Students’ Council Elections

The Federation of Students holds their General Election every year in the winter term.  The election determines who will be your student representatives for the following year, including  Students’ Council.

Interested in becoming our next student leader? Talk to one of your current Councillors to learn how they got to where they are!
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For information regarding Feds elections, please contact your current president.

Available Positions

These seats are currently open and available:

  • Engineering: 1 seat
  • Cambridge Campus: 1 seat
  • Renison University College: 1 seat

If you or someone you know is interested in running for a vacant council position, please complete a nomination package:

If you have any questions or require more information please contact policy@feds.ca.

Important Dates

Check back here during the Feds General Election in the winter 2019 term. We’ll have key dates for all things below as well as information for events related to the Election.

Nomination Period​
TBD

Interim Period
TBD

Campaign Period
TBD

Voting Period 
TBD

Results
TBD

Nominations

Nomination packages will be available during the election period.

Important:

  • Nomination packages for any of the remaining positions. Nomination packages are also available online at vote.feds.ca (external link).
  • Please read and complete nomination form in its entirety.
  • Only Waterloo undergraduate students in your respective faculty/college/campus are eligible to sign your council nomination form, as these are the constituents you are running to represent.
  • Successful Students’ Council Nominees will have 25 signatures.
  • Applications are due by 4pm on the last day of the Nominations Period.
  • An All Candidates Meeting (candidate information session) will typically be held on the same day, following the campaign submission deadline. This meeting is mandatory as important information will be shared concerning the elections process and the campaigning period.*
  • Candidates are responsible for becoming familiar with the Federation of Students’ By-laws, Elections & Referenda Procedures, and all other applicable organizational documents available through the Feds Library.
  • Candidates are encouraged to submit their information with this nomination form to be included in the Feds Elections promotional materials. See nomination package for more details.*

*Not applicable for those running in a by-election.

Nomination packages

Available online: vote.feds.ca (external link)
Or download a paper package: Nomination Package (PDF)

Nomination packages for the Feds by-election are due by 4 p.m. on June 11. Note that paper packages must be submitted to the Feds front desk (SLC 1102) before the deadline.

Your Incoming Students' Council

This year’s Students’ Council Election was a race for the Science Councillors with a 5.5% voter turnout. All other positions were acclaimed or remain open. For vacancies see Available Positions.

Science Council 

Benjamin EastonBenjamin Easton

Team name: SodiumFine 

Program and Year: Science and Business, 2A

Previous Applicable Involvement with Feds/Waterloo:

  • Feds Science Councillor
  • Science Society’s Board of Directors
  • Task Force on Feds General Meeting Engagement & Structure
  • Education Advisory Council
  • Internal Funding Committee 

Top 3 Platform Points:

  • Reforming Feds to make its institutions more accessible for students 
  • Striving to keep Feds transparent 
  • Continuing to work with SciSoc to ensure cohesion amongst all Science student governance

You should elect me to Students’ Council because I have demonstrated my dedication to the position, and to student issues over my past year serving as your Feds Science Councillor. 

This year I’ve been involved with the SciSoc’s Board of Directors, the Education Advisory Council, the Internal Funding Committee, and have advocated directly to President Hamdullahpur about student engagement. Over my term as councillor, I’ve also worked closely with my teammates Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Seneca Veilling on issues from student engagement to co-op fee increases. Should we be re-elected, we will continue to make your voices heard on Students’ Council!

Christopher KockoChristopher Kocko

Program and Year: Biomedical Science, 3B 

Previous Applicable Involvement with Feds/Waterloo:

  • President & Founder of Polish Society of UW 
  • Science Orientation Leader 
  • MKV Residence Council Executive

Top 3 Platform Points:

  • Achieve greater representation and opportunities for students in science 
  • Improve resources and sustainability on campus 
  • Create more effective and productive standards readily available for Science related guidance

Links to website and social: Facebook

​Elizabeth O’SullivanElizabeth O’Sullivan

Previous Applicable Involvement with Feds/Waterloo:

  • 2017-2018 Science Councillor
  • 2017-2018 Speaker (Feds Students’ Council)

Top 3 Platform Points:

  • Reforming Feds to make its institutions more accessible for students 
  • Striving to keep Feds transparent 
  • Continuing to work with SciSoc to ensure cohesion amongst all Science student governance

Over the last year I have served as a Science Councillor and Speaker of the Feds Council. The current Science Councillors and I have worked hard to increase Feds transparency for Science students as well as convey all Science student concerns to the bodies that are able to create the change we would like to see. During this upcoming term in office our team’s goals will be: 1. Reforming FEDS to make its institutions more accessible for students 2. Striving to keep FEDS transparent 3. Continuing to work with SciSoc to ensure cohesion amongst all Science student governance.

