What are GSS Council elections?

Once annually, during the early Fall term, the standing members of GSS will elect Council, otherwise known as the legal Board of Directors.

Council is formed of “departmental” representatives and “at-large” representatives.

Departmental representatives for each faculty department within Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. In some circumstances, due mainly to size, multiple facilities are represented by a single representative. The departmental representative positions are:

Role Title
Councillor - Argumentation Studies
Councillor - Biological Science
Councillor - Chemical and Biochemical / MBT
Councillor - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Councillor - Communication and Social Justice
Councillor - Computer Science and Applied
Councillor - Creative Arts, Media and Film
Councillor - Earth Sciences
Councillor - Economics
Councillor - Education
Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)
Councillor - English
Councillor - History
Councillor - Kinesiology and Human Kinetics
Councillor - Mathematics and Statistics / Actuarial Science
Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) Engineering
Councillor - Master of Management (MOM)
Councillor - Nursing
Councillor - Philosophy
Councillor - Physics
Councillor - Political Science
Councillor - Psychology
Councillor - Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology
Councillor - School of Social Work
Councillor - Environmental Science - GLIER
Councilor - Masters of Law
Councillor - Master of Business Administration (MBA)

At-Large representatives are those representatives that represent specialty interests on campus, representing voices that transcend faculty-based institutional representation. The at-large representative positions are:

Role Title
Councillor - International Students Liaison
Councillor - Womens' Issues Liaison
Councillor - Aborignal Issues Liaison

Where can I get more information?

The electoral process is under the purview of the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), who acts as an independent third-party to the GSS, mandated to coordinate all elections activities, publish elections communications, handle appeals, and respond to member and public inquiries regarding the process.

Contact the standing 2018 CRO:

How do GSS Elections work?

This is the high-level process for GSS Council elections. Read more about each step below.

  1. Nomination Period
  2. Preparation Week
  3. Campaigning
  4. Online Elections
  5. Election Results

How can I nominate or be nominated?

The nomination period launches September 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM. Nominators and self-nominating nominees must download and complete the Nomination Form (see below), as approved by the Chief Returning Officer. Once the form is completed, it must be submitted to the GSS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) before the posted deadline.

Submitting nominators will receive an acknowledgement email confirming official receipt of their nomination. This is the only proof of your submission of nomination, which is issued by the C.R.O.

It is important to note:

  • all nominees and nominators must currently be full paying members of the GSS; and
  • all nominees must obtain two additional signatures to their own, supporting their nomination as a candidate.

The deadline to submit completed a Nomination Form is September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

Nominations forms must be submitted to the CRO by email at:

List of Candidates

The following list are those nominees that have been approved by the Chief Returning Officer to campaign as candidates in the election. These candidates will be listed on the online vote ballot during the election period. Results will be tabulated by the CRO and the result for each candidate will be published as "elected" or "not elected".

YearPositionCandidate NameElection Result
F2020Councillor - Civil and Environmental EngineeringShivam Hirenbhai Patel
F2020Councillor - Computer Science and AppliedVishwarajsinh Vala
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Kushal Pansuriya
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Manya Mehta
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Kunal Chaudhari
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Mehul Sancheti
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Joginder Singh
F2020Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Feny Suthar
F2020Councillor - EnglishAlexa DiCecco
F2020Councillor - HistoryShaymaa Zantout
F2020Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringJaypreetsingh Khanuja
F2020Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringDhaval Sonkusare
F2020Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringKunjankumar Soni
F2020Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringJugal Gohil
F2020Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringSameer Zaidi
F2020Councillor - International Students LiaisonSagar Vaghasiya
F2020Councillor - International Students LiaisonMaulik Rajesh Tailor
F2020Councillor - International Students LiaisonSanjana Kallat
F2020Councillor - Master of Engineering Management (MEM)Sadiq Pirani
F2020Councillor - NursingNancy Martinez Salas
F2020Councillor - PsychologyHio Tong Kuan
F2020Councillor - Sociology, Criminology and AnthropologyMatthew Brevetti

What to expect in campaigning?

Officially nominated candidates, which are approved by the CRO according to elections rules and GSS Constitution, are allowed to campaign during the official campaign period only. This period runs:

  • Begins: September 30, 2019 at 12:01 AM
  • Ends: October 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Candidates are permitted to campaign within the allowed rules, which are found in the GSS Constitution. Candidates should direct questions or concerns with the process or rules to the CRO, prior to campaigning.

How and when can I vote?

Elections are completed electronically, which means each eligible voting member must cast their vote using the official secure online elections portal.

Members may vote by using their UWindsor credentials, and only between the official elections/voting period:

  • Begins: October 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  • Ends:  October 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM

How will election results be posted?

The official election results will be published by the CRO to all major communication channels, such as social media on October 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM.