MACES Elections


MACES ELECTIONS has the main responsibility of running referenda and elections within MACES.

MACES ELECTIONS is run autonomously from the MACES Board of Directors to avoid any conflicts of interest. Elections are held on a regular basis for positions on the MACES Executive Board of Directors.  

MACES ELECTIONS’ mandate is to run accountable elections for members of MACES and to make sure that all students have an equal chance to vote, and that all candidates follow electoral procedures that are in place to ensure fair elections.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to
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Why you should run in the Elections


Become a student leader and join the dynamic and fun team of the MACES Executive Board of Directors! This is a unique opportunity to get more involved with university life and the McGill community and to put your professional skills to good use by improving the academic and social experience of everyone at the McGill School of Continuing Studies (SCS).
Plus, it makes a great addition to your CV!

How to Run


The nomination process involves 3 easy steps. To learn the details on how to run, who is eligible, and to see the list of all required documents, please click on the button below.

1

Fill out the documents

Fill out the application documents and get them signed by at least five SCS students.

MACES ELECTIONS 2018 NOMINATION FORM

ELECTIONS GUIDELINES 2018 Final

MACES ELECTIONS – Roles and Responsibilites_2018 Revision

2

Tell us about yourself

Tell us why you should be elected, what makes you the ideal candidate, and what you want to do to make a difference for Continuing Education students?

3

Send your application

Submit your application with the require documents by the application deadline.

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Elections 2018


Election Timeline

NOMINATION PERIOD: January 8, 2018 - February 2, 2018

CAMPAIGN PERIOD:

February 3 - 14, 2018

DEBATE: March 2, 2018

VOTING PERIOD: February 21- March 4, 2018

Vacant Positions

President
VP Academic Affairs
VP Finance
VP Social Affairs
VP Communications and External Affairs
Senator 2 / Governor

Application Form

To learn details of the nomination process, eligibility, and see the list of required documents, please read the MACES Elections FAQ

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How to Vote


Voting is done electronically through an external link during the voting period. All registered SCS students are eligible to vote by using their student ID. Students get notified via email once the voting period is open. Voting is done in two easy steps and takes only 2 minutes.

Past Elections

Candidates 2018


Senator 2 / Governor

 

The Senator 2 / Governor works closely with the VP Academic Affairs and with the VP Academic Affairs represents the interests of the students of the School of Continuing Studies on the Senate and Governors meetings; assists in the supervision of the Association’s student representatives in ad hoc committees of the Board of Governors and Senate of McGill University; reports developments from the Senate and Board of Governors meetings to the Board of Directors; coordinates with VP Academic Affairs regarding academic developments at the University

VACANT

VP Communications and External Affairs

 

The VP Communications promotes MACES to its members. She or he must elaborate, propose and implement MACES’ communication plan. She or he is responsible for any communication material published by MACES including: brochures, the website, a calendar of events, advertising materials, posters, and mailing materials. Further responsibilities include attending meetings involving communication, maintaining contact between MACES and organizations outside of McGill. In particular, the VP Communications will co-ordinate relations between MACES and external student organizations, governments, the media and the business community.

VACANT

VP Academic Affairs / Senator 1

 

The VP Academic Affairs/Senator 1 assists Continuing Studies Students with academic matters. Her or his responsibilities include monitoring the quality of courses provided by the School of Continuing Studies and communicating academic concerns to the McGill School of Continuing Studies. She or he must attend: the educational information week given every semester to students; the School of Continuing Studies’ information sessions; and any meeting involving academic affairs within the university.

As Senator-1, she or he will have the title of Fellow of McGill University. She or he will be the Senator in chief and coordinate the action of the two MACES Senators (Senator-1 and Senator-2/Governor) in the Senate. In the Senate, she or he will represent the interests of the students registered in the School of Continuing Studies on the University’s highest academic decision-making body. The position requires regular attendance to Senate meetings that are usually daytime meetings.

Dear MACES student body,

As your VP of Academic Affairs, I will be committed to ensuring that your experience as students of the School of Continuing Studies provides you with the services and tools that meet and exceed your expectations. As students, the post-secondary academic process may at times seem daunting. My objective will be to make your life easier by helping you through any and all academic matters that may come your way. I will focus especially on streamlining communication channels between the administration and the student body by working closely with both the VP of Social Affairs and the VP of External Affairs. I will also motion for the MACES Board to conduct an internal audit to review, and assess whether there are services or activities that students need which are not already provided. Whether it be registration, course availability, grievances, or suggestions on making the student experience better I’ll be there to listen and to fight for you.

I graduated from McGill’s Schulich School of Music in 2016 with a B.Mus in Music Research, but throughout my musical career I have been heavily involved in teaching music to children. I was a cello teacher for a wonderful music program that offered free violin and cello lessons to underprivileged children at different elementary schools in Montreal. During this time working as a teacher, I learned so much about the diverse walks of life that all people have. I understand that one’s experiences shape their outlook and that every person should be treated as a unique individual with unique needs. We are all far more than just a student number and I will make it my ultimate goal to facilitate a catered McGill experience for each of you.

My experiences working alongside several non-profit organizations in Montreal have seen me being an active member in creating an inclusive and sustainable community atmosphere. I want all students feel as though they can communicate with the administration. I want all students to feel as though they are valued members of the McGill community. Most importantly, I want all students to feel as though they have someone on their side with their interests at heart.

A vote for me will be a vote for in the right direction. We must move forward together adapting to, and preparing for the new challenges that lie ahead. We are all students, but it is up to us to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to us. I thank you all for taking the time to read my letter, and I wish you the best in your future endeavours.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Avery Bonair-Cyrus

2018 Nominee for MACES VP of Academic Affairs

I believe that education is the key to success, and diversity is the spice of life. My name is Rod Louisa and I am currently working as a Performance and Quality Manager for Bell Canada. I have over 13 years of IT experience with 7 plus years of IT consulting in Operations and Performance Management. In addition, I have been to 21 different countries around the globe; I have had the distinct pleasure of working in six and lived in four of them.

I am very enthusiastic, goal oriented and a hardworking person. I hold three professional certificates (MCP (Microsoft) / CNET (Network) / ACT (Accounting), an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Computer Information Technology, and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. I have earned two Bachelor Degree, one in International Business & Management (BAS-IBM) and the other in Information Technology Management (BAS-TECHMGT). My current educational and career goals for the next 5 years include obtaining my Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Graduate Diploma in Management at McGill University and an Executive directorial position in an IT driven organization.

I have served as the President of Student Government Association for the Clearwater Campus (2003 – 2004); VP of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Tau Zeta Chapter (2003 – 2004); the President for the Brother-to-Brother program (2003 – 2005), and an active member of the High Achievers club (2003 – 2005). I also served as the VP of Sigma Beta Delta Business, Management, and administration International Honor Society (2005 – 2007).

Since early childhood, the importance of Education was a constant subject in my household. I was repeatedly reminded of the role I had to play academically and closely guarded thereafter in order to prevail on the scholastic path. Now, as an adult I have firsthand experienced and witnessed the power, the status, the wealth that could arise as a result of a great education . I am a unique individual who has a passion for travel, cultures, learning and business. Moreover, I am motivated, intelligent, talented, articulate, and dedicated. I have outstanding leadership traits, with a measured approach to problem solving, with international professional and personal experiences. I am a forward thinker with a global mindset and I will absolutely be a great contributor to the McGill Association of Continuing Education Students (MACES) Board of Directors.

McGill ranked in the top 25 of the world’s universities and first among Canadian universities. The School of continuing study is an extension of this prestigious University. With many years of experiences in many several educational boards, I am a firm believer that one way to make a difference is not just on being an active member of MACES, but also someone that will be involved in making a difference, so the McGill School of Continuing Studies can take its place in the world stage among the leading School of Continuing Studies! So Classmates, Friends and Colleagues, I am counting on your vote for Rod Louisa as VP Academic Affairs.

VP Finance / Treasurer

 

The VP Finance is responsible for the annual budget and financial administration of the association; to coordinate the Association’s annual reporting by ensuring that certified, audited financial statements are produced and submitted to the Board of Directors, Association’s members and the relevant departments of McGill University; to provide the Board of Directors with regular reports on the financial status of the Society; to develop the annual budget of the Society consistent with the Policy and priorities set out by the Financial Review Committee and the Board of Directors; to form and chair a Financial review Committee.

Candidates must have experience in preparing budgets, demonstrate a strong background and experience in finance /or accounting.

Dear fellows,

Candidature for Student Association Elections:

 

I am hereby submitting my candidacy for the Vice President- (Finance) role at McGill Association of Continuing Education Students (MACES). Indeed, it will be my honor to gain your trust and support for the upcoming election process and I look forward to representing your interest during my period of studies at McGill University and beyond. While I have briefly summarized my educational and professional experience for your reference below, I am very keen to hold a live conversation with you my colleagues and get a chance to discuss my sincere interest to be part of your success going forward.

I am currently pursuing a diploma in Applied Finance at faculty of continuing studies, which comes as a transition phase in my career. In parallel, I do hold also a Masters Degree in Finance. While completing my previous degrees, I was elected twice as member of the student council (Vice President and Social delegate). I had the privilege to represent my colleagues for two years (2009-2011) and can’t express enough how much I am keen to be at yours and to repeat my experience at McGill University.

On the professional level, I have nine years of corporate banking experience, in different countries and regions. I worked for a leading Global Financial Institution (Japanese International Bank) in Dubai as Global Relationship and Business Development Manager, managing trade finance assets for c. $1bn over five markets. I’ve recently joined Royal Bank of Canada as a Senior Trade Finance specialist, responsible of Quebec and East Canada. I humbly believe that my international background will be able to bring very relevant experience and allow me to represent my fellow colleagues’ interest. As part of my finance tasks, I will be responsible of the association’s annual budget and financial reporting to the board of directors. In addition, as a member of the student association, I will be working with other members on:

(1) enhancing the interaction among all students who are coming from different backgrounds; cultural educational and professional.