​Seneca Velling​Seneca Velling

Team Name: SodiumFine

Program and Year: Materials & Nanoscience, 3B

Previous Applicable Involvement with Feds/Waterloo:

  • 2017-2018 Science Councillor
  • Previous Speaker of SciSoc
  • Previous Treasurer for German Society

Links to website and social: Facebook.com/ScienceFEDS

​Hi Science! I am Seneca Velling, a 3B Materials & Nanoscience student, from Team SodiumFine, and your current Councillor. I've worked hard to bring needed reforms to Feds and pass policies to protect Freedom of Expression, increase Student Space, and revamp your Feds-administered fees. I represent you on committees dealing with co-op, budget, mental health, and governance reform. Previously I was Speaker of SciSoc and Treasurer for German Society. I look forward to continuing to serve and advocate for science students. You can learn more about what my teammates and I have done for you on the on Facebook.com/ScienceFEDS.

Arts Council

Andrew MohanAndrew Mohan

Program and Year: AFM, 2A

Hi! My name is Andrew Mohan and I am a 2A AFM student. In the past I have been involved in Feds as a club support team coordinator, a Feds orientation leader, and a volunteer in other events. I am also one of the current Arts Councillors and I look forward to serving on the student council for another year.

Jacque German-DoucetJacque German-Doucet

Program and Year: Political Science and Legal Studies, Third Year

Top 3 Platform Points:

  • Interconnection between Faculties
  • Democracy on Campus
  • Inclusion and Representation

The University of Waterloo is the greatest school in Canada for many reasons. We have the most amazing students doing the most amazing things. We are innovative, diverse, and passionate. It is because of the students that Waterloo is Waterloo. Knowing this, it is important to me that we all start working more closely together, that we all feel empowered to think, act, and express ourselves in the ways we know to be in “Harmony with Truth”. As your Arts Councillor, I will work with you to promote these ideals and to act as an advocate for our community.

Joshua MbandiJoshuaMbandi

Program and Year: Honours Arts, Political Science, 4th year

Top 3 platform points:

  1. Be an intermediary between the actions of the Feds Council and the Arts student body by giving Arts students proper notice of upcoming Feds council meetings to ensure a reasonable time for students to offer input
  2. Meet with the various Arts societies and student groups on a regular basis as necessary to ensure the voices of our diverse faculty are represented on the Feds council
  3. Be a voice for Arts students who feel like Feds isn’t being responsive to their interests or concerns by holding the Feds exec and council to account for their decisions

I believe the Arts faculty deserves a strong voice to represent the faculty's interests on the Students’ Council. One who fights to ensure that students interests are heard, and who works to ensure that the Federation of Students is held to account for their decisions. The Students’ Council has a lot of important responsibilities and it preforms many important functions which go unseen by the wider student body. I want to help ensure that these actions aren’t’ taken behind closed doors, but rather in full public view.

Elisa Umuhoza

This candidates information has not been submitted at this time.

Engineering Council

Alexander EyreAlexander Eyre

Program and Year: Nanotechnology Engineering, Second Year

Alexander Eyre is a second-year Nanotechnology Engineering student. He currently serves as the Team Lead of the UWaterloo Satellite Design Team and has already served a year as an Engineering Councillor. In his next year on Feds Council, Alexander plans to represent the interests of engineering and co-op students. With his goal of getting more engineers engaged in student government, he will be an advocate for programs to help these students get more involved. He will also work towards empowering Feds clubs to pursue their goals and reducing their Feds paperwork, as he already has in the Internal Administration Committee.

Jason Small

This candidate’s information has not been submitted at this time.

Junru Chen (Jerry)

Program and Year: Computer Engineering, 4A

Linyi Cheng (Lenny)Lenny Cheng

Program and Year: Computer Engineering, Fourth Year

Lenny is a 4th year Computer Engineering student and part of the ECE2019 class. As a Feds Engineering Councillor, Lenny will work with his constituents to address student concerns and advocate for stronger student services. He plans to collaborate with other Councillors to 
address students' dissatisfaction of CECA and inform students of relevant Feds initiatives.

Muhammad Atlaf

​This candidate’s information has not been submitted at this time.

Math Council

Bilal AkhtarBilal Akhtar

Program and Year: 4A Software Engineering
Previous applicable involvement in Feds/Waterloo:

  1. Undergraduate Senator, Math (since 2017)
  2. President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) Academic Panelist, 2017
  3. Software Engineering class rep (since 2014)

I have a strong, proven track record of serving in different student advocacy roles, all while staying transparent and being committed to the cause. In addition to what I’ve said in my platform points, I look forward to incorporating your suggestions too – so feel free to message me about any concerns you may have!

