaisons and coordinators
  • Represent the perspective of their collective to the CSU and the university
  • Organize social justice events (like Pride Week or Black History Month Cabaret)
  • Work with other collectives toward intersectional goals
  • Work with the VP equity & sustainability to organize awareness campaigns
  • Research and raise awareness of social issues
  • Support the executives in lobbying for policy changes on social issues
  • Organize collective meetings (at least twice per semester)

Important Dates

Nomination period opens

February 14, 2024

The nomination period starts at noon.

Information session

February 15, 2024

Information sessions are an opportunity for prospective candidates to get more information about the CSU, the positions available, and the general election process. Register here.

Early nomination package review deadline

February 21, 2024

Prospective nominees may submit their completed nomination package by noon this date if they would like the elections administrator to review it before the deadline.

Information session

February 27, 2024

Information sessions are an opportunity for prospective candidates to get more information about the CSU, the positions available, and the general election process. Register here.

Nomination period ends

February 28, 2024

Prospective nominees must submit their completed nomination package by noon.

Candidate orientation

February 29, 2024

All candidates are required to attend this orientation meeting at which the elections administrator will provide an overview concerning the electoral procedures as well as other relevant rules and information.

Campaign period begins

February 29, 2024

Candidates may start campaigning after they have attended a candidate orientation.

Candidate forum #1

March 5, 2024

There will be two candidate forums that offer an opportunity for candidates to speak to students about their goals and visions for their work at the CSU. Register here.

Candidate forum #2

March 7, 2024

There will be two candidate forums that offer an opportunity for candidates to speak to students about their goals and visions for their work at the CSU. Register here.

Voting period begins

March 12, 2024

Voting will take place in person only.

  • CSU Library Lounge: March 12–14, 9:30am–7:30pm
  • kálax-ay Campus Lobby: March 13, 11:30am–7:30pm

Voting period ends

March 14, 2024

Voting will only take place in person.

  • CSU Library Lounge: March 12–14, 9:30am–7:30pm
  • kálax-ay Campus Lobby: March 13, 11:30am–7:30pm

How to Vote

CSU elections have taken place entirely online using  Simply Voting, an independently managed voting platform, since 2018. Ballots will be sent to all CSU members’ CapU email addresses and voting will take place, around the clock, until the end of the polling period. If a voter changes their mind, they may login and re-vote at any time during the voting period.

The Capilano Students’ Union uses single transferable voting (STV) for elections in which there are more candidates than there are positions available, except that in an election for which there are exactly two candidates for exactly one available position, at which time only first-preference votes are accepted.

For elections in which there are more candidates than there are positions, the CSU’s uses a variation of single transferable vote, a proportional representation electoral system that applies the ”Droop quota” ([number of valid votes / number of winners + 1] + 1) and not applying any redistribution of surplus votes. When there is only one winner, the question is equivalent to IRV (Instant-runoff voting, a subset of STV).

  1. On the first round of counting, each option shall receive a first preference vote for each vote indicating it as first preference.
  2. Should an option meet the quota of first preference votes after any round, it shall be declared elected. If there are several options meeting the quota the one with the most votes shall be elected. If there is a tie one of those options shall be elected by random draw.
  3. If no option is elected, then the option with the fewest number of first preference votes shall be eliminated from the question. Should there be a tie for the fewest number of first preference votes, then among these, the option with the fewest number of second preference votes shall be eliminated. Should a tie persist, the procedure shall continue with third preference votes, et cetera. Should a tie still persist, the option with the fewest number of original first preference votes, shall be eliminated. Should a tie still persist, the procedures shall continue with original second preference votes et cetera. Should a tie still persist, an option shall be eliminated by random draw. Options are never eliminated simultaneously, even when it is acceptable to do so (you would reach the same result eliminating one-by-one).
  4. When an option is eliminated, all first preference votes for that option shall be replaced by the vote’s first preferred option that is not yet elected or eliminated. All second preference votes for that option shall be replaced by the vote’s next preferred option that is not yet elected or eliminated, and so on.
  5. This procedure of electing and eliminating option(s) shall continue until all winners are elected or there is only one option left (and that option shall be declared elected).

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