(2) facilitating the integration of international students into our Montreal and McGill community.

(3) securing funding and bursaries program for students who are facing difficulties to settle their tuitions.

(4) working closely with each member of the faculty to address your needs and make your life at McGill better.

 

I will be relying on my educational background and experience to bring a good value for the role I am running for. Last but not least, my candidacy counts on your trust and votes to make it happen and I would be honored to receive it.

 

Sincerely yours,

Houssam Hoteit

VP Social Affairs

 

The VP Social Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Associations’ annual social, cultural and professional events approved by the Board of Directors. The VP Social Affairs has the following functions:

  • To oversee the social, cultural and other events;
  • To prepare the schedule of proposed events;
  • To present a proposed budget for Board approval;
  • To secure external sponsorship for events where possible.

Excellent inter-personal skills, communications skills and experience in event planning and management are an asset.

Candidates must possess at least a business level proficiency in English in order to carry out his/her responsibilities on the Board.

Choice, Chance, Change!

As I began to plan about my future studies, I got goose pumps around my body, and I could only think about ‘McGill’ which will flourish my professional life, and ‘Maces’ which will enroll me to enhance my knowledge.

VP social affairs, is not only my number one priority, but also my long-term goal because it is the only position that could actually give me the opportunity to say, ‘I found myself more confident’, and add, ‘I will prove what it is like to hold such responsibility precisely when it comes down to make a great difference for Maces and Continuing Studies, which is what I am utterly aimimg for.

I am studying both ‘Proficiency of English for Professional Communication’, and ‘Proficiency of French for Professional Communication’. Besides this, I am a member in ‘Committee on student discipline’ and ‘Committee on events’.

All in All, we should try to make a choice, and to take a chance, to change the fact that we can take less and give more.

I hope this one year, will give me a lot.

Just, Go for it!

An energetic soul and social butterfly, I see the world with optimism and endless possibilities. Through my enthusiasm and dedication, I would like to become the next VP of Social Affairs to continue growing the MACES student community.

After having completed a BA in economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and worked in the private sector in Toronto, my love of learning has brought me back to Montreal to work at McGill University. Working in an academic setting has led me to realign with my values of curiosity, learning and creativity. I currently work in the Microbiology and Immunology department where I lead the planning of departmental events and work with professors to coordinate administrative procedures and policies.

Inspiration, innovations and careers are often sparked because of a human connection ignition. The Who we know, not what we know expression may play a role in our next dream position. My goal would be to give students the opportunity to meet with those people in a diverse and inclusive environment. By being the new VP of Social Affairs, I wish to create events to bring MACES’ students together to grow their networks by making meaningful connections. The events I envision include networking events with professionals, peer-learning evenings as well as social and cultural gatherings.

I believe in creating the opportunities around us instead of waiting for them to appear. Let’s make the most out of the next two years, the most of our studies at McGill University and fulfill our professional aspirations.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you,

Lana Eleonor Kobeici

President

 

The President is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Board of Directors and Committees. The President has the following functions:

  • To preside and preserve order at all General and Special General Assemblies of members and Board of Directors’ meetings;
  • To call meetings for and set the agenda for the Board of Directors meetings; to coordinate relations between the Association and the administration of McGill University;
  • To represent the members of the Society and to ensure the long terms integrity of the Association;
  • To ensure that the By-laws of and policies of the Association are followed and enforced.

Candidates must possess at least a business level proficiency in English in order to carry out his/her responsibilities on the Board.

I am very proud of the work that has been accomplished by your Maces Board of directors. The establishment of the Maces Matching Fund for scholarships and Bursaries, the Student Representatives’ initiative, our partnership with the school of Continuing studies in establishing an expansion of the Career and professional development services (CAPS) as well as the excellent advocacy that the team at MACES does for all students everyday are just a few examples of the excellent work your Board of directors have implemented over the course of the past 2 years. Yes! Hard work has been done to make sure Maces has a strong voice and a seat at the table. Right now, Maces is facing some important challenges and with the election of a new Board of directors, Maces has an opportunity to face those challenges head on. I pledge to use all my skill, energy and experience to advocate for Maces Members, to fight for added services and to always look out for the needs of every student at McGill’s school of Continuing Studies. There is still work to do.

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VP Academic Affairs / Senator 1

The VP Academic Affairs/Senator 1 assists Continuing Studies Students with academic matters. Her or his responsibilities include monitoring the quality of courses provided by the School of Continuing Studies and communicating academic concerns to the McGill School of Continuing Studies. She or he must attend: the educational information week given every semester to students; the School of Continuing Studies’ information sessions; and any meeting involving academic affairs within the university.

As Senator-1, she or he will have the title of Fellow of McGill University. She or he will be the Senator in chief and coordinate the action of the two MACES Senators (Senator-1 and Senator-2/Governor) in the Senate. In the Senate, she or he will represent the interests of the students registered in the School of Continuing Studies on the University’s highest academic decision-making body. The position requires regular attendance to Senate meetings that are usually daytime meetings.