Website: itsbilal.comEmail:bilal.akhtar@edu.uwaterloo.ca

Yu Chen Hou

Program and Year: Computer Science, 4A
Top 3 platform points:

  1. Improve mental health awareness and services
  2. Promote campus inter-faculty events and coordination
  3. Improve communication between student body and feds

Hello! I’m Yu Chen and I’m a forth year computer science student. I’m involved with a few campus events such as TerribleHack which has made the campus a more fun place to be. I hope to engage student issues on the council and look into promoting mental health issues within our school, promote better coordination between the different faculties at Waterloo, and improve the line of communication between student body and the student council.

Email: me@yuchenhou.com

Deon HuaDeon Hua

Program and Year: Computer Science, 4A

Hi Mathies! I’m Deon, a 4A Computer Science student. As a former Mental Health Awareness director, I ran events to help students and pressured University administration for better mental health services. As councillor, I will continue to advocate for improved services. Sustainability will be an increasingly important issue going forwards, and it is essential that we act. I believe that improved cross-faculty coordination can provide better services to students from all faculties. Please feel free to reach out to me with feedback or suggestions - email me at dvhua@edu.uwaterloo.ca!

Yussef Ourchane

​This candidates information has not been submitted at this time.

Rana SalehRana Saleh

Program and Year: Pure Mathematics and Joint Combinatorics and Optimization
Previous applicable involvement in Feds/Waterloo:

  • Math Orientation Leader (Fall 2017)
  • VP Arts Council for UW Animal Rights Society (Fall 2017- Winter 2018)

Top 3 platform points:

  1. Including and engaging students in the political process
  2. Making Feds Services more accessible to students
  3. Improving Sustainability on Campus

Hi I am Rana saleh, I’m in my fourth year of the Pure Math and Combinatorics and Optimization program. I have been involved with MathSoc as a volunteer and I am currently the president of the Pure Math Club. Over the next year, I will strive to engage math students in the political process and push to make Feds services more accessible. I firmly believe that we as students need to uplift and look out for one another. For this reason, I want to ensure that Feds will cater to the varying needs of the diverse body of students.

Rahul Sirwani

​This candidates information has not been submitted at this time.

​Applied Health Sciences Council

Ethan Candler

Program and Year: Ethan Candler

Honours Kinesiology Co-op, 3B


Previous applicable involvement in Feds/Waterloo:

  • OUSA Delegate
  • MATES volunteer
  • Glow Centre Volunteer
  • Feds Orientation Coordinator
  • Student Life Endowment Fund Committee member
  • Peer Health Educator
  • UWaterloo Student Ambassador

These platform points were generated with the overall focus of increasing student involvement and investment in Feds and Students’ Council:

  1. As a queer, racialized, person of colour from an immigrant settler family, all work I do is fundamentally intersectional. Through my own experiences and those of people I care about deeply, I have a conviction to advocate for, and ensure, an Equity-Focus to meet the needs of the undergraduate student body.
  2. As someone who has been historically disappointed in the outreach performed, I recognized that in order to meet these needs, they must first be identified. I aim to identify areas of need within Faculty of AHS through Regular Student & Faculty Outreach and Student Consultation.
  3. As the representative for Faculty of AHS, I feel an ingrained responsibility to ensure my actions are visible. With this in mind, I am determined to Prioritize Transparency & Dissemination of Information of council actions, to maintain student trust and investment.

Contact Ethan: Email ecandler@uwaterloo.ca Instagram @ethancandler

​Environment Council

Vincent BaikVincent Baik

Previous applicable involvement in Feds/Waterloo:

I have previous experience organizing political events in coordination with Feds and the University. My top 3 platform points for this election include fighting for additional food options on campus, continuing to grow the number of study spaces on campus, and working hard to ensure the success of the new racialized service. Vote for me and you vote for competence in leadership and experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders. I know firsthand that good things take hard work and time, and I am ready to take on the challenges ahead with enthusiasm and positive energy.

St. Jerome’s Council

Oliver Campbell

​This candidate’s information has not been submitted at this time.

Stratford Council

Amandreo Cortes

Program: Global Business and Digital Arts

Hello everyone! My name is Amandreo Cortes and I have the absolute pleasure of being a Student Councillor for the 2018-2019 year. I am a Global Business and Digital Arts student and here to represent the student's voice. I have always used the opportunities here at the University of Waterloo to better myself and I am excited to use my skills, knowledge and experiences to strengthen the relationships of the Stratford Community with the Waterloo Community. I aim to help build a strong team, to represent your voice in the many committees I wish to advocate in.